SAA, Nedbank launch loyalty card

SAA and Nedbank have launched an SAA Voyager Cheque Card that allows users to earn air miles.

Chris Wood, executive: card issuing and payments at Nedbank, said the SAA Voyager Cheque Card was Nedbank’s response to growing demands from South Africans for a transactional card that allowed them to earn SAA Voyager miles without having to qualify for or use a credit card.

SAA Voyager Gold or Premium cheque card holders are allowed one companion ticket per year to a local or global destination depending on their card status and spend threshold.

The card is linked to personal current accounts so it cannot be linked to a corporate current account. The miles accrue to the individual business traveller, says Danielle Square, communications manager, group marketing communications and corporate affairs.

While most members prefer using their miles for flights, Voyager miles can be exchanged for a variety of travel rewards, including stays at selected accommodation partners, car hire, cruises, duty-free shopping, online gifting and health spa experiences, says SAA executive for customer loyalty, Suretha Cruse.

Opportunities to earn bonus miles are also available. “These bonuses include 2 500 miles on signing up to the programme, double miles on eligible spend for the first month after the account has been opened, bonus miles when reaching spend thresholds, and additional miles when paying for an SAA flight with your SAA Voyager Card,” says Cruse.

Nedbank has simplified the card application process for all cards as well. Customers can now apply for their SAA Voyager card online or at any Nedbank branch. The cheque card can also be added to select Nedbank transactional accounts and is available to existing and new clients.

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