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Qantas ponders customer incentives to boost COVID-19 vaccination rates

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Qantas Airways Ltd said on Friday it was considering a plan to reward customers who have received both doses of a COVID-19 vaccine with incentives like frequent flyer points or flight vouchers to help boost vaccination rates in Australia.

The airline has said it will require all passengers to be vaccinated when it restarts international flights beyond New Zealand, in a policy that has been cricitized by the World Travel and Tourism Council as discriminatory.

Qantas is currently selling tickets to destinations like the United States, Britain and Japan from late December though that could be further postponed as the Australian government has said borders may remain closed until mid-2022.

"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.

"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."

United Airlines Holdings Inc said on Monday it would offer vaccinated loyalty program members the chance to win free flights for a year's worth of travel to anywhere in the world it flies in support of the Biden administration's efforts to encourage more people to get their COVID-19 vaccination.

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They could offer an additional bag of complimentary peanuts. Or maybe a jar of Vegemite? An extra inch of leg space would be nice so the seat in front of you doesn’t hit your forehead when reclined.

The airlines are always so generous to passengers.

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More woke propaganda, no doubt at the behest of detestable ceo joyce who has a habit of using his bully pulpit to push his personal ideology, threatening that those who don't agree with him will be shut out of everyday society. I will never fly qantas while this nasty little corporate dictator is at the helm.

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