Virgin to offer free flights for vaccinated Australians

Airlines are putting prizes up for grabs to encourage Aussies to get their jabs.

By David Flynn, June 23 2021
Virgin to offer free flights for vaccinated Australians

Virgin Australia will join Qantas in offering free flights as an incentive for Australians to be vaccinated against COVID-19.

Under the airline’s VA-X & Win promotion, there'll be a major prize of one million Velocity Frequent Flyer points, "dozens of free business class flights" plus a range of other prizes.

The competition will launch later this year, once all Australian adults are expected to be eligible for the vaccine.

“What the latest lockdown in Melbourne has taught us, is the sooner we can all get vaccinated, the sooner we can get on with our lives, without the constant fear and uncertainty that come with lockdowns, restrictions and closed borders,” a Virgin Australia spokesman said.

Qantas is expected to reveal full details of its own vaccination contest in coming weeks, but group CEO Alan Joyce has already promised 10 ‘mega-prizes’ of one year of unlimited free economy flights a family of up to four.

Discounts on regular flight bookings plus free serves of Qantas Points and status credits could also be offered to Australians who are fully vaccinated by the end of 2021.

Read more: ‘Win a year of free Qantas flights’ as vaccination incentive


David Flynn is the Editor-in-Chief of Executive Traveller and a bit of a travel tragic with a weakness for good coffee, shopping and lychee martinis.