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South African Airways

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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.

Earn miles

Flying Club members can earn a percentage of the miles you have flown depending on the cabin you are flying in. Please see the table below for more information.

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

Tier points

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.

Missing miles

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

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Spend miles

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, miles 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.

How to book

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

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

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