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Stay up to date with the latest news & information from NYSUT Member Benefits! We encourage you to check out this section on a regular basis as we will be continually updating it.

If you have any questions about a news item that appears in this section, feel free to contact Member Benefits at 800-626-8101 weekdays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. (EST) or email us at benefits@nysutmail.org.

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  • August 16, 2017
    The NYSUT Member Benefits Corporation-endorsed TripBeat by Endless Vacation program offers seven-night vacation rentals starting at only $399 (just $57 per night!).

    And as a bonus, you can save an additional $100 off seven-night resort vacations if you book between August 16, 2017 and August 24, 2017, and travel by December 17, 2017.


    The TripBeat by Endless Vacation program allows NYSUT members to enjoy savings of 25% off the "Best Available Rate" at more than 2,400 resort condo properties in 90 countries."

    Click here for more about this special deal.
  • August 15, 2017
    The Trustees of the NYSUT Member Benefits Trust review all Member Benefits Trust-endorsed programs on a regular basis to ensure that each program best meets the needs of the NYSUT membership and their families.

    As a result of this regular review process, the Member Benefits Trust Trustees recently voted to name the MetLife organization as the new Plan Underwriter for our endorsed Voluntary Disability, Term Life and Level Term Life Insurance programs.


    MetLife has partnered with NYSUT Member Benefits dating back to 1992 when it was named the program provider of our endorsed Auto & Homeowners Insurance program. Since that time, MetLife has demonstrated its tireless dedication to NYSUT members by providing plan participants with superior customer service and a continued willingness to meet our needs.

    We are looking forward to working with MetLife to continue to enhance our endorsed Voluntary Disability, Term Life and Level Term Life Insurance programs.



    EFFECTIVE DATES OF ENDORSED PROGRAM PROVIDER CHANGES
    ****Effective January 1, 2018, the NYSUT Member Benefits Trust-endorsed Voluntary Disability Insurance Plan (currently underwritten by Unimerica) will be underwritten by MetLife.

    ****Effective March 1, 2018, the NYSUT Member Benefits Trust-endorsed Voluntary Term Life and Level Term Life Insurance Plans (currently underwritten by U.S. Life (AIG)) will be underwritten by MetLife.



    CURRENT & FUTURE PROGRAM PARTICIPANTS
    Current program participants will receive an official announcement from NYSUT Member Benefits 60 days prior to the effective date of the change. A follow-up mailing will occur on or near the effective date of the change that will include new plan materials provided by MetLife. Members currently covered by U.S. Life and Unimerica will be transitioned to coverage provided by MetLife as of the effective date of change.

    Please note that there will be very few changes to the current benefit packages, premiums or premium collection procedures. However, participants will be made aware of new claim filing procedures. It is also important to note that Mercer Consumer will remain the Plan Administrator for these programs.



    MEMBERS LOOKING FOR COVERAGE
    Unimerica will continue to accept applications for the current Voluntary Disability Insurance Plan through August 31, 2017. New enrollees will be transferred to the new program provider with current participants on January 1, 2018.

    Applications for the new MetLife Disability Insurance Plan will be available in fall 2017 with coverage effective dates on or after January 1, 2018; please make sure to visit this website for more details in the next few months.

    U.S. Life (AIG) will continue to accept applications for the current Voluntary Term Life and Level Term Life Insurance Plans through December 1, 2017. New enrollees will be transferred to the new MetLife Term Life and Level Term Life Insurance programs with current participants on or after March 1, 2018.

    Applications for the new MetLife Term Life and Level Term Life Insurance programs will be available in November 2017 with coverage effective dates on or after March 1, 2018; again, please visit this website for more details in the coming months.




  • August 08, 2017

    Are you looking for ways to save with the NYSUT Member Benefits Corporation-endorsed Abenity Discounts program and learn how to navigate Abenity's comprehensive website?

