World Environment Day (WED), celebrated on 5 June yearly, is a day dedicated to raising global awareness of our impact on the environment and to initiate positive environmental action in protecting nature, planet Earth and its natural resources. According to United Nations Environmental Project (UNEP), WED is celebrated in over 100 countries and is now used as a global platform for public outreach.
 
 
The WED theme this year, provided by UNEP, is "Seven Billion Dreams. One Planet. Consume with Care." The rationale of this theme is to encourage responsible management of our planet's resources because the economy, humanity and the environment are all dependent on it. Currently, our consumption of the planet's natural resources far exceeds what can be provided by our planet. Our planet is our only home. It's our priority to preserve and secure its resources for generations to come.

SAA has taken positive action in ensuring that natural resources are used responsibly in both its own operations and society in general. From the airline perspective, SAA's fleet is among the most fuel efficient in the skies and it complies with legal among other requirements. The airline also has plans for fleet modernisation. From a societal perspective, SAA, in partnership with the Centre for Entrepreneurship in International Health and Development (CEIHD) and Uganda Stoves Manufactures Ltd, has initiated a Carbon offset project. This project is aimed at providing efficient wood-burning stoves to families and institutions in Kampala, the capital of Uganda, and ultimately throughout the country.

We at SAA Voyager encourage you to get involved in doing something positive for the environment – let's work together to make a positive impact on the planet.

In this edition of the e-Newsletter, we have exciting competitions and promotions from our partners. Miles For Style and Taj Cape Town are each offering you a chance to win a weekend in Cape Town, you can earn quadruple Miles with Shangri-La and also purchase a selection of wines with Wine of the Month at discounted prices while earning bonus Miles.

The SAA Voyager Team
Forever part of your journey!
 
 
VOTE SAA AND MAKE US YOUR AIRLINE OF CHOICE!
 
 
The Passenger Choice Awards, created by the Airline Passenger Experience Association (APEX), invites air-travellers from around the world to rate their recent in-flight experiences. Recognised as the industry's most prestigious award, influenced by actual passenger feedback, the Passenger Choice Awards gives passengers the opportunity to share their thoughts on in-flight elements such as cabin comfort, entertainment options, connectivity, ground experience and more.
     
Customers are allowed to take the survey as often as they like until 30 June 2015.
SAA has been nominated in the following categories:

•     Best in Region Africa;
•     Best Cabin Ambiance;
•     Best In-flight Video;
•     Best In-flight Publication; and
•     Best Food and Beverage.

We would appreciate it if you, our valued member, made your voice heard by voting now. Simply click here and complete the survey.
 
TRAVELLING ABROAD WITH PERSONS UNDER THE AGE OF 18
 
 
Kindly make sure that you are  in possession of an unabridged birth certificate, or written permission from both parents or guardians, if you are travelling with persons under the age of 18. The new immigration law is effective from 1 June 2015 for all minors travelling to or from South Africa. 

Click here to read more.
     
 
COPA AIRLINES ACCRUAL STRUCTURE CHANGES
 
 
Effective 1 July 2015, the following earning structure will be applicable when booking revenue tickets on Copa Airlines.
     
EARNING MILES ON AIR INDIA

As of 15 May 2015, SAA Voyager members will no longer be able to earn SAA Voyager Miles for P class fares on Air India services.

VIRGIN AUSTRALIA

In addition to earning and spending Miles, travelling on our new airline partner, Virgin Australia, comes with enhanced benefits. Voyager Elite Members will enjoy the following Premium Customer handling services:


* Sydney, Brisbane, Melbourne, Adelaide, Canberra, Perth, Cairns, Gold Coast, Mackay, Darwin and Alice Springs
** Additional Checked Baggage - Economy Class: 1 additional piece not exceeding 23kg, Premium Economy and
Business Class; 1 additional piece not exceeding 32kg


PRIORITY CHECK-IN WHEN FLYING ON SA EXPRESS

Domestic priority check-in service is available for SAA Voyager Gold, Platinum and Lifetime Platinum members when travelling on SA Express at the following airport check-in counters:

•     Counter B77 at OR Tambo International Airport; and
•     SAA Business Class counters at Cape Town, Port Elizabeth, East London and Durban airports.

Please note preferential seating in the first two rows of the aircraft cannot be booked in advance. These seats are blocked off for weight and balance purposes and will only be released depending on load factors on the day of departure.
 
