Qantas is now encouraging Australians to get vaccinated against Covid-19 by serving up bonus points, free flight vouchers or extra status credits to its fully-vaccinated frequent flyers.
The airline’s vaccination incentive and rewards program will run until December 31 2021, covering anyone who has already had both jabs, as well that those who’ll be inoculated by year’s end.
Every fully-vaccinated Australian member of the Qantas Frequent Flyer program can choose between:
- 1,000 Qantas Points, or
- 15 status credits, or
- $20 discount on a Qantas or Jetstar flight
On top of this, they’ll go into the draw for one of eight major prizes of $50,000 in Qantas travel vouchers, one million Accor Live Limitless (ALL) points for booking hotels and resorts, and some $3,650 in BP fuel.
But first things first: which of those three rewards – points, status credits or a $20 flight voucher – should you choose?
At the end of the day, each of these picks is of such relatively small value that it’s almost impossible to make a ‘bad’ choice.
That said, we suggest the 1,000 Qantas Points or the $20 flight voucher will offer the best value for most people.
15 status credits
At almost any other time, a free 15 status credits without leaving the ground would be the top choice for many frequent flyers to help retain their Silver, Gold or Platinum tier for one more year, or to edge closer towards lifetime status.
However, these are unique times.
Qantas is offering a 12-month status extension that will see most flyers’ status preserved through to as far as mid-2023, and as it happens, these 15 bonus vaccination status credits don't count towards your lifetime tally.
On that basis, opting for 15 status credits isn't the best choice.
There's one exception: frequent flyers who qualify for Qantas' latest status extension offer will see many of the status credits earned in this membership year rolled over into their next membership year. If you're on the edge of losing your status or moving up one tier, those 15 status credits might prove very handy when the time comes.
1,000 Qantas Points
Free Qantas Points? It's almost a no-brainer!
These 1,000 bonus Qantas Points can be used to book a flight, secure an upgrade, or otherwise spent through the Qantas Frequent Flyer program.
How much are those points worth? Each Qantas Point can be valued at anything from half a cent when spent on merchandise, around 1.3 cents when applied towards an economy reward flight, or 2+ cents when used to book into business class.
For business class flyers, this puts the value of 1,000 Qantas Points roughly on-par with the $20 cash voucher – and it's pretty much the obvious choice for point-savvy Qantas Frequent Flyers.
Also read: What is a Qantas frequent flyer point worth?
$20 voucher for Qantas or Jetstar flights
A $20 flight voucher might not sound like much in the scheme of things, but of these three choices it has the most straightforward value and is the easiest to use.
When it comes to travel, this $20 credit is much more flexible than 1,000 Qantas Points and can be used when booking any domestic or international Qantas or Jetstar flight.
Issued as a promo code for Qantas flights or an e-voucher for Jetstar flights, this $20 credit is valid for a full year.
For most travellers, especially those that aren't hung up on points, this will be the best way to go.