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After initially announcing it in November 2021, Qantas has officially launched its all-new Green elite-status tier.
As of March 9, 2022, Qantas is incentivizing its frequent flyers by awarding them with points and a new level of elite status for making sustainable life and travel choices.
“This program makes it easier for frequent flyers to make more sustainable choices, at home and when they travel, and rewards them when they do,” said Olivia Wirth, Loyalty CEO at Qantas.
Here’s what you should know about this industry-first sustainability initiative.
Qantas Rewards Green Choices With New Status Tier
First things first: the new Green tier does not replace, or even slot into, Qantas’ existing elite status levels. Rather, it will sit alongside Bronze, Silver, Gold, and Platinum and exist as a bonus tier.
Earning Qantas Green Status
To earn Qantas Green status, all members have to do is complete at least 5 of the following 6 activities in a single membership year:
- Offset flight emissions through Qantas’ Fly Carbon Neutral program
- Book a stay at any of Qantas’ eco-accredited hotels in Australia through Qantas Hotels. Options include Alto on Bourke, Melbourne; Daintree Wilderness Lodge, Daintree; and Crystalbrook Byron, Byron Bay
- Sustainable Purchases
- Choose from a selection of over 200 sustainable wines through Qantas Wine or offset deliveries from just $1 with either Qantas Wine or the Qantas Rewards Store
- Install solar panels or help support verified home- or car-emission offsetting programs in Australia or worldwide
- Reducing Impact
- Giving Back
- Contribute to organizations such as OzHarvest, UNICEF, Kimberly Land Council, or organizations that work to protect the Great Barrier Reef
As the program grows, members will also be rewarded for activities such as leaving their cars at home when they go to work.
Qantas Green Tier Rewards
If you achieve Green status, you’ll see a green Kangaroo on the elite-status summary page in the Qantas app.
Once Green status has been achieved, members will get to choose from 1 of the following 3 rewards:
- 10,000 Qantas Points
- 50 status credits
- 3 tons of carbon offsets purchased by Qantas on the member’s behalf
In addition to unlocking 1 of the rewards above, members will earn 150 points for each night spent at any of the eco-accredited hotels mentioned above and 250 bonus points when buying cases of eco-wines.
Qantas is the first airline in the world to launch an incentive-based, Green elite-status tier that rewards frequent flyers for making sustainable lifestyle and travel choices.
Let’s hope for a combination of a successful rollout and popular reception of the program so that it could set a precedent for airlines around the globe.
Featured Image Credit: Qantas
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