Qantas announces mega prize draw for vaccinated passengers

Aug 23, 2021
Qantas has released the biggest ever frequent flyer seat redemption. Source: Getty

Qantas has announced mega prize rewards for fully vaccinated passengers, with a year’s worth of flights, free accomodation and fuel vouchers up for grabs.

The airline said on Sunday that it was the carrier’s way of thanking vaccinated Australians for doing their part to help get the country “back to normal”. From Tuesday, fully vaccinated Australian-based Frequent Flyers who are 18 and over will be able to claim their reward through the Qantas App by choosing one of three options: 1000 Qantas points, 15 status credits (which help Frequent Flyers move up between Silver, Gold and Platinum tiers), or a $20 flight discount for Qantas or Jetstar.

Once customers have made their selection on the map they will automatically go into the draw to win one of 10 mega prize packs, which includes a year’s worth of flights to take off to more than 60 destinations around Australia, with free accommodation across 345 Accor hotels, resorts and apartments (including Sofitel, Pullman, Peppers, Mantra, Mercure, Mövenpick, Novotel and Ibis) and top up their cars with free fuel from any BP service stations across the country.

Winners will also be able to use their free flights for overseas destinations once international borders open. There will be a winner from each state and territory and two mega prize winners as part of a national TV campaign.

Qantas CEO Alan Joyce said it was one of the biggest prize giveaways the airline has ever done.

“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.”

Joyce said getting the country’s Covid-19 vaccination rate up to 70-80 per cent would mean that thousands of employees could get back to work.

“With the federal government’s vaccine program ramping up across the country, now is the ideal time to say thank you to Australians for stepping up and protecting themselves and others.”

The prize draw comes after Qantas mandated Covid-19 vaccination for its employees. The company said all front-line workers must be fully vaccinated by November 2021, while remaining workers must be double jabbed by March 2022.

The decision to enforce vaccination across the company was made in consultation with 12,000 workers who were surveyed on the topic. Qantas said the survey showed that 89 per cent had already been vaccinated or are planning to be, 4 per cent were unwilling or unable to get the jab, and around three-quarters believed it should be a requirement for all employees to be vaccinated.

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