Qantas has announced 10 "mega prizes" of a year of free flights for Australians who are vaccinated against COVID-19 by the end of 2021.
Discounts on regular flight bookings and potentially 1,000 Qantas Points plus status credits could also be on offer as the airline seeks to lead a push for vaccination incentives by Australia's largest corporations.
“We’re going to offer 10 ‘mega prizes, at least one for each state and territory, where you will get for a year, for a family of four, unlimited travel anywhere on the Qantas and Jetstar network,” Qantas Group CEO Alan Joyce confirmed on Monday morning.
The flights would be in economy class, and each of the ten winners would receive one million Accor ALL points to use toward hotel reservations.
Joyce stated that the programme would begin in July and “will include anybody at all who has already been vaccinated (and) will apply to anyone who has been vaccinated through the end of 2021.”
“To really help with that vaccine we are putting this discount for people who have taken the vaccine (and) we’re looking at giving 1,000 points flight vouchers and status credits,” Joyce added.
“I’m encouraging a Team Australia moment for every other corporate to help with this vaccine rollout and to reward people that have had the vaccine.”
Joyce also suggested that widespread vaccination in the United States and the United Kingdom could lead to Qantas resuming flights to those key markets sooner rather than later, and certainly before the Government's proposed mid-2022 deadline.
“A few months ago, I thought maybe Singapore, Taiwan (and) Japan would be the first cabs off the list.”
“But with the great progress that’s been made in the US and the UK, you may actually see those markets opening up before the rest because the vaccine rollout’s been so successful in both countries.”
The government, for its part, is planning to allow fully vaccinated Australians to travel overseas as part of a pilot programme that could begin in August.
The scheme could allow them to fly to specific countries, including low-risk destinations, and return without being quarantined if they have a negative COVID test result upon arrival.
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