Posted on Feb 10, 2016 in Alumni News and News
Recently, we launched a new benefit for KU Alumni Association members, providing member-only discounts nationwide at restaurants, retailers, theme parks, travel vendors, etc. The discounts include web-based printable coupons, mobile coupons you can show on your phone, and a travel engine with savings on hotels and car rentals.
Tons of discounts. Just for members.
If this all sounds too good to be true, you’re not alone. This was my reaction:
“You’re telling me, for the price of price of an annual membership ($25 for a recent grad), a young professional could practically pay for his or her membership simply by dining out on pizza a few times?”
We wanted to put it to test.
So Stefanie Shackelford, vice president for alumni and membership records, offered to be our guinea pig, and she shared her recent experience searching for travel discounts:
“My family and I are going to Oklahoma City this weekend to visit my oldest son, who is based at Sheppard Air Force Base in Wichita Falls, Texas. He gets a three-day weekend so we decided to meet in Oklahoma City to enjoy a long weekend together. I wanted to rent a car, so I decided to see what the Alumni Association member discount program had to offer. As an annual joint member I was able to use a “free day over the weekend” coupon, and rented a car for four days for the price of three—I ended up paying $65 total for the car rental.”
Not bad! Have a safe trip, Stefanie! The program includes plenty of local-to-Lawrence deals for Jayhawks who still live close to the Hill, and many national brands and retailers also offer discounts and coupons, making the service valuable to all alumni, whether you’re in Wichita Falls, Texas; Wichita, Kansas or Walla Walla, Washington.
If you’re a current member, we invite you to try it out and send us your feedback. Not a member? Well, consider this another reason to join. Visit www.kualumni.org/nationaldiscounts to learn more or to register!