Aviation

Virgin announces massive competition encouraging Aussies to get vaccinated

Virgin Australia has unveiled a massive national competition giving fully-vaccinated Aussies the chance to win a share in tens of thousands of dollars of prizes, with one lucky punter set to become a Velocity Points millionaire.

The airline plans to kick off its ‘VA-X & Win’ competition later this year once all adults are eligible to receive a COVID-19 vaccine.

The competition will be open to all Aussie residents over the age of 18 who have received two doses of a COVID-19 vaccine once eligibility to get the jab is open to all adults.

Details of all prizes on offer will be revealed when the competition opens, but the airline said it will give away dozens of free business-class flights and one lucky Australian will become a Velocity Frequent Flyer Points millionaire.

Virgin team members who get vaccinated will also have the opportunity to win prizes, including additional annual leave, lounge memberships and free business-class flights.

The airline is also making it easy for team members to attend vaccination appointments, today announcing it will provide flexible working arrangements where possible for employees to receive both injections.

Sixty-five per cent of the airline’s frontline team members (cabin crew, pilots and airport workers) have been vaccinated or are registered to be vaccinated, according to an internal survey.

A spokesperson for Virgin said the airline has a responsibility to “use its voice” to encourage Aussies to get vaccinated.

“What the latest lockdown in Melbourne and the evolving situation in Sydney has taught us, is the sooner we can all get vaccinated, the sooner we can get on with our lives, without the constant fear and uncertainty that come with lockdowns, restrictions and closed borders,” they said.

“Most importantly, the sooner all Australians are vaccinated, the sooner our most vulnerable members of society will be protected.

“As an industry that’s been severely affected by COVID-19, we want to do all we can to help vaccinate the population, and it makes sense to reward and encourage our colleagues who have been on the frontline of this pandemic, in this journey.” 

Virgin is the latest travel provider to offer an incentive for Australians to get vaccinated, with both Qantas and Luxury Escapes having already announced reward schemes for travellers who get the jab.


SEE WHAT PEOPLE ARE SAYING

Leave a Reply

Aviation

Ukrainian airline scraps heels and tight skirts for comfy suits and sneakers

SkyUp Airlines has given its cabin crew uniform a modern update that ditches tight fit, restrictive clothing and high heels for something a bit more suited to the job.

Share

CommentComments

Wholesalers

Intrepid snares majority stake in New Zealand’s Haka Tours and ANZ Nature Tours

The global travel B Corp has kicked off its future growth plans with a 60 per cent slice of not one, but two touring brands.

Share

CommentComments

Aviation

Clive Palmer offloads Qantas shares in protest of airline’s staff vaccination policy

by Ali Coulton

Looks like the mining magnate has taken a break from tweeting his famous Tim Tam poems to shake his fist at the flying kangaroo’s vax policy.

Share

CommentComments

Hotels

Guests forced to hide as heritage-listed hotel break-in causes $30,000 in damage

A group of people have broken down the door of a historic Kalgoorlie hotel, terrorising guests and forcing one woman to hide in a wardrobe.

Share

CommentComments

Events

Get excited, because the European Showcase is coming to a screen near you!

With international borders on the verge of reopening and hype around overseas travel at an all-time high, this event couldn’t have come at a better time!

Share

CommentComments

Destinations

“We can’t live here in hermit kingdom”: NSW to ditch quarantine for international arrivals from 1 November

The big policy shift means that NSW is the only Aussie state to announce quarantine-free international travel.

Share

CommentComments

Cruise

Royal Caribbean axes Ovation of the Seas’ Aussie sailings until end of March 2022

With no clear pathway toward a resumption of cruising in sight for Australia, the cruise giant has canned its domestic sailings once again.

Share

CommentComments

Aviation

Qantas to add new routes from Darwin to Far North Queensland

Qantas seems to have a penchant for the Top End at the moment. This time, the flying kanga is boosting connectivity across northern Australia with a couple of new routes.

Share

CommentComments

Destinations

“Bugger Byron Bay”: Cowra Tourism invites Chris Hemsworth for a visit in delightful new campaign

In this brilliant video, Cowra pulls out all the stops in an attempt to lure the A-lister to stop by, have a “chin wag” and “get on the sauce”. The town even wants to build a four-story statue in his likeness.

Share

CommentComments

Cruise

Princess Cruises welcomes aboard new president

Princess Cruises has a new president. One could even say the Carnival-owned line has found its prince.

Share

CommentComments

Wholesalers

“We have a front-row seat to the climate disaster”: Intrepid CEO urges ScoMo to “go all in” at COP26

The adventure travel company is calling on the PM to commit to at least halving emissions by 2030 and an immediate end to new coal power development. Let’s just hope Prince Charles can convince him to attend.

Share

CommentComments

Aviation

Air New Zealand to transform Boeing 787 into vaccination clinic for special ‘Jabaseat’ flight

A handful of lucky Kiwis will get their COVID-19 jab in a business-class cabin on Saturday as part of a national push to boost the country’s vaccination numbers.

Share

CommentComments