Qantas rewards fully immunized Australians with free points and flight vouchers.
Qantas is offering lucky travellers the chance to win a year's worth of free flights, but only if they are completely immunized against COVID-19.
From tomorrow, fully vaccinated Australian Frequent Flyers aged 18 and older will also be entitled to earn additional benefits.
The airline has announced the beginning of a huge prize draw for vaccinated Australians in order to "recognize their contribution in assisting the country in regaining its freedom."
Additionally, free lodging and fuel are being offered, with overseas locations to be added once borders reopen.
Qantas CEO Alan Joyce says the competition is the airline's largest ever.
Mr Joyce told Today that the move will be "very beneficial" for the airline and Australians eager to travel again.
"We know the national aim is to reach 70% and 80% in each state, and we're hoping that will help recognize and push people in those states that are lagging behind to obtain immunizations," he explained.
"As the national carrier, we want to honor those who go above and beyond to safeguard themselves and their communities."
Vaccination is a critical step that every Australian may take to get us closer to life as we know it."
The industry has a "clear vested stake in the vaccine rollout's success," he stated.
"For us, increasing the vaccination rate to between 70% and 80% means thousands of people may return to work."
From tomorrow, fully vaccinated Frequent Flyers based in Australia who are 18 years or older will be able to collect their reward via the Qantas App in one of three ways:
- 1000 Qantas frequent flyer miles
- 15 status points (which help Frequent Flyers move up between Silver, Gold and Platinum tiers)
- $20 off Qantas or Jetstar flights
Members will then be entered into a giant prize draw for the chance to win a year's worth of flights, accommodations, and gasoline.
Ten mega awards will be awarded, one from each state and territory.
The winners of the big prizes will receive a year's worth of flights from more than 60 destinations throughout Australia, as well as complimentary lodging and petrol.
Qantas recently stated that vaccinations would be obligatory for all frontline personnel beginning in November.
Mr Joyce reports that the majority of his employees supported the decision.
"More than 75% of our employees believe it is expected that their colleagues get vaccinated to safeguard them, the community, and our passengers," Mr Joyce told Today.
"We believe there is widespread support for this. It's quite encouraging to see such support."
Only individuals with legitimate medical exemptions will be permitted to refuse the vaccination.
We have an obligation to safeguard our staff at work and to safeguard our passengers when they travel. We are aware that the vaccine provides great protection against COVID-19. Why would you not take advantage of such protection?"
Mr Joyce confirms that the introduction of vaccine passports for internal travel is still being considered.
"When it comes to household relations, there are a few obstacles. We're resolving that. There has been no decision made on it."