• Virgin Australia dials back South African airline partnerships

    Virgin Australia’s Velocity Frequent Flyer partnership with South African Airways will be revised in June to exclude codeshare flights operated by SAA’s partner airlines Airlink and South African Express. Currently, Velocity members can earn points and status credits on these flights...

    POSTED 10 May, 2018 12 Comments

  • Bulk-buy United miles for huge savings on business, first class flights

    UPDATE | A new United Airlines 'buy miles' promotion is underway, giving bonuses of up to 75% on MileagePlus purchases through 2:59pm (Sydney time) on July 4 2017 which can then be redeemed for travel on Air Canada, Singapore Airlines, Thai Airways, United Airlines and other Star Alliance members...

    POSTED 21 Jun, 2017 57 Comments

  • South African Airways debuts new business class

    South African Airways is now flying all-new business class seats on its Airbus A330-300 jets – but they won't be fitted to the long-range A340 aircraft which fly between Perth and Johannesburg. The move marks the start of a long-awaited revitalisation for the Star Alliance member, which ...

    POSTED 7 Feb, 2017 10 Comments

  • Diners Club shuffles the points partnership deck

    UPDATE | Diners Club has reversed some recent changes to its credit card rewards program, with points transfers to the American Airlines AAdvantage and Starwood Preferred Guest schemes both being retained. Transfers to these programs were to be axed from Diners Club Rewards as of June 1 2016, al...

    POSTED 3 May, 2016 13 Comments

  • Virgin Australia's South African Airways partnership kicks off

    Virgin Australia Velocity members can now earn both frequent flyer points and status credits when booking and travelling with Star Alliance member South African Airways, including on its Perth-Johannesburg flights. Also part of the tie-up: Velocity Gold and Silver cardholders can make use of pri...

    POSTED 30 Apr, 2015 0 Comments

  • Virgin Australia's travel money card gets South African Rand

    IN BRIEF | Virgin Australia's Global Wallet travel money card has added the South African Rand to its list of foreign currencies in a nod to Virgin's strengthened alliance with former Qantas partner South African Airways. A 'virtual wallet' for the South African Rand (ZAR) is now liste...

    POSTED 15 Jan, 2015 0 Comments

  • Etihad hooks up with South African Airways for points and perks

    Etihad Guest Gold and Gold Elite members will soon enjoy perks such as lounge access, priority check-in and boarding when flying with South African Airways as part of an extended bilateral agreement that also encompasses new routes, codeshares and connections. In return, South African Airways&rs...

    POSTED 15 Dec, 2014 0 Comments

  • Our Friday frequent flyer points wrap

    Want to earn 4.5 Velocity Frequent Flyer points per dollar on your everyday credit card spend, along with Velocity points and status credits on South African Airways’ flights from Australia to Johannesburg? Or are you keen to earn Qantas status credits on flights booked with frequent flyer...

    POSTED 3 Oct, 2014 0 Comments

  • Earn Virgin Australia points, status credits on South African Airways flights

    Virgin Australia will kick off codeshares on South African Airways’ daily Perth-Johannesburg flights later this month, allowing Velocity members to earn both frequent flyer points and status credits on their trek to South Africa. Residents living outside of the mining capital – inclu...

    POSTED 1 Oct, 2014 4 Comments

  • This week's frequent flyer points wrap

    Members of United MileagePlus and Avianca LifeMiles are about to lose one of the best redemption options from Australia when Thai Airways axes first class on its Sydney flights from next month. Also in this week’s wrap, we’ll show you how unwind in Virgin Australia’s domestic l...

    POSTED 1 Sep, 2014 1 Comment

  • Qantas nixes frequent flyer partnership with South African Airways

    Qantas will pull the plug on its frequent flyer partnership with South African Airways flights from October 1st. Currently, Qantas Frequent Flyers can earn points – although not status credits – when travelling on SAA domestic flights. It’s the final nail in the coffin for the...

    POSTED 17 Jul, 2014 3 Comments

  • Emirates boosts Dubai-Johannesburg flights

    Emirates is set to boost its South African flights from later this year with a fourth daily flight from Dubai to Johannesburg. From October 26 2014, a Boeing 777-300ER with eight first class suites, 42 business class beds and 354 economy seats takes to the skies, picking up a South African Airwa...

    POSTED 16 Jul, 2014 0 Comments

  • Etihad Guest hooks up with South African Airways' Voyager

    Etihad Airways and South African Airways are extending their alliance to cover their respective Guest and Voyager frequent flyer schemes. Already enjoying a range of codeshare services, Etihad and South African will kick off the frequent flyer partnership with a 'double miles' offer co...

    POSTED 24 Apr, 2014 1 Comment

  • South African Airways expands Virgin Australia alliance to Sydney-Perth

    Virgin Australia and South African Airways will extend their codeshare relationship from June 1st to include Virgin Australia’s flights between Sydney and Perth, following Qantas’ decision to abandon its alliance with South African Airways from May 31st. The new h...

    POSTED 5 Mar, 2014 17 Comments

  • Qantas axes South African Airways alliance

    Qantas will abandon its alliance with South African Airways under which the airlines share flights between Australia and Johannesburg. The codeshare agreement will end on May 31st this year. Qantas says it will retain its Sydney-Johannesburg route but will no longer offer bo...

    POSTED 21 Feb, 2014 13 Comments

  • Qantas partner South African Airways hooks up with Virgin Australia

    South African Airways (SAA) will partner with Virgin Australia through a new codeshare agreement announced this evening. The alliance is a surprising one because South African is also a partner with Qantas – the Flying Kangaroo codeshares with SAA's flight from Perth to...

    POSTED 6 Feb, 2014 30 Comments

  • Best seats: business class, South African Airways Airbus A340-300

    South African Airways is Qantas' partner for flights to South Africa, and uses its A340-300 on its only Australian flight, from Perth to Johannesburg. If you're travelling in business class on the plane, we've got the latest in our series of expert Best Seats guides to making sure your journey i...

    POSTED 18 Oct, 2012 3 Comments

  • Photos: Star Alliance's slick new iPhone app

    Travellers with Star Alliance member airlines such as Air China, Air New Zealand, Singapore Airlines, Thai and United have scored a dedicated iPhone app this morning. As you would expect, "Star Alliance Navigator" makes it easy to find flights for any route with a Star Alliance airline, but also...

    POSTED 29 Jul, 2011 1 Comment


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