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Possible to book SA Airlink flights with Star Alliance or other partner miles?

Possible to book SA Airlink flights with Star Alliance or other partner miles