One of the vaccinated Australians was able to fly business class to London seven times free of charge as part of Virgin Australia’s bold move to encourage more people to get jabs.
The airline will launch the Covid-19 vaccination competition later this year, when all adults in Australia are expected to be vaccinated. The main prize is 1 million Velocity Frequent Flyer Points.
Called VA-X & Win, this program offers a variety of other prizes, including dozens of free Business Class flights.
The move follows Qantas’ announcement of plans to launch its own incentive program in July.
A recent online survey of Australians (not vaccinated with Covid-19) in 2006 by the Growth Intelligence Center found that travel-based incentives were an attractive suggestion for those who resist jabs.
For those surveyed who said they were “hesitating” to get a jab, unlimited travel (24%), quarantine exemption (23%), free return flights (22%), paid vacation (22%) 22%)) and discount flights (21%) serve as incentives.
After a Virgin Australia study found that 65% of frontline team members were vaccinated, the airline announced that it would also hold an internal contest to reward team members who received the jab. did.
A spokesman for the Virgin Australia Group said the airline is responsible for using its voice in the community to increase the Covid-19 vaccination rate for Australians.
“The latest blockade in Melbourne has taught us that we are all vaccinated as soon as possible, without the constant fear and uncertainty associated with blockades, restrictions and border closures. The sooner we can start our lives, “he said.
“Simply roll up your sleeves and get the Covid-19 vaccine and you’ll win tens of thousands of dollars in Virgin Australia and Velocity Frequent Flyer prizes, or you’ll be lucky enough to become a Velocity Points billionaire.
“We are also proud that many members of our team have already been vaccinated. As an industry severely affected by Covid-19, we support the immunization of our population. I want to do everything I can to help. It makes sense to reward and encourage my colleagues at the forefront of this pandemic on this journey. “
For graphic designer Julia Carroll, the opportunity to resume her unlimited trip with her one-year-old daughter, Aurora, was sufficient to encourage her and her husband Ben Carroll to be vaccinated.
“Because Ben’s brother has just born a boy, California will be the first international destination on our hit list,” Ms. Carroll said.
“Ben and I like long-distance road trips, but with babies, we’re leaning on more flights now. We really wanted to go to Bloom and Kimberley, but driving It was always a little too far to do.
Citizens’ travel bans banning Australia’s departure are stricter than in Saudi Arabia, and even billionaire Sir Richard Branson is helping us slowly reopen our borders.
“I’m not yet vaccinated, but I had a friend vaccinate for their career. They were very willing to get vaccinated.
“These (virgin) incentives are a positive step and really help. We will definitely get it. We will join as soon as we qualify.”
To register your information and interests, please visit: virginaustralia.com/vaxandwin