South African Airways News - August 2017



Favorite Airline in Africa award

“Favorite Airline in Africa”, South African Airways

South African Airways (SAA) has been named “Favorite Airline in Africa” for the third consecutive year at the annual Trazee Awards. The award was presented to South African Airways at the annual event hosted by Global Traveler during the 2017 Global Business Travel Association convention on Tuesday July 18, 2017, at the iconic Lenox Hotel in Boston.

Hailed as the smart source for millennials, Trazee Travel is a unique interactive web publication created by Global Traveler’s parent company, FX Express Publications, Inc., for travelers aged 18-35. The Trazee Awards celebrates the best and brightest travel companies from around the world and includes airlines, airports, hotels, destinations and other travel providers. Nominations for The Trazee are collected from an intrepid group of contributors, as well as, via an online ballot completed by their subscribed readers. The nominations are compiled and a panel of Trazee and FXExpress Publications, Inc. management select the final winners.

“0We are very proud and grateful that Trazee Travel readers have, once again, selected South African Airways as their favorite airline in Africa.” said Todd Neuman, South African Airways’ Executive Vice President for the Americas. “The millennials are a growing segment of tourism to Africa and we are honored that these travellers have selected SAA as their favourite way to travel to the continent. This award is a testament to the quality of service SAA delivers both in the air and on the ground, as the best way to start an African experience of a lifetime.”

"Congratulations to South African Airways on its third win in our 2017 The Trazees. It's clear the readers of, prefer SAA for their travel to Africa," said Francis X. Gallagher, publisher and CEO, FXExpress Publications, Inc. "This is unique group of travelers, choosing to see and experience exotic destinations around the world now, as opposed to waiting years to take that bucket list trip. And the providers they choose to take them on these journeys are the best in the industry, including SAA. From the multiple awards the airline continues to receive regularly from readers across all our platform, its evident South African Airways is the best choice for all global travelers."

South African Airways offers the most flights from the U.S. to South Africa with daily nonstop service from New York-JFK Airport and daily direct service from Washington, DC-Dulles Airport to Johannesburg via Accra, Ghana or Dakar, Senegal. SAA has served North America for over 45 years and is one of the world’s most awarded airlines, having been rated as a Skytrax 4-Star airline for 15 consecutive years.

On-board, SAA provides an inflight experience designed for pure comfort for long-haul travel. Our customers enjoy fully-flat seats in Premium Business Class, industry-leading legroom in Economy Class, gourmet cuisine and a selection of complimentary spirits and award-winning South African wines and generous checked baggage allowance. Also included are individual audio / visual entertainment systems that deliver an extensive menu of first-run movies and music choices. Via our Johannesburg hub, SAA links the world to over 75 destinations across Southern Africa and Africa’s Indian Ocean islands.

For SAA reservations and flight information, customers should visit, call SAA Reservations at 1-(800) 722-9675 or contact their professional travel consultant to experience what makes us the favorite airline in Africa. A full list of The Trazee Awards Winners can be found at



Africa Trade Show in North America

South African Airways, South African Tourism and On Show Solutions invite you to attend our Africa Showcase 2017.

This year we will be visiting three cities, Washington DC on Sept. 7, Toronto ON on Sept. 11 and Los Angeles, CA on Sept. 13. Join us for an evening of amazing prizes, hors d'oeuvres, South African wine and the opportunity to learn about our dynamic destination.

Meet with representatives from Southern Africa, West Africa and Indian Ocean tourist boards, as well as the finest hotels and safari lodges in the region.

For more event information and to register for this incredible event, click on your city of choice.

Washington DC on September 7

Toronto, ON September 11

Los Angeles, CA on September 13

Please note Space is limited and registration will be closed once capacity is reached, so RSVP early!



African Exuberance… Durban

While Johannesburg is sophisticated and Cape Town is Euro-chic, Durban is pure African exuberance. It’s a heady multicultural melting pot built around vibrant beach life, buzzing hotspots and gorgeous scenery bathed in heat and humidity that make even the famous local curries seem tame in comparison. Durban is known as “South Africa’s Miami” with its open-air lifestyle of sun, sea, sand, picnics, parties and pleasure.

Travel writer Andy Turner describes Durban as an intriguing mix of urban South Africa and the Indian subcontinent. Read his six reasons why everyone’s next trip should be to Durban, South Africa.



Africa’s Travel Indaba partners with We Are Africa to grow tourism

IOL Associated Press Release

Africa’s Travel Indaba and We Are Africa have cemented an exciting partnership whereby for two weeks every May, the two trade shows will bring the world to South Africa to experience a stellar array of travel products and services.

Africa’s Travel Indaba – South African Tourism’s flagship travel trade show, previously known as Indaba – will take place from 8 to 10 May 2018 at the Inkosi Albert Luthuli International Convention Centre in Durban, preceded by a Business Opportunity Networking Day (BONDay) for exhibitors on 7 May.

A few days later, from 14 to 17 May 2018, We Are Africa will take place at the Cape Town Stadium, with South African Tourism as the headline partner – offering local and international buyers the opportunity to attend both trade shows and sample the cream of what the African travel and tourism marketplace has to offer.

Commented South African Tourism Chief Executive Sisa Ntshona on the partnership between the two events: “It’s incredibly exciting for Africa’s Travel Indaba, one of our continent’s oldest and most popular travel shows, to have joined hands with the young, passionate and dynamic We Are Africa show to benefit tourism as a whole.

“We believe it’s a match made in heaven, as our shows are united by a common desire to showcase Africa’s attractions to the world’s blue-chip buyers and thereby get more people travelling to and around our remarkable continent. This pairing of travel show brands will incentivise buyers to attend both shows and gain a 360-degree perspective of the immense breadth and scope of Africa’s travel offering within a concentrated two-week timeframe.”

Ntshona said he was confident that the partnership would yield positive results in telling Africa’s tourism story, adding: “We look forward to making the two trade shows a collective shopping mecca for buyers looking for the best tourism offerings from Africa.”



Earn more with South African Airways & Marriott Hotels

Marriott Rewards is offering SAA Voyager members the following Stay with Marriott Hotels (Protea Hotels) when in South Africa from now until 30 September 2017 and receive 20% off Marriott’s best available rate plus 1000 bonus Voyager miles per stay along with free Wi-Fi!

Log onto and enter the promotional code "MAR1M" to benefit from this offer.


Bunny Chow… Durban Curry

Bring a taste of Durban to your table this month, Bunny Chow. A South African cuisine originating in the Durban Indian community. This dish consists of a hollowed-out loaf of bread filled with curry. It can be made with beef, chicken, lamb or vegetables.

Full recipe on:


Four Star Essence Festival Durban 2017

South African Airways Vacation is offering an air-inclusive package from $1,999pp. Spend 6 nights in glorious Durban during the Essence Festival. This offer is based on per person on 2 adults sharing for departures from New York (JFK) valid for travel between September 01 – October 31, 2017. This package includes accommodation at the Southern Sun Elengeni/Maharani which includes breakfast daily and round-trip airport transfers.


*TERMS & CONDITIONS: Price is per person based on double occupancy. Valid as of February 03, 2017 for departure from New York (JFK) or Washington Dulles (IAD) between September 01 - October 31, 2017 with the same itinerary available at higher prices during other travel periods. Other departure points and domestic flights within the U.S. can be booked. Price for other departure cities and/or travel dates may vary. Subject to availability and currency exchange rate fluctuations. Prices are valid for new bookings only, are not retroactive and may change without notice. Package includes all government and airline imposed taxes and fees. Baggage and optional service fees, cancellation charges and other restrictions may apply.