Travel Arrangements – Nonprofit Standard
UPDATED January 2006
This Customer Support Ruling discusses the eligibility of a
travel arrangement advertisement in a mailing at the Nonprofit
Standard Mail rates of postage.
This case study is of a mailpiece,
specifically a newsletter, that contained material the accepting
post office determined was a restricted “travel arrangement”
Domestic Mail Manual (DMM)
703.1.6.4c provides that Nonprofit Standard Mail rates may not be
used for the entry of material that advertises, promotes, offers,
or, for a fee or consideration, recommends, describes, or announces
the availability of any travel arrangement, unless the organization
promoting the arrangement is authorized to mail at the Nonprofit
Standard Mail rates at the entry post office; the travel contributes
substantially (aside from the cultivation of members, donors, or
supporters, or the acquisition of income or funds) to one or more of
the purposes that constitute the basis for the organization’s
authorization to mail at the Nonprofit Standard Mail rates; and the
arrangement is designed for and primarily promoted to the members,
donors, supporters, or beneficiaries of that organization.
The mailpiece meets the content
requirements of a periodical and contains a paid advertisement of an
“Old Town Tour.” Advertising is permitted in material that meets
the content requirements of a periodical except for restricted or
prohibited advertising of a travel arrangement, insurance, or
financial instruments such as debit, credit, or charge cards.
Generally, the Postal Service does not consider such an announcement
as a “travel arrangement” unless, whether implied or stated,
accommodations, transportation, and a destination are included. The
tour is a day-trip that includes transportation and a destination.
Since the arrangement does not include accommodations, it is not
considered a travel arrangement. The mailpiece is eligible for the
Nonprofit Standard Mail rates.
United States Postal Service
Washington DC 20260-3436