The International Day of Families is observed every year on 15 May and this year marks its 21st anniversary. This day, as highlighted by the international community, emphasises the importance of families and raises awareness of issues affecting families whether they're economic, social or demographic.

A wide range of events are organised at national and international levels.
 
 
SAA Voyager also recognises the importance of families, especially when it comes to travel.We have therefore extended JourneyBlitz Awards until 8 May 2015, making family travel even more affordable at astonishingly low Award levels. Ensure that you don't miss out on this incredible opportunity which is exclusively available through our website www.flysaa.com/Voyager.

A range of promotions from our partners are also for you to take advantage of; from earning double Miles on our new airline partner; Virgin Australia, to stand a chance to win one of five weekend Avis car rentals. We will reveal the winner of a 2-night stay for 2 at Isibindi Africa's Rhino Ridge competition, which was held in partnership with WWF-SA earlier this year.

The SAA Voyager Team

Forever Part Of Your Journey!
 
 
 
We are delighted to advise our valued members that we have extended our very first JourneyBlitz Awards redemption seat sale. You now have until 8 May 2015 to book your redemption seats at astonishingly low mileage thresholds.  The JourneyBlitz Awards mileage thresholds are on average 70% to 85% less in Miles than the Dynamic Awards. Just as a reminder; the seats released are mostly during off-peak periods.

Click here for Terms and Conditions and the booking procedure.

Click here to book now.
 
 
SAA's FIRST FLIGHT TO ABU DHABI
 
 
SAA has spread its wings once more with its first flight, SA 278, to Abu Dhabi which departed on Sunday morning, 29 March 2015 at 09h30 and arrived at 20h25 local time in Abu Dhabi.  Both SAA and Etihad Airways now offer a daily service to Abu Dhabi. 
     
Business and leisure travellers will benefit from the convenience of multiple flight options between Johannesburg and Abu Dhabi within the same day. More than 1 000 connections are offered each week via Etihad Airways' Abu Dhabi hub to a range of destinations including the Gulf Cooperation Council region, Middle East, Indian subcontinent, and North and South East Asia, including China.

The airlines have also significantly expanded their codeshare agreement to include 51 routes, more than double the previous number. Etihad Airways will also place its 'EY' code on SAA's new Johannesburg - Abu Dhabi flights. In return, SAA will place its 'SA' code on 35 Etihad Airways routes beyond Abu Dhabi to a range of destinations worldwide.

The new Abu Dhabi service is operated by an Airbus A330-200 aircraft, configured to carry 36 passengers in Business Class and 186 in Economy Class.

Another destination, another milestone in the journey of SAA.
 
YOU CAN NOW BID FOR A BUSINESS CLASS UPGRADE ON AN SAA-OPERATED FLIGHT
 
 
South African Airways (SAA) has added another product innovation, which gives customers the opportunity to upgrade their seat from Economy Class to Business Class through a bidding system.
     
The product, branded as 'Step-Up', allows customers to bid online for an upgrade for an upcoming trip where Business Class inventory is available on SAA-operated flights

Step-Up follows fresh on the trail of recent innovations such as the launch of SAA's newly designed SAA Duty-Free online shop: www.flysaadutyfree.co.za, where you can shop at your leisure with purchases delivered directly to your seat, next time you fly on all SAA's regional (except Victoria Falls and Maputo) and international flights 

Click here to find out more
 
VIRGIN AUSTRALIA NOW PART OF THE SAA VOYAGER PROGRAMME
 
 
SAA Voyager is delighted to welcome Virgin Australia to the SAA Voyager Programme effective 30 April 2015.

Virgin Australia serves 61 destinations, and has 3 100 domestic departures a week, with its primary hubs in Brisbane, Melbourne, Sydney, Adelaide and Perth.
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This partnership allows SAA Voyager members to earn and spend Miles on all flights that are part of the Virgin Australia network. Premium Customer Handling services such as Priority boarding, Excess baggage and Lounge access will be offered to Voyager Elite Members travelling on Virgin Australia operating services.  

Visit our Earning Miles and Spending Miles pages to read more. 
 
 
SPENDING MILES
SAA Voyager makes spending your Miles easier with Dynamic Awards.

SAA Dynamic Awards are inclusive of fuel levy and applicable on SAA-operated flights only. This means that you, our valued members, are able to get an immediate confirmed seat when spending your SAA Voyager Miles on any SAA-operated flights.

When booking these Awards, please take note of the following:
• Award tickets are refundable subject to the original fare rules;
• Reversal and reinstatement of Miles will be permitted if the Miles are within the Voyager Mileage validity; and
• Expired Miles will not be reinstated.

Important notes about Upgrade Awards:
Upgrade Awards are on a one-way basis and issued per sector.
For example:
When you travel from Durban to Johannesburg (sector 1), Johannesburg to London (sector 2), London to Johannesburg (sector 3) and Johannesburg to Durban (sector 4), Four (4) Awards will need to be issued, if you want to upgrade on the entire route.