 
SAA-OPERATED FLIGHTS REFLECTING ON YOUR VOYAGER ACCOUNT

SAA Voyager would like to apologise for any inconvenience caused due to your SAA-operated flights for revenue based accrual, not reflecting on your Voyager account since 1 May 2015. SAA implemented a new revenue accounting system. We are experiencing challenges receiving data from the new system and would like to assure you that we are working as a priority on the system issue, and hope to have your flights reflecting within the next two weeks.

JOURNEYBLITZ PROMOTION
 
 
We are pleased to advise  that our recent JourneyBlitz promotion, which gave you the opportunity to book  redemption seats at extremely low mileage thresholds, was well received. 
     
Please be reminded that JourneryBlitz is a promotional award offered on SAA-operated flights from time to time. We communicate the promotion via a special e-mail, or in the monthly e-Newsletter. Make sure you don't miss future promotions, by keeping your e-mail address updated and opting in to receive SAA Voyager promotions.

TERMS AND CONDITIONS RELATING TO USAGE OF SAA VOYAGER MILES

Kindly note that SAA Voyager is an individual participation programme. Miles, awards or redemption tickets may not be sold, bought, bartered or pooled for cash. Should it be established that awards or airline tickets have been obtained in this manner, the Miles, Awards or tickets will be deemed void by South African Airways. Members involved may be disqualified by South African Airways from further participation in the SAA Voyager Programme without any liability to such members. South African Airways may, in its sole discretion, recover any costs or damages from the member which may result in the airline ticket being confiscated. Please refer to clause 14.1.20 of the Terms and Conditions in the Programme Guide. 

EARNING AND SPENDING STRUCTURES

The earning and spending structures for flights within the Star Alliance network, non-Star partners, SAA marketing flights, SA Express, Airlink and Swaziland Airlink have not changed. The recent programme changes only apply to SAA-operated flights.

For information on the changes, Click here.

NEW TICKETING SERVICE FEES IMPLEMENTED - SAA SERVICE CENTRES

Effective 4 May 2015, all new revenue bookings that are made via SAA's Service Centre are subject to the following service fees which are applicable regardless of class booked. The service fees are charged on a per-ticket issued basis. SAA Service Centres include the Customer Call Centre and the Durban, Johannesburg and Cape Town City Travel Offices.

Domestic Ticket Service Fees = R100.00
Regional and International Ticket Service Fees = R250.00

Exemptions for the Service Fees:
• Lifetime Platinum, Platinum and Gold SAA Voyager members are exempt from the service fees when making revenue bookings.
• All Voyager redemption bookings and tickets are exempt regardless of SAA Voyager tier status.

SAA VOYAGER SERVICE FEES ON AWARD TICKETS

Ticket change and refund service fees will increase from R185.00 to R210.00 effective from 1 July 2015. Lifetime Platinum and Platinum SAA Voyager members are exempt from paying these service fees. 
 
 
 
The 5-Star Last Word Constantia Boutique Hotel offers a surprisingly different and distinctly superior experience. The hotel was designed to create a sanctuary of tranquillity with beautiful views, a personal touch and careful attention to detail. If you're looking for an oasis in the sea of the hospitality industry, the Last Word Constantia promises an irresistibly luxurious experience.
     
To add to the experience, Cape Town Helicopters will take your breath away with a scenic flight around the Cape – indeed a magical and memorable experience for you and your partner.

To stand a chance of winning, activate your StyleMile account by either spending or earning during June 2015.

You can now redeem your SAA Voyager Miles with Miles For Style as well as earn 1 SAA Voyager Mile for every R5 spent across all Miles For Style shopping products.

To stand a chance to win a weekend for 2 at Last Word Constantia Boutique Hotel and a helicopter experience, click here.
 
 
 
Stay longer and quadruple your Miles earnings at participating Shangri-La properties from 1 June to 31 August 2015. Shangri-La Hotels and Resorts offer you no shortage of reasons to stay longer to enjoy the renowned hospitality at Shangri-La hotels, Traders hotels, Kerry hotels and Hotel Jens.

Simply book the best available rate directly with the hotel to earn 1 000 SAA Voyager Miles on stays of 2 consecutive nights, 1 500 Miles on stays of 3 consecutive nights, right up to 2 000 Miles for stays of 4 consecutive nights or more.
     
With over 80 hotels and resorts throughout Asia Pacific, North America, the Middle East and Europe, you are spoilt for choice when it comes to making the most of this offer.

To make a reservation, simply book at Shangri-La.com or click here to find your closest Shangi-La  reservations centre toll-free number. Please present your SAA Voyager membership card when you check-in. 

Promotion Terms and Conditions apply.
 
