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Non-HP product and service offers for employees and retirees
Advice and reference info from members. (Updated January 14, 2018.) Questions or comments to: email@example.com
Disneyland. Advance ticket discounts were available at various HP sites, including the HP Store in Palo Alto. Disneyland has dropped their Corporate Discount Program. As a result, HPE closed the HP Store in Palo Alto due to declining sales.
Beneplace. Offers for other than HP products -- and for services such as cellular, hotels, and car rental -- are currently promoted to employees and retirees by a third-party marketing company called "Beneplace." Identical Beneplace promotions are offered to employees and retirees of many companies and organizations. The Beneplace offers are not related to HPI's or HPE's corporate volume purchasing contracts. HP says: "HP Retiree Programs is not an HP -sponsored benefit program. HP does not promote or endorse and is not responsible for any of the products, services or practices promoted on this website or sites that link from this website."
Members advise that you should also check any other affiliations you have -- AAA, AARP, Costco, Credit Unions, etc. -- for similar marketing deals. (For example, here is AARP's discount directory -- 50 and older; $12 to join.)
With any of these deals -- Beneplace or otherwise -- you must follow the special online process precisely so that their local stores or their regular phone sales centers are not involved.
On the Beneplace employee/retiree offer sites, note that most offers are for current employees only. There are two ways to tell whether you qualify for a retiree offer from a particular company. First, check for any icons: the "Partner discount" icon means that the offer is for current employees. If a "Retiree discount" icon is not also displayed along with a "Partner discount" icon, then the offer is only for current employees. If there are no icon, eligibility for the offer is indicated by the wording of the offer. The Beneplace sites include a link to contact HPI or HPE Employee Programs with questions.
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First -- Which Company am I a former employee or retiree of? HPI, or HPE, or multiple companies? Given HP's complex history of acquisitions, divestitures, and spinoffs, the company that you are a former employee of may not be obvious. Before contacting one of the HP-related companies, check here: Which Company
Other retiree discount issues:
The Retiree gold badge. Now symbolic only. (At some older sites, may be useful for discounts at some local businesses.) Details
The Microsoft Home Use program requires an employee email address -- and is, therefore, not open to retirees. Members suggest LibreOffice as free alternative -- there are versions for Windows, Mac, and Linux. https://www.libreoffice.org
Vehicle offers. HP company car purchasing was outsourced to a third-party leasing company many years ago. When EDS had a close relationship with GM, EDS people qualified for the GM employee discount program -- today only those receiving a GM pension qualify.
There are some limited new- and off-lease car offers from the "Beneplace" third-party marketing company, which is not related to HP's corporate purchasing -- see details above.
Some credit unions work with local rental/leasing company resale outlets to offer cars to their members.
AAA, AARP, Consumer Reports, Costco, credit unions, and other organizations offer car-buying services. However, you can research prices and available cars online. Most dealers have dedicated non-commissioned Internet sales reps. You make an appointment to test-drive and buy a car offered at a fixed price -- with no intermediary involved.
HP fleet sales. For decades, HP bought cars directly from Ford (a major instrument system customer) and maintained them (sometimes at HP facilities.) Many years ago, fleet management was outsourced to a third-party leasing company. The leasing company may offer the vehicle to the employee who drove the vehicle. However, the last open nationwide employee/retiree sale by the leasing company was in 2014 -- which was publicized in an HPAA "HPAlumni Flash" email at the time. The process was cumbersome and -- since the seller was the leasing company -- the prices were at open-market levels.
Insurance Programs. Various types of insurance -- such as life, auto, and legal plans -- have been marketed by third parties to employees and retirees using company facilities and employee-benefits communication channels. (Insurance companies do this in order to reduce their lead-acquisition and sales costs.)
These are not actual benefit programs and have not been related to the company's corporate volume purchasing for decades. The company never made any contribution to the cost of the plans and was not a party to the transactions. To resolve any issues, you must contact the insurance company directly.
When renewing, be sure you compare with plans available online directly from the same insurance company or through other sources -- such as knowledgeable local agents -- or AAA, AARP, Costco, credit unions, professional organizations like ACM or IEEE, and other organizations you are affiliated with.
Directory of member advice on all
discounts (wireless service, HP PCs and printers,
printer supplies, non-HP products and services -- and the
Retiree Gold Badge.)
For more mutual help on this topic and many others, join the independent HP Alumni Association. If you were formerly a regular, direct employee of Hewlett-Packard, HP Inc, or Hewlett Packard Enterprise -- or have a defined retirement or termination date, join the HPAA. No charge, thanks to HPAA members.
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