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IEEE Member Discounts offer substantial cost savings on a variety of products and services as a benefit of IEEE membership.

Learn how programs are selected, developed, and vetted and the factors that determine where programs are offered.

 

Affinity group discounts

Q: What are IEEE-sponsored discount programs, also known as affinity group programs?
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: IEEE, like other professional associations, alumni groups, or employers, is an affinity group, whose members may be eligible for specially negotiated pricing. IEEE members can recognize their affinity group discounts by the authorized use of the IEEE master brand placed on the vendors’ advertising, mailings, or Web sites. Licensed use of the IEEE master brand is not a product endorsement.
 

Q: What are the advantages of sponsored insurance plans for IEEE members?
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: In many cases, IEEE members will find the rates for group insurance to be lower than rates for comparable products that they could buy individually. Group products may have other advantages over individual products. For example, premium credits based on the group’s plan performance can reduce members’ costs over time. Some types of insurance plans are permitted to discount their rates for members of association groups, according to government regulations. Often, a group insurance plan will have uniquely rich features, which add value compared to similarly priced, public plans. Some products offer the ease of enrollment without an underwriting process. Members should always comparison shop to determine if an IEEE-sponsored insurance plan offers the best value for them.

 
 
 

Geographic availability of benefits

Q: Why are some discounts only available in certain countries?
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: Vendors are usually interested in offering unique discounts to sizeable affinity groups. IEEE’s membership in the United States is approximately 200,000. As IEEE’s membership in various countries becomes more sizeable, there may be the opportunity to develop more national or regional discount programs.

Q: Shouldn’t IEEE be able to leverage the size and buying power of its aggregate, global membership to obtain a universal discount?
A
: Companies that distribute products globally may not necessarily offer affinity group discounts in all markets. As IEEE identifies desirable member benefits and providers that have global distribution and discount capabilities, we will seek to add these benefits. Although insurance products usually are sold by country, IEEE offers two insurance programs, which collectively enable eligible members to apply for a life insurance product. As of August 2012, IEEE members in EMEA, Latin America and the Caribbean, and Asia Pacific are able to enroll in a term life insurance plan offered by Clements Worldwide. Members in the US, Canada, and Puerto Rico are able to apply for a variety of insurance plans offered by Mercer Consumer.


Q: Why does IEEE, a learned society, sponsor personal products and services?
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: IEEE members request discounts on insurance and personal products. Many indicate that these cost-saving benefits are important to their reasons for joining and retaining membership. Those members rely upon the personal benefits they can obtain through IEEE, especially if they do not have employer benefits. In most cases, IEEE earns royalties from sponsored products, which help to offset increases in member dues.

 
 

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Selection and approval of programs

Q: How does IEEE determine what discounts to offer?
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: IEEE identifies the need for a discount in a variety of ways, including feedback from member surveys and recommendations of volunteer committees or the IEEE professional staff. At all times, IEEE seeks discounts that will add value to membership for a significant number of members who would utilize the benefit. IEEE conducts a thorough assessment process to determine whether products should be added to our portfolio and which providers should be selected.

Q: Who approves the IEEE-sponsored discount benefits?
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: The IEEE has a multi-tiered approval process for sponsored discount programs. Additions to the benefits portfolio are reviewed within MGA committees and the MGA Board. Vendor contracts are subject to the IEEE Contract Review process. See MBPAC for additional information.

 
 

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Testimonials for IEEE-Sponsored Insurance

  • Mary Ellen Randall for Professional Liability Insurance:

    "When shopping for Professional Liability Insurance, I compared several quotes. After applying through IEEE, it was a pleasant surprise to learn how much I could save. The savings more than pay for my membership."
  • Joseph Burns for IEEE Term Life Insurance:

    "I recently retired from the military and needed to replace my Servicemen’s Group Life Insurance (SGLI) with a competitively priced commercial policy. After a thorough study of the available life insurance plans from several companies, I learned that the IEEE Group Term Life Plan provided the best coverage at the lowest price of any of the competitors. The clear choice for me was the IEEE Member Group Insurance Program."
  • Pankaj Goyal for Auto Insurance from Travelers:

    "Every year I engaged in the ritual of home and auto insurance shopping as the premiums kept increasing. Then I learned about the IEEE discount for Travelers Insurance. My family rates, even with a young driver in our household, were unbeatable; they even gave a good student discount. My savings more than pay for my IEEE dues."
  • Betsy Covell for Auto Insurance from Liberty Mutual:

    "I was pleased to be able to speak with a person when I initially called Liberty Mutual for an insurance quote through their IEEE program. In fact, I have been able to quickly reach a person to get my questions and concerns addressed since then. I was even more pleased to be able to cut my car insurance bill in half, with increased coverage, and tailor my homeowner insurance to meet my needs."
  • John Grefford for IEEE Auto & Home Insurance in Canada:

    "The Auto and Home insurance program through The Personal is a great way to save money. I encourage all IEEE members in Region 7 to take time and compare the insurance rates on home and auto (where applicable) offered by other companies to fully appreciate this membership benefit. This and other savings experienced through IEEE benefits programs are a great way to offset dues and other expenses. There are many good reasons for joining IEEE and this benefit is one of them."

Testimonials on IEEE Discount Programs

  • Ali Abedi for computer discount:

    “The discount I got from DELL for being an IEEE member saved me enough money to buy more supplies for my laboratory and stretch the grant funds.”
  • Eric Holdrinet for car rental discount:

    "Everything went as advertised, which is what we want from a car rental company. No surprises, which is what we don’t want from a car or the rental company!"
  • Rick Plavnicky for MyHomeBenefits:

    "Our cross-country move was our largest and heaviest move yet and was quite successful overall. The price and value were excellent. I recommend this benefit/service to my fellow members."
  • Ali Abedi for car rental discount

    “With the IEEE car rental discount program, we can stretch our budget and send more students to conferences and meetings. This is a great benefit.”
  • Joe Lillie for computer discount:

    "When I needed a new laptop, I searched for the best deal that I could find. I looked at the IEEE computer discount program and after comparing to other discounts, found that the best price was using the IEEE discount."