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South African Airways

South African Airways (SAA) is the leading carrier in Africa. Serving 57 destinations, in partnership with SA Express, Airlink, and its low-cost carrier, Mango, within South Africa and across the continent. South African Airways also serves nine 9 intercontinental routes from its Johannesburg hub. It is a member of the largest international airline network, Star Alliance.

Take advantage today

Earn and spend Skywards Miles on South African Airways flights across their network to over 33 destinations.

Earn Skywards Miles

Book with South African Airways and quote your Emirates Skywards membership number to earn Skywards Miles.

The number of Skywards Miles you will earn will depend on the class of travel, fare type and distance flown:

  • Economy Class – up to 1 Skywards Mile per mile flown
  • Business Class – up to 1.5 Skywards Miles per mile flown

Spend Skywards Miles

Spend Skywards Miles on South African Airways to over 33 destinations starting at 8,000 Miles.

To book your reward ticket, let us know your trip details on Live Chat and one of our consultants will assist you right away. Please note that Live Chat is currently only available in English.

The table below shows the number of Skywards Miles you need for a one-way reward flight.

You’ll need twice the number of Miles for a return reward flight.


One way distance (miles) Economy Class Business Class
0-250 8,000 16,000
251-500 10,000 20,000
501-1000 14,000 28,000
1001-2000 20,000 40,000
2001-3000 26,000 52,000
3001-4000 32,000 64,000
4001-5000 38,000 76,000
5001-6000 44,000 88,000
6001-7000 52,000 104,000
7001-1500 60,000 120,000

Important information

Earn Miles

  • To claim missing Skywards Miles for flights completed within the last six months, provide your flight details using Live Chat.
  • Miles can only be earned on South African Airways operated flights and are not valid on codeshare flights.
  • Bookings in classes I, X, E, U, N and R are not eligible to earn Miles.

Spend Miles

  • Reward tickets are subject to availability.
  • Rewards are only valid on South African Airways operated flights with the flight code SA.
  • Miles needed as stated is for direct flights only. Where no direct service is operated, two or more rewards may be required.
  • Reward flights can be booked for both one-way and round-trip travel
  • Reward ticket coupons cannot be used out of sequence.
  • All flights must be confirmed at the time of Miles redemption. Waitlists are not permitted.
  • Reward tickets are valid for 12 months from the original ticketed date with a maximum stay of three months.
  • Reward values are exclusive of taxes, fuel surcharge and other charges. These need to be paid separately.
  • Children and infants occupying a seat and travelling on reward tickets will need to redeem the same number of Miles as that of an adult member. Infant rewards are not permitted.
  • Other restrictions apply.
  • Emirates Skywards Programme Rules apply.