EARNING MILES
When flying on an SAA-operated flight, you will earn Miles based on fare and fuel levy paid. For every ZAR1.60 spent, 1 Mile is earned. However, when flying on any of our Star Alliance and non-Star Alliance airline partner flights, you earn Miles based on the distance travelled.

SAA Voyager members are encouraged to retain their boarding passes and electronic ticket copies until the Miles reflect on their latest statement. Kindly allow at least 15 days for Miles to be credited into your account.
 
 
 
Booking your SAA-operated flights is not only about convenience; but also about real rewards.

From 1 May to 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.
     
 
 
 
In celebration of our partnership with Virgin Australia, SAA Voyager members will earn Double Miles on Virgin Australia operated and Virgin Australia eligible codeshare flights travelled between 16 May and 31 July 2015. To qualify for Double Miles, you will be required to register by 9 May 2015. To register, click here.

Terms and Conditions apply.
     
 
 
 
Using your SAA Voyager Miles just got more rewarding. Exclusively to SAA Voyager members – rent a Group A vehicle from only 9 350 Miles per day. Each rental between 1 May 2015 and 30 June 2015 qualifies for an entry to WIN one of five weekend Avis car rentals! Just one more way, We Try Harder.

Terms and Conditions apply.
     
 
 
 
Enjoy one complimentary SAA Companion ticket in any class when you achieve your required annual spend threshold in a calendar year (1 January to 31 December) of R60 000 or a complimentary Companion Global ticket when you reach a spend threshold of R160 000. NO class restrictions apply.

To accelerate your Miles even further, you earn 1 SAA Voyager Mile for every R6 eligible spend on your SAA Voyager American Express® Premium credit card, plus earn 1 Mile for every R1.60 spend when travelling on SAA-operated flights.

Nothing earns you SAA Voyager Miles faster.
     
Apply here or visit nedbank.co.za/SAA for more information on the SAA Voyager Credit Card.

If you do not want to click on a link, please type the following address in your browser: nedbank.co.za/SAAApply

Terms and Conditions apply
 
 
 
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 Camelot Spa.

Visit www.camelotspa.co.za, "Your world of Wellness" to book your desirable pamper package.
 
 
 
DOUBLE MILES ON ETIHAD OPERATING SERVICES
 
 
Etihad and SAA are still celebrating their extended codeshare agreement by rewarding SAA Voyager members with Double Miles on all Etihad-operated flights beyond Abu Dhabi until 31 May 2015.

Terms and Conditions:

• Promotion period: 15 April 2015 – 31 May 2015;
• Double Miles are applicable on Etihad-operated 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.
 
EARN TRIPLE SAA VOYAGER MILES WITH BEST WESTERN INTERNATIONAL
 
 
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 1 500 Miles per stay at any Best Western International hotel.

Book your next hotel stay, enrol or find a Best Western hotel in your favourite destination at www.bestwestern.com
 
SAVE 20% WITH HILTON HHONORS™ WHEN YOU EXPLORE AFRICA AND MAURITIUS
 
 
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 1 US Dollar spent for qualifying stays at Hilton hotels and resorts.

Terms and Conditions apply.
 
EXCLUSIVE STAR ALLIANCE OFFERS AT HEATHROW TERMINAL 2
 
 
Do more with your downtime at London Heathrow Airport, Terminal 2. Star Alliance Gold and Silver status cardholders can pass their 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;
• Complimentary 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.

Terms and Conditions apply.
 
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 SAA 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
 
 
Did you know that 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 StyleMiles programme as a member and activate your new account between 17 March 2015 and 15 May 2015.

• 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.
 
 
 
WWF South Africa and SAA Voyager are pleased to announce the lucky winner of the recent SAA Voyager Miles WWF competition. Congratulations Jeanne Ledger. Not only did she donate her Miles to WWF-SA in support of our ongoing conservation work, but coincidentally, it turns out she has been a WWF-SA supporter for nearly 20 years. Thank you for your continued support Jeanne!

Over the past few months, from December 2014 to February 2015, many amazing SAA Voyager members have chosen to donate their Miles to WWF-SA to stand a chance of winning the fabulous prize of a 2 nights' stay for 2 people at the Rhino Ridge Safari Lodge in KwaZulu-Natal. Jeanne will therefore be staying in the only private lodge within the Hluhluwe iMfolozi Park, kindly sponsored by Isibindi Africa Lodges.
 
WWF-SA thanks Jeanne for her generous donation of SAA Voyager Miles and wishes her a fabulous getaway experience. We would like to thank all members for donating their Miles not only for the duration of this competition, but for continuing to do so!
 
Issued by SAA Voyager
© SAA 2015