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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

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  • December 05, 2017
    NYSUT Member Benefits held a special prize drawing as part of the 2017 NYSUT Pocket Calendar in which three MAP Alert members would be randomly selected to win prizes. All NYSUT members who joined our MAP Alert email service by December 4, 2017 were eligible to win these prizes.

    Congratulations to the following NYSUT members for being selected as prize winners of this drawing:

    -- Shannon Dunton of Marcus Whitman Teacher Aide, Teaching Assistants and Clerical Employees Association -- Winner of a $50 Amazon Gift Card (Prize #3)

    -- Susan Fanning of PSC - York College -- Winner of a Bose Soundlink Speaker (Prize #2)

    -- Judith Goldberg of United Federation of Teachers -- Winner of an iPad Mini (Prize #1)

    We extend our congratulations to Shannon, Susan and Judith, and would like to thank all NYSUT members who have voluntarily agreed to join our MAP Alert email service.

    If you are not currently a MAP Alert member, we encourage you to sign up now in advance of our 2018 Member Appreciation Month celebration. Prize drawings will be held each day in February 2018 as part of this special event.

    Sign up at any time through the end of February 2018 to be eligible to win prizes... but if you join MAP by January 31, 2018, you'll have the most chances to win!
  • November 21, 2017
    NYSUT Member Benefits has created an "As a Member" memorandum that contains information about the no-cost benefits available from NYSUT Member Benefits along with NYSUT's national affiliates, the American Federation of Teachers (AFT) & National Education Association (NEA).

    This communications piece also provides contact information for the voluntary programs & services endorsed by NYSUT Member Benefits.

    Click here to view this memorandum.

    You can learn more about all of our endorsed programs by reviewing the program pages available on this website. As always, feel free to contact us with any questions as well at 800-626-8101 weekdays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. (EST).
  • November 02, 2017
    The NYSUT Member Benefits Corporation-endorsed Orlando Employee Discounts program has announced that NYSUT members and their families that book their 2018 vacation home now will enjoy an additional 10% early booking bonus discount.
    This special discount is in addition to the up to 30% savings on Orlando, FL vacations that the NYSUT membership already enjoys.

    Orlando Employee Discounts has been assisting families with their vacation plans to the Central Florida area for the past 20 years, offering among the lowest nightly rates on quality hotels and vacation homes in and near Walt Disney World.

    Click here to book your 2018 vacation home now (Please Note: the additional 10% discount will be applied at check-out).
  • October 18, 2017
    The NYSUT Member Benefits Trust is now providing NYSUT members and agency fee payers with up to $1,500 Accidental Death & Dismemberment (AD&D) Insurance, including a travel assistance component.

    The $1,500 AD&D insurance is offered through Chubb Group Insurance Companies, and includes Travel Assistance Services provided by Europ Assistance at no cost that focus on providing coordination services to travelers. This coverage was previously provided by NYSUT.

    In regards to our national affiliates, effective August 1, 2017, all active, working AFT members in good standing are automatically provided with $5,000 AD&D insurance provided at no cost through the national AFT organization.

    Meanwhile, the NEA Members Insurance Trust offers complimentary life insurance at no extra cost to active, staff, reserve and life NEA members, including up to $5,000 AD&D insurance.

    Click here for more information.
  • October 16, 2017
    NYSUT Member Benefits and the MetLife organization (the provider of our endorsed Auto & Homeowners Insurance program) extend our deepest sympathies to all affected by recent severe weather brought about by Hurricanes Irma and Harvey along with the wildfires currently raging in California.

    MetLife Auto & Home's claim organization has been mobilized and assisting those NYSUT members affected in Florida, Georgia, South Carolina, North Carolina, Tennessee, Texas and Louisiana.

    MetLife Auto & Home has deployed Major Loss Adjusters to assist policyholders impacted by the devastating wildfires currently raging in California.

    Additional claims resources are ready to be deployed as needed. MetLife has also commenced pro-active call-outs and identified policyholders that may have been affected by these tragic incidents.

    MetLife policyholders can report storm-related auto and property damage losses 24 hours per day using the following methods:

    How to Report Storm-Related Auto & Property Damage Losses:
    Phone: 800-854-6011 (available 24 hours)
    Fax: 866-743-1546 

    How to Report MetLife Auto & Home Flood Policy Claims:
    Phone: 800-759-8656
    Customer Website:

    Helpful Additional Links:
    Click here to view a video for homeowners insurance policyholders that includes instructions on filing claims, emergency living expenses and temporary repairs following a major weather event.

    Click here to review information for flood insurance policyholders about what to do in the event of a flood.

