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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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  • February 27, 2018
    The Winter 2018 issue of our Member Benefits E-Direct electronic newsletter is now available for all NYSUT members and their families to view.

    Technology has become such an integral part of our lives that it is now woven into the fabric of today's society. Have you ever stopped to consider how secure your computer is, though? The feature story of the Winter 2018 issue of Member Benefits E-Direct looks at this topic along with how you can best protect your computer and personal information from viruses, malware and ransomware.

    This issue also looks at ways to financially prepare your family for another child, disaster emergency tips for pet owners as well as union-endorsed benefits that could benefit you and your loved ones.

    Click the following link to view this e-newsletter -- http://online.fliphtml5.com/pwms/isqi/index.html

    Want to be among the first to view each new issue of the MB E-Direct electronic newsletter and be eligible for special prize drawings? Click here to join our voluntary MAP Alert email service!
  • February 14, 2018

    Valentines

    NYSUT Member Benefits is offering up our own goodies and special moments on this day...

    Join our MAP Alert email service to automatically be eligible to win special prize drawings; learn about new endorsed programs; and stay up to date about changes to existing programs.

    And if you sign up for MAP today, you still have two weeks to be eligible to win a number of great prizes as part of our annual Member Appreciation Month celebration! Click here to learn more now.

  • January 25, 2018

    Wouldn't it be great to be able to get exclusive member discounts on tickets to the latest blockbuster movies or theater events, the hottest concerts & sporting events, and the coolest theme parks & attractions?

    With the NYSUT Member Benefits Corporation-endorsed Abenity Discounts program, you can do all this and more -- right from the palm of your hand!


    The Abenity Discounts program gives NYSUT members & their families access to approximately 290,000 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.

  • January 18, 2018
    Have you checked out the all new NYSUT Member Benefits Financial Planning Center recently? If not, we encourage you to take some time to do so.

    This enhanced site is a valued-added benefit offered at no charge to NYSUT members and their families.

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


    Choose from 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 Financial Planning Center.

    Click here to access the Financial Planning Center.
  • January 09, 2018
    NYSUT Member Benefits will be conducting focus groups with the NYSUT membership throughout New York State later this month to gather valuable feedback about the programs and services that Member Benefits offers.

    Please be aware that you may be receiving a phone call from an independent market research firm asking you to participate in one of these focus groups, which will be held either in-person or over the phone; we hope you will take part in these very important conversations if asked to do so.
  • January 04, 2018
    Due to a system error, the no-cost $25,000 Term Life Insurance policy offer for new NYSUT members under age 40 has been delayed. Plan Administrator Mercer Consumer has corrected this error and is currently mailing out these offers.

    The $25,000 Term Life offer for new members over age 40 will be mailed this March; this is a simplified offer with medical questions. NYSUT Member Benefits will continue to work with Mercer Consumer to ensure all offers have been mailed.
  • 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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