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NOTE $1 SERVICE FEE: Tickets for stage performances, sporting events or any event of a commercial nature require a service fee of $1 per event (not per ticket). Tickets are mailed two weeks prior to the date of an event. For undated passes and discounts, allow three weeks for processing. No cancellations or refunds.
Blue Man Group Discounts
The Blue Man Group, a long-running, critically-acclaimed, highly-entertaining piece of performance art at the Astor Place Theatre at 434 Lafayette Street in lower Manhattan is offering discounts to UFT members. This wildly popular phenomenon delivers an unforgettable multi-sensory experience that has entertained thousands over the last 25 years of the show. Save 25% on tickets to Blue Man Group, ($64, regularly $85) at the website or purchase tickets at the theater (which is right across the street from the Public Theater), to save convenience fees.
EDUCATOR GROUP DISCOUNTS: A special $59 student rate includes all fees and the best seats available. Classroom education guides are available. Q&As with performers can be arranged as well as daytime 11:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. shows. Blue Man Group is an official vendor with the DOE and is happy to accept purchase orders. For these special class trips, call 212-260-8993 or visit blueman.com.
TheaterMania Gold Club
TheaterMania's Gold Club sends you to the theater for only $4.50 a ticket! The Gold Club offers UFT members an exclusive 40 percent discount — $59 for the entire year (regular price $99). Join now to access 150+ different shows and events each month and over 2,000+ choices each year! Broadway, Off Broadway, Lincoln Center, comedy, dance, drama, concerts and more for only $4.50 a ticket! How?! Theaters and producers need to discreetly fill seats with excellent, attentive audiences to help build buzz and strong word-of-mouth. That's where you come in! For more information, and to join, visit Theater Club or call toll free (866) 899-1895 to speak with a Gold Club representative.
Join now and get two free tickets to the Big Apple Circus! For details, download the flier »
Theater Mania Discount Theater Codes
TheaterMania offers substantial discounts on theater tickets for both Broadway and Off-Broadway shows. Each event is listed with a code that can be used for online ordering, or at the box office, where you save even more by avoiding “convenience fees.” Please note that these codes expire so order promptly. Email firstname.lastname@example.org for details.
Plum Benefits — Theater and Special Events Codes
Plum Benefits offers exclusive discounts of up to 50 percent off tickets and up to 60 percent off hotels, with access to preferred seating and special offers for top shows, attractions, theme parks, sporting events, movie tickets, hotels and more. Sign up at Plum Benefits with the code ac1221094.
Discount Movie Tickets
TO PURCHASE TICKETS BY MAIL, download this form. We are currently offering tickets for United Artists/Regal theaters at $9.00 and BowTie Cinemas at $7.50. Both are unrestricted and do not expire. There is a four-ticket minimum for mail orders. Orders of over $100 require a money order and will be mailed via UPS, requiring a signature. You may also come in person to UFT headquarters at 52 Broadway in Manhattan, where we accept personal checks up to $100, and money orders and cash in any amount.
A note about procedures for reserving a seat on a UFT trip: Only when we have filled enough seats to warrant running the event do we even deposit the checks. We do not send confirmations. If your check reaches us after we’ve fully booked the trip, it is returned immediately. If your check has not been returned to you, you’re on the trip. We send out letters between 10 days and two weeks in advance of the event, including seating arrangements with pickup and return times and places. An itinerary of the days’ events may be included
For questions regarding trips, call Chris Santoro at 212-598-6861 or Rovenia McGowan, the chair of the Social and Recreational Committee, at 212-598-7778. Rates are based on participation of at least 35 people. For overnight trips, include name of roommate.
Eleanor and Franklin (Hyde Park, NY) — May 12, 2018 SOLD OUT
Join UFT members, friends and family and retirees on Saturday, May 12, 2018, when we travel to Hyde Park, NY to tour both Eleanor Roosevelt and FDR’s homes, his Presidential Library and Museum and enjoy a three-course dinner at Shadows on the Hudson. The UFT package of $92 (+ $1 for handling) includes round-trip coach and driver’s gratuity; all admissions to Springwood and the FDR Presidential Library and Museum; a 45-minute guided tour of Eleanor’s cottage, Val Kill; a short film highlighting her achievements; and dinner overlooking the Hudson River. Pickup is in Manhattan only at 52 Broadway at 8 a.m.; return at 8 p.m. We are limited to 50 participants by the Parks Department. First come, first served; respond by March 23. No refunds unless the UFT cancels the trip.
African-American Museum Trip – May 26-28, 2018 SOLD OUT
Come spend Memorial Day Weekend with the UFT as we explore this exciting new museum dedicated to the African-American experience. We will leave on May 26 from UFT headquarters at 52 Broadway in Manhattan at 8:30 a.m. for Washington, D.C. Our package includes round-trip motor coach transportation; two nights at the Holiday Inn, Baltimore; two breakfast buffets; two dinners; two-day admission to the museum; a guided three-hour tour of Washington, D.C.; shopping at Arundel Mills; a visit to Maryland’s Live Casino; and all taxes and gratuities. Return to New York the evening of May 28. Prices are per person: single room $569; double $429; triple $379 and quad $359. List the names of any roommates. Please make check or money order payable to UFT/African-American Museum, including $1 per order, for handling. Mail to UFT /Just For Fun, 11th floor, 52 Broadway, New York, NY 10004, to the attention of Rovenia McGowen. There are no refunds unless the UFT cancels the trip. To register, download the flier.
