December 2012

The holiday season is finally here. It's time to slow down, relax with family and friends, and welcome the New Year. Whether you're travelling or relaxing at home, we have a list of fun things for you to do during this festive season.

If you are looking for a little indulgence, then purchase a Health Spa voucher using your Voyager Miles and stand to win with Magwanani Spa. Go on; give yourself a little holiday pampering.

If you prefer something a little more adventurous, then enter our VW/Voyager competition - you could cage-dive with great white sharks or go whale watching in Hermanus. Plus, if you rent with Europcar until the end of January 2013, you could win a whopping 100 000 Voyager Miles.

Take a glance at our 'Voyager simplified' column for tips on how to understand the programme better and your suggestions are always welcome.

We wish you and your family a truly joyous festive season and a wonderful New Year! And, look forward to seeing you onboard again soon.

From the Voyager Team

Sit back and relax in our luxurious Business Class seats with our new quality headsets and amenity kits in Economy and Business Class.

Find comfort in little details, such as our padded seat covers, duvet and large pillow on long-haul overnight flights. If you want to travel in style, then enter our lucky draw to win two Business Class upgrades on your next flight to any international SAA destination of your choice.

You'll experience a warm welcome long before your flight:

  • Pack according to the Business Class baggage allowance. Now, you can squeeze in a few extra items...
  • Use the priority check-in desk - skip the long queues
  • Relax in our Business Class lounge at OR Tambo International Airport while waiting to board
  • You only have until 31 December 2012 to secure your Tier status, you might have flown enough Miles already or you might be close to enjoying a higher tier with all the extra comforts and privileges that it brings! We at Voyager know how important your tier status is to you, and have created an exciting opportunity not only to make up the Miles you are short of, but you will also stand a chance to experience our business class product on your next flight with us.

    How to enter:

    Simply fly one return flight in any revenue class fare on any SAA International route between 15 December 2012 and 15 January 2013; and you will be entered into a lucky draw to win two business class upgrades on your next flight to any International SAA destination of your choice.

    Terms and Conditions:

    The Voyager number must be included at time of booking
    The winner will be notified telephonically or via email, and may be required to pose for photographic material
    Entry into the competition closes on 15 January 2013
    One return flight secures one entry into the competition
    Travel must be completed within the promotion dates
    The draw will take place after the promotion end date
    The competition is valid in all revenue class fares on SAA operating international flights

    Business class upgrade rules:

    The upgrade allocation is subject to seat availability
    Voyager terms and conditions apply - this means that the upgrade prize is only applicable if you purchase the qualifying fare class (Y B M K)

    Rent with Europcar and you could drive-away with 100 000 Voyager Miles, plus you'll get 500 Miles with every rental. This offer is valid from 1 December 2012 - 31 January 2013.

    Book on, terms and conditions apply.

    Enjoy convenience with an amazing saving on Miles when flying between Lanseria and Cape Town using an SAA MileageKeeper award on Mango. Click here for terms and conditions.

    Win a shark cage diving or whale watching experience for two at Dyer Island in Hermanus; this prize also includes accommodation. It's an out-of-this-world experience. Powerfully chilling, but also exhilarating.

    Volkswagen South Africa supports the Dyer Island Conservation Trust - established for the conservation of the natural marine environment, as well as the care and protection of the Marine Big 5.

    Click here for more details.

    Seeff is South Africa's premier property and real estate agency. Founded in 1964, it's grown from a small family business to one of the leading property and real estate companies, with close to 200 branches throughout Southern Africa.

    If you are travelling to the Western Cape or looking at purchasing in the Atlantic Seaboard, southern suburbs or Hout Bay area over the next few months, you can earn 100,000 Voyager Miles on your property purchase

    For more details, click here.

    The silly season is all about good food and wine with family and friends. Although it's a time to be jolly, it can be a little stressful too.

    With all the extra entertaining and socialising, you'll need to prep and plan as much as you can in order to avoid a merry meltdown. So, we've taken one less stress out of the silly season by delivery of all your festive wines directly to your door.

    Join the SAA Voyager Wine Club and receive a complementary 12 pack for just R498. Plus, you'll receive 500 bonus Miles - cheers to that!

    Click here to find out more.

    During the month of December, purchase any health spa voucher using your Voyager Miles and stand a chance to win four double Moonlight Night Spas worth over R2 200 each. That's a total of over R8 800!

    Moonlight Night Spa package includes:

  • Return transfers, with sparkling wine and orange juice
  • Traditional African entertainment on arrival
  • Delicious cocktails and snacks
  • Three indulgent African-inspired therapies
  • A delectable dinner

  • The following treatments will reduce your muscles to butter:

  • Izimanga full body hot stone massage
  • Molala head, neck & shoulder massage
  • Neo Maoto foot massage

  • Life really doesn't get much better than this...

