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NEA TRAVEL PROGRAM

NEA Member Benefits knows how much NEA members love to travel, and we are seeing members start to venture out. We want to assure you that NEA Member Benefits and our partners are here to help you plan trips while making health and safety the top consideration. Please see the information below about the precautions our partners are taking and ways to save now.

Car Rentals
Both Enterprise and Hertz have implemented more rigorous cleaning and disinfecting processes for its cars, shuttles and service locations. In addition, agents are wearing mask and gloves, and they are wiping down all counters and surfaces after they finish interacting with travelers. They are also enforcing social distancing between agents and members, as well customers between other customers. Both companies have relaxed their cancelation policies in case the member is unable to travel to his or her destination.

See how you can save at both companies below:

Enterprise: Receive special discounts off of base rates. Go to: www.neamb.com/travel/enterprise-car-rental-discount.htm  

Hertz: Save up to 25% on car rental base rates plus enjoy bonus savings on qualifying rentals. Visit: www.neamb.com/travel/hertz-car-rental-discount.htm

Trafalgar

Trafalgar is hoping to resume worldwide trips on September 1. The company has implemented additional steps and procedures to heighten hygiene protocols, comply with physical distancing requirements by cognizant government authorities and give members peace of mind when traveling in the current environment. If a member books a guided tour and needs to cancel, or if Trafalgar cancels, the member may take one of the following actions:

1. Rebook the same trip for a later date at no penalty

2. Rebook a different trip for a later date at no penalty

3. Receive a Future Travel Credit (FTC) to use by December 31, 2022

Members can also transfer their reservation or FTC to other members, friends or family. Right now, members can receive 10% off when booking a guided tour! Visit:   www.neamb.com/products/trafalgar-worldwide-guided-vacations

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NEA STUDENT DEBT NAVIGATOR

NEA Member Benefits and the NEA Members Insurance Trust are excited to announce that, as of June 25, 2020, NEA members can enroll in the premium version of the NEA Student Debt Navigator for a full year at no cost!

The NEA Student Debt Navigator, offered in partnership with Savi, a social impact technology company working to solve the student loan debt crisis, was developed in response to an astounding $1.5 Trillion in student debt burdening 43 million Americans today. The average NEA member carries student loan debt of $25,000 to $30,000, with many topping $40,000! The tool helps student loan borrowers navigate the confusing landscape of loan repayment and forgiveness options available through the federal Teacher Loan Forgiveness and Public Service Loan Forgiveness programs.

While NEA members have had free access to the basic version of the online Student Debt Navigator—previously called the NEA Student Loan Forgiveness Navigator—for more than a year on NEAMB.com, the premium version was available for a fee of $29.95 per year (albeit highly discounted from the $99 annual cost to the general public).

The major advantage of the premium version of the Navigator is that it provides the technical support of Savi’s student loan experts who can answer members’ questions and help them fill out and e-file their student or public service loan forgiveness applications. This personal assistance greatly increases the likelihood that members will successfully complete the process and, hopefully, reduce or eliminate some of their student loan debt!

The year of premium access to the NEA Student Debt Navigator is one of the no-cost benefits provided by the NEA Members Insurance Trust, which include the NEA Introductory Life and NEA Complimentary Life Insurance programs.

To check out this benefit: https://www.neamb.com/products/nea-student-debt-navigator

IEA’S EDUCATOR ACCESS DISCOUNT PROGRAM ADJUSTS TO GIVE GREATER VALUE TO IEA MEMBERS

With some of the COVID-19 related restrictions being relaxed in the United States and around the world, the travel industry is predicting increases in short-term travel experiences close to home, like hotel “stay-cations” and road trips to visit family and friends. In fact, Educator Access is seeing some of this behavior within its own programs as more IEA members appear to be booking weekend getaways low-key adventuring this summer.

With that in mind, IEA Member Benefits thought now would be a good time to refresh members’ memories on how the hotel booking platform works. Here is a brief 90-second video that we encourage you to view.

As you explore the travel booking site, you may notice Access has used the recent pandemic downtime to increase its inventory feeds, improve surfacing best locations and offers, and added other minor enhancements to improve the overall user experience.

To use the Access discounts, go to the IEA Member Benefits website, scroll down to see the IEA membership card, click, and follow the prompts. 

Your Safe Summer Savings

You don’t have to go far for a safe and relaxing getaway with your Access Educator Discount. Click on any of the deals below and you will be directed to the Access Educator Discount website where you can explore these great discounts.

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NEA MEMBER BENEFITS MEMBER APPRECIATION GIVEAWAY

Earlier in the summer IEA Member Benefits published a story in this newsletter inviting IEA members to register with NEA Member Benefits for the possibility of winning a $150 Target gift card.  Once you had registered on the site you could enter as often as you liked.

