Experience the world with South African Airways

The festive season is upon us. Which means it's the time for celebration, holidays and relaxation with family and friends. This festive season edition features some exciting promotions and competitions to end off your year on a cheerful note.

In this issue, you stand a chance to win a 2-night stay at Rhino Ridge Safari Lodge by simply donating Miles to WWF (World Wildlife Fund), or you could win a weekend away with Taj Hotel Cape Town. Hilton Hhonors is offering an opportunity to save up to 33% or earn 500 Miles. You can also earn up to quadruple Miles by staying at participating Shangri-La properties.

Please take note of some important announcements in this issue, one of them being a new accrual airline joining the SAA Voyager Partner family, as well as the termination of our US Airways frequent flyer relationship.

We would like to wish you and your loved ones a wonderful festive season and a prosperous, fulfilling New Year. Happy holidays!

SAA Voyager Team

Forever part of your journey!

South African Airways and Etihad Airways have announced a major expansion of their strategic partnership, marking a new era of co-operation between the two national flag carriers.

As part of the extended co-operation, South African Airways will launch a daily service between Johannesburg and Abu Dhabi on 29 March 2015, which will complement Etihad Airways' existing flights between the two cities to offer a combined double-daily frequency on the route. Business and leisure travellers will benefit from the convenience of multiple options between Johannesburg and Abu Dhabi within the same day. More than 1,000 connections will also be offered each week over Etihad Airways' Abu Dhabi hub to key markets including the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) region, Middle East, Indian subcontinent, and North and South East Asia.
In addition, the airlines will enhance their frequent flyer programmes, aligning Etihad Guest and SAA Voyager, with even more opportunities for members to earn and redeem miles. Benefits such as priority baggage handling, priority boarding, priority check-in, and airport lounge access across the airlines' networks will be provided based on membership tiers.

Please note as of 11 December 2014, SAA Voyager Elite Members will be entitled to the following Premium Customer Handling Services when flying on a codeshare flight departing from an Etihad Airport* where Etihad is the operating carrier.

*Etihad Airport: means the domestic and international airports where Etihad operates out of.

Customer Handling Services
Platinum/Lifetime Platinum Members
Priority Check–In at Etihad Premium Check-in counters
Priority Baggage Handling regardless of class of travel
Additional Baggage Allowance – 1 additional piece
Airport Lounge Access*

Member and 1 guest

Member and 2 guests

Priority Boarding regardless of class of travel

*Airport Lounge Access for Guest/s – access will be granted provided that the guest /s travel on the same flight and enters the lounge at the same time as the SAA Voyager Member.
We are delighted to welcome JetBlue to the SAA Voyager Programme.

JetBlue serves over 80 destinations in 24 states and 12 countries in the Caribbean, South America and Latin America. JetBlue serves destinations in the United States, along with flights to the Caribbean, The Bahamas, Bermuda, Barbados, Colombia, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, Jamaica, Mexico, Peru and Puerto Rico.
This partnership allows SAA Voyager Members to earn Miles on all flights that are part of the JetBlue (B6) network. Redemption of Miles on JetBlue operated flights is not yet available, but will be launched as a second phase in 2015. Please visit our Earning Miles page for mileage accrual on JetBlue services.
Lufthansa has introduced a Premium Economy Class cabin on their Intercontinental network, which will be effective from 10 December 2014.
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SAA Voyager Members will earn Miles when booked in Premium Economy Class fares. SAA Voyager Miles can be used for redemption on Star Alliance Upgrade Awards to Premium Economy Class only. The fare classes that qualify for Star Alliance Upgrade awards on Premium Economy Class services are G and E class.


Mango has extended the booking period for their current promotion until 31 January 2015. SAA Voyager Members can book and fly before 31 January 2015 on all domestic Mango routes from only 10 500 Miles (each direction).


The partnership between US Airways and SAA Voyager will terminate as of 17 January 2015.

SAA Voyager Members will still be permitted to earn Miles for US Airways flights until 16 January 2015. Mileage accumulated for flights taken after the termination date will not be honoured. Requests for missing Miles will be accepted for flights flown up to 16 January 2015, and can be claimed until the 31 July 2015.

SAA Voyager Awards tickets on US services must be issued by the 16 January 2015 and travel must be completed by the 31st of August 2015. Unfortunately, no changes are permitted to ticketed Awards once issued.


Effectiive 1 January 2015, chauffeur service will no longer be available in Dubai for SAA Voyager Members travelling on Emirates, using Miles for a Business or First Class Award ticket.


Please note that effective 1 February 2015, SAA Voyager Members will no longer be able to use their Miles for an upgrade on the SAA marketing flights for the Emirates/SAA Dubai codeshare route. Upgrades that have already been issued for travel after 1 February 2015 between Johannesburg and Dubai will be honoured.


Please be advised that Little Red services between London Heathrow and Manchester will cease operation on 28 March 2015. Little Red flights between London Heathrow and Aberdeen and Edinburgh will no longer be offered, effective from 26 September 2015.


As of 1 January 2015, SA Express will no longer offer the benefit of saving expiring SAA Voyager Miles by meeting the required threshold of 3 000 SA Express Base Miles.

