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COVID vaccination rewards from Medibank, Finder, Qantas, Telstra and more

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Major brands in health insurance, life insurance, utilities and travel have moved fast to offer rewards for people who've received the COVID-19 vaccination.

Companies are now able to offer cash and other perks for getting the jab, after a recent change in regulations from the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA).

The rewards could include vouchers, discounts or frequent flyer points, but must exclude alcohol, tobacco or medicines as these aren't listed by TGA. The rewards must also be made available to people who have already received their first or second doses.

TGA said: "Businesses can now supplement government public health campaigns through offers of practical support (including rewards) that encourage Australians to be vaccinated."

"They also permit the offer of a range of rewards to people who have been fully vaccinated under the government's COVID-19 vaccination program," the TGA added.

StayWell travel vaccine incentives

StayWell Holdings, one of the largest hotel management groups in the Asia Pacific, has announced a travel deal for vaccinated travellers.

Guests will be able to take advantage of perks including 25% off StayWell Hotels' Best Available Rates, complimentary room upgrades, late check out, double loyalty points for StayWell Rewards members and flexible booking.

You'll want to hurry, as stay dates are only available until 20 December 2021.

Discounts and bonus points with Telstra's #LetsVaxx rewards program

From September 2nd, customers connected to the Telstra network will see the network's name change to #LetsVaxx to encourage everyone to get vaccinated as soon as they're eligible.

Australia's largest mobile network is also offering:

  • 2,500 bonus Telstra Plus points to fully vaccinated members of the Telstra Plus loyalty program.
  • A 100 million point major prize draw with 20 winners to receive five million Telstra Plus points each and $3,500 credit to cover the cost of certain Telstra services for a year to fully vaccinated Telstra Plus members.
  • All Telstra Plus members a digital care package which includes a Telstra TV Box Office movie, discounts on food delivery and in the Telstra Plus rewards store, regardless of vaccination.

This incentive is still available and runs until 31 January 2022.

In addition to the rewards, Telstra is also launching a social media campaign to bust conspiracy theories around COVID-19 vaccinations, enlisting the help of leading satirist Mark Humphries. CEO Andy Penn has also written a Telstra Exchange blog calling on business and community leaders to unite on a national plan.

Free tickets to 2022 shows

Three of Australia's biggest tour promoters – Live Nation, Frontier Touring and TEG – teamed up to launch a 'Vaxstage Pass' contest. Entrants could win free tickets to a bunch of live shows in 2022 which includes performances from Lorde, Tyler, The Creator and Snoop Dogg.

To enter this contest, which is now closed, you needed to have had your jabs and complete an online form explained in 25-words (or less) which live event you're most looking forward to seeing.

Finder announced free Bitcoin for vaccinated Aussies

Important note: this campaign has now ended, but you can still find a host of other deals in the table below.

Finder, which is Australia's most visited comparison site, has announced its intention to give away millions of dollars worth of credits to spend on cryptocurrency to reward Australians for getting vaccinated against COVID-19.

Through its Finder app, members will be able to share proof of their vaccination and receive $5 loaded into their Finder Wallet to put towards Bitcoin or Ethereum purchases.

Fred Schebesta, founder of Finder, said the reward is a small way to encourage people to get the jab.

"Vaccination is our country's path out of lockdowns so we want to do everything we can to support Australians to roll up their sleeves for the sake of all of us.

"Whether you use the Finder app every day or you're just now hearing of it, if you've done your part to protect your fellow Aussies, we want to reward you for it," Schebesta said.

App users can register an expression of interest to receive their credits now.

Zurich and OnePath announce $50,000 life insurance bonus

Life insurers Zurich and OnePath are (until 31 December 2021) offering a one-off benefit of up to $50,000 in COVID vaccine protection for policyholders. Customers who suffer a serious side effect from an approved COVID vaccination - before the end of the year - would be eligible for the payment, either for them or their beneficiary.

The benefit, which the insurers say is an Australian first, would be paid in addition to any standard death or Total Permanent Disability (TPD) payout for the same claim. Cover for death or disablement following a COVID infection is already included within the life insurers' policies.

Medibank, AIA offer COVID vaccination rewards

Health fund Medibank is rewarding its customers for getting the jab. Here are the key details:

  • Eligible Medibank customers who are fully vaccinated will receive 1,000 Live Better Rewards points by early September.
  • Points can be used towards gift cards or products from Medibank partners including Adidas, Apple and Fitbit. The rewards can also be used by policyholders to save on their health cover or getting covered for more on their extras insurance.
  • Fully jabbed customers will receive Live Better points equivalent to a $10 Amcal gift card.

Medibank Chief Executive Officer David Koczkar said, "It's been an incredibly tough 18 months in Australia and the personal and economic toll of this pandemic is heartbreaking."

"As one of Australia's biggest health insurers, we have a unique opportunity to reach more than 3.7 million customers and remind them about the importance of getting vaccinated, with an ability to reach significantly more Australians through our corporate and university partnerships," Koczkar added.

