We've used Comdata Cards for about a year now and our guys have never paid a fee. But we use them as payroll cards, rather than credit cards. I call them "Plastic Checks". They work everywhere as a Debit card, or the user can go to the bank and cash them like a paper check. You may check with Comdata and see if there's a setup you have that would change your fee structure. I wouldn't think paying a per diem vs. reimbursement via payroll would make a difference in the fees on the card. The best guy I know at Comdata is Edwin Benson. He and I have spoken many times on their entire offering and could be a good resource for you. His number is 615-370-7160.
For anyone looking to get rid of field payroll checks, or layoff checks, I highly recommend Comdata. We signed up to eliminate field layoff checks, and the program has worked wonderfully.
I hope that helps.
We add it to their first paycheck (non-taxable add) following the week of travel. Grumblings at first but haven't had any problems with it, although we do on occasion do advances to crew members heading out of town that say they don't have enough money to front the meals, usually new hires. Almost all of our employees are on direct deposit so it helps that they can get their money from their weekly paycheck while they are out of town. We've been doing this for several years now, prior method was a fiasco, won't get into that.
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