Benefits of Membership

AFSA is pleased to offer a variety of exclusive benefits to our members to enhance the value of membership in the association. We are always looking into ways to increase the number of these benefits, and welcome ideas.

(Note that not all benefits are available to every membership category. Which benefits are available to which member category is indicated in the table below. AD = Active Duty Membership, RT = Retired Membership, and AS = Associate Membership.)

Benefit AD RT AS

Voice of the Foreign Service

As the professional association of the Foreign Service since 1924, AFSA works to strengthen our profession and is ever vigilant for threats to the career Foreign Service.

 

The Foreign Service Journal

Our monthly magazine offers provocative articles that will keep you current on developments in the foreign affairs profession. The AFSA News section highlights issues impacting your daily life.

Labor Management Relations

AFSA negotiates the regulations affecting employees' careers. We work to make the Foreign Service a better place in which to work, live, and raise a family. Our network of AFSA Post Reps provides on-site assistance to overseas members.

   

Congressional Advocacy

AFSA is your advocate before Congress on issues affecting the careers of active members and the annuities of retired members.

 

Counseling and Advice

AFSA assists members with problems related to annuities, claims, health care and other retirement issues.

   

Legal Services

Free legal advice and representation on employment issues, including security and OIG investigations.

 

Grievance Representation

AFSA's legal staff provides hands-on assistance with grievance proceedings when your rights are violated.

 

Ombudsman

We work to resolve member problems with pay, allowances, claims, annuities, health care, and many other issues.

 

AFSA Retiree Newsletter

AFSA produces a bimonthly newsletter targeted to retired members.

   

Outreach

AFSA communicates the views of the Foreign Service on professional issues to the news media and directly to the general public.

 

Events and Discussions

AFSA coordinates a speakers program nationwide of top Foreign Service officials and other distinguished experts who discuss key issues and how they relate to U.S. foreign policy.

AFSA Community

The AFSA Community provides that forum for a membership that is spread out across the globe. We are excited to enter into this new phase of member collaboration by providing AFSA members an environment to connect, engage and share experiences.

Esprit de Corps

AFSA works to build a sense of common cause and professional pride between all Foreign Service members -- active and retired; officer and specialist; junior and veteran.

 

AFSA Website

Provides online guidance and information for Foreign Service professionals.

Daily Media Digest

A daily news digest of news stories, opinion pieces and blog posts about issues affecting Foreign Service members.

AFSA Scholarships

AFSA grants around 100 merit and financial need scholarships a year to Foreign Service family members.

 

AFSA Awards

Unique awards program honoring constructive dissent, outstanding performance and lifetime contributions to American diplomacy.

 

AFSA Memorial Tribute

The online AFSA Memorial Tribute offers a place to honor all Foreign Service members, those who died while on active-duty as well as those who died after retirement, and to recognize their service. We invite you to share your memories and stories of your deceased colleagues, family members and friends.

Magazine Discounts

Member-only discounts to major foreign affairs journals.

Retiree Directory

Annual directory of AFSA's retiree members, mailed to each retiree member around the beginning of each year.

   

Retiree Groups

AFSA helps bring retirees together by assisting Foreign Service associations throughout the country.

   

Vendor and Retailer Discounts

  • 1-800-Flowers.com: There's no better place to order flowers online than 1-800-Flowers.com. AFSA members can now order the best blooms at 15% off by clicking here and using the code CORPSHOP.
  • AVIS Car Rental: AVIS Car Rental now offers discounts to AFSA members. Members are able to receive up to 25% off car rentals. To receive the discount, click here and use the discount code D134100.
  • Brooks Brothers: AFSA members receive 15% off purchases in stores, online and by phone. To enroll, click here. (Enter organization ID# 11232 and Pin Code# 79186).
  • Budget Car Rental: Budget-Rent-A-Car is one of the leading, most trusted providers of affordable and reliable car rental for the value-minded consumer. AFSA members receive up to 25% off their rental by clicking here and using the code Z408900.
  • Ford's Theater: AFSA members receive a 20% discount on tickets.
  • GOVX: AFSA members can now access GOVX, a privileged, e-commerce destination for active duty, reserve and retired members of the U.S. Armed Forces and related government agencies. To gain access to discounts on travel, sports and fitness products, home goods and more, register on GovX.com as “Government”, select the affiliation “Federal Government” and branch "Department of State- Diplomatic Security" or “DSS”.
  • Hotels.com: AFSA members are now eligible to receive 10% off their Hotels.com bookings. Hotels.com has over 145,000 hotels in more than 60 countries. Whether you are travelling last minute as a family or need a hotel for business, Hotels.com might have the right hotel deal for you. Click here to activate your discount!
  • HP Employee Purchase Program: AFSA members can now access the HP Employee Purchase Program. EPP offers HP consumer products at discounts typically up to 10% off starting prices. You can also take advantage of instant rebates, coupons and HP Home & Home Office sales promotions that combine with your EPP discount – for a typical savings of 20-30% off. Look for the EPP tag () throughout the store to see your member savings. Click here and use code EP17047 when registering.
  • Dell Member Purchase Program: With the Dell Member Purchase Program you get the best price guarantee, electronics and accessories discounts and exclusive offers. AFSA members can click here to receive the special employee pricing. The discount is automatically applied when using this url.
  • Vonage: Members who subscribe to Vonage through AFSA will receive a $99 credit, provided in equal installments as bill credits to their monthly service fee in Month 4 through Month 12 following their initial subscription to Vonage. Click here for more information. (New customers only.)
  • Zipcar: Significant annual fee and hourly rate discounts at Zipcar, the world's premier car club and sharing service. Click here for additional details.

AFSA Bookstore

AFSA provides an online purchase service in association with Amazon.com! Though many of these books may be found elsewhere on the Internet and in local bookstores, we encourage you to use the AFSA Bookstore as each sale made through our links to Amazon.com creates revenue for AFSA at no extra cost to the buyer.