Travel TrendsAirlines, cruise lines and hotels are luring back travellers with big deals – if they get vaccinated.

Vaxxed and ready to relax? These travel companies want to give a hand

Luxury Escapes is offering a A$200 travel voucher to Aussies who are fully vaccinated against Covid. Pictured: The Maya Sanur Bali.
Luxury Escapes is offering a A$200 travel voucher to Aussies who are fully vaccinated against Covid. Pictured: The Maya Sanur Bali.

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Airlines, cruise lines and hospitality companies are luring travellers with offers of special deals for those who commit to vaccination.

Cathay Pacific, United Airlines, Indigo, Virgin Australia and Qantas are ready to offer great incentives for those who have protection from the pandemic.

Luxury Escapes, which sells short-stay holiday packages, has also joined the party with a AUD$2 million (US$1.52 million) giveaway of travel vouchers. The company will offer one million Australians a AUD$200 travel vouchers to spend on Luxury Escape packages.

Adam Schwab, co-founder and CEO of Luxury Escapes, said: “We want to see non-quarantine travel for fully vaccinated Australians, without needing to beg the government's permission to leave and re-enter the country or pay tens of thousands of dollars for business class airfares.

“And the only way to get our freedoms back is to get Australia vaccinated.”

Many of the properties marketed by Luxury Escapes are offering special deals to entice travellers to book now and travel later when Covid restrictions ease.

For example, the Maya in Sanur, Bali, is offering a seven-night package that includes daily lunch or dinner, breakfasts, sunset cocktails, spa, afternoon tea and airport transfers.

Likewise, a seven-night package at the Centara Grand Phuket includes unlimited all-day dining, including breakfast, lunch, afternoon tea and dinner; unlimited free flow drinks, massages and airport transfers.

Not to be left out, cruise lines and airlines are keen to get fully vaccinated passengers back onboard.

Dream Cruises is enticing cruise passengers ahead of restarting its Hong Kong sailings on Genting Dream from 30 July with prizes worth nearly HK$4 million.

Cathay Pacific is offering a private party on board an A321neo as the grand prize in its competition for Hong Kong residents, along with a 20 million Asia Miles giveaway.

Virgin Australia is launching a competition, VA-X & Win, with millions of Velocity Frequent Flyer Points and dozens of free Business Class flights as a lure for Australians to get vaccinated.

Last month, Qantas announced plans to offer prizes to Australians who can prove they have been immunised against Covid-19, which could include things like frequent flyer points, status credits or flight vouchers.

To encourage more people to get their Covid-19 vaccination, United Airlines in May offered its loyalty programme members the chance to win roundtrip flights for two to anywhere in the world the carrier flies to.

In India, Indigo has offered a 10% discount on IndiGo flights for vaccinated customers.

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