Qantas has announced its vaccination incentives program, with vaccinated customers going into a draw to win a year’s worth of unlimited travel on Qantas and Jetstar.
With the vaccine rollout lagging and many Australian’s seemingly unwilling or unmotivated to get vaccinated, Qantas is helping encourage Aussies by offering incentives for customers who get the jab.
CEO of Qantas, Alan Joyce told Today: “We are looking at giving 1000 points flights vouchers, credits and we are going to offer ten mega prizes, at least one for each state and territory, where a family of four get unlimited travel on the Qantas and Jetstar network, anywhere in the network for a year.”
The Accor Group, that owns almost 400 hotels across Australia and New Zealand, has also offered a million points and free accommodation to the winning families.
“We are trying our best to help with this rollout – it will be retrospective and will include anyone who has already been vaccinated and will apply to anybody that is vaccinated until the end of 2021,” spoke Mr Joyce.
While not all details have been confirmed it’s currently understood that vaccinated Australian’s will be able to claim their awards and put their names in for the mega-prize through the Qantas app from July onwards.
Mr Joyce hopes Qantas’s actions will be the beginning of a larger moment.
“I’m encouraging a ‘Team Australia’ moment where every corporate out there helps with this vaccine rollout and to reward people that have had the vaccine.”
“We have a vested interest in this, we want to do everything we can to ensure the borders domestically open and stay open and that we get international up and running.”
Mr Joyce also confirmed that the awards will operate retrospectively and those who are already vaccinated will still be eligible.
Mr Joyce told 2GB that it’s extremely likely that vaccination will be required for international travel when it returns.
“We believe it [vaccination] will be a requirement for international travel and even if there isn’t a country requirement, we think as the safest airline in the world to ensure our people on the aircraft and our passengers and our employees are safe, we would have it as a requirement for travel internationally, given the prevalence of COVID around the rest of the globe.”