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South African Airways is one of the leading and most experienced carriers within Africa offering services to over 38 destinations in 27 countries across the continent, as well as major destinations within South Africa, including its hub - Johannesburg.

Redemption flights start from 20,000 points

Did you know that with our partner South African Airways you could fly from Perth to Johnnesburg from 85,000 points return plus any applicable taxes, fees and surcharges.

Earn points and Tier Points

Flying Club members can earn a percentage of the points you have flown depending on the cabin you are flying in. Take a look at the table below for more information.

Points earned

Cabin Booking class % miles flown
Business Class J, C 150%
Discounted Business Class International Z, D 125%
Business Class Domestic Z, P 125%
Discounted Business Class Domestic D 100%
Economy Y, B, M, K 100%
Discounted Economy H, S, Q, T, V 50%
Discounted Economy L, W, G 25%
*I, X, E, U, N, R are not eligable to earn points

Tier Points earned

Class Sectors under 2,000 miles Sectors 2,000 miles or over
First / Business  25 50
Economy 0 25
Tier Points are based on actual flown miles

How to book

Book your South African Airways flights directly with them from the UK on + 44 844 375 9680 or internationally on +27 11 978 1111 and remember to quote your Flying Club membership number. Please show your Flying Club membership card at check in.

For more information on South African Airways, head over to their website.

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Missing points

When claiming points please keep all copies of your original tickets/e-tickets and boarding passes until the correct amount of points appear on your account. If the points do not show on your account within six weeks, please contact us to claim them back.

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The small print

Earning points:
If you're a member of one of our partner airlines' frequent flyer programmes, please note that you can only earn points in one scheme for any particular flight.

Points may only be earned on flights operated by South African Airways. Points will be issued to Flying Club members when travelling in the classes listed. Points will not be earned for travel in any other class not listed above.

Additional points will not be earned for bookings that are subsequently upgraded to a higher class whereby an additional fare difference is paid.


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Spend points

The table below shows round-trip mileage, not including applicable taxes and surcharges. One-way trips are permitted at half of the round-trip mileage shown below. If a journey requires a connecting flight or stopover to reach the destination, points are charged for each sector.

Route Economy Class* Business Class*
Domestic South Africa 20,000 30,000

South Africa – Southern Africa

(Botswana/ Lesotho/ Madagascar/ Malawi/ Mozambique/ Namibia/ Swaziland/ Zambia/ Zimbabwe)

20,000 30,000

South Africa – Central & Northern Africa

(Angola/ Benin/ Cameroon/ Côte d'Ivoire/ DR Congo/ Republic of Congo/ Gabon/ Ghana/ Kenya/ Nigeria/ Senegal/ Tanzania/ Uganda)

40,000 50,000
South Africa – Indian Ocean 40,000 50,000
Senegal – USA** 40,000 50,000
South Africa – Europe / South America 70,000 110,000
Ghana – USA**  70,000 110,000
South Africa – Australia 85,000 110,000
South Africa – Asia 90,000 130,000
South Africa – USA 100,000 150,000

*Or equivalent class. ** 24-hour connection required if booked in conjunction with another reward.


Please note, Reward bookings for South African Airways can only be booked outside of 5 days of travel

Infant Reward Flight

An infant under two at the time of travel and not requiring a seat, will be charged the following points for a round trip. 

One-way journey's would require half the points. 


Economy Class Business Class
2,000 10,000

Please note: Taxes, fees and carrier imposed surcharges apply to all Reward Flights.


How to book

Bookings must be made at least 48hrs before departure. Points must be redeemed from one account. 

Please contact the Virgin Atlantic Flying Club team to check availability and to make a booking. 

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The small print

Spending points:

All mileage levels are excluding passenger taxes, duties, fees, charges and surcharges. Rewards are availalble on South Africa Airways only. 

Blackout dates may apply.

Reward seats are subject to availability. 

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