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South African Airways
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.
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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.
|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|
|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.
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.
The small print
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.
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)
South Africa – Central & Northern Africa
(Angola/ Benin/ Cameroon/ Côte d'Ivoire/ DR Congo/ Republic of Congo/ Gabon/ Ghana/ Kenya/ Nigeria/ Senegal/ Tanzania/ Uganda)
|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|
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.
The small print
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.