services by way of 'virtual visits'. Members of our
Health Plan were able to do the same, by virtual visits.
Despite all these uncertainties during this time,
Johnson continues to focus on providing members
with comprehensive coverage at a great value.
One of the best goals your Benefits Committee
has achieved this past year is to partner with a
travel agent for Manitoba RTAM members. This
Travel agent, Trip Merchant or TM for short, also
serves retired members in Alberta and British
Columbia. During this pandemic, although nearly
all travel has stopped, TM has not sat on their
hands. RTAM members are encouraged to visit the
RTAM website and get in on the free newsletters,
webinars, free offers, blogs and videos provided by
TM. TM also has a Loyalty program. Having access
to many travel suppliers, TM can offer exclusive
travel savings. Remember, once on our website, the
password (protected) to TM is RTAMTM-18. The link
is http://rtam.tripmerchant.ca/ The newsletter can
be accessed at http:rtam.tripmerchant.ca/#subscribe.
This will make you aware of the latest deals. TM
is currently focusing on national travel rather than
international travel for obvious reasons, COVID-19.
TM offers savings to travellers of up to 30% - 50%
because of their access to many suppliers.
TM is constantly keeping abreast of COVID-19
updates. Traveller safety is their number one
concern. They provide tips on travel through their
website and newsletter. They believe that sooner or
later, it is not a matter of IF but WHEN and HOW we
will be able to travel. This is why they are working
continuously to provide opportunities to provide
future travel opportunities. Dream Now, Travel
later! TM will be ready when you are. To date, they
have provided several trip give aways. Currently,
they offer two trip contests: a) three night mountain
get-away with Fairmont Hotels & Resorts (entries
expire September 30), b) seven night vacation in
Algarve, Portugal (expires October 30). *To enter,
you must subscribe to the RTAM Travel Newsletter
and complete a short online form.
For other offers and future Group Departures, refer
to your RTAM travel site. See what you can reserve
for only a $10 deposit. Visit your RTAM travel site
today or contact TM directly at info@tripmerchant.
cm or call 1-800-481-9739.
• see what suppliers are doing to protect travellers
and build confidence in future travellers
• domestic travel is now the focus of TM until they
see more travel movement
• TM is offering a 'Book with Confidence' option to
members; for $10 deposit book a 2021 - / 2022 trip
• see the latest contest / giveaway; three night
getaway to Fairmont hotels in three possible
• watch for future trip contests in international
• In March / April of 2021, TM will launch a new
travel website platform that will include many
more trips and packages.
Other news – the Pharmacy Agreement signed in
2014 has been resigned for EHC plan card holders
as part of the Johnson support for users of this
pharmaceutical service. Our Benefits Committee
met once per month until the COVID-19 forced us to
go virtual and attend meetings via Zoom. Advice
from Johnson Inc. or TM has been an email or
phone call away and the Committee appreciates
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