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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 and tier points

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

Miles earned

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 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 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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The small print

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

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

Additional miles 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 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

Bookings must be made at least 48hrs before departure. Miles 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 miles:

All mileage levels are excluding passenger taxes, duties, fees, charges and surcharges. Rewards are availalble on South Africa Airways / South African Express / SA Airlink.

Blackout dates may apply.

Reward seats are subject to availability. 

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