 
 
18 April 2015 marked the launch of Cape Town central's newest collaborative community project, the Big 7 City Walk. This project aims to connect the city by bringing the public spaces to life through story-telling, way-finding signs, public art, walking tours and retail offerings. The Taj Cape Town offers luxury accommodation in the heart of Cape Town, providing guests with the perfect base from which to explore authentic Cape Town and enjoy the new City Walk route.
     
Book and stay with Taj Cape Town from 1 June until 31 July 2015 and stand a chance to win a 2-night weekend stay for 2 persons to experience the Big 7 City Walk route.

Kindly quote the following reference number at the time of reservation: SAAV Big 7.

Terms and Conditions:
• Prize includes breakfast for 2 people sharing and 2 tickets for the Big 7 City Walk route;
• The hotel voucher is valid for 6 months from the date of awarding the prize;
• Prize excludes flights; and
• This booking is non-transferable and subject to availability and blackout dates*.

*25 December – 05 January, February (Mining Indaba / Opening of Parliament, Budget Speech, Presidents Speech to the nation, Design Indaba), International Jazz Festival dates (28-29 March 2015), Public Holidays and is valid until the 28 Feb 2016.
 
 
 
Sign up for an SAA Voyager Premium Credit Card and earn double SAA Voyager Miles on all eligible spend in the first month after your account has been opened.

When you purchase your SAA-operated flight during the first month with your SAA Voyager Premium Credit Card, you'll earn even more because over and above the Miles you earn for SAA spend (1 Mile for every R1.60), you will also earn double Miles for using your SAA Voyager Premium Credit Card at a rate of 2 Miles for every R6.00 spent, thereafter you will earn 1 Mile for every R6.00 spent.

Visit nedbank.co.za/SAAOffer to apply today or for more information on the SAA Voyager Credit Card and more premium benefits.

Terms and Conditions apply.
     
 
From 1 June to 30 June  2015, you will be able to earn 500 bonus Miles when purchasing either of the packages below from Wine of the Month.

As an SAA Voyager member, you will earn 1 Mile for every R7.50 spent.
 
SAA MIXED WINE
 
 
2 x Blaauwklippen Red NV
2 x Footprint Merlot 2014
2 x Napier Lion Creek Cabernet Sauvignon/Shiraz 2013
2 x Clos Malverne Herons Nest Chardonnay 2014
2 x Deetlefs Stonecross Chenin Blanc/Chardonnay 2014
2 x Kanu Chenin Blanc 2013

Normally sells for R618.84. You pay R559, save R59.84 AND RECEIVE 500 BONUS MILES
     
SAA BRANDY OFFER
 
 
1 x Ashburn Blended Brandy
1 x Oude Meester Demant Brandy

Normally sells for R538. You pay R479, save R59 AND RECEIVE 500 BONUS MILES
     
 
EARN 10% BONUS MILES WHEN BOOKING ON FLYSAA.COM
 
 
Booking your SAA-operated flight is not only about convenience but also about real rewards.

Until 31 July 2015, SAA Voyager members will earn 10% Bonus Miles on the fare and fuel levy paid when booking through flysaa.com.

Terms and Conditions apply.
 
BOOK ONLINE AND STAND A CHANCE TO WIN WITH AVIS
 
 
Using your SAA Voyager Miles just got more rewarding. SAA Voyager members can now exclusively rent a Group A vehicle from only 9 350 Miles per day. Until 30 June 2015, each rental qualifies for an entry to WIN one of five Avis weekend car rentals! Just one more way, We Try Harder.

Terms and Conditions apply.
 
EARN SAA VOYAGER MILES DIRECTLY WITH CAMELOT SPA
 
 
You can now earn SAA Voyager Miles directly from the winner of the Best Luxury Spa Group in Africa, Camelot Spa. Previously, you could only earn SAA Voyager Miles when purchasing treatments through the Health Spas Guide.

Remember to quote your SAA Voyager number and earn 1 Mile for every R7.50 spent at all Camelot Spas countrywide.
     
Visit www.camelotspa.co.za, "Your world of Wellness" to book your desired pamper package.
 
 
WIN 1 OF 5 HEALTH SPA VOUCHERS WORTH R500 EACH
 
 
During March 2015, SAA Voyager Members stood a chance to win 5 Health Spa Vouchers worth R500 each. To qualify, members were required to redeem their SAA Voyager Miles for a Health Spa Gift Voucher during the month of March 2015. We would like to congratulate the following members on winning this prize:
• Dorothy Hanna Simmonds
• Sharon Baumann
• Martiens Erasmus
• Justine Borain
• Duane van Bergen
 
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