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Melbourne Airport offers $10k prizes to encourage vaccination

written by Adam Thorn | July 16, 2021
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Melbourne Airport has joined the growing list of companies incentivising passengers to get vaccinated by offering competition winners $10,000 in cash to spend on travel.

The business said it would offer the prize each month until the end of the year. To enter, travellers must submit proof of vaccination, alongside a “passionate explanation” about why and where they would like to fly.

The winners will be announced on the airport’s Instagram and Facebook pages, and written submissions of 50 words or less will be accepted in addition to video submissions of 60 seconds or less.

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Melbourne Airport CEO Lyell Strambi said, “When it comes to flying, Victorians have been impacted severely, which is why we decided to launch our own incentive program to get more people dreaming about their next holiday in the safest way possible.

“Vaccination is going play a major role in unlocking air travel, especially overseas markets, so we’re adding our weight to the governments’ vaccine drive in an effort to increase inoculations.

“Almost 30 per cent of Victorians have had their first dose and hopefully we see that number rise significantly over the coming months.”

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In May, Qantas chief executive Alan Joyce announced a slew of new incentives for customers who get vaccinated, including the offering of unlimited free flights for a year for big-prize winners.

The prizes and incentives come just days after Qantas suggested it could offer loyalty points or vouchers as an incentive for Australians to get vaccinated, as the airline works to push up the country’s vaccination rates.

Vaccinated customers will be offered 1,000 frequent flyer points, as well as the potential for travel vouchers and status credits.

Additionally, Joyce said the airline would offer 10 “mega-prizes”, with at least one lucky winner from each state and territory.

The mega-prize would see a family of four receive free unlimited travel across the Qantas and Jetstar network for an entire year, as well as 1 million points to be used for hotel accommodation, donated by Qantas’ partner Accor.

“We are trying our best to help with this rollout,” Joyce said, speaking on Seven’s morning show Sunrise.

It follows the news that Qantas officially pushed back its intended start date for international routes from October to December, with the federal government now not expecting international borders to open up until mid-2022.

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