World Health Day is celebrated on 7 April every year to mark the anniversary of the founding of World Health Organisation (WHO) in 1948. The theme is Food safety. Food safety is a drive of public health action to protect consumers from the risks of food poisoning and foodborne diseases, acute or chronic.

We are therefore pleased to advise that SAA Cargo has the leading edge when it comes to the transportation of perishable goods to local and international destinations. Their job is to ensure that fresh produce is delivered in accordance with safety standards. They transport seafood, fresh fruits, vegetables or any other non-frozen perishable products. There is a cool room facility available which has been designed to meet the Perishable Products Export Control Board's (PPECB) most stringent quality criteria.
 
 
Earth Day is celebrated annually on 22 of April, during which events are held worldwide to demonstrate support for environmental protection. We are pleased to announce that SAA's exceptional environmental efforts placed the airline as one of only two global carriers to achieve IATA Environmental Assessment (IEnvA) Stage 2-recognition.

The IATA Environmental Assessment (IEnvA) programme is an evaluation system designed to assess and improve the environmental management of an airline. It encourages the use of voluntary initiatives to address environmental impacts from aviation and promotes the use of industry best practices.

In this edition, we have promotions and offers from our various partners, from earning double Miles on Etihad operating services, triple Miles with Best Western Hotels and exclusive benefits for Star Alliance Gold and Silver members at London Heathrow Airport, Terminal 2. In addition, SAA duty-free offers 10% off any online purchase for the month of April 2015.

The SAA Voyager Team

Forever Part Of Your Journey!
 
 
FIRST JOURNEYBLITZ OFFER COMING DURING APRIL
 
 
Our very first JourneyBlitz Awards promotion will be communicated to you during April 2015! Get ready for astonishingly low Award levels, like you have not seen before! Full promotion details will be e-Mailed to you, from JourneyBlitzAwards@flysaa.com. Make sure you read about the offers available for a specific time period.
     
 
SAA MEAL SERVICE CHANGES ON DOMESTIC ROUTES AND MAPUTO
 
 
South African Airways has changed its meal offerings for customers on flights with a duration of less than 2 hours. The changes are for domestic flights to and from Johannesburg (JNB), Durban (DUR), Cape Town (CPT), East London (ELS) and Maputo (MPM).

Click here for more information
     
 
SAA CARGO BAGS ANOTHER INTERNATIONAL AWARD
 
 
SAA Cargo was named the African Cargo Airline of the Year at the STAT Times International Awards for Excellence in Air Cargo. The award was presented at a glittering gala award ceremony held at the Barnyard Theatre in Rivonia, north of Johannesburg.

The excellence awards were organised by STAT Times Media Group, an organisation that has been recognising and rewarding excellence in the air cargo industry for the past 27 years, placing special emphasis on performance excellence by air cargo operators.
 
The International Awards for Excellence is instituted in various sectors of the air cargo industry. The award recipients were decided by the worldwide readers of STAT Times via an online poll that ran from 1 to 31 January 2015.

We at South African Airways are very proud of this recognition by the air cargo industry. SAA Cargo could not have achieved this without the customers' loyal support.
 
 
AUSTRIAN AIRLINES OFFERS FLIGHT SERVICES TO MIAMI AND MENORCA
 
 
Starting on 20 June 2015, Austria's national carrier will fly once a week to Mahon, the capital of the Spanish Balearic island of Menorca, which will be served on a seasonal basis up until 19 September 2015. The airline will now also offer five weekly flights to Miami starting from 16 October 2015.
     
Route
 Flight No.
Flight Days
Departure - Arrival (local times)
Vienna – Miami
OS 097
Monday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday
09:55 – 15:20
Miami - Vienna
OS 098
Monday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday
17:10 – 08:50 (next morning)

Route
 Flight No.
Flight Days
Departure - Arrival (local times)
Vienna - Mahon
OS 9515
Saturday
13:00 – 15:35
Mahon - Vienna
OS 9516
Saturday
16:20 – 19:10

SAA Voyager members will be able to earn and spend Voyager Miles on Austrian Airline flights to Miami. Unfortunately, no Miles can be earned or spent on the Mahon route as the flights are operated by charter aircraft.
 
SA EXPRESS NOW FLYING TO PILANESBERG (SUN CITY)
 
 
With effect from 1 April 2015, SA Express will introduce 3 weekly flights between OR Tambo International Airport and Pilanesberg. In addition, SA Express will be introducing 2 flights between Pilanesberg and Cape Town. Passengers travelling from Johannesburg to Pilanesberg, then to Cape Town, will be flying on the CRJ 200, which is a 50-seater passenger jet, making travel time seamless and faster. Flight bookings can be made through travel agents or online at www.flyexpress.aero.
     