Finder reached out to HCF, ahm and Frank and none confirmed immediate plans around rewards (correct as of Friday 6 August).

Meanwhile, insurer AIA is offering perks, in the form of points, to fully vaccinated health and life insurance customers.

In addition to discounts on their premiums, AIA customers can score gift cards, flights and movie tickets.

Airlines offering COVID-19 vaccination rewards

Virgin

Virgin Australia and Velocity Frequent Flyer are also offering $150,000 worth of "prizes" to get vaccinated with their VA-X & Win competition, the airline announced. The campaign - which runs until Dec 31 - allows customers to receive up to 1 million Velocity Points, free Business Class flights and also provides lots of incentives for its staff, including bonus annual leave and lounge memberships.

The competition is open to all residents of Australia aged 18 and over who have received 2 doses of a COVID-19 vaccination. Entry is available via the Virgin Australia website.

Qantas

Qantas is offering a choice of 1,000 Qantas Points, 15 Status Credits or a $20 travel voucher to Qantas App users who have been vaccinated – valid until December 31. Finder's frequent flyer expert Angus Kidman has weighed in to explain which deal is the best value.

More travel brands with vaccination perks

Important note: both the Luxury Escapes and the Marriott campaigns have ended, while the Crystalbrook Collection offer is available until 19 December 2021.

Luxury Escapes recently announced new travel vouchers in an incentives program for up to 1 million people.

Each eligible person will be given a $200 voucher to spend on any international booking they make with Luxury Escapes.

To get a voucher, you'll need to:

  • Get your COVID-19 vaccination.
  • Provide proof of vaccination to Luxury Escapes.
  • Use the promo code provided to you at checkout for any international offer.

Elsewhere, hotel giant Marriott has announced a competition to win a free one-night stay at one of 28 Marriott Bonvoy Hotels and Resorts sites across Australia, New Zealand, Fiji and New Caledonia. The competition, titled 'Ultimate Marriott Bonvoy Package', is open to those who've received both COVID jabs.

Luxury hotel brand Crystalbrook Collection has confirmed it will offer free upgrades to vaccinated guests. Its resorts across Australia include Cairns, Newcastle, Byron Bay, Sydney and Brisbane.

Rideshare apps helping Aussies to save on their vax trips

Meanwhile Rideshare app DiDi is offering customers the chance for $10 off trips (up to 2 times) to help Aussies get to their vaccination appointments. Also, Sydney-based Cabcharge offered free rides of up to $50 to help people get jabbed, as part of a $200,000 giveaway (this offer has now closed).

Million Dollar Vax campaign

The Million Dollar Vax scheme rewarded vaccinated Australians with cash prizes and gift cards for getting the jab with a $1 million jackpot.

A total of $4.1 million worth of prizes was given away, with 100 daily $1,000 gift cards on top of the $1 million cash prize, which was awarded on 5 November.

The campaign was run by the Million Dollar Vax Alliance, a group of philanthropists and corporations aiming to encourage more Australians to get vaccinated.

Australians were previously able to sign up to this offer on the Million Dollar Vax website.

Uber Eats #GetVaxxedForSnacks

Uber Eats has announced it would reward the first LGA of concern in Sydney to reach 80% double vaccination with $20 vouchers towards their favourite desserts. It was for one weekend only and included treats from Ben & Jerry's, Krispy Kreme, Cold Rock and more. Blacktown and Campbelltown shared the spoils for this now-ended offer.

Vaccination rewards: Find a deal

BrandDiscountMore details
AIA
  • Gift cards
  • Flights
  • Movie tickets
More info
DiDi
  • $10 off - up to 2 times
Use promo code: JABTIME
Medibank
  • 1,000 Live Better Rewards points by early September
  • Points can be used towards gift cards or products from Medibank partners including Adidas, Apple and Fitbit.
  • Live Better points equivalent to a $10 Amcal gift card.
Go to site
OnePath
  • Life insurance customers who suffer a serious side effect from an approved COVID vaccination may be eligible for a $50,000 one-off payment. T&C's apply.
Visit OnePath's website for more info
Qantas
  • 1,000 Qantas Points, 15 Status Credits or a $20 travel voucher
More info
Virgin
  • Receive up to 1 million Velocity Points
  • Free business class flights
  • Bonus annual leave and lounge memberships
Go to site
Zurich
  • Life insurance customers who suffer a serious side effect from an approved COVID vaccination may be eligible for a $50,000 one-off payment. T&C's apply.

If you want to be rewarded for getting the COVID-19 jab but your insurer isn't currently offering any incentives, consider switching to one that does. You can compare health insurance policies here and life insurance here.

Note: We will continue to update this page with new offers as they are announced. On 5 October 2021 we added details on the Million Dollar Vax Campaign. We've also included information on DiDi, AIA, Crystalbrook, Uber Eats and StayWell.

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