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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 16,000 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 return reward flight.

This list of destinations and Miles needed is not exhaustive and may be subject to change.


Route Economy Class Business Class
Between Accra and:
Abidjan 16,000 40,000
Johannesburg 36,000 90,000
Washington 80,000 200,000
Between Dakar and:
Washington 48,000 120,000
Between Johannesburg and:
Blantyre, Cape Town, Durban, East London, Harare, Lilongwe, Livingstone, Lusaka, Maputo, Ndola, Port Elizabeth, Victoria Falls, Windhoek 16,000 40,000
Dar E Salam, Entebbe, Kinshasa, Luanda, Mauritius, Nairobi 24,000 60,000
Accra, Lagos 36,000 90,000
Dakar, Sao Paulo 60,000 150,000
Frankfurt, London, Munich, Perth 80,000 200,000
Hong Kong 90,000 225,000
New York JFK, Washington 100,000 250,000

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.
  • Only return reward tickets are permitted.
  • 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 be required to redeem the same amount of Miles as an adult. Infant rewards are not permitted.
  • Other restrictions apply.
  • Emirates Skywards Programme Rules apply.