    If so, register now for a special webinar that will be offered by Abenity on Friday, August 18, 2017 at 3 p.m. (EST).

    Click here to register for the Abenity Discounts savings webinar.

    The Abenity Discounts program gives NYSUT members & their families access to approximately 290,000 exclusive member discounts across 10,000 U.S. cities, including discounted tickets for entertainment & sporting events; a variety of travel opportunities; and numerous local deals.

    With the Abenity discounts program, you’ll be able to enjoy substantial savings on tickets to the latest blockbuster movies or theater events, theme parks, museums & attractions, zoos, major appliances/televisions, restaurants, groceries, gym memberships, and much more!

    Exclusive Mobile Access on the Go!
    One of the best features of the Abenity discounts program is the ability to access Abenity's 290,000 discounts from the palm of your hand!

    Once you have created your Abenity account, download the Abenity app for your iPhone or Android at no charge by going to the appropriate store and searching for "Abenity." After downloading the Abenity app and then signing in with your username and password, you will be able to view numerous local deals no matter where you are.

    Click here to learn more about the Abenity Discounts program.

  • July 31, 2017
    The Summer 2017 issue of our Member Benefits E-Direct electronic newsletter is now available for all NYSUT members and their families to view.

    The feature story of this issue takes a look at the importance of having a union that has your back and is ready to protect your collective bargaining rights. With politicians and anti-union billionaires looking to turn the U.S. into a right-to-work nation, have you stopped to consider what this country would look like if that were to occur?

    Employers could slash pay and benefits at will, and you would have little recourse if your rights were violated. That's why we want to remind you that this is YOUR union. And your union is strong because each member contributes their fair share toward union representation. We encourage you to take the time to read this feature story and become an advocate for your union!

    This issue of MB E-Direct also looks at three major health issues that your eyes can indicate, why medical alert systems are not just for seniors and how to protect your children against identity theft.

    Click the following link to view this e-newsletter -- http://online.fliphtml5.com/pwms/eelg/#p=1

    Want to be among the first to view each new issue of the MB E-Direct electronic newsletter? Click here to join our voluntary MAP Alert email service now!
  • July 06, 2017
    The NYSUT Member Benefits Corporation-endorsed Office Depot/OfficeMax Benefits Program has added a number of new offers to its website.

    These special deals are in addition to the regular savings of up to 80% that NYSUT members and their families can already enjoy with this program.


    Click here to view these deals and promotions.

    Enjoy great prices on cleaning supplies; $25 off purchases of $250 or more; 15% off purchases of $175; office chair specials; and much more!

    And NYSUT members and their families are still eligible to receive their regular savings of up to 80% on almost 100,000 products in all Office Depot/OfficeMax locations or online through the company's website; the average savings on items is approximately 30%. Not all products on the Office Depot/OfficeMax website will be discounted at any given time.

    Click here to learn more about Office Depot/OfficeMax.
  • June 22, 2017
    NYSUT Member Benefits is excited to announce the launch of our NEW online Financial Planning Center. This enhanced site will assist NYSUT members and their families with making a variety of important financial decisions.

    The NYSUT Member Benefits Financial Planning Center provides helpful tools and resources to assist members with a number of crucial decisions regarding financial wellness and retirement planning.

    This new site includes more than 100 modules on different financial topics along with a financial fitness check-up to see where members stand with their financial knowledge.

    Whether it's planning for retirement, saving for college for your children or considering purchasing a home, the choices we need to make on a regular basis are never easy. If you're already enjoying retirement, you may be dealing with long-term care needs, managing your investments and estate planning.

    NYSUT members can get assistance with these questions and more with our NEW Financial Planning Center.

    Click here to view the Financial Planning Center.
  • June 15, 2017
    Are you looking for a great way to stay informed about what’s going on in NYSUT Member Benefits... and maybe win a prize along the way?

    Join the more than 40,000 members of our voluntary MAP Alert email service and be among the first to learn about new programs, unique deals and special prize drawings. Every three weeks, you will receive an email from Member Benefits related to our endorsed programs & services.

