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What do you get for your MIA membership now?

Migration Alliance now has just over 5000 member migration agents.  It would be fair to say that a large proportion of MIA members are dual Migration Alliance members.   Our members have started complaining about the removal of "free" travel insurance which was part of their MIA annual membership.
 
When I was on the MIA Board the " free" travel insurance was regarded by the membership as a real incentive to maintain their membership.
 
When I left the MIA and set about creating Migration Alliance with Liana Allan, the fact of MA being entirely free was not enough of an incentive for some MIA members to jump ship.  They  spoke about the travel insurance benefit.
 
I think it is fair to say that this recent decision to not fund "free" travel insurance will rock the boat even further.  
 
MIA had huge cash reserves when it was uncoupled from the MARA but now has to pinch pennies. What happened?
 
How do you compete with Migration Alliance who offers the same range of services and support for free?
 
By the way, if you want annual travel insurance from your peak professional association then please watch this space.   Migration Alliance will soon be releasing an industry travel insurance for RMAs.  This time, RMAs will be able to see exactly what they are paying for their travel insurance. The aggregated price per premium will not be hidden in the cost of an annual membership fee.  It will be stated clearly and members can either choose to take it up or not.  There is also the option of travel insurance via a credit card, which is something Migration Alliance advised agents about years ago.
 
What, if anything is the MIA going to provide in replacement for the travel insurance they have just taken away from their members?  Will members continue to pay the same high annual membership fees to the MIA, minus the travel insurance?
 
Room for thought.
 
Christopher Levingston
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    MIA member Thursday, 10 May 2018

    I am not renewing my membership with the MIA

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    Jeremy Hooper Friday, 11 May 2018

    The travel insurance provided with my MIA membership was a powerful incentive to maintain my membership with them. Particularly as it covered both me and my wife, regardless of age. Seeing now that I do my CPD's with Migration Alliance and such people as Peter Bollard there is no longer much of an incentive to stay with the MIA.

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    Anthony Friday, 11 May 2018

    Sadly, on this occasion, I agree with you.

    Overall I support the MIA and there have been signs of improvement of late but I am concerned at the decision to unilaterally cancel the 'Free' travel insurance mid term of my membership. (The Travel Insurance Policy expires September and my membership does not expire until March next year so I lose 6 months of coverage)

    I travel lot and this benefit was a deciding incentive to rejoin the MIA.

    This insurance was useful in that I often need to provide copies of my travel insurance policy when I apply for visas. I find it much more convenient the MIA insurance than using Credit Card 'Free' Travel Insurance and do not like AMEX. (AMEX is not well received in the market place).

    There was no consultation, no survey or vote to determine if members wanted to scrap this benefit ( I note there no planned planned reduction in the membership fee as a result of this decision).

    Attempts to discuss this decision on face book have been met with unfair criticism and false statements. I do not mind them making the decision but why mid term and why no consultation before the decision?

    I would have even considered it reasonable if they offered this benefit as an add-on option to my membership had the opportunity been available - Not all members need or desire this benefit.

    I will continue my membership with the MIA as I believe it is important and worthy of support even if they make such rash decisions at times.

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    MIA former board member Friday, 11 May 2018

    When I was sitting on MIA national board, I recall the survey conducted by MIA indicated travel insurance was the number 1 incentive for members to stay with MIA. That survey result actually surprised me then. I am just wondering how the MIA board comes to the decision to cancel this member's benefit without properly consulting members.

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    Former MIA member Friday, 11 May 2018

    The travel insurance was a great incentive for me to retain membership with MIA and it was the one I missed when I left in 2017 after many years of membership in the membership year after the dismal performance of the President on national television when the sweeping changes were announced. Now that that's gone, there's not much to miss!

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    Robert Chelliah Friday, 11 May 2018

    I am above certain age with pre existing medical condition which adversely affected my eligibility for most travel insurance. None the less MIA's travel insurance, even with pre existing condition, was an incentive. Definitely their CPD was no goer with me as it was merely reading compliance to PAM and regulations, which any beginner can do.
    Christopher, yes I will take up the new travel offer you are are arranging. Please arrange for the insurer to accept AMEX card.

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