Aviation

Qantas introduces new green tier program

Qantas has introduced a Green tier to its loyalty program, to exist alongside its Bronze, Silver, Gold, Platinum and Platinum One flying tiers.

According to Qantas’ press release, the initiative aims to reward frequent flyers who offset emissions in their everyday lives by earning Qantas Points.

To achieve Green tier status, members will need to complete at least five sustainable activities across six areas: flying, travel, lifestyle, sustainable purchases, reducing impact and giving back.

Qantas Group CEO, Alan Joyce, says: “This new Green tier is a way of encouraging and recognising those who want to do their part by offering Qantas Points or status credits, which we know helps shape customer choices.”

However, Qantas is facing a backlash from climate campaigners who claim the scheme is “greenwashing”.

The main concern is that the Green tier scheme encourages people to fly, one of the most polluting activities an individual can do, and will result in more harm than good.

Much of the Green tier scheme hinges on members buying carbon offsets, which are highly disputed in terms of effectiveness.

In an interview with The i, Dr Doug Parr, chief scientist and policy director at Greenpeace in the United Kingdom, said: “It’s potentially rewarding lower carbon activities with a very high carbon activity.”

“The only sustainable frequent flier programme is not frequently flying.”



SEE WHAT PEOPLE ARE SAYING

Leave a Reply

Destinations

Mauritius drops mandatory testing requirement

Another day another bloody beautiful destination becomes more accessible for rebound travel. We love to see it!

Share

CommentComments

Travel Agents

CTM completes acquisition of 1000 Mile Travel Group

Shout out to Corporate Travel Management, who have successfully doomed us to having Vanessa Carlton’s A Thousand Miles stuck in our head for the foreseeable future.

Share

CommentComments

Destinations

Vanuatu says Welkam back to Aussie visitors as first flight lands in Port Vila

Pack your suitcase because international travellers no longer have to quarantine upon entry to Vanuatu!

Share

CommentComments

Aviation

ATSB report sparks overhaul in Qantas’ safety instructions following passenger injuries

Australia’s transport safety authority raised concerns over the clarity of Qantas’ safety instructions after six passengers were injured evacuating a plane via an escape slide.

Share

CommentComments

Cruise

Aurora partners with education platform & expands into French-speaking markets

It’s berets and baguettes all ’round at the Aussie expedition company’s office today, while Travel Weekly makes do with a simple pairing of Jam Fancies and Aldi tea.

Share

CommentComments

Destinations

Tourism NZ celebrates first Matariki public holiday with music colab

New Zealand has scored a new public holiday for the Māori New Year, marking its first national holiday to recognise and celebrate mātauranga Māori.

Share

CommentComments

Destinations

This island is tipped to be the next coveted Italian destination

Are you done with Rome? Do you find Positano passé? You’re going to want to check out this little slice of Italian paradise… before everyone else does.

Share

CommentComments

Hotels

Marriott to implement minimum wage bump earlier than expected

Not only were the staff chuffed that they’ve gotten a pay bump, but receiving it earlier as well must have them over the moon.

Share

CommentComments

Hotels

REVIEW: Visit literal Paradise in the Maldives

by Chloe Noel De Kerbrech

Imagine an island with shimmering teal waters and perfectly white sand. Imagine an island you never want to leave. Actually, stop. You don’t have to imagine any of this because we found it.

Share

CommentComments

Cruise

Cairns welcomes Coral Princess’ maiden call

Crew members were also chuffed to be there, so much so that they learned the Cairns-Can, which is like the French can-can but with much more Four X Gold involved.

Share

CommentComments

Travel Agents

TravelManagers market supplier day goes ahead after two years of delays

Agents and suppliers spent a whirlwind day catching up at a special market event, though that’s not to say they bonded over fresh produce, at least, that we know of.

Share

CommentComments

Aviation

Bonza begins search for customer facing ‘legends’

Do you love giving safety briefings to a metal box full of people who are clearly not listening? Boy have we got news for you.

Share

CommentComments