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Indulge Your Wanderlust—on a Budget—with NEA Vacations

Want to travel but money’s tight? Let NEA Vacations find you the dreamy discounted vacation that will work for your budget.

As we head into colder weather, you might already be dreaming about a spring break getaway or maybe even planning a full-blown summer vacation. Before you make any plans, check out this new money-saving benefit for NEA members: NEA Vacations. It’s a one-stop-shop that will help you secure the best vacation deals available—whether you’re looking for a flight, a hotel or resort stay, a cruise or even a guided vacation

Exclusively available to NEA members, educators can nab discounted rates for cruises, hotel stays, resorts and various other attractions around the world simply by logging in to the NEA Member Benefits website at www.neamb.com and using the portal to go shopping.

What’s NEA Vacations all about?

NEA Vacations is an online shopping portal offering the guaranteed best value on a whole slew of vacations and related excursions—everything from resorts to hotel bookings to guided vacations to cruises.

If you’re a cruise fan, you’ll be pleased to know that the website sells discounted voyages from the top cruise lines out there, including popular river cruise lines AmaWaterways and Viking and mainstream oceangoing cruise companies such as Carnival, Celebrity, Disney, Holland America, Norwegian, Princess and Royal Caribbean. Cruises aboard a number of luxury lines, like Regent, Seabourn and Silversea, are also offered. With more than 21,000 cruise departures, there is sure to be one that fits all of your needs.

A variety of guided vacations are also available from well-known travel companies like Globus, Insight Vacations, Cosmos, Monograms, Brendan Vacations, and Tauck.

If you prefer independent land vacations, the travel portal still has you covered. Just search for your destination and date of travel to browse a variety of hotels and resorts, or you can purchase a package that includes your airfare and hotel. Checking deals in Las Vegas last July, we found rates at the well-rated Westgate Las Vegas Resort & Casino for just $72 per night.

What are NEA Travel Dollars?

To sweeten the deal, you can earn NEA Travel Dollars to use as partial payment on purchases at the NEA Vacations portal. You can then apply those dollars to reduce the cost of future travel. You accumulate NEA Travel Dollars simply by acting on emails from NEA Member Benefits that encourage you to keep your records current or ask you to participate in other ways. For example, if you have a new email address, updating it on the NEA system will earn you $100 worth of Travel Dollars, while sharing your birthday will earn an additional $250. You can also earn Travel Dollars by opting in to receive the NEA Travel newsletter or by purchasing non-travel products and services. See more details at NEAMB.com.

Members can accrue up to $1,500 in Travel Dollars annually and portions of it can be used as partial payment for travel services. (Airfare and car rentals are excluded.) Travel Dollars expire a year from when they are received. As part of NEA Vacations, you can also earn a variety of incentives such as Onboard Credit to use on a cruise, an upgrade to a bigger hotel room or free WiFi.

What can you expect from NEA Vacations?

If you’re like most educators, you are very busy. You may not have time to search all over the web for the best deal on flights and hotels. That’s why NEA Vacations is so valuable. You can make all your vacation plans, at discounted rates, all on one website. You’ll make your plans faster and save money doing so. And, for most purchases, you’ll earn NEA Travel Dollars, which can be spent at NEA Vacations the next time you shop.

It’s important to note that travel packages are not limited to NEA members alone. You can bring your family along on your adventures and still make use of this new benefit. However, you must book their travel. So start saving those NEA Travel Dollars now to use when booking your family trip. Plan an Orlando outing so you can say hello to Mickey and Minnie or stroll the streets of Hogsmeade at The Wizarding World of Harry Potter™ at Universal Orlando®!

You can also purchase associated travel insurance through NEA Vacations. Costs vary depending on the provider and ages of travelers. You will see the insurance policy specific to your booking and can decide if you would like to add it to your trip.

So hop on board–your next great adventure awaits. Visit NEA Vacations to find out more!

Now is the Time to Plan a Hassle Free Holiday Vacation!

Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s will be here before you know it. Heed NEA Member Benefits’ advice for flight reservations, day-of-travel tips and tactics that will help you plan a low-stress holiday trip.

