EARN Status Credits AND VELOCITY POINTS WITH South African Airways

South African Airlines aeroplane

Velocity is proud to partner with South African Airways, the national carrier of South Africa.

Our partnership allows you to earn and redeem Velocity Points when flying to Johannesburg and other destinations in the South African Airways network. You can also earn Status Credits on all eligible fare types.

Earning Points and Status Credits will allow you to maintain or upgrade your Velocity status level

HOW MANY STATUS CREDITS WILL I EARN?

Earn Status Credits when you travel in an eligible fare class on South African Airways operated flights, with a SA or VA flight number. The Status Credits you earn will depend on where you fly and the fare purchased.

Calculate the number of Status Credits you can earn by:

  • Using our Mileage Calculator to determine the number of miles you are flying
  • Then refer to the table below with your chosen Fare Type
     

You can also keep track of your Status Credits in My Velocity

South African Airways Status Credits earn rate with a VA flight number

one-way miles
(Zone)
Getaway/ Elevate Freedom Business Saver/ Business
0 - 750 (1) 10 20 40
751 - 1,500 (2) 15 30 60
1,501 - 3,000 (3) 20 40 80
3,001 - 5,000 (4) 30 60 120
5,001 - 8,000 (5) 40 80 160
8,001 + (6)
50 100 200

South African Airways Status Credits earn rate with a SA flight number

ONE-WAY MILES ECONOMY PLUS* / SAVER ECONOMY PLUS^ / SELECT PREMIUM / PRIORITY
0 - 750 (1) 10 20 40
751 - 1,500 (2) 15 30 60
1,501 - 3,000 (3) 20 40 80
3,001 - 5,000 (4) 30 60 120
5,001 - 8,000 (5) 40 80 160
8,001 + (6) 50 100 200

Note: Eligible fare classes for Economy Plus* are T, V and Economy Saver are L, W, G
Eligible fare classes for Economy Plus^ are H, S, Q and Economy Select are Y, B, M, K
Eligible fare classes for Premium are J, C
Eligible fare classes for Priority are Z, D, P

HOW MANY VELOCITY POINTS WILL I EARN?

Earn Points per mile flown when you travel in an eligible fare class on South African Airways operated flights, with a SA or VA flight number1.

The number of Velocity Points you earn with South African Airways is based on the fare class and the number of miles you are travelling, so the higher your fare type, the more Points you earn. 

Use our Mileage calculator to determine the number of miles you will fly. Then, refer to the tables below to check your Points earn rate. 

SOUTH AFRICAN AIRWAYS OPERATED FLIGHTS WITH A VA FLIGHT NUMBER

What is a VA flight number? A VA flight number is a flight where the marketing carrier is Virgin Australia. Your flight number will be listed as VA followed by a set of numbers (e.g. VA 024). You can book a flight with a VA flight number on the Virgin Australia Website2.

To ensure you earn Velocity Points, make sure you enter your Velocity membership number when making your booking or present your Velocity card at check-in.

FARE TYPE
VIRGIN AUSTRALIA (VA) FARE CLASS POINTS EARN RATE PER MILE
BUSINESS / BUSINESS SAVER
J, C, D, I
2 Velocity Points
ECONOMY FREEDOM
Y, B, H, K 1 Velocity Points

ECONOMY ELEVATE / GETAWAY / GROUP TRAVEL

L, E, N, V, Q, M, T, S, G 0.5 Velocity Points


eARN MORE WITH VELOCITY STATUS

Platinum, Gold and Silver members travelling on a South African Airways operated flight with a VA flight number, earn a Points bonus on miles flown in addition to the Base Points3 earned. Silver members earn 50% bonus Points; Gold members earn 75% bonus Points and Platinum members earn 100%  bonus Points on top of the base Points rate. 

