Changes have recently been made to the IEEE Member Discounts program, including new vendors for both shipping services and computers, a name change for the IEEE insurance provider, and the end of the IEEE credit card from US Bank.
In November IEEE introduced a preferred shipping program with UPS to replace the one with FedEx. The UPS Savings Program offers discounts to U.S. members depending on how they ship: by air, ground, or freight. The discounts also include up to 35 percent off most UPS Next Day Air letter shipments; up to 19 percent off ground shipments, and more than 70 percent off freight over 150 pounds. It also offers up to 33 percent off imports and exports.
Those who already have a UPS account can take advantage of these discounts once they enroll in the UPS Savings Program for IEEE members. As usual, packages can be picked up from home or office or dropped off at a UPS Store. Those who register for the group discount will have their account number activated the same day; the discounts will start within seven business days. Members who currently have a FedEx Advantage account through IEEE might want to contact FedEx now that IEEE is no longer sponsoring that program.
IEEE also introduced a discount program in November with the computer manufacturer Lenovo. IEEE members in the United States can now save up to 20 percent off the online price of Lenovo’s products, including laptops, tablets, notebook and desktop computers, printers, and accessories. Members will also receive free shipping on orders placed online, as well as monthly discount coupons. HP and Dell also offer discounts on computers to members.
Due to a lack of interest in its credit card program with US Bank, in December IEEE ended its relationship once the contract expired. Those with co-branded cards can continue to use them, but when they expire, the replacement card will not include the IEEE brand. US Bank will continue to honor the double points awarded for purchases of IEEE products made with their cards. Cardholders with questions about their accounts should contact US Bank.
Effective 1 January, IEEE’s third-party life, health and business insurance administrator changed its name to Mercer Consumer, a service of Mercer Health & Benefits Administration LLC, from Marsh U.S. Consumer, a service of Seabury & Smith Inc. Mercer and Marsh are both subsidiaries of Marsh & McLennan Companies, Inc. Mercer is a global leader in talent, health, retirement, and investment counseling. Members will notice the name change on their insurance bills and other communications, but this will not affect their insurance coverage or services.
U.S. members looking for health insurance plans for themselves or family members, a group plan for employees, or just short-term coverage might want to check out the Health Insurance Mart. Offered by Mercer Consumer, these plans are not government insurance exchange programs. Mercer Consumer offers insurance plans, free quotes, and a rate comparison tool. If your state allows it, you may apply for coverage online.