Harriet Tubman Along the Chesapeake Bay — July 3-5, 2018
Join the UFT for this unique trip when we tour Maryland’s eastern shore. We’ll visit Harriet Tubman’s Underground Railroad Center, the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum, the Rockwood Mansion and Gardens; stroll through the picturesque seaside town of St. Michael’s and enjoy Easton, MD’s fireworks display on the 4th. And we’ll attend high tea in the Green Room of the Hotel du Pont on the Winterthur estate. This three-day package includes round-trip deluxe motor coach, two night’s hotel accommodations at Quality Inn in Easton, MD, two hotel buffet breakfasts, two dinners, one lunch on historic Hooper’s Island and one high tea, guided tours of Rockwood, the Underground Railroad and a motor tour of the landscape, admission to the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum, lots of leisure time to explore St. Michael’s and Chesapeake City and driver’s gratuity. Pickup will be at UFT headquarters in Manhattan, 52 Broadway, at 8 a.m. on July 3; return at 7 p.m. on July 5. Prices are per person: single occupancy $656; double occupancy $535 and triple occupancy $505. There are no refunds unless the UFT cancels the trip. Make check payable to: UFT/Harriet. Include $1 for handling and list the names of your roommates, if any. Mail to UFT /Just For Fun, 11th floor, 52 Broadway, New York, NY 10004, to the attention of Rovenia McGowen. The deadline to register is May 15. To register, download the flier.
African-American Museum Trip – Aug. 3-5, 2018
Join the UFT as we explore this exciting new museum dedicated to the African-American experience. We will leave on Friday, Aug. 3 from UFT headquarters at 52 Broadway in Manhattan at 8 a.m. for Washington, D.C. Our package includes round-trip motor coach transportation; two nights hotel accommodations; two breakfast buffets; two dinners; two-day admission to the museum; passes for three days to the African-American and Air & Space Museums; a guided bus tour of D.C.; shopping; casino;; and all taxes and gratuities. Return to New York the evening of Aug. 5. Prices are per person: single room $569; double $429; triple $379 and quad $359. List the names of any roommates. Please make check or money order payable to UFT/African-American Museum 2, including $1 per order, for handling. Mail to UFT /Just For Fun, 11th floor, 52 Broadway, New York, NY 10004, to the attention of Rovenia McGowen. There are no refunds unless the UFT cancels the trip. To register, download the flier.
UFT Defensive Driving Course
A driving course that can save you money and maybe your life!
For credit you must attend one full-day course or both parts of a two-session course, in sequence (if you miss the first class you cannot take the second). Limit: 40 students.
Bronx: One session, 8:30 a.m. to 3:45 p.m. Saturdays, April 21, June 23
Brooklyn: Two sessions, 4 to 7:15 p.m. June 5-6
Manhattan: One session, 8:30 a.m. to 3:45 p.m. Sundays, April 22, June 3, July 10 (two classes), Aug. 14 (two classes)
Queens: One session, 9 a.m. to 4:15 p.m. Saturdays, April 21, May 12, June 23
Staten Island: One session, 8:30 a.m. to 3:45 p.m. Saturday, June 2
Cost: $40 per person. Checks must be received one month prior to first preference and must be made payable to UFT/Safe Driving. Write “Safe Driving” on envelope. Mail to: Vinicio Donato, UFT, 52 Broadway, New York, NY 10004, 11th floor. Payments are accepted in advance at UFT headquarters; bring exact change or money order. Confirmation: A letter will be sent to you indicating admittance or denial based on state class-size regulations. If you do not receive a letter in two weeks, call 212-598-6861. Refunds: If you cannot attend, please submit a written request with a copy of your canceled check (front and back). Allow four weeks to receive refund. Refunds can only be given during the current school year that original request was submitted. Credit: You may take a course only once every three years for insurance reduction benefits, and once every 18 months for point reduction. For active members only. Register online with credit card or download the coupon to pay with a check.
Car Rental Discounts
Looking for a deal? Enterprise Rent-A-Car has discounts on its rental vehicles to UFT members. The deal includes a free pickup and dropoff. Call 1-800-RENT-A-CAR [736-8222] for the nearest Enterprise location. Remember to use the union’s corporate class ID# FFC0049. Discounts are also available through Avis at 800-831-8000, using ID# S958000.
Theme Park Discounts
The UFT no longer offers discount cards to theme parks (Sea World, Busch Gardens, Sesame Place, etc.), but as a union member you can still obtain discounts from NYSUT by calling 1-800-626-8101; or from the AFT by visiting its website.