    MAP Alert members are also automatically entered into our quarterly prize drawings along with our 2018 Member Appreciation Month celebration set for February 2018.

    Click here to join the MAP Alert email service.
  • May 11, 2017
    NYSUT Member Benefits believes strongly in protecting the NYSUT membership against fraud and identity theft. To that effect, we want to ensure that all NYSUT members & their families take the necessary steps to safeguard themselves against this type of crime.

    The NYSUT Member Benefits Corporation-endorsed ID Watchdog program has issued a consumer alert about the latest Android attacks. Google's Android operating system outranks Apple's iPhone by a huge percentage, and hackers believe targeting Android will yield the most results. Several new exploits aimed at Android systems show just how pervasive the problem has become and why every Android fan needs to be vigilant.

    In late April 2017, researchers at software technologies firm CheckPoint detected a new malware they dubbed FalseGuide in over 40 apps posted on Google Play. An estimated two million phone owners downloaded these fake gaming guide apps before their malignant intent was uncovered.

    Some of the malware-laced apps were available for six months before Google Play removed them. The toxic FalseGuide spread so far in such a short time because it targeted gamers addicted to certain games like Pokemon Go and Mortal Kombat.

    Click here to read more.
  • May 01, 2017
    PayCheck Direct Program Ends as of April 30, 2017

    Bluestem Brands Inc. – the parent company of the NYSUT Member Benefits Corporation-endorsed Member Shopping Program powered by PayCheck Direct – has informed us that NYSUT members are unable to make additional purchases after April 30, 2017.


    All purchasing for this program has now been closed. However, all past transactions will continue to be serviced through the final date of your 12-month payment period.

    This has been a popular program for NYSUT members over the past few years, and we are currently researching comparable options that would best serve the needs of the NYSUT membership.

    Stay tuned to this website for more information in the coming months.
  • March 20, 2017
    NYSUT Member Benefits wants to tag along as you plan those vacations, excursions and special days out this summer!

    Maybe you're looking to book an unforgettable vacation to Disney World, Sesame Place or other popular attractions with your children or grandchildren? Or how about saving on tickets to this summer’s most highly-anticipated films such as Smurfs: The Lost Adventure, Leap, Cars 3 or Despicable Me 3?

    Perhaps you want to check out that hot new restaurant in town or an upcoming sporting event without breaking the bank? Or what about finally taking that guided tour of the Grand Canyon you’ve been thinking about for years? Whatever your plans may be, Member Benefits can help you save some money along the way.

    The Abenity Discounts program offers access to approximately 290,000 exclusive member discounts across 10,000 U.S. cities, including discounted tickets for entertainment & sporting events; a variety of travel opportunities; and numerous local deals. Save on tickets to the latest blockbuster movies or theater events, theme parks, museums & attractions, zoos, major appliances/televisions, restaurants, groceries, gym memberships, and much more.

    One of the best features of this program is the ability to access Abenity’s 290,000 discounts from the palm of your hand with the Abenity app for your iPhone or Android. After downloading the app and signing in with your username and password, you can enjoy numerous local deals no matter where you are in the country.

    The Orlando Employee Discounts program offers savings of 30% on tickets to Disney World, Universal Studios, Sea World, Discovery Bay, Aquatica, and other Orlando area attractions; up to 60% off at select Orlando hotels; and a variety of hotel & theme park ticket travel packages that are certain to give your family wonderful lasting memories.

    Premier World Discovery offers a variety of group tour vacations designed for active adults, specializing in domestic travel. Best of all, NYSUT members & their family members can save $100 per person on specific tours and cruises. Choose from a lineup of more than 70 travel programs around the globe, including fully-escorted tours, private-chartered European river cruises, and festive holiday and New Year’s getaways.

    And don't forget to check out all of our endorsed shopping/travel/personal programs.

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