Published on : Thursday, March 16, 2017
South African Airways (SAA) would like to remind all Voyager members to review their Voyager accounts as some of their Voyager Miles could expire on 31 March 2017. “Voyager Miles are valid for three years. The calculation of the three years starts after the year in which the Miles were earned by a member and a validity year is calculated from 1 April to 31 March,” says Suretha Cruse, Executive for SAA customer loyalty.
“Members’ Miles do, however, not expire if a minimum of 6 000 Tier Miles were earned during the preceding calendar year on SAA operated flights. If this threshold was reached by a member, the total number of unused Miles due to expire, will be reinstated as Bonus Miles with a further validity of 1 year. This process is managed annually on 31 March,” she added.
Miles accumulated can be redeemed in a number of different ways.
SAA Voyager members have the option of donating their Miles to one of the three charities affiliated to the Voyager programme, namely the Reach for a Dream Foundation, the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) and Wings and Wishes.
“Voyager Miles make a real difference to so many worthy beneficiaries. Donating unused Miles to charity is a wonderful way to make use of Miles due to expire,” says Cruse.
To donate Miles online,
“We would like to challenge our members to beat the previous record of Miles donated to these charities. Last year, members donated 27 486 938 Miles valued at R2.2 million, which went a long way towards easing the lives of those benefiting from the generosity and kind heartedness of our members,” says Cruse.
The Reach for a Dream Foundation encourages children to use their dreams to fight life-threatening illnesses and to make those dreams come true. Established in 1988, it has helped to fulfil nearly 50,000 dreams. They use donated Miles to fly children with life-threatening diseases and their families to a dream destination.
In the area of conservation, generous Voyager members have donated over 13 million Miles to support the work of the WWF over the past three years alone. This has enabled the organisation to save more than R1 million in travel costs and direct more of its budget towards protecting natural environments, biodiversity and wildlife throughout South Africa.
Finally, Wings and Wishes is an NPO dedicated to transporting critically ill children to enable them to receive life-saving medical treatment. It assists an average of one child a day – and even helps with the transport of essential equipment such as portable dialysis machines.
“Whatever members may decide to do with their current benefits, we at Voyager are here to assist them to do that in any way we can,” says Cruse.
Source:- South African Airways