However, Miles due to expire on 31 March 2015 will still be reinstated if a Member has flown a minimum of 3 000 SA Express Miles during the 2014 calendar year.

Our "Breaking News" bulletin sent on 28 November 2014 outlined our exciting programme changes for 2015.

As a reminder:

RE stands for REceipt of 1 Mile for every R1.60 spent
RE stands for REdemptions inclusive of fuel levy
RE stands for REmoval of seat complexities
RE stands for REturn of 5%
RE stands for REcognition of loyalty

These changes are aimed at enhancing your SAA Voyager experience by recognising your loyalty and support to SAA. Visit www.re5.co.za to review the details of the programme changes of SAA Voyager - Africa's Leading World-Class Loyalty Programme.
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The sophisticated and historic Taj Cape Town Hotel offers the perfect combination of refined luxury and an authentic Cape Town experience to visitors of this vibrant city.

The hotel occupies two historic buildings, the South African Reserve Bank and the old BoE building, formerly the Temple Chambers, built in 1890.
The architecture has been carefully retained and many of the interior features have been meticulously restored.

Located in the middle of one of Cape Town's most historic areas, the hotel is within walking distance of most tourist attractions, shopping outlets, bustling restaurants and Cape Town's eclectic nightlife. The hotel offers 176 luxurious rooms and suites with magnificent views of the city and the majestic Table Mountain.

Taj Cape Town Hotel together with SAA Voyager is giving you the opportunity to experience a weekend for 2 in the Mother City, Cape Town. You can also win 38 000 SAA Voyager Miles!

How to enter:

Fly SAA domestic routes in Business Class (any revenue fare), and stay at the Taj Cape Town Hotel during the month of December 2014 to January 2015.

Quote the reference number SAA12 at Taj Cape Town Hotel when making a booking to gain entry into the competition.

For more information and booking reservation, click here

The prize for two people at the Taj Cape Town Hotel is as follows:

38 000 SAA Voyager Miles; and
2-Night stay for you and a guestin a luxury mountain facing room, including breakfast in Mint, the local grill.

Terms and Conditions apply.
Donate your SAA Voyager Miles to WWF (World Wildlife Fund) South Africa and stand a chance to win a 2-night stay for you and a guest at Isibindi Africa's lovely Rhino Ridge Safari Lodge in northern KwaZulu-Natal.

Rhino Ridge Safari Lodge (opening in mid-December 2014) is the only private lodge within the Hluhluwe iMfolozi Park, which is Africa's oldest proclaimed game reserve. Set atop an aloe-clad ridge in a 96,000 hectare park, Rhino Ridge Safari Lodge enables guests to enjoy four-star luxury at a private lodge within the park for the first time. It offers spectacular scenery and excellent safari opportunities within the heart of Big 5 territory.

The prize includes the following:
Accommodation for two people for two nights
If the winner is located outside KwaZulu-Natal, air tickets for two within South Africa
Car hire for three days
Meals, tea and coffee
Two safari activities per day
One head-and-neck spa massage for two people

Stand a chance to win this fantastic prize, just by doing your bit for the planet and donating your Miles to WWF. Donating your Miles is easy:

Log in to your SAA Voyager account at www.flysaa.com
Choose Voyager Shopping and select Donate Miles
Under Target Account, select WWF and make your donation

This is a giving initiative that enables you, as a SAA Voyager Member, to significantly assist WWF South Africa in working towards its conservation goals by freeing up valuable organisational resources to be invested directly into environmental work.

Terms and Conditions apply.
Stay longer and earn up to quadruple Miles at participating Shangri-La properties until 28 February 2015.

As one of the world's finest hotel companies, Shangri-La Hotels and Resorts offers you the choice of more than 80 prestigious properties around the world that operate under the Shangri-La, Traders, Kerry and Hotel Jen brands.
In 2014, the group unveiled a number of exciting new hotels throughout Asia and in London. These include; the Shangri-La Hotel, At The Shard – London, Shangri-La Hotel – Lhasa, Shangri-La Hotel - Nanjing, Shangri-La Hotel – Tianjin, Shangri-La's Sanya Resort & Spa, Hainan and Hotel Jen Orchardgateway – Singapore.

The longer you stay at these new hotels and other participating properties, the more Miles you will earn. You can expect Double Miles for stays of two consecutive nights, Triple Miles for stays of three consecutive nights, and Quadruple Miles for stays of four or more consecutive nights.

To make a reservation, simply book at the Best Available Rate via shangri-la.com or call the Shangri-La worldwide reservations toll-free line.

This offer cannot be used in conjunction with other offers and promotions. Prior reservation is required and the offer is subject to availability at the time of reservation. Kindly present your SAA Voyager membership card upon check-in.Shangri-La Hotels and Resorts terms and conditions apply.

Terms and Conditions apply.
Step into a world of absolute comfort and first-class amenities at the new GWR Tower Rooms Hilton London Paddington.

Click here to read more about this promotion.

Terms and Conditions apply.

For a limited time, you can earn Miles when you stay at selected, newly opened hotels and resorts within the Hilton portfolio throughout Europe, the Middle East and Africa.

Terms and Conditions apply.
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