 

The holiday season may be, as the song says, “the most wonderful time of the year.” But everyone who travels knows that it brings added stresses because of winter weather, heavy traffic and flight delays. Planning ahead is the key, and using a travel checklist can keep things calm. The following list offers tips and strategies to help you save time and money as well as conquer seasonal travel-related hassles. So make your list and check it twice—you’ll increase the number of holiday smiles, including your own.

 

Plane and Train Tips

  • Research and book flights early. For Christmas, the year’s busiest period for air travel, book about 80 days ahead to avoid rising fares. For Thanksgiving, you’ll get the best price by buying 5 to 6 weeks ahead.
  • Travel early or late. Flying early in the morning or late in the day can mean better on-time performance.
  • Score holiday savings. Check alternate airports, connecting flights rather than a nonstop and traveling at different times of day. If you can do it, flying on Thanksgiving or Christmas Day may save you money. Check flight prices at NEA Vacations.
  • Book holiday trains early. Reserve a month ahead, especially for Thanksgiving, the busiest time for train travel; some trains sell out. Prices increase substantially closer to the travel date at any time of year. Amtrak’s booking tool is handy, and you should look at the site’s Deals section.
  • Study car rentals. Book about 6 weeks ahead to avoid a limited choice of vehicles during the holidays. To save money, use your NEA member discount at 1 of 5 rental car companies or check general travel sites as well as car-rental agencies. You can even call to ask about discounts. The number of days counts, too: It may be cheaper to pay for a weekly rate rather than rent for a few days.

 

Road Trip Strategies

  • Think safety first. Get your car checked (brakes, tires, oil, etc.) before you head out. Be sure to pack an emergency kit that includes a flashlight, blanket and small shovel.
  • Pack your trunk. Plan ahead for how you will transport holiday gifts and any winter sports gear.
  • Gas up. Start with a full tank to avoid lines and higher prices on the highway.
  • Make smart stops. Save time and money on mid-travel stops by downloading iExit interstate highway guide to locate gas stations (with prices); it also has restaurants (with ratings) and ATMs.
  • Book city parking. An app such as ParkingPanda saves time and money on spaces in city lots. Parking on Thanksgiving Day or Christmas? Call the lot even if you have a reservation—to be sure it’s actually open.

 

Keeping the Kids Happy

  • Get kids involved. It’s always best to talk with your kids about your travel plans and what to expect well in advance. First-time fliers will benefit from a step-by-step rundown. Ask for kids’ vacation suggestions, and keep a countdown to the big day.
  • Take favorite stuff. A few toys and snacks are essential, and don’t forget the video game or tablet to keep kids occupied. Take earbuds and headphones. Books and audiobooks make great travel companions, too.
  • Consider childproofing. If you have small children, check with your hosts about specific concerns, or speak with your hotel. Take along any childproofing items (outlet covers, for example) as needed.

 

Gift Guide for Travelers

  • Keep gifts unwrapped. TSA rules mean gifts go through security screening, so plan to wrap items after you arrive at your destination. It’s a good idea even if gifts are in your checked luggage.
  • Consider shipping gifts. The holidays challenge the lightest packers, so check luggage weight restrictions. An extra checked bag may cost you $35 or $40; shipping can be more convenient.
  • Bring an extra bag. An easily foldable bag may be useful for gifts you want to carry back.

 

Ready, Set, Go: Advice for Your Travel Day

  • Check in. Confirm your flight’s status; you can check in online up to 24 hours before you fly. Print your boarding pass or keep it on your phone.
  • Keep travel documents handy. Be sure any boarding passes, identification and other material are in a convenient place.
  • Leave early. Whether you’re driving or taking a plane or train, allowing plenty of extra time will keep everyone less stressed. If you’re parking at the airport, factor in time in for that.
  • Charge your devices. Be sure your phone is fully charged, and keep chargers handy during travel.

 

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Summer Break is Here – Take Advantage of Your Association Member Benefits, Save Money, and Enjoy!!!

USE YOUR EDUCATOR ACCESS DISCOUNT PROGRAM!

This is IEA’s most popular discount program: in the past year IEA members took advantage of 3,236 discounts with this program and saved a total of $127,370 as a result. Plan ahead to save money wherever you go this summer. Where can you save? Hotels, dining, condos and resorts, golf, movies, recreation, entertainment, cruises. You can also save on shopping.

