We have a great deal to celebrate this month. 31 October is World Cities Day.

For those unfamiliar with World Cities Day, it was established by the UN in 2013 to promote global urbanisation and encourage countries to co-operate in contributing towards sustainable urban development around the world. The main idea of the initiative is “A Better City Means a Better Life”, with this year’s focus being “Designed To Live Together". This year’s celebration takes place in Milan, Italy.
 
 
South African Airways is proud to support this initiative as we strive to bring the world’s greatest cities closer to Africa and encourage dialogue that stimulates the growth of our continent’s burgeoning metropolises. Furthermore, SAA is very proud to have received a handful of awards over the course of the year. Some noteworthy awards we have collected include the Best Domestic Airline award at this year’s Sunday Times Brands Awards, as well as picking up two major honours at the 4th Annual Business Traveller Africa Conference and Awards, Best African Regional Short-Haul and Long-Haul Airline.

There are numerous other awards we’ve received that we hope will continue to bolster the morale of our staff and further demonstrate that SAA can rightfully stand its ground as one of the leading airlines in the world. In this month’s edition, be sure to look out for news and information on SA Express' new route from Johannesburg to Mahikeng, our code-share with Air China, how to save your Voyager Miles, your return on spending on SAA and numerous promotions from our various partners.

We look forward to travelling with you this October.

The SAA Voyager Team

Forever part of your journey!
 
 
LOUNGE IN STYLE AT OUR NEWEST DOMESTIC VIA LOUNGE
 
 
After months of refurbishment, our local travellers will now be able to enjoy the luxury of our latest contemporary and stylish SAA VIA Lounge. The lounge is located in the domestic departure area of OR Tambo International Airport and features ample and comfortable seating areas, quality fresh cuisine, a rotating art gallery showcasing South African artists, high-speed internet, stunning runway views and a junior pilots area for kids.This incredible experience is available to all Business Class passengers, SAA Voyager Premium Credit Card holders and SAA Voyager Elite members*. 

* Ellite members include; Lifetime Platinum, Platinum, Gold and Silver members.
     
NEW CODE SHARE WITH AIR CHINA
 
 
South African Airways has announced a code-share agreement with Air China that will enable SAA to jointly market Air China’s newly inaugurated non-stop service between Johannesburg and Beijing as well as points beyond Beijing to Chengdu, Shanghai, Hangzhou, and Chongqing. The code-share arrangement is already open for sale, for travel effective 29 October 2015. Air China is a member of Star Alliance, therefore SAA Voyager members can earn and redeem Miles on Air China operated flights.

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SAA COMMITS TO PROUDLY PROMOTE LOCALLY MADE WINES
 
 
South African Airways, the national flag carrier, has taken a bold and Proudly South African step to promote locally made wine. South Africa is one of the world’s top producers of quality wine, from its wonderful red Shiraz, crisp Chenin Blanc to stunning sparkling Méthode Cap Classique (MCC). South Africa annually exports millions of litres of wine to key markets across the globe.

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RETURN ON YOUR SAA SPEND
 
Since 1 February 2015, we have monetized the value of SAA Voyager Miles when earned and redeemed on SAA-operated flights. For R1.60 spend on SAA-operated flights you earn 1 Voyager Mile and you are able to redeem Miles on SAA-operated flights (Dynamic Awards) at a conversion ratio of 6,000 Miles for ZAR 480.

We are pleased to announce that we have further simplified matters and have renegotiated all our non-airline redemption options, with a consideration to add more lifestyle redemption partners in the very near future, in addition to be able to present to you a constant conversion rate from Miles to ZAR value. 

In summary, see below the Miles to ZAR conversions for redemptions, when Miles were accrued on SAA-operated flights. By way of example, we used the amount of ZAR 9,600 spend on SAA which will give you 6,000 Miles:

Whilst the SAA-exclusive support boasts the highest return based on your SAA spend, SAA-affiliates and other non-airline redemption partners’ return are also top-notch and amongst the best in the loyalty industry.

When spending on other airline partners, the return differs when the classical flat-rate mileage-based Awards are used.
 
SAA VOYAGER LIFTS THE MILEAGE CAP AND OPENS UP MORE AWARDS
   
 
Effective 2 October 2015, SAA Voyager members will no longer have a maximum limit of Miles that they can spend on our lifestyle partners; Miles For Style and Legacy Lifestyle. The annual cap was 40 000 Miles and 20 000 Miles respectively, but this longer applies! Our members can convert any amount of Miles to Style Miles or Legacy Rands.

SAA Voyager has furthermore made more Awards available for Health Spas and Cruises International, to widen your choices for spending Miles. Awards for Health Spas range from 6 250 Miles to 250 000 Miles, and for Cruises international, members are able to spend up to 1 million Miles.

In addition, effective 12 October 2015, you will be able to spend your Miles on SAA Duty Free products, when shopping online! Shop online with your Voyager Miles at least 3 days before you fly and stand a chance to win 2 x R 1 500 FlySAA Duty Free hampers. www.flysaadutyfree.co.za.

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SA EXPRESS INTRODUCES A NEW ROUTE BETWEEN JOHANNESBURG AND MAHIKENG
 
 
SA Express is proud to announce the introduction of a new route between OR Tambo International Airport and Mahikeng Airport which has commenced on 7 September 2015. SA Express offers 2 return flights a day into Mahikeng Airport on Monday, Wednesday and Friday. This route is serviced by SA Express’ 50-seater Canadair Regional Jet 200. This growing regional and domestic airline is confident that adding this route to its already expansive network will ensure the best possible connections for business and leisure customers.

Flight bookings can be made through travel agents or online www.flyexpress.aero.
     
