Vitality members to get a once-off points top-up to compensate for lockdown – Business Insider South Africa

Vitality members to get a once-off points top-up to compensate for lockdown – Business Insider South Africa

Vitality members will be awarded the higher of the physical activity points earned over January to September 2019, or January to September 2020. Photo: Vitality

  • Vitality is offering members a once-off allocation of points to compensate for lost exercise or health screenings during lockdown.
  • Gyms were closed for months, and many people were hesitant to go for screenings for fear of contracting Covid-19.
  • If you earned more points for screenings and physical activity in 2019, you will earn your points from last year.
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Discovery Vitality announced that members will get a once-off allocation of points to compensate for lost exercise or health screenings during lockdown.

“We understand that the restrictions associated with lockdown have reduced physical activity and have constrained members’ ability to access screening services,” says Discovery Vitality CEO Dinesh Govender.

Many people were hesitant to go to hospitals and to the doctor for fear of contracting Covid-19.

Discovery reported recently that 51% fewer mammograms were performed during April to July, compared to 2019. 

In addition, gyms were only allowed to reopen this month after being closed for almost six months during the first part of lockdown.

To compensate for this, Vitality may reward members this year, again, for screenings and exercise done in 2019.

Here’s how the points top-up will work:

  • Members will be awarded the higher of their 2019 and 2020 Vitality Health Check and Vitality Fitness Assessment Vitality points. If they have not yet completed one of these assessments this year and are not comfortable to complete one before the end of the year, they will be awarded the same Vitality points that they earned last year.
  • Points for additional screenings, such as completing a pap smear or colonoscopy, and visiting the dentist will be awarded for 2020 if members completed these screenings last year.
  • Points will also be awarded for a 2019 flu vaccination, as it was in short supply this year.
  • Members will be awarded the higher of the physical activity points earned over the period January to September 2019 or January to September 2020.

The additional Vitality points will be automatically allocated by the end of October 2020 – no action is required from members.

Travel miles

Vitality also announced that its travel platform will reopen this week, for hotel and car hire bookings.

Vitality expects kulula.com and British Airways domestic flight bookings to open in late October. 

Comair, which owns kulula and manages British Airways in SA, was placed in business rescue last year. The business rescue plan was approved recently, but R1 billion is still needed to fund its return to operations.

When domestic flight bookings open, Vitality members will be rewarded with upfront discounts of up to 75%, as well as 72 hours’ early access for flight bookings. 

Vitality also announced other initiatives:

  • From 2021, Vitality members will be able to earn points at more than 300 other physical fitness facilities as well as for home workouts view online offerings. This is in addition to its gym benefits with Virgin Active and Planet Fitness.
  • Vitality is redesigning its sport gear and fitness devices benefit to provide upfront discounts of up to 75% at the point of sale. 
  • Vitality has partnered with Nike, and from 2021 Vitality members can use points at Nike Concept Stores.
  • Vitality is changing its healthy food rewards to include ready-made meals. Members will also get 25% back on healthier convenience frozen meals and meal kits from Frozen for You, UCOOK, We Are Food and Daily Dish. 

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