 
SAA VOYAGER PROGRAMME CHANGES ALREADY BENEFITING MEMBERS
 
Our members are already reaping the rewards from our new programme changes. We would like to congratulate all our members who tiered up from Blue to Gold status within the first 3 months of 2015. You surpassed expectations and skipped Silver status and can now enjoy all the SAA and Star Alliance Gold benefits.

Here's how accelerated Tiering is achieved:

Tier Miles are earned based on airfare and fuel levy paid
for SAA-operated flights. Now that Business Class travel is no longer being rewarded as mere Bonus Miles, all Miles earned in this way count as Tier Miles. We fully reward your loyalty and premium support.

For example:
Should you buy a R70 000 ticket and fly on an SAA-operated flight, assuming the airport / government taxes etc. are excluded, you will receive 43 750 Tier Miles (R70 000 ÷ R1.60 = 43 750 Miles). If just prior to taking such a flight, a Blue status member had already accumulated at least 16,250 towards tier, they would qualify for Gold status after the flight, thereby skipping Silver status.

SAA Voyager Elite Tier Qualification Thresholds

Silver
Gold
Platinum
Lifetime Platinum
30 000 Tier Miles annually
60 000 Tier Miles annually
120 000 Tier Miles annually
or
5 Consecutive years of Gold status/ combination of Gold and Platinum status.
Lifetime Platinum
6 Consecutive years of Platinum status based on SAA Tier Miles
or
720 000 SAA Tier Miles during a minimum of 4 consecutive years
and to a maximum of 6 Consecutive years

Tier Retention Thresholds
We guarantee that you will retain your current Tier status if you achieve 95% of the qualification threshold.

Elite Status Bonus
As an Elite member, you also earn Bonus Miles as a percentage of your activity on South African Airways, SA Express, Airlink and Swaziland Airlink. The bonus percentage is based on your Tier level. See the table below:

 
Silver
Gold
Platinum
Lifetime Platinum
Bonus Percentage
25%
50%
75%
100%
Actual Bonus Miles from the above example
10938
21875
32813
43750

CLAIMING MISSING MILES ON SAA-OPERATED FLIGHTS

Kindly note that when you claim for your SAA Voyager Miles that have not automatically tracked for revenue-based accruals on SAA-operated flights, the process may take up to 20 days or longer to reflect on your SAA Voyager account. SAA is however in the process of upgrading the revenue accounting system and the method will be streamlined within the next 3 months.
 
 
 
Got flights booked between April and October 2015? South African Airways has revamped and upgraded the online duty-free shop for you to have an "extraordinair" shopping experience. We are also giving you 10% OFF any purchase for the month of April 2015. To receive the 10% discount, just enter the promotion code SAAV1 at checkout.

Click here to start shopping now.
 
 
 
In celebration of Etihad and SAA's extended codeshare agreement, SAA Voyager members will earn Double Miles on all Etihad-operated flights beyond Abu Dhabi.

Terms and Conditions:
• Promotion period: 15 April 2015 – 31 May 2015;
• Double Miles are applicable on Etihad-operating flights only;
• Double Miles will be awarded for flights flown within the promotion period;
• The entire journey must be completed within the promotion dates;
• Flights between Johannesburg and Abu Dhabi are excluded from this promotion; and
• The promotion is valid in all revenue class fares.
 
 
 
Best Western International is now offering SAA Voyager members greater rewards. Simply select SAA as your earning preference in your Best Western Rewards account profile and you'll get 500 SAA Voyager Miles every time you stay at a Best Western-branded hotel. However, between 1 April and 31 May 2015, SAA Voyager members will earn 1500 Miles per stay at the Best Western International.
 
Book your next hotel stay, enrol or find a Best Western hotel in your favourite location at www.bestwestern.com
 
 
 
From safaris to stunning coastal beaches, you'll stumble upon natural beauty and exotic cultures when you explore Africa and Mauritius. Let Hilton's selection of 15 attractive and comfortable hotels and resorts in Africa and Mauritius make your stay even better.

For your exclusive SAA Voyager rates, book at Hilton.com using promotion code HILT20.
     
SAA Voyager members earn 100 – 500 Miles or 1 Mile per US dollar spent for qualifying stays at Hilton hotels and resorts.

Terms and Conditions apply.
 
 
 
Convert your Lifestyle Rands to SAA Voyager Miles before 30 April 2015 and we could send you on a 2 nights perfect Desert Experience getaway for 2 people, at Swakopmund Hotel and Entertainment Centre, Namibia consisting of:

• Dinner, Bed & Breakfast;
• Dolphin Cruise;
• Dinner for 2 in the Desert; and
• Quadbiking in the Dunes.

