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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.


For questions regarding trips, call Chris Santoro at 212-598-6861 or Rovenia McGowan, 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.

Octoberfest celebration CANCELLED

Crossings Outlet and Lobsterfest

Come shop with your fellow UFT members, friends and retirees on Saturday, Dec. 6 at the Crossings Premium Outlet in Tannersville, PA, where all the popular and luxury retailers are represented. Save money shopping and then enjoy the lobsterfest luncheon at Hunt’s Landing Inn of steamed fresh lobster; stuffed lobster; salmon; sausage and peppers; and seafood chowder, as well as roast chicken and prime ribs. This two-hour feast even gives you enough time to enjoy the delicious assorted desserts. The $127 package includes all transportation, driver’s tip and the lobsterfest. Pick-up in Queens at 8:30 a.m. and Manhattan at 9:30 a.m. with returns at 7:30 p.m. and 8 p.m. respectively. Make checks out to UFT/Crossing, adding $1 to your total order, and mail it in by Sept. 15. For more information and to register, download the flier.

Philadelphia Flower Show

The annual Philadelphia Flower Show is on Saturday, March 7, 2015. This year’s theme is Lights, Cameras, BLOOM! The concept is the magic of the movies as envisioned by Hollywood. Expect fanciful floral exhibits with a theatrical flair. Visit the famous Reading Terminal Market for lunch. The UFT package is $65 per person and includes round trip motor coach, driver’s gratuity and your ticket to the flower show. Pickup in Queens at 97-77 Queens Blvd. at 8 a.m. or at 52 Broadway at 8:30 a.m. Return to Manhattan at 7:30 p.m. and to Queens at 8 p.m. depending on traffic.                       

PLEASE NOTE: This is one of our most popular trips, so to avoid disappointment, send in your check (made out to UFT/Flower Show, adding $1 to the total order) soon. It must be received no later than Jan. 19. For more information and to register, download the flier.

A Bahamian Cruise With the UFT

Join us for our Bahamian Cruise, sailing round trip from Cape Liberty in Bayonne, NJ on Royal Caribbean's Quantum of the Seas, April 5–12, 2015, visiting the beautiful ports of Port Canaveral, a private island and Nassau, Bahamas. The rates are as follows: inside cabin, $1,209 per person; ocean-view cabin: $1,299 per person; balcony cabin (low deck): $1,359 per person; balcony cabin (high deck): $1,499 per person. AAA benefits: $50 onboard credit per cabin. Credit card bookings can be made over the phone. Call Cindy Barry at AAA at 516-873-5147 or email her at cbarry@aaany.com to book your cruise. Payment schedule: deposit $250 per person. Prices are not guaranteed until your full deposit is received. Final payment is due by Jan. 5, 2015. For more information, 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: 8:30 a.m.–3:45 p.m. (one session, Saturday or Sunday): 2014 – Oct. 25, Nov. 16, Dec. 6. 2015 – Jan. 5, Feb. 7, Mar. 14, Apr. 25, May 16, June 13
  • BROOKLYN: 4–7:15 p.m. (two sessions, Tuesday-Wednesday): 2014 – Dec. 2-3. 2015 – Apr. 14-15, June 2-3
  • MANHATTAN: 8:30 a.m.–3:45 p.m. (one session, Saturday or Sunday): 2014 – Oct. 26, Dec. 14. 2015 – Jan. 25, Feb. 8, Mar. 7, Apr. 26, June 21, July 17 (Tuesday), Aug. 11 (Tuesday)
  • QUEENS: 9 a.m.–4:15 p.m. (one session, Saturdays). 2014 – Oct. 18. 2015 – Jan. 10, Mar. 7, Apr. 18, May 9, June 20
  • STATEN ISLAND: 8:30 a.m.–3:45 p.m. (one session, Saturdays). 2014 – Nov. 15. 2015 – Jan. 24, May 9, June 6

Cost: $35 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.

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://goldclub.theatermania.com/gold/partner/UFT or call toll free (866) 899-1895 to speak with a Gold Club representative. 

Discount movie tickets

PRICE CHANGES COMING AT UA/REGAL! UA/Regal has discontinued their restricted VIP $7.50 tickets in favor of a Premium $9 ticket which will be unrestricted. However, the UFT was able to place a large order for the $7.50 tickets, which we will sell exclusively, until we run out, probably by November 1st. If you have the patience to wait 12 days after a new movie is released, you may wish to stock up on these tickets, save some money — and avoid the crowds!

PRICES ON AMC/LOEW’s TICKETS HAVE ALREADY INCREASED!  As of Jan. 1 2014, AMC discontinued the restricted Silver tickets that we sold for $7.50. If you have any remaining Silver tickets, they are still accepted at the box office. The UFT ran out of inventory of these tickets and as of May 15 we are now selling only the unrestricted Gold tickets at $9 each.

TO PURCHASE TICKETS BY MAILdownload this form, or come to UFT headquarters at 52 Broadway in Manhattan, where we accept personal checks up to $100 and money orders and cash in any amount. 

NOTE: There is a four ticket minimum for mail orders. Orders of over $100 will be mailed via UPS and will require a signature.

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