Qantas Partners With Vodafone

2nd Feb 2016

Australian carrier Qantas has signed a new partnership deal ? this time with one of the largest mobile operators in the world, Vodafone.

This means that, if a customer signs up for a new 'Qantas Red' plan for the next 24 months; he or she can grab a nice amount of Qantas points. Additionally, they will also have access to the mobile operator's daily flat-rate international roaming fee of just 5 dollars.

Qantas Red plan starts at $45 a month for a SIM-only deal. This will grant the customer a bunch of Qantas points, which can further be doubled if they sign online. In addition, they will also receive 6GB of data on 3G and 4G Vodafone networks.

The basic Qantas Red plan is worth 4000 Qantas Points. These can be grabbed at the very start of the contract. The downside is that the customer will be tied for a 24-month period. If he decides to cancel at any time in those 24 months, the customer will have some cancelation fees to pay as well and won't be able to grab free points and then switch to another carrier.

For $60 per month, Qantas and Vodafone offer another tier of this plan. With it, users can get 5000 Qantas Points and 10GB of data on Vodafone network. At $85 per month, customers can get 7500 Points and 15GB of data.

Qantas Upgrades Workplace Safety Practices

Meanwhile, an incident from 2014, which lead to a contractor suffering a back injury while cleaning a Qantas plane at the Canberra Airport, led to the Australian airline upgrading its safety practices.

Following the incident, WorkSafe ACT investigator said that the carrier violated its duty of care per the Work Health and Safety Act.

Qantas has now entered an enforceable undertaking with WorkSafe ACT with the goal to enhance its workplace safety practices. In addition, the carrier will also spend $680,000 in order to improve its safety procedures and policies.

Mark McCabe, WorkSafe ACT commissioner, said this about Qantas' improved worksafe procedures:

"The great thing about Qantas agreeing to enter this enforceable undertaking is that rather than go through lengthy court action, they're investing a fair bit of money into health and safety and that's a far better outcome than spending it on lawyers, which is where quite a bit of the money goes."