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Benefits and discounts for AUSA members are expanding

Tuesday, March 05, 2019

As AUSA membership has been increasing, the benefits have been expanding as well.

Our newest member benefit provides an excellent professional development opportunity.

All AUSA members get the current digital issue of Battle Digest for free (and 15% off print subscriptions or back issues).

Battle Digest provides an executive summary of history’s important battles—including lessons on strategy, tactics and leadership. Battles covered so far are Gettysburg, Waterloo, Little Bighorn, Yorktown, D-Day, Cannae, Chancellorsville, New Orleans, and Cowpens. Download your free issue at www.ausa.org/battle.

When we work with a company to create a member benefit, we look for a win/win, where a member would find savings they wouldn’t find on their own, and that the company return a small percentage to support AUSA programs.

When a company already has a military discount, we try to get them to bump it even higher for AUSA. But if the military discount is the highest, it’s important that it is provided to all AUSA members, regardless of their military service.

In some cases, the AUSA discount is better.

For example, use a military discount at Red Roof Inns, and you’ll probably save 10 percent, but use AUSA’s discount code (#622590), and you’ll get 20 percent off.

We encourage you to use your member savings programs for your own benefit but also to help support AUSA programs like scholarships, family readiness, NCO and soldiers, the Institute of Land Warfare and more.

Taking advantage of your AUSA benefits saves you money and supports AUSA programs.

The savings on just one or two purchases can save you enough to cover your membership dues, so it’s a great reason to join, renew or even support your conversion to a Life Membership.

Here’s a look at some benefits—there’s something for everyone.

For the Pet Lovers

Healthy Paws Insurance: AUSA Members receive a monthly discount on the pet insurance plan rated No. 1 by Consumer Reports.

HealthyPaws is a comprehensive pet insurance plan for cats and dogs that covers accidents, illnesses, cancer, emergency care, genetic conditions and alternative care. The plan reimburses up to 90 percent of veterinary costs based on the actual vet bill, with no annual or lifetime caps on payouts.

Sign-up is easy, and members can be enrolled and eligible within 15 days of sign-up at www.ausa.org/pet. The enrollment fee is waived for AUSA members and savings in most states are 10 percent.

BarkBox: Bring joy to your dog on a regular basis. AUSA members get 50 percent off their first BarkBox, a themed collection shipped to your dog every month.

Each BarkBox has at least two innovative toys, two all-natural bags of treats, and a chew curated from each month’s unique themed collection.

Visit www.ausa.org/bark.

We recommend you start with one month, as six-and 12-month subscriptions can’t be canceled.

Red Roof Inn Discounts: If you are traveling with pets, take advantage of your AUSA member discount at Red Roof Inn and Red Roof PLUS. Not only are pets welcome, they stay for free, so Red Roof is PURRfect for PCSing with your fur family.

Your military discount usually saves you 10 percent, but your AUSA member discount saves you 20 percent. Visit www.ausa.org/red to book online or to print a card to receive your discount in person.

For Members in Business

Office Depot & OfficeMax: Members can access significant savings on office essentials at Office Depot and OfficeMax. Members can now save up to 80 percent on thousands of products from school and office supplies, copy paper and printer ink, cleaning supplies, coffee, furniture and more.

Members also receive everyday low pricing on copies and prints—2.5 cents for black and white and 22 cents for color—and free next-day delivery on online orders of $50 or more.

Visit www.ausa.org/office to sign up and shop online or print a discount card to take to your local Office Depot or OfficeMax.

UPS Savings Program: AUSA members save up to 50 percent off regular UPS shipping rates and up to 75 percent off freight (heavyweight) shipping.

Enroll in the UPS Savings Program through your AUSA membership and save on a broad portfolio of shipping services, including ground shipments, air letters and packages, international imports and exports, freight shipments and more.

After you create an account, businesses can continue their UPS shipping systems but with added savings. For individual members, you can print a label at home and take it to your local UPS Store for outstanding savings. Learn more and sign up at www.ausa.org/ups.

For Traveling Members

Collette: Travel with Collette and take advantage of additional AUSA member savings of at least $50-$100 per person on any tour. The member discount can be combined with seasonal offerings for an additional $500 in savings per person.

Collette provides guided travel, so you can relax and let them take care of the details. They have more than 100 years’ experience and provide more than 160 guided tour offerings to all seven continents. Visit www.ausa.org/travel.

Wholesale Hotel Rates: AUSA members now have exclusive access to wholesale hotel rates with savings of up to 60 percent.

With no black-out dates at major hotel brands like Hyatt, Hilton, Marriott and Wyndham, AUSA members can save up to 60 percent compared to sites like Expedia and Priceline.

