SAA launch world-first cheque card that will earn you miles without the credit

2019-02-14 09:00 - Gabi Zietsman
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If you want to earn those miles without racking up credit, SAA and Nedbank got a card for you.

In a world first, the airline and bank launched the SAA Voyager Cheque Card that earns you air miles with every swipe.

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Traditionally, airline reward programmes have always offered co-branded credit cards to customers to allow them to earn air miles based on their credit spend.

This shift could open up airline reward programmes to a wider clientele, as not everyone is keen, or even able, to put themselves in credit debt in order to up their mileage.

“We have tailored this unique offering as part of our efforts to diversify platforms through our customers who are able to earn miles with ease and as frequently,” said SAA CEO Vuyani Jarana at the launch which took place at SA Technical.

“Also, while most of our programme members prefer using their miles for flights, Voyager Miles can be exchanged for a wide variety of travel rewards, including stays at selected accommodation partners, car hire, exotic cruises, duty-free shopping, online gifting, and even health spa experiences."

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In the last year, 12 000 miles were accrued and 9 000 miles redeemed every minute, and more than 90 000 South Africans have gotten themselves an SAA Voyager credit card since the start of the programme in 2006.

"The strong relationship between Nedbank and SAA Voyager has helped to realise the lifestyle and travel dreams of South Africans for over a decade, thanks to the highly popular SAA Voyager Gold and Premium Credit Cards,”  said Nedbank CEO Mike Brown. 

"The arrival of the new SAA Voyager Cheque Card, a world first is set to extend the significant benefits of the Voyager programme to many more South Africans from all walks of life."

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In addition to further enhancing the appeal and value of the SAA Voyager cards offering, other exciting enhancements to the SAA Voyager Credit Card offering was also announced:

  • The opportunity for SAA Voyager Premium credit cardholders to earn an additional 15 000 bonus miles per calendar year by spending R300 000 or more.
  • An additional Global Companion Ticket for SAA Voyager Premium Credit Cardholders when meeting required spend thresholds.
  • 20% discount on superior travel top-up insurance for SAA flights.
  • Always-on SAA flight discounts of up to 13%.
  • Special promotional flight discounts for cardholders, of up to 40% on SAA-operated flights.

SAA and Nedbank also announced the new ambassadors for their SAA Voyager cards - lifestyle and travel bloggers GoPhari and How Far From HomeThey will be travelling around South Africa, the continent and the world, showing their followers the benefits of the cards and how they accrue miles along the way.

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