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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.
TRIPS: 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.
The Annual Philadelphia Flower Show SOLD OUT!
This year’s theme is "Explore America," inspired by the 100th anniversary of our national parks. On Saturday, March 12, the UFT Social and Recreational Committees invite UFT members, friends and retirees to enjoy a taste of early spring at the Philadelphia Flower Show. Our $66 package includes round-trip motor coach, tips to the driver and entrance tickets to the show. Add $1 for handling. Pickup will be at the Queens UFT office, 97-77 Queens Blvd. in Rego Park at 7:45 a.m. and in Manhattan at 52 Broadway at 8:15 a.m. The coach returns to Manhattan at 6 p.m. and to Queens at 6:30 p.m., depending on traffic. Fill in the information requested on the flier and send it with your check to: UFT/Just for Fun, 11th floor, New York, NY 10004, Attention Rovenia McGowen. To register, download the flier.
Cruise to Bermuda
UFT members, friends and family are invited for this annual spring break adventure April 24 through May 1, when we sail on the luxurious Norwegian Breakaway liner from New York City to Kings Wharf in Bermuda. This trip is organized for the UFT by AAA Travel, which offers each cabin a $50 on-board credit. All details are available directly from Sandy Altamirano at AAA. Call her at 631-265-5809, ext. 7310 with your credit card information when making reservations or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org. Cabins are based on double occupancy and include all port taxes and government fees. A possible fuel surcharge may be added; cancellation insurance is strongly recommended. Pricing is as follows: inside cabin category IF - $1040; oceanview cabin category OC - $1255; balcony cabin category BD - $1449. A deposit of $500 is due by Dec. 1, 2015 and full payment by Jan 26, 2016. No cabin or pricing can be guaranteed until full payment and names are received. NOTE: Plan your cruise now to avoid disappointment. AAA reserves a limited amount of cabins for the the UFT at these prices and when they’re gone, they’re gone! See the flier.
Join UFT members, friends, family and retirees as we explore the beauty of our scenic American Falls August 8–11. Visit the New York Niagara Reservation State Park, take the Maid of the Mist boat tour to the base of the falls and brush up on local history at the Discovery Center. Your tour includes an IMAX movie of the falls and surrounding areas, a trip to Goat Island and the Cave of the Winds with its breathtaking views of the Bridal Veil Falls, access to the Seneca-Niagara Casino, a narrated cruise on the Erie Canal and a visit to the historic Lockport church, with its stained glass Tiffany Windows, among many other amazing sights. Your UFT package includes three nights’ lodging at Comfort Inn’s The Pointe, transportation, driver’s gratuity, baggage service, a local escort/guide and three breakfasts, one lunch and two dinners. Single occupancy at $995 per person; double occupancy at $725 per person; and triple occupancy at $633 per person. Meet the coach at UFT headquarters, 52 Broadway, Manhattan at 8 a.m., or at the UFT Queens borough office, 97-77 Queens Blvd at 7:30 a.m. Return times to both locations on the evening of Aug. 11 depend on traffic. Your check, made out to UFT/NIAGARA, must be received no later than April 1, 2016, providing seats are still available by that time. Download the coupon and book now to avoid any disappointment!
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.–3:45 p.m., Saturdays: Feb. 6, March 12, April 16, May 14, June 18.
Brooklyn: Two sessions, 4–7:15 p.m., Tuesday–Wednesday: April 5–6, June 7–8.
Manhattan: One session, 8:30 a.m.–3:45 p.m., Sundays: Feb. 28, March 6, April 17, (Saturday) June 4, (Tuesday) July 12, (Wednesday) Aug. 10.
Queens: One session, 9 a.m.–4:15 p.m., Saturdays: March 12, April 9, May 14, June 18.
Staten Island: One session, 8:30 a.m.–3:45 p.m., Saturdays: May 21, June 4.
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. To register, download the coupon.
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.
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 https://www.theaterclub.com/ny/signup/uft or call toll free (866) 899-1895 to speak with a Gold Club representative.
Discount movie tickets
TO PURCHASE TICKETS BY MAIL, download this form. There is a four-ticket minimum for mail orders. Orders of over $100 will be mailed via UPS and will require a signature. You may also come in person to UFT headquarters at 52 Broadway in Manhattan, where we accept personal checks up to $100, money orders and cash in any amount.
NOTICE ABOUT AMC/LOEWS: The UFT no longer sells discount tickets for AMC/Loews theaters. Their company's management has replaced the AMC Gold Ticket with an AMC Green Ticket, which is more expensive and will not grant admittance to any Disney, Pixar, Marvel or Lucasfilm movie. This includes Star Wars, Ant-Man, Zootopia, Bridge of Spies, The Jungle Book and Finding Dory. We alerted members to this change in August when we placed our final and largest ever order for Gold tickets. With apologies to our members, our stock is gone.
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