These rates are not offered to the public. With more than 600,000 hotels worldwide, most hotel brands are included. Visit www.ausa.org/hotelclub.

Choice Hotel Discounts: Take advantage of your 20 percent AUSA member discount at Choice Hotels nationwide, including Ascend Collection, Cambria Hotels & Suites, Clarion Hotel, Comfort Inn, Comfort Suites, Econo Lodge, Mainstay Suites, Quality Inn, Rodeway Inn, Sleep Inn and Suburban Extended Stay.

To start saving, visit www.ausa.org/choice or call 1-800-4CHOICE and use code 00800700.

Car and Truck Rentals: AUSA members receive discounts on Alamo, Avis, Budget, Enterprise, Hertz and National car rental companies.

In addition to the discounts, Avis, Budget and Hertz also offer additional coupons like a free car upgrade or an extra weekend day. Visit www.ausa.org/savings for car rental and other savings.

Need a truck for hauling or moving? Use your AUSA member discount at Budget Truck Rental and save 20 percent Sunday through Thursday and 15 percent Friday and Saturday.

Visit www.ausa.org/truck.

Hawaiian Airlines: If a trip to Hawaii is in your future, save 5 percent at Hawaiian Airlines using affiliate code AUSA.

Emergency Medical Assistance: Do you have a backup plan to handle a medical crisis when you’re traveling? AUSA members are eligible for savings on Emergency Assistance Plus, which helps pay for emergencies that health insurance generally doesn’t cover.

If you’re traveling and have a medical emergency, EA+ steps in to help with more than 20 emergency and medical services. Whether you’re on a trip just a few hours away, on a PCS move to another post, traveling on business, or vacationing with family, EA+ helps you quickly receive the medical care you need.

The cost is $114 per year for an individual or $144 for family coverage. Visit www.ausa.org/eap.

Medical Savings

American Hearing Benefits: AUSA members receive free hearing consultations for you and your family, discounts on today’s latest technology, including hearing aids and tinnitus relief options, free supply of batteries, free office visits and more.

This program is with Starkey Hearing Technologies, the only major American-owned and operated hearing aid manufacturer. Visit www.ausa.org/hearing to learn more or call 888-982-4656.

Dental Discount Plans: Dental Discount Plans are the affordable alternative to traditional dental insurance.

A nationwide network of dentists provides 10 percent to 60 percent savings on preventative and restorative treatments to members.

One member recently told us their price for a root canal was $2,100 as she was checking out at the endodontist, but when she showed her dental discount card, the price was reduced to $980.

There is no additional paperwork or claims, no waiting periods, no caps, limits or restrictions, just savings.

There are more than 30 plans to choose from, including Aetna, Cigna, Careington, United Concordia, Uni-Care, Dentemax, Patriot Plan and more.

Visit www.ausa.org/dental and use the dentist search tool to see if your own dentist already participates (there are more than 100,000 participating dentists). Enter your zip code to see which plans are available in your area. Do a side-by-side comparison and choose the right fit for you and your family.

Prices range from $6.67 to $17 per month for the public, and AUSA members receive an additional 20 percent off and one free month by using code AUSA20. You can also call 844-398-2683 and use the code AUSA20.

For Your Electronics

Hewlett-Packard Discount: HP has teamed up with AUSA to offer up to 35 percent off high-quality HP products. HP.com offers a full portfolio of consumer and commercial products, from notebooks and desktops to printers, accessories and more. Visit www.ausa.org/hp for weekly deals, expert sales agents to assist with your purchases, and free shipping with a 30-day return policy.

Discounts at Apple, Online and In Store: Apple provides AUSA members discounts on many of the latest Apple products, including Macs, iPads and accessories. One member recently saved $25 on an iPad and $100 on a Mac.

Visit www.ausa.org/apple, where the discounts will automatically load, or provide “AUSA” or “Association of the United States Army” at the Apple Store.

McAfee Total Protection Member Discount: McAfee offers up to $120 off for AUSA members to protect your PCs, Macs, smartphones and tablets. One subscription covers up to 10 devices.

McAfee offers an easy-to-use, web-based account to help manage against the latest threats like identity theft through ransomware, viruses, malware and spyware. The account includes multi-factor authentication and 24/7 technical support for the life of the subscription. Member prices start at $24.99 a year. Visit www.ausa.org/mcafee.

For Going Back to School

SAT and ACT Test Prep Materials: AUSA members and their families receive free SAT and ACT test prep materials, paying just a small handling fee of $14.99 for the $350 program and $39.99 for the $750 programs.