TAM REDEMPTION CLASS CHANGE REMINDER
 
 
Please be reminded that TAM has changed their booking class structure as of 1 October 2015. Please visit our Voyager News page to read more.
     

 
SAVING YOUR MILES
 
Your SAA Voyager Miles are valid for 3 years after the year in which they were earned. If you have Miles due to expire on 31 March 2016, you can save them by flying a minimum of 6 000 Tier Miles on SAA-operated flights in this calendar year. If this condition is met, your Miles will be carried over into the following year, thereby extending the validity to 31 March 2017. If you are a Lifetime Platinum member, you have the extra option of saving your Miles through spending a minimum of R300 000 on your SAA Voyager Premium Credit Card in this calendar year. Just like the first option, the validity of your Miles will be extended to 31 March 2017 if this condition is met. 
 
YEAR-END TIERING
 
As a valued SAA Voyager member, you are encouraged to retain or upgrade your Tier Status by flying the required Mileage thresholds on SAA-operated flights, Star Alliance, Swaziland Airlink, Airlink and SA Express by 31 December 2015.


We guarantee that you will retain your current Tier Status if you achieve 95% of the qualification threshold of your current Tier Status. Below is a summary of how to retain your current Tier Status.
 
 
 
 
 
Enjoy a relaxing and engaging vacation in some of the world's most exotic destinations. Shangri-La allows you to choose from a range of vibrant cultural experiences, recreational and rejuvenation activities amidst the natural splendour of a tranquil, tropical retreat.

From 1-31 October 2015, earn Double Miles (i.e. 200 Miles per room) when booking any guest room with event facilities for a minimum of 10 guestrooms with a maximum cap of 40,000 Miles (per event transaction).

Click here to book.

Terms and Conditions apply.
     
 
 
 
Miles For Style offers you the opportunity to win a Springbok supporters hamper.  To win this amazing hamper, register and redeem your SAA Voyager Miles with Miles For Style during October.

Join the Miles For Style family and be rewarded. Redeem you dreams, it’s part of our design.

Terms & Conditions apply.
     
 
 
2 x Boland Five Climates Merlot 2012
2 x Cape Dreams Cabernet Sauvignon 2012
2 x Dornier Cocoa Hill Red 2012
2 x Fish Hoek Shiraz 2013
2 x Lakehurst Pinotage 2014
2 x Savanha Winemaker's Selection Pinotage 2013

Normally sells for R724.94, you pay R549.00 you save R175.94 and receive 500 Bonus Miles.

Click here to find out more.

 
 
Effective 12 October 2015, SAA Voyager members can start redeeming their Voyager Miles for Duty Free products online at www.flysaadutyfree.com.

Since June 2015, our members earn Miles when purchasing Duty Free products.

Click here for more information about the Mile earning structure that is linked to your member tier status.

With the new catalogue launch, purchase any duty free products online using your SAA Voyager Miles from 12 October until 30 November 2015 and stand a chance to win 2 x R1 500 duty free hampers.

Splurg on delicious fragrances from Tom Ford, Versace and Roberto Cavalli. We are also launching our new range of liquor only available online.

Click here to browse our new range of products.

Terms and Conditions apply.
 
 
 
Miles lovers, it’s time to Double Up with a promotion designed just for you. Beginning now, we’re offering you double SAA Voyager Miles every time you stay at an IHG® hotel, starting with your next stay. It’s a great way to help you get to places you want to go, faster than ever. Offer runs from 1 October to 31 December 2015.

Click here to find out more.

 
 
December is around the corner.

Convert your Lifestyle Rands to Voyager Miles to bring your Dream Destination closer than ever. Convert before 31 October 2015 and you could win 2 nights for 2 at the incredible Bakubung Bush Lodge.

Click here to convert.

Terms and Conditions apply.
 
 
A WEEKEND AWAY IN OUR ROMANTIC BEACH CASTLE AT CONRAD PEZULA
 
 
Conrad Pezula offers you the opportunity to 'Live the Dream'. Indulge in a 2-night stay at the exclusive Beach Castle, overlooking the beautiful Noetzie Beach. Relax and unwind and add your own personal touch with the help of your private chef and butler. A complimentary spa voucher and a romantic luxury cruise on Knysna lagoon as well as the return transfer from George Airport are included.

Book your dream getaway by 30 October 2015 using the promo code CASLD.

As an SAA Voyager member, you earn 100 – 500 Miles or 1 Mile per US dollar spent for qualifying stays at Conrad Hotels & Resorts.
 
ENJOY 50% OFF YOUR SECOND NIGHT AT SHANGRI-LA RESORTS
 
 
Stay Longer and Save More with Shangri-La Resorts.

From 1 September until 30 November 2015, enjoy 50% discount on your second night and earn Double Miles when booking the best available rates at any Shangri-La Hotel & Resort. Enjoy a relaxing and engaging vacation in some of the world's most exotic destinations with Shangri-La. You can choose from a range of vibrant cultural experiences, recreational and revitalising activities, all while enjoying the natural splendour of a tranquil, tropical retreat. Quote promotion code FF2N50 when making a reservation online.

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DOUBLE MILES ON FLIGHTS BETWEEN WONDERBOOM AND CAPE TOWN
 
 
In celebration of Airlink’s new direct ‘City to City’ flights, SAA Voyager members will earn Double Miles on all flights between Wonderboom and Cape Town until 31 October 2015.

Terms and Conditions apply.
 
 
 
WIN 10 000 SAA VOYAGER MILES AND FUEL FOR A YEAR

In September, SAA Voyager members were given the opportunity to win
10 000 SAA Voyager Miles or fuel for a year. Members had to fill up at at any Total service station to stand a chance of winning.

We would like to congratulate the following members who each won
10 000 SAA Voyager Miles:
Alexis Llaguno
• Sharon Maja
 
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