    Mr. Ramashia (centre) is the lucky winner of the Tsogo Sun competition; Mahlatse Makwela from SAA Voyager (left) and Monique Lange from Tsogo Sun (right) handed him his prize.

    Congratulations to Mr. Ramashia, who is the winner of Tsogo Sun "Women's Month" competition. He won a two-night stay at any Tsogo Sun of his choice within South Africa.

    With 42 years of experience, Tsogo Sun is the leading hotel group in Africa, providing world-class accommodation across all market segments. With a portfolio of over 90 hotels, Tsogo Sun continues to shine. Their strength lies in their brands, each able to precisely offer a tailor-made experience to their guests.

    They continue to revolutionise the hospitality industry with their innovative spirit, dynamic management and unequalled levels of service to both the local and international traveller. Tsogo Sun hotels division is wholly owned by Tsogo Sun Holdings (TSH).As a trusted brand that offers real customer satisfaction, Tsogo Sun looks forward to welcoming you! Visit to book your next holiday.

    Congratulations to all our members who achieved a higher status in 2012 and those who managed to maintain their current tier status.

    Here are the qualifying criteria for each Tier status per calendar year

    25 000 Miles - Silver status

    50 000 Miles - Gold status

    100 000 Miles - Platinum status

    100 000 Miles - on the services of SAA only for a period of 6 consecutive years = Lifetime Platinum status

    Should you have Miles due to expire in March 2013, why not redeem a last minute car rental, health spa or flight award? Go on; treat yourself!

    Please note:

    Prevent mileage expiry by flying a minimum of 5000 SAA Miles or 3000 SA Express Miles by 31 December 2012.

    Shenzhen Airlines joined the Voyager programme and Star Alliance on 29 November 2012. Voyager members can earn and redeem miles on Shenzhen Airlines.

    Shenzhen Airlines is a Chinese airline based at Shenzhen International Airport, on the Pearl River Delta in southern China. Founded in 1992, it's China's fifth largest Airline, with 111 aircrafts and 3290 weekly flights serving 64 destinations.

    Introducing an additional benefit for Voyager Gold, Platinum and Lifetime Platinum Frequent travellers to Hong Kong

    Voyager Lifetime Platinum, Platinum and Gold Tier members are now eligible to enrol for the Frequent Visitor (FV) e-Channel services. No more queuing at immigration desks as you will be entitled to use the e-channel dedicated desks after enrolment.

    You are eligible for the FV e-Channels if you are:

    � 18 years or above in age

    � In possession of valid travel document

    � In possession of a multiple-visit visa for Hong Kong (if a visit visa is required)

    However, travellers with the following documentation are excluded from enrolment:

    � An exit-entry permit for travelling to and from Hong Kong and Macao

    � People's Republic of China passport

    � Macao Special Administrative region passport, without a multiple-visit entry permit (visa) for HKSAR

    How to enrol?

    � Eligible members are required to enrol for the FV e-Channel facilities at the enrolment booths located at the Arrival Halls in the airport before they can use the FV e-Channels

    � To enrol, eligible members are required to present their valid South African Airways Voyager Lifetime Platinum, Platinum or Gold membership card, valid travel document and multiple-visit visa for Hong Kong (if a visit visa is so required)

    � Shortly after the successful enrolment, you may use the FV e-Channels in Hong Kong International Airport (HKIA), Lo Wu, Lok Ma Chau Spur Line, Shenzhen Bay, Macau Ferry Terminal and China Ferry Terminal for arrival and departure clearance, each time you arrive or depart from Hong Kong

    Existing FV e-Channel users are not required to enrol again, unless there is a change to your personal information especially upon renewal or replacement of your travel document. In these cases, you are required to approach the enrolment booths at the airport for re-registration before using the FV e-Channel.

    There are two Enrolment Booths (after immigration counters at both South and North Halls) at the Arrival Level of the HKIA. Opening hours of the booths are as follows:

    � Booth at the South Arrival Hall: 07:30 to 23:00

    � Booth at the North Arrival Hall: 10:00 to 18:00

    Voyager Credit Card information

    The SAA Voyager credit card annual increase in banking fees takes effect on 1 January each year. Since the inception of the card, we had to marginally increase your SAA Voyager credit card membership fees which is in line with the current inflation rate, to ensure we continue to offer you enhanced benefits such as lifting the class restrictions on the complimentary Companion ticket.

    To view the revised banking and card service fees, please visit as at 1 January 2013.

    NB. From 2012 and beyond spending on your Voyager credit card will no longer count towards non-expiry of your miles, but you can save your miles by flying 5 000 or 3 000 Tier Miles on either SAA or SA Express respectively in a calendar year.