All fees are reinvested to improve the program.

The SAT and ACT PowerPrep Program works on any Internet-enabled device and includes 74-plus hours of video instruction and thousands of interactive diagnostic lessons and questions.

Plus, chat with teachers live and explore a new expanded math section. LSAT prep materials are also available. Visit www.ausa.org/eknowledge.

edX: edX is the leading non-profit online learning destination, founded by Harvard and MIT, with a mission to increase access to high-quality education for everyone, everywhere.

Access more than 2,000 online courses from more than 130 institutions, including Harvard, MIT, UC Berkeley, Columbia, RIT, Dartmouth, Microsoft, Amazon Web Services and IBM.

Whether you want to advance in your career, pursue graduate-level credentials or are simply interested in learning, edX has the courses and programs you need to succeed, and many of the classes are free. Visit www.edx.org and use code edXAUSA to receive 20 percent off classes and verified certificates.

Trident University: AUSA has negotiated an excellent tuition discount opportunity for members who are interested in continuing their education.

All AUSA members, whether they have served in the military, receive the Trident military discount of up to 39.8 percent, depending on the program (non-military must have been AUSA members for at least a year).

Trident staff understand the unique needs of military, veterans and family members and offer several military friendly programs. Receive credits for prior academic experience as well as your years of leadership and professional experience.

Visit www.ausa.org/trident to learn more and receive your AUSA member savings.

University of Maryland University College: UMUC waives the $50 application free and provides a 25 percent AUSA member discount off eligible programs.

UMUC offers specialized support for military and veteran students. From navigating military education benefits to understanding credits for military training, their dedicated team is ready to help.

Choose from more than 75 eligible programs, taken in-person or online, and make it more affordable by visiting www.ausa.org/umuc.

Subscriptions

Army Times, Defense News and Federal Times: AUSA members enjoy big savings on Army Times ($39.95 vs. $55 public price), Defense News ($149.95 vs. $169 public price) and Federal Times ($39.95 vs. $52 public price) at www.ausa.org/times.

Battle Digest: Battle Digest provides an executive summary of history’s important battles—including lessons on strategy, tactics and leadership. Battles covered so far are Gettysburg, Waterloo, Little Bighorn, Yorktown, D-Day, Cannae, Chancellorsville, New Orleans, and Cowpens. Download your free issue at www.ausa.org/battle.

Military Kids’ Life: A wonderful gift for military children is a subscription to Military Kids’ Life, an award-winning print magazine for children of U.S. service members.

With its entertaining stories, military kid-friendly tips, facts about military life, colorful photos and creative activities, Military Kids’ Life encourages kids to focus on the bright side of their unique life.

AUSA members receive 25 percent off subscriptions at www.ausa.org/kids.

Legacy Magazine: Another wonderful magazine for military families is the beautifully styled Legacy Magazine. Each volume includes 100 to 120 pages of creative and encouraging content with minimal advertisements.

AUSA members receive an exclusive discount of 25 percent off Legacy’s cover price. Available for U.S. residents, including APO, FPO and DPO.

Visit www.ausa.org/legacy.

Blue Apron: Blue Apron delivers all the fresh ingredients and recipes you need in exactly the right proportions to make simple, seasonal, home-cooked meals. New recipes are created each week by Blue Apron’s culinary team, so you’ll learn to cook with new ingredients, cuisines, and cooking techniques.

Discover a better way to cook. AUSA members receive $40 off at www.ausa.org/blue.

RunnerBox: The RunnerBox curates subscription boxes for runners, cyclists, and triathletes.

Choose from subscription boxes, one-time gift boxes and limited-edition specialty boxes.

Visit www.ausa.org/runner and use code AUSA for 20 percent off your first order.

Products from Military Families

Covert Threads: Covert Threads was created in 2005 by a Marine serving in Iraq, with a mission to develop a line of socks and other improved garments for anyone looking for comfortable, rugged-wear gear.

Covert Threads offers a variety of apparel—from moisture-wicking and antimicrobial socks to fire-resistant long-sleeved crew shirts—to help wearers focus on the mission at hand and less on the rigors of harsh conditions.

We were sold on the Covert Thread socks when an AUSA staff member gifted a pair of the Desert Climate Military Boot socks to a friend whose feet were always hurting. After trying the Covert Threads socks, he bought 20 more pairs and swore he’d never wear another brand.

AUSA members save 10 percent off with promo code AUSA (combinable with the 5 percent off their introductory email list offer). Visit www.ausa.org/covert and use code AUSA.