Well…guess what?  The publisher of this newsletter, Dick Chilcote, the IEA Member Benefits Director, did enter as a retired IEA/NEA member (he can’t remember how many times) and on May 26 he received in the mail a letter which stated that his name was selected through a computerized random search of all entries to be a winner.  Attached was the $150 Target gift card!!

NEA Member Benefits has informed us that two more IEA members were winners.  If and when we have permission we will publish their reactions.

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Check Out the Free NEA Member Benefits Financial Whiteboard

This four-part email series is designed to give you the financial edge on important money matters.

You’ll find tips, tools and videos to help make sense out of your finances. We’ll cover topics like:

  • Student Debt Relief
  • Stretching Your Paycheck
  • Managing Credit
  • Saving for the Future

Click here to sign up for the free financial whiteboard series today!

https://www.neamb.com/landing-pages/sign-up-for-the-nea-member-benefits-financial-whiteboard-newsletter.

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NEW BENEFIT: NEA Easy Pay powered by Square Deal Market

Buy now, pay later—no credit check, no interest charges and no annual membership fees for NEA members

·  This exclusive shopping program, vetted by NEA, is not offered to the general public

·  No annual membership fees – the $59.95 membership fee is waived for NEA members

·  Save with member-only pricing and special flash sales on home furnishings, fashion,

electronics, fitness and much more

·  Pay for purchases in installments of 3, 6, or 9 months—interest free

·  Shop online from over 50,000 products from top manufacturers such as Apple, LG, KitchenAid, Tempur-Pedic and Kate Spade

·  No credit checks – a credit check is not required for enrollment in the program

Check out this new benefit at neamb.com.

Hot Deals and Discounts from NEA Member Benefits

Summer is here and the deals are hot! Here are a few ways to save this summer, including gifts for the Dad or Grad in your life, discounts on GE appliances, and a vacation photo contest. The winner gets $500 in vacation cash!

Don’t Forget the Dads and Grads in Your Life

It’s time to celebrate Dads and grads—and your favorite teachers, too! Get 20% off all orders from the 1800flowers family of brands, including Harry & David, Cheryl’s Gourmet Cookies, the Popcorn Factory, and more. Check out all your choices at www.neamb.com/flowers.

July 4th Sales Event at the GE Appliances Store!

Celebrate and SAVE BIG during our July 4th Sales Event! Enjoy free delivery on orders over $399! Plus, take advantage of our special financing options.

Excludes Monogram®.Offer valid 6/16/20 – 7/8/20.

Already registered? Visit the GE Appliances Store at www.Shop4GE.com for offer details.

Need to register? Visit the Home and Auto Discounts category at www.neamb.com and click the Start Shopping button to register for access to the GE Appliances Store.

*Delivery not available in Alaska, Hawaii and other select ZIP codes within the continental U.S. To verify delivery to your home, enter your deliver-to zip code on the login page of the GE Appliances Store.

Enter the Share Your Vacation Photos Contest

Take a tour through your old photos and submit the best shot from your favorite vacation. NEA members will then have the chance to vote for their favorite image. Starting May 27, enter your photo at http://neamb.com/FaveVacaPic. Voting (yes, you can vote for your own photo) begins June 8. The member whose photo receives the most votes will win $500 in Vacation Cash redeemable toward a trip on NEA Vacations!

What Are Your Travel Plans for 2020 and Beyond?

You want to get back on the road as soon as you feel comfortable doing so, exploring America and the rest of the world. But what does traveling again mean to you? How have your future travel plans been adjusted in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic? Take this brief survey to share your thoughts on what your first foray into traveling again might look like. We’ll share results in the June issue of the NEA Travel Newsletter.

Opt-In Now to NEA Vacations, and Book Later!

Opt-in and receive $500 in Travel Dollars to use like cash later when you book a trip on NEA Vacations. When you’re ready to travel again, NEA Vacations will be there to help you save up to 50% on hotels, resorts, cruises and guided tours.

There’s no obligation, so go to https://www.neamb.com/products/nea-vacations to opt-in today.

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Summer Skip – Just One Way to Save On Your Insurance

We could all use a little more savings these days. While some insurance companies made a splash with payback promotions, California Casualty quietly worked with our customers to provide personalized savings solutions. By following the tips below, you, too, can save on your auto and home insurance – in some cases more than the percentages and dollar figures that made recent headlines.

Here are simple ways you can SAVE MORE on your insurance:

  1. Choose a Summer Skip Payment Option – adjust your payment schedule to EZ Pay and choose two summer months that you wish to skip (June/July or July/Aug or Aug/Sept).  
  • Buy Auto and Home/Renters From the Same Company – take advantage of significant discounts when your home or renters insurance is combined with your automobile insurance. In some cases, the savings “pays for” your renters policy.
  • Increase Your Deductibles – the amount you’ll save each month could add up, especially if you are incident free for a number of years. Just make sure you can cover the higher deductible in the event something happens.
  • Seek Out Additional Discounts – ask about discounts that were not applicable when you purchased your policy, but are now. A quick policy review with Customer Service is usually all that is needed.
  • Quote with California Casualty if You’re With Another Carrier – the member-only rates and educator-specific benefits offered through the NEA Auto and Home Insurance Program could offer significant long-term savings.  