Earn points per mile

South African Airways OPERATED FLIGHTS WITH A SA FLIGHT NUMBER

What is a SA flight number?  A SA flight number is a flight where the marketing carrier is South African Airways. Your flight number will be listed as SA followed by a set of numbers (e.g. SA 281). You can book a flight with a SA flight number on the South African Airways website.

To ensure you earn Velocity Points make sure you enter your Velocity membership number when making your booking or call the South African Airways contact centre directly or present you Velocity membership card at check in.

FARE TYPE
SOUTH AFRICAN AIRWAYS (SA) 
FARE CLASS
POINTS EARN RATE PER MILE
PREMIUM
J, C 1.5 Velocity Points
PRIORITY INTERNATIONAL
D, P 1.25 Velocity Point
PRIORITY DOMESTIC/INTERNATIONAL Z 1.25 Velocity Points
PRIORITY DOMESTIC D 1 Velocity Point
SELECT Y, B, M, K 1 Velocity Point
PLUS H, S, Q, T, V 0.5 Velocity Points
SAVER L, W, G 0.25 Velocity Points

Velocity Points and Status Credits cannot be earned on:​​​​
- Reward Seat bookings
- Fare classes other than as specified above
- Codeshare flights (any flight with an SA flight number that is operated by an airline other than South African Airways or Virgin Australia).
- Codeshare flights operated by SA Express and Airlink
- Upgraded fares: Members travelling on upgraded fares that were purchased with Points or by bidding for an upgrade will earn as per the rules of the original fare class purchased.

REDEEM POINTS with south african airways

South African Airlines aeroplane

REDEEM POINTS BY CALLING

To redeem Points for a Reward Seat with South African Airways, you can contact our Membership Contact Centre between 7:30am and 10:30pm AEDT, seven days a week.

enjoy velocity status benefits with south african airways

Enjoy benefits that are tailored to your Velocity membership level.

Carry your valid Velocity membership card with you at all times to ensure seamless access to your travel benefits when travelling with South African Airways.  

Silver status

Benefits of flying with a Velocity Silver Status on South African Airways:

 Up to 50% Bonus Points3
✓ 
Priority Check-in 
 Additional checked baggage of up to 23kg when travelling in Economy Class and 32kg for Business Class

Gold status

Benefits of flying with a Velocity Gold Status on South African Airways:

 Up to 75% Bonus Points3
 
Priority Check-in
 
South African Airways Lounge Access 
 Priority Boarding
 Additional checked baggage of up to 23kg when travelling in Economy Class and 32kg for Business Class

Platinum status

Benefits of flying with a Velocity Platinum Status on South African Airways:

 Up to 100% Bonus Points3
✓ 
Priority Check-in 
 South African Airways Lounge Access
 Priority Boarding 
 Additional checked baggage in all cabins up to 32kg

Velocity Status benefits are not available when travelling on flights operated by SA Express and Airlink.

CLaim missing points

To ensure you automatically earn Velocity Points on your eligible travel, add your Velocity membership number to your booking prior to travel. You can add your Velocity membership number when you book your flight or call the airline directly to get it added to your booking or present your Velocity membership card at check-in.
It can take up to 14 days after your flight for your Points to be added to your Account. 

Flown recently and missing some Points?

If your Points have not been credited after 14 days, or if you forgot to add your Velocity mebership number prior to travelling, you can sumbit a missing Points claim by logging into your Velocity Account and following the steps provided.

Submit a missing points claim

  • 1. Earn rates are correct as at 1 March 2019 and are subject to change. Flights are governed by the operating carriers terms and conditions, which can be viewed on the operating carrier's websites. Members travelling on Upgraded fares purchased with Points or any other subsidised means of Upgrades on Virgin Australia or our partner airlines will earn Points based on originally purchased fare classes. Check the Velocity Terms and Conditions for details about earning Points.

    2. Base Points refers to the minimum number of Points that can be earned for an eligible activity or transaction by a Red member.

    3. When travelling on a South African Airways operated flight with a VA flight number.