Qantas launches huge vaccine prize pool

A year’s worth of flights, accommodation and fuel is up for grabs, as Qantas launches a massive rewards campaign in a bid to thank fully vaccinated passengers for their role in getting the world “back to normal”.

From Tuesday, double-jabbed Australian frequent flyers over the age of 18 will be able to claim their reward through the Qantas app – a choice of 1000 Qantas points, 15 status credits, or a $20 flight discount for Qantas or Jetstar.

In addition, members will be automatically entered into a mega prize draw, where ten winners will win a year’s worth of flights, accommodation and fuel, including international destinations when the borders open.

There will be one winner selected from each state and territory, and two winners will be from a national TV campaign.

From Tuesday, Qantas frequent flyers will be able to claim their reward. Picture: NCA NewsWire / Christian GillesSource:News Corp Australia

Qantas CEO Alan Joyce said the vaccine rollout was critical for the travel industry, as well as breaking the cycle of lockdowns and protecting public health.

“Getting vaccinated is an important step that every Australian can take that brings us that little bit closer to life as we knew it,” he said.

“As the national carrier, we want to recognise those who have made the effort to protect themselves and the community.

QANTAS CEO Alan Joyce said the campaign was an effort to thank its passengers who had done the right thing. Picture: NCA NewsWire / Jeremy PiperSource:News Corp Australia

“This is one of the biggest giveaways we’ve ever done. The impact of the pandemic on the travel industry and our own Qantas Group team members means we have a clear vested interest in the success of the vaccine rollout.”

Mr Joyce said getting the nation’s vaccine rate up to 70 and 80 per cent would mean thousands of people could return to work.

“Now is the ideal time to say thank you to Australians for stepping up and protecting themselves and others,” he said.

The announcement comes off the back of Qantas mandating the vaccine for its front line workers.

Cabin crew, pilots and airport workers will need to be fully vaccinated by November 15, 2021 and the remainder of employees by 31 March 2022, following consultation with employees which revealed 89 per cent had already had the jab or were planning to.

Mr Joyce said having a fully vaccinated workforce would not only safeguard workers, but protect customers and communities.

“It’s clear that vaccinations are the only way to end the cycle of lockdowns and border closures,” he said.

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