South African Airways (SAA), Africa’s most awarded airline has sealed a deal with Ecobank Ghana for the launch of a co-branded SAA Voyager Gold and Platinum MasterCard Credit Cards. The deal also includes Nedbank, Ecobank’s alliance partner.
SAA Voyager and Ecobank are confident that their brands are strategically aligned. By delivering credit cards to clients in Ghana with the “best-in-class” card-based airline rewards value proposition, both partners envisage driving “first-card-in-wallet” behaviour in the African payment card market. The intent is to further expand their partnership within the African continent.
The strategic partnership offers two credit card options; Gold and Platinum MasterCard Credit Cards, which include exclusive benefits ranging from lounge access, excess baggage allowance, bonus Miles, Premium check-in – to mention a few.
Both SAA Voyager members and customers of Ecobank who apply for the payment card, will have the opportunity to earn SAA Voyager Miles for everyday purchases by simply swiping their credit card when purchasing goods or services. These customers will be able to use the earned Miles to fly with SAA, Star Alliance partners or other Airline partnerships.
The Mileage earn ratio for the SAA Voyager Platinum Credit Card is 1 SAA Voyager Mile for every USD 1.50 spend, and for the SAA Voyager Gold Credit Card is 1 SAA Voyager Mile for every USD 4.00 spend. When travelling on SAA-operated flights the earn ratio is 1 SAA Voyager Mile for every ZAR 1.60 spend which is the equivalent of GHS 0.43.
SAA Voyager also announced its expansion plan in terms of its future partnership categories for both earning and spending of Miles, thus reinforcing its intent to evolve from a multi-sector retail and travel frequent flyer program to that of a purist loyalty program.
Effective from 1 August 2015, cardholders of the SAA Voyager Gold and Platinum MasterCard Credit Cards within Ghana will benefit from the following airline benefits:
• SAA Voyager MasterCard Platinum credit cardholders
1 Annual credit card fee: USD 28
2 Voyager Earn Rate – 1 SAA Voyager Mile for USD 1.50 spend
3 Access to SAA owned Premium departure lounges
4 Double Miles on eligible spend for the first month (only provided once per new account)
5 15,000 Bonus Miles on 1st SAA ticket purchase (only provided once per new account)
6 Premium check-in
7 1 Additional piece of luggage when travelling in business class at 32kgs when travelling on SAA-operated flights
8 1 Additional piece for economy class at 23kgs when travelling on SAA-operated flights
9 10% discount on excess luggage rates when paying with the SAA Voyager MasterCard Credit Cards for all SAA-operated flight sectors per ticket, originating from and to Accra
• SAA Voyager Gold MasterCard credit cardholder
1 Annual Card Fee: USD 25
2 Voyager Earn Rate – 1 SAA Voyager Mile for USD 4 spend
3 Double Miles on eligible spend for the first month (only provided once per new card account)
4 10,000 Bonus Miles on 1st SAA ticket purchase (only provided once per new card account)
5 Premium check-in
6 1 Additional piece of luggage when travelling in business class at 32kgs when travelling on SAA-operated flights
7 1 Additional piece for economy class at 23kgs when travelling on SAA-operated flights
8 10% discount on excess luggage rates when paying with the SAA Voyager MasterCard Credit Cards for all SAA-operated flight sectors per ticket, originating from and to Accra
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