R.Riveter: You may have seen R.Riveter on the hit show “Shark Tank,” where the founders told their story of finding it difficult to maintain meaningful employment as military spouses because of constant moving. They received offers from three of the “sharks” and accepted Mark Cuban’s because he already had a track record of working with and supporting military affiliated companies.

R.Riveter’s mission is to provide meaningful employment to military spouses. They make a variety of beautiful, hand-made, quality handbags—each part and piece made in the homes of military spouses across the country.

No single handbag is the same. When the pieces come together, different backgrounds, experiences and history are stitched into each handbag to support one mission.

Learn more about R.Riveter at www.rriveter.com and enjoy an exclusive 15 percent off for AUSA members with code AUSA15.

For Your Financial and Insurance Protection

Identity Theft Protection: Worry less and live more. AUSA has negotiated a special price of $6 per month for comprehensive identity theft protection services through IDShield.

This service monitors your most personal data and alerts if someone is trying to use it.

The service monitors your financial account numbers and lending services to make sure your information isn’t used in fraudulent situations.

It keeps an eye on areas in which fraud is often reported. Social media is monitored to make sure your reputation and privacy are protected.

And, if your information is compromised, IDShield will team you up with a dedicated licensed private investigator from Kroll to help recover and restore your identity to its pre-theft status.

Visit www.ausa.org/id, the AUSA member site for both LegalShield and IDShield services.

Legal Services: AUSA members can cover themselves and eligible family members for a special negotiated rate of $15.95 per month in most states.

This is an excellent opportunity to get affordable legal protection. LegalShield provides you with direct access to a dedicated law firm that can assist you with personal legal matters such as preparing a will or reviewing documents.

Visit www.ausa.org/id.

GEICO: AUSA members may receive extra savings on auto insurance at GEICO. Visit www.ausa.org/geico to get a quote or call 800-368-2734 and mention you’re an AUSA member.

AUSA Tricare Supplement: AUSA’s Tricare Supplement picks up your cost-share after deductibles have been met. It also pays the additional 15 percent above the Tricare allowable that providers who do not accept Tricare may charge you.

You’re covered immediately for new conditions, and pre-existing conditions are covered after six months. Visit www.ausainsurance.org.

AUSA Group Life Insurance: AUSA has recently improved its group life insurance plan for members—you may now apply for up to $500,000 in death benefits, and you may keep it until age 85 (coverage reduces at ages 70 and 75).

There is a simplified issue process when applying for less than $150,000 coverage. You’ll be asked to verify your good health by answering three health questions. There is no physical exam and no blood work necessary. Coverage amounts of $150,000 to $500,000 will have full underwriting.

Some of the excellent benefits of the AUSA/Hartford life insurance policy include spouse coverage, a living benefit paid if you’re terminally ill, AD&D rider is included, a spouse and child education benefit if you’re killed in a covered accident, and you may keep coverage to age 85 (coverage reduces at ages 70 and 75).

Learn more and download an application at www.ausainsurance.org.

AUSA Accidental Death Insurance: AUSA members may enroll in the AUSA Accidental Death and Dismemberment insurance plan, providing benefits of up to $200,000 in accident coverage for $11 per month.

The coverage is affordable because you take advantage of AUSA group rates. You may elect coverage for your spouse and dependents as well. Visit www.ausainsurance.org.

For the Gift Givers

Fruit Bouquets: Your AUSA membership gives you 25 percent off at FruitBouqets.com, a delicious, hand-crafted gift containing the freshest fruit, to deliver a 100 percent smile guarantee.

Same-day delivery is available across the U.S.

Visit www.ausa.org/fruit and use code 25AUSA.

Personalized Gifts: Give a gift that stands out.

Personalization Universe is the premier destination for a wide variety of high-quality, personalized gifts to serve all your gifting needs.

They offer unique wedding gifts, baby gifts and kid’s gifts—gifts for anyone, for any reason—personalized just for you. Visit www.ausa.org/pu and save 25 percent with code AUSA25.

Outdoor Gear and Apparel: Provengo is a private e-commerce site providing exclusive brand discounts and deals.

Save 20 percent to 60 percent on brands like Tactical Series, Black Diamond, Hot Chillys, Lifestraw and YETI.

If your order is in by noon, it’s shipped the same day.

Visit www.ausa.org/provengo and save an additional $15 off your first order with code AUSA15.

Entertainment Savings: Save up to 60 percent on theater tickets, theme parks, movies, and more.

Find exclusive discounts, preferred seating and tickets to top attractions, theme parks, shows, sporting events, movie tickets and more.

Visit www.ausa.org/entertain.

Susan Rubel is AUSA’s Affinity Programs Director.