Go to IEA Member Benefits website. Find and click on the picture of the IEA membership card to take you to the Access website. If needed, register with the last 7 digits of your membership number, your personal e-mail address, and create a password. You only need to register once. Each time thereafter you sign in with your e-mail and password. Browse the site and DISCOVER the thousands of ways to save!

You want to hear some testimonials, you say:

  • “I saved $50 a night which was 75% off the normal price on hotels in Portland.” – Shannon N, Boise;
  • “Roosevelt Bed and Breakfast – wonderful room and delicious gourmet breakfast for half the price.” – Jan S., Boundary County;
  • “I used the Access benefit when I went to Orlando one summer and was able to save over $400 in my hotel bill alone.” – Erlinda M. What Erlinda doesn’t tell you is that you can also save on theme park costs such as DisneyWorld, etc.

Find any Red Box and get DVDs, two for the price of one (use the app described below.)

Every time you eat at Chili’s you can get a free serving of chips and queso (with the app again.)

We don’t have the room and you don’t have the time to learn of the over quarter million discounts available nationwide.

There is a GPS friendly app that accompanies this Access benefit. The Access site will guide you to the app or you can download the “My Deals” app from the app store, register using your home email address and mobile password (1006 – [last 7 digits of] your membership number.) Wherever you are, the app will show the discounts in that vicinity.

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More ways to use your association benefits and save this summer:

NEA CLICK & SAVEThis a very popular discount purchasing program when you shop on line.  You and your family can save on brand name merchandise from hundreds of top retailers, restaurants, online stores, and local merchants. Just register and sign in on neamb.com to start shopping. New offers are added every day and you can set email reminders for your favorite merchants so you’ll be notified in advance of upcoming sales and discounts.

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TicketsatWork.com – Here’s a great way to save money and take advantage of discounts and special offers for many theme parks and attractions nationwide (should you plan to leave town and Idaho and see the rest of the country.) We’re talking about places such as

  • Walt Disney World Resort,
  • Universal Studios,
  • Disneyland Park,
  • Sea World,
  • Six Flags,
  • Cirque du Soleil,
  • Las Vegas and New York City shows and performances,
  • Busch Gardens,
  • Kennedy Space Center,
  • Orlando Balloon Rides,
  • Orlando Dinner Shows (oodles of other Orlando attractions)
  • Gray Line Grand Canyon Tours,
  • Grand Canyon Helicopter Tours,
  • Las Vegas Hotels (save as much as 50%) (oodles of Las Vegas attractions)
  • Knott’s Berry Farm,
  • San Diego Zoo,
  • Legoland (oodles of other California attractions)
  • Gray Line NYC sightseeing,
  • Metropolitan Museum of Art (save 15% and skip the line),
  • New York City Explorer Pass (save 45%) (oodles more NYC attractions)

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And then there is the latest association benefit: NEA Vacations. Save on hotels and resorts, air fare, cruises, guided vacations, vacation packages. Earn NEA Travel Dollars to give you even more discounts. A member has reported that she saved $400 on two plane tickets!!

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Book Your DREAM Vacation and Save BIG Through NEA Vacations

NEA Members Save on Airfare, Hotels, Resorts, Cruises and More!

NEA Vacations offers you a world of travel discounts. Whether you’re planning a family vacation or your dream getaway NEA members can see more and do more for less.
SAVE with access to prices not available elsewhere on:

  • Hotels and Resorts
  • Airlines
  • Cruises
  • Guided Vacations, Vacation Packages and more!

PLUS, as an added bonus, NEA Members can earn NEA Travel Dollars to use as partial payment on cruises, resorts, hotels and vacation packages.

Learn about this great BRAND NEW BENEFIT at https://www.neamb.com/travel/nea-vacations.htm.

From the IEA Executive Director

"I feel that being an IEA member is a professional right and responsibility. Partnering with MBC just makes your membership an even more valuable resource."

Sue (Scott) Wigdorski
Idaho Education Association
Executive Director

From the IEA President

“The IEA is the voice for public education in Idaho, the leader in professional development opportunities, and the greatest source for support for the education profession. Having access to discounts from an array of vendors through Member Benefits is an added bonus for members!”

Kari Overall
President
Idaho Education Association

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