Qantas’ Covid vaccination incentive program is now live, with rewards of free points, status credits and flight vouchers for all vaccinated Australian-based frequent flyers – plus ten ‘mega prizes’ of a year of free domestic and international flights.
The airline’s ‘Be Rewarded’ vaccine initiative is believed to be the largest vaccination rewards scheme offered by any airline in the world.
By uploading their Covid-19 digital vaccination certificate (available through the Medicare app) to the Qantas smartphone app for Apple iPhones and Google Android devices, every Qantas Frequent Flyer member living in Australia will instantly be able to choose between three vaccination rewards of
- 1,000 Qantas Points, or
- 15 status credits, or
- $20 discount on a Qantas or Jetstar flight
The Qantas Points and status credits will land in your account within three days, although Qantas specifies that the status credits won’t count towards Lifetime status or any Platinum or Platinum One bonus rewards.
If you choose a $20 discount on a Qantas or Jetstar flights, you’ll receive a promo code or voucher via email within seven days, which is valid for 12 months from the date of issue.
You’ll also be automatically entered into the main competition draw to win a year’s worth of free domestic and international flights on either Qantas or Jetstar – valid for solo flyers, couples or families of up to four people.
One ‘mega prize’ winner will be selected from each state and territory, with two additional winners chosen as part of a national TV campaign – those winners will be announced in January 2022.
The terms & conditions note that this flying will be capped at $50,000, as each major prize package is delivered as “12 x A$4,000 and 1 x A$2,000” in flight credit.
Hotel giant Accor will also chip in with one million of its ALL (Accor Live Limitless) reward points for accommodation across its extensive portfolio of hotels and resorts, with a $3,650 BP gift card for plenty of free fuel on road trips or your day-to-day driving.
“This is the biggest giveaway Qantas has ever done, and it’s our way of saying thank you to Australians for doing their bit to protect themselves, their loved one and their communities,” says Qantas Group CEO Alan Joyce.
“Vaccination is our ticket out of this pandemic, and with the rollout of the Federal Government’s vaccination program picking up pace, we think now is the ideal time to reward Australians for getting on board.”
For full information on Qantas’ vaccine incentive program, click through to qantas.com/berewarded.
International flights return in 2022
As previously reported, this Thursday August 26 will also see Qantas share its expectations for the return of international travel across 2022 – dependant on the Government's own four-stage roadmap and the national vaccination rate.
That restart is likely to take a piecemeal approach based on counties and regions, rather than the entire pre-Covid timetable springing back into place.
Vaccination will be compulsory for most travellers on international Qantas and Jetstar flights, with the airline's Travel Pass app used to verify vaccination status.
Exceptions would be made for passengers who qualify for a medical exemption, along with some 'travel bubble' countries such as New Zealand, unless those destinations made vaccination a condition of entry – a condition that's likely to become the new norm for post-pandemic travel.
As a ‘digital health pass’, the app “will allow travellers to have their Covid test results and vaccine information verified securely, which will be their green light to fly internationally with us,” explains Qantas Group Chief Customer Officer Stephanie Tully.
Many countries already require proof of vaccination or a negative COVID test result for international travel.
By using the Travel Pass app, passengers will be able to confirm specific Covid-related entry requirements for the country they're travelling to.