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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 »
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.
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.
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.
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.
A Winter Winery Trip – Nov. 4, 2017 SOLD OUT
Come join the UFT members, friends, family and retirees to indulge in some light pre-holiday shopping at the upscale Woodbury Commons Mall. Lunch will be at Loughran’s Irish Pub and then we”ll tour Brotherhood Winery, the oldest operating vineyard in the United States, where you will sample four of their wines in your own souvenir glass. Your UFT package of $89 (plus $1 handling fee) includes round-trip coach, driver’s tip, lunch, tour of the vineyard and wine-sampling. Meet at the UFT Queens office (97-77 Queens Blvd., Rego Park ) at 7:30 a.m. or at Manhattan headquarters (52 Broadway) at 8 a.m. Return will be at 6:30 p.m. in Manhattan and 7 p.m. in Queens, depending on traffic. There are no refunds unless the UFT cancels the trip.
Cultures in the Crossfire at the Penn Museum – Dec. 9, 2017
Join UFT members, retirees, friends and family when we travel to Philadelphia’s foremost museum of archeology and anthropology to examine what’s at stake when our shared cultural heritage in Nimrud, Aleppo, Palmyra and Ebla is lost forever. The Penn Museum’s knowledgeable docents will guide us through this exhibit and help us understand what’s being done to counteract the destruction of these irreplaceable artifacts. There will be time to spend in this amazing museum’s permanent collection and their gift shop (UFT members get a 15% discount) before we leave for dinner at Bistro Romano, originally a stop on the Underground Railroad and now a historic restaurant. The UFT package is $99 per person (+ $1 handling per order) which includes transportation, museum admission, guided tour and dinner. The bus picks up at the UFT Queens office (97-77 Queens Blvd. in Rego Park) at 8:30 a.m. and at UFT headquarters in Manhattan at 9 a.m. Return at 8 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. respectively. First come, first served; we are strictly limited to 48 participants. Your check must be received by Oct. 16. To register, download the coupon.
Philadelphia Flower Show – March 10, 2018
The United Federation of Teachers invites members, retirees, friends and family to join us on our annual trip to Pennsylvania to celebrate another amazing display of flowers. This year’s motif is “The Wonder of Water.” In addition, California’s SkyRiver Butterflies presents an interactive exhibit, “Butterflies Live!” This fully immersive habitat features native plants that attract butterflies and encourage pollination. More than 1,000 butterflies of 20+ domestic and exotic species are included in the attraction. Upon entering the room, guests have the chance to walk through the pollinator garden and feed the butterflies. The UFT package of $70 per person (+$1 for handling) includes round trip deluxe motor coach, driver’s gratuity and flower show admission. Lunch is not included, but we suggest visiting the famous Reading Terminal Market, right across the street, for unlimited dining choices and the opportunity to purchase farm-fresh produce at great prices. Make checks/money orders payable to UFT Flower Show, adding $1 to the total order. Mail to UFT/Just for Fun, 52 Broadway, 11th floor, New York, NY 10004, Attention: Rovenia McGowen. Pickup is at UFT Queens, 97-77 Queens Blvd. at 7:45 a.m. and from UFT headquarters, 52 Broadway at 8:15 a.m. Bus returns at 6 p.m. to Manhattan and 6:30 p.m. to Queens. Please note: This is one of our most popular trips, so please book early since it is first come, first served! Your check must be received no later than Jan. 5, 2018. 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, Nov. 4, Dec. 16, Jan. 20, Feb. 10, March 10, April 21, June 23
Brooklyn: Two sessions, 4 to 7:15 p.m. April 10-11, June 5-6
Manhattan: One session, 8:30 a.m. to 3:45 p.m. Sundays, Oct. 29, Dec. 10, Jan. 28, Feb. 11, March 18, April 22, June 3, July 10 (two classes), Aug. 14 (two classes)
Queens: One session, 9 a.m. to 4:15 p.m. Saturdays, Oct. 28, Jan. 27, March 24, April 21, May 12, June 23
Staten Island: One session, 8:30 a.m. to 3:45 p.m. Saturdays, Nov. 18, Jan. 6, 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.