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South African Airways (SAA), Africa’s most awarded airline, operates to 40 destinations worldwide.

In its domestic market SAA has an extensive schedule operating 556 flights in total per week between Johannesburg – Cape Town, Durban, East London and Port Elizabeth, from its Johannesburg hub.

SAA offers more than 21,900 daily flights to 1,328 airports in 195 countries. SAA is the winner of the 'Best Airline in Africa’ Award in the regional category for eleven consecutive years. SAA also holds the number one spot as South Africa’s most on-time airline.

Earn Etihad Guest Miles with South African Airways

Starting April 15, 2014; you can earn Etihad Guest Miles when traveling with South African Airways. Simply quote your Etihad Guest Number when making a booking with South African Airwaysand remember to present your Etihad Guest Card at check-in. The number of miles earned will depend on the class of booking as shown below.
Cabin Booking Class Miles Earned
Business C, D, J, Z 125%
Economy Y, B, M, K, H, S, Q 100%
Economy T, V, L, W, G 50%

Claim Missing Partner Miles

Please retain your tickets and boarding passes until your miles are credited to your account. If you do not receive the credits within six weeks, please advise the Etihad Guest Service Centre . Missing miles can be claimed up to 6 months from the date of travel.

Service Benefits

For Etihad Guest Silver, Gold andPlatinum members on South African Airways flights


  1. Only when traveling on South African Airways marketed Etihad Airways operated flights or Etihad Airways marketed & operated flights.
  2. Only where service is offered.
  3. Only when travelling on the EY code of a South African Airways operated flights.
  4. Applicable on South African Airways operated flights regardless of whether it is a weight concept or piece concept route.
Etihad Guest Etihad Guest Silver Etihad Guest Gold Etihad Guest Platinum
Lounge Access1 Self and Guest Self and Guest
Excess Baggage Allowance 1, 4 1 piece up to 32 kg 2 pieces up to 32 kg each
Excess Baggage Allowance 3, 4 15 kg 20kg
Priority Check-In, Baggage and Boarding 2

Terms and conditions

Earning Etihad Guest Miles with South African Airways

  • Invalid booking classes for accrual - N,I,X,R and E
  • Flights marketed by South African Airways and operated by a third-party carrier other than South African Airways, or Etihad Airways will not be eligible for Etihad Guest Miles accrual.
  • Charter flights operated by South African Airways are not eligible for mileage accrual.
  • Flights taken on South African Airways are not eligible to earn Etihad Guest Tier Miles and therefore do not contribute to earning or maintaining your Etihad Guest Silver or Gold or Platinum Tier.