Visit www.legacylifestyle.co.za/voyager to convert and bring your dream destination closer than ever.
     
 
 
Time to spare at London Heathrow Airport, Terminal 2? Star Alliance Gold and Silver status members' cardholders can pass the time by indulging in a number of great offers, such as:

• Reduced London Heathrow Airport Valet Parking rates;
• 50% off Heathrow Meet and Assist and Heathrow Porter;
• Complementary glass of Chapel Down wine or Fizz when dining at The Gorgeous Kitchen;
• Money off your shopping at Thomas Pink;
• Discount on your pre-flight travel essentials from WHSmith; and
• An extra saving on a wide range of products at World Duty Free.

Click here to find out more.
 
 
DOUBLE SAA VOYAGER MILES ARE ALL YOURS WITH HILTON HHONORS™
 
 
Discover the world twice as fast with Hilton HHonors™. Sign up for the Double Your HHonors promotion and you can earn Double Voyager Miles when you book and stay at any participating hotel or resort within the Hilton Portfolio by 31 May 2015.

Click here to find out more.
 
MILES FOR STYLE COMPETITION
 
 
You are now able to convert your SAA Voyager Miles into StyleMiles.

In celebration of the two-way conversions partnership, you stand a chance to win one of three prizes if you enrol into the StyleMile programme as a member and activate your new account between 17 March 2015 and 15 May 2015. You stand a chance to win one of the below:

• A weekend getaway for 2 at the exclusive Shamwari Game Reserve;
• A flight for 2 in the Magaliesberg with Bill Harrops "Original" Balloon Safaris; and
• Your share of 30 000 StyleMiles.
 
 
The more StyleMiles you earn, the better your chances of winning.

'Miles For Style' has an exclusive online shop, offering some of the world's most aspirational brands and luxury products.

Click here to enter the competition.
Enrol here to become a StyleMile member.

Terms and Conditions apply.
 
IHG REWARDS CLUB DOUBLE MILES PROMOTION
 
 
Earn double Miles from your first qualifying stay at any of 4 700 IHG hotels worldwide. Offer valid until 30 April 2015.

Click here to find out more.
 
 
 
BUDGET CAR RENTAL NAME CHANGE

Kindly note that our car rental partner, Budget South Africa (Budget Car Rental) has changed their name to Bidvest Car Rental on 28 February 2015. These changes only apply to branding and do not affect the issuing of car rental Awards. The contact information for bookings and reservations remains unchanged.
 
 
 
 
1 MILLION SAA VOYAGER MILES WINNER

During 2014, Seeff Properties in partnership with SAA Voyager, held a competition in celebration of their 50th and 20th anniversaries respectively. One lucky member stood a chance of winning a staggering 1 Million SAA Voyager Miles if they were selling their property through Seeff during 2014. SAA Voyager would like to congratulate Ian Jeffery on winning this coveted prize.
 
PERTH FLIGHT TICKETS WINNER
 
 
In our February 2015 e-Newsletter, we announced that one lucky SAA Voyager member stood a chance to win 2 Economy Class return tickets to Perth if the member flew domestically in Business Class during the period of 1 February to 13 February 2015. We would like to congratulate Dr Corne Mulder on winning this prize.
 
 
SAA Voyager members have over the past years made a telling contribution to charities we support and for that we say thank you!
 
REACH FOR A DREAM FOUNDATION
 
 
Reach For A Dream foundation continues to make a difference in the lives of many children with life-threatening illnesses, and we would like to thank all SAA Voyager members for opening their hearts and heeding the call of making dreams possible.

Shiluke, a 12-year-old girl fighting a cardiac disorder was our latest dreamer whose dream was to see an aircraft. Shiluke had never seen a plane in real life and with the aid of Reach For A Dream, SAA Voyager and our members, her dream came true. She arrived at O.R. Tambo International Airport and had a guided tour through to the SAA Technical area, where her aircraft tour was conducted. Not only did Shiluke get the opportunity to see a plane in real life, she sat in the cockpit and got the full brief of what happens inside the aircraft and what flying is all about. Thanks to SAA crew and the SAA Voyager team for making this dream a reality. Shiluke will never forget the experience.
 
WORLD WIDE FUND FOR NATURE
 
 
World Wide Fund for Nature would like to thank and encourage members who have used their SAA Voyager Miles to the benefit of WWF-SA and our work to create a planet where people live in harmony with nature. A special thanks to all those members who have joined WWF-SA's movement to alleviate climate change along with millions of Earth Hour supporters around the world. There is still time to do so. Let's go beyond the hour.

Click here to join the movement.
 
Login to your Voyager account at www.flysaa.com and donate your Miles online to WWF.
 
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