If you’re a NEA Auto and Home Insurance policyholder, please reach out to California Casualty’s Customer Care Team at 1.800.800.9410 and select option 3, or email service@calcas.com . You can also visit our website at www.CalCas.com to chat with an online Customer Service Representative.

California Casualty has been serving the needs of educators since 1951 and is the only auto and home insurance company to earn the trust and endorsement of the National Education Association (NEA). As a result, NEA members qualify for exceptional rates, deductibles waived for vandalism or collisions to your vehicle parked at school, holiday or summer skip payment plans and free Identity Defense protection – exclusive benefits not available to the general public. Learn how to save by getting a quote at www.neamb.com/autohome, or by calling 1.800.800.9410.

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NEW NEMBER BENEFIT: Office Depot/Office Max Discount Program

NEA Member Benefits is providing a new opportunity to save money for members.  Just launched is the Office Depot/Office Max Discount Program.

This program provides exclusive NEA savings. You can purchase thousands of discounted products from officedepot.com‘s regular prices.  You can order online and pick up in one hour.  You also get free delivery on qualifying orders of $50 or more. Save on office supplies including:  copy paper and toner; office essential and cleaning supplies; folders, labels and binders.  CHECK IT OUT.

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Member Assistance Program Resources and Services

NEA Member Benefits has sent the message below to NEA members. The NEA MB Member Assistance Program webpage referenced in the message provides information on financial accommodations being offered by NEA MB’s major business partners to NEA MB program participants. NEA MB will continue to monitor developments and seek ways to support members and state & local affiliates during this unprecedented and challenging time.  With NEA Member Benefits, “it’s all about the member.”

Dear NEA Member,

We understand the current outbreak of COVID-19 is having a big impact on your students and on your life – both personally and professionally. We know educators like you are being asked to adapt to extraordinary circumstances at work while managing disruption and other challenges at home.

We remain committed to serving you. Our staff and many of our partners are working remotely to continue to assist you. We understand that many members’ incomes may be disrupted, and we would like to remind you to please visit our Member Assistance Program for more information at https://www.neamb.com/pages/coronavirus-assistance.

In addition to visiting our website at www.neamb.com, please don’t hesitate to call our Member Advocacy Center at (800) 637-4636, or email us at ask-us@neamb.com, with questions about our products or services. The Member Advocacy Center is open Monday – Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., and Saturday, 9:00 a.m. to1:00 p.m., EDT.

We wish you and your family safety, wellness and calm during these challenging times.

Please take care,


NEA Member Benefits team

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Beware of Tax Time ID Theft

Just when you thought that you’ve done all that was needed to file your taxes this year…you get an URGENT email from the IRS that something is wrong and you must reply right away. Don’t!

Phishing emails and text messages are the preferred forms of communication for a variety of recent tax time scams. While they may appear to come from the IRS, they are actually designed by scammers to:

  • Lure you into clicking on malicious links that install malware capable of stealing the personal information on your computer, smartphone or tablet
  • Have you provide “missing” personal information, such as your social security number
  • Pay them via a wire transfer or preloaded debit card with a threat of arrest if you do not comply

Scammers and thieves know that we have been “trained” to fear the IRS and they prey on our emotions. Over the years, many taxpayers have encountered individuals impersonating IRS officials – in person, over the telephone and via email.

What you should know…the IRS doesn’t initiate contact with taxpayers by email, text messages or social media about a tax bill/refund or to request personal or financial information.This includes requests for PIN numbers, passwords or similar access information for credit cards, banks or other financial accounts.In fact, the IRS initiates most contacts through regular mail or “notices” delivered by the United States Postal Service.

  • Forward an unsolicited email claiming to be from the IRS, or an IRS-related component like the Electronic Federal Tax Payment System, to the IRS at phishing@irs.gov.
  • Report phone scams to the Federal Trade Commission. Use the “FTC Complaint Assistant” on FTC.gov. Please add “IRS Telephone Scam” in the notes.

While the IRS has instituted new programs and resources to try and prevent tax ID theft, they warn that crooks continue to find new, more sophisticated ways to capitalize on our money. That’s why they have a comprehensive list of information about tax-time identity theft and helpful links at http://www.irs.gov/uac/Identity-Protection.

California Casualty has been serving the needs of educators since 1951 and is the only auto and home insurance company to earn the trust and endorsement of the National Education Association (NEA). As a result, NEA members qualify for exceptional rates, deductibles waived for vandalism or collisions to your vehicle parked at school, holiday or summer skip payment plans and free Identity Defense protection – exclusive benefits not available to the general public. Learn how to save by getting a quote at www.neamb.com/autohome, or by calling 1.800.800.9410.

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