    MetLife Auto & Home has also taken the following actions to assist those policyholders affected by these devastating hurricanes, including expanding its staff to receive new claim notifications and manage expected inquiries from policyholders.

    Those Impacted by Hurricane Irma:
    MetLife's Catastrophe Response Team is ready to handle any incoming claims and its claim personnel are prepared to help customers secure shelter if necessary, guide customers through temporary repairs, issues check for immediate expenses and promptly compensate customers for any damage to property.

    To help customers get back on their feet as quickly as possible, MetLife has mobilized its Catastrophe Response Vehicles in areas hit hardest by Hurricane Irma.

    Click here for more details.

    Those Impacted by Hurricane Harvey:
    Home Losses:
    MetLife has moved Major Loss and CAT Adjusters into the impacted areas and additional Field Adjusters are being positioned to manage the anticipated service demand. In addition, MetLife's CAT RV along with support and fueling vehicles were moved just outside of the storm and flood zones. Mitigation and emergency service providers are also offering assistance as these areas are opened by authorities.

    Auto Losses:
    Additional staff appraisers were flown into Dallas, TX recently to supplement the local adjusters that were deployed; there are additional appraisers on standby that will be deployed as needed. The MetLife Total Loss team is ready to assist and positioned to expedite settlement in many cases. Additional third party partners are prepared to assist as needed.

    Prior to Harvey making landfall recently, Enterprise Rent-A-Car moved its local vehicles out of the area and is returning those cars as soon as safely possible in order to get policyholders into rental cars. Given the extreme demand, MetLife anticipates that securing a rental could be challenging in the weeks ahead.

  • September 19, 2017
    Equifax -- the parent company of the NYSUT Member Benefits Corporation-endorsed ID Watchdog program -- announced in early September 2017 that its database had been compromised by online hackers, potentially impacting approximately 145.5 million U.S. consumers.

    In light of this breach, Equifax established a dedicated website at to assist consumers in determining if their information has been potentially impacted. 

    NYSUT members and their families interested in seeing if their personal data may have been compromised can visit and click on the "Am I Impacted?" tab in the menu at the top of the page.

    You must submit your last name and the last six digits of your Social Security number. The Equifax site will then inform you whether your personal information may have been compromised. At that point, consumers can sign up for credit file monitoring and identity theft protection provided at no charge for one year through TrustedID Premier.

    Equifax is also in the process of sending direct mail notices to consumers whose credit card numbers or dispute documents with personal identifying information were impacted by this breach.

    Helpful Tips from NYSUT Member Benefits
    The Equifax breach shows that no database seems to be truly safe from being hacked today. That's why we encourage you to research your options going forward. Credit monitoring is definitely a good idea as it can alert you to an issue where someone has opened credit in your name or is attempting to fraudulently use your identity.

    That's where our endorsed ID Watchdog program comes in, providing identity theft protection to NYSUT members and their family members. ID Watchdog offers a 100 percent resolution guarantee if your identity is ever compromised along with $1 million reimbursement insurance.

    Another option to protect your credit (and perhaps the safest way) is to put a freeze on it. Freezing your credit is a manual process where you need to contact each of the three credit bureaus (Equifax, Experian and TransUnion) and let them know you would like to freeze it. There is a nominal charge of $10 per credit bureau. Freezing credit is especially a good idea for protecting your children, as child identity theft can be much more difficult to detect.

    To learn more about freezing your credit and other helpful tips, we encourage you to read the following articles from our Member Benefits E-Direct electronic newsletter:

    1. Summer 2017 issue of MB E-Direct -- Kids Corner: Protect Your Children Against Credit & Identity Theft

    2. Summer 2015 issue of MB E-Direct -- Can You Protect Yourself from a Data Breach?

    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!

  • September 01, 2017
    NYSUT Member Benefits wants to tag along as you plan those vacations, excursions and special days out this spring!

    Maybe you're looking to book an unforgettable adventure to Hershey Park, the San Diego Zoo or other popular attractions with your children or grandchildren? Or how about saving on tickets to the latest blockbuster films? Perhaps you want to check out that hot new restaurant in town or an upcoming sporting event without breaking the bank? 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.
  • 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 01, 2017
    As a show of thanks to the more than 600,000 NYSUT members that comprise this labor union, NYSUT Member Benefits held our third annual Member Appreciation Month throughout the month of February.

    Member Appreciation Month was well received the past two years, and this year’s celebration was once again filled with special prize drawings for items donated by Member Benefits and our endorsed program providers.

    MAP Alert members were randomly selected each day to win a variety of prizes, including iPads; iPad Minis; Amazon Kindles; Best Buy, Amazon & Target gift cards; Regal Movie gift certificates; car rental certificates; wireless speakers; and much more!

    Click here to view the daily prize winners!

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