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Qantas Will Give Away Unlimited Free Travel For A Year To Encourage Aussies To Get Vaccinated

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Qantas Will Give Away Unlimited Free Travel For A Year To Encourage Aussies To Get Vaccinated

Qantas has outlined how it plans on encouraging Aussies to get vaccinated against the coronavirus.

Our country's vaccine rollout has been slammed for its delays and lack of supply at some points and citizens have been criticised for not getting the jab when they're eligible.

This combination has resulted in Australia falling behind other Western nations in protecting ourselves against the pandemic.

However, Qantas believes offering a bunch of mega-prizes will be key in getting people to book their vaccine appointment.

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Company CEO Alan Joyce has told Sunrise they're preparing to offer free unlimited travel to several people if they can prove they've been vaccinated.

Credit: Sunrise/Channel 7
Credit: Sunrise/Channel 7

"We're looking at having 10 mega-prizes, at least one for each state or territory, where a family of four can have unlimited free travel for a year on the Qantas and Jetstar networks," he said.

"In addition to that, the Accor Group have come on board and they're offering one million Accor Points, which gives free accommodation at 400 hotels and resorts across the country."

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It's believed people will be able to go into the competition on the Qantas app from July.

Mr Joyce said: "We're very keen to do our bit to help with the rollout of the COVID-19 vaccine and we're putting together the technology to be able to do this.

"We have a vested interest in this, we want to do everything we can to ensure the borders domestically open and stay open and that we get international up and running."

This comes after Qantas revealed last week it would offer frequent flyer points and travel vouchers to select people who get the jab.

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"As a large company that relies on travel to put our people and planes back to work, we're obviously motivated to help with the national vaccine effort," Qantas Chief Customer Officer Stephanie Tully said in a statement.

Credit: PA
Credit: PA

"We're still thinking through how this would work, but the incentive could be Qantas points, Qantas or Jetstar flight vouchers, or status credits for frequent flyers."

The Australian government said international borders could open by mid-next year and that will wholly depend on whether enough of the country has been vaccinated.

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Qantas and Jetstar, along with other airlines, are obviously keen on the government sticking to that date, as their planes have been grounded since March last year.

Once those planes do eventually take to the skies, Mr Joyce said all passengers will have to show proof of vaccination.

He revealed last year that Qantas will enforce vaccine passports and will require it on all flights.

Featured Image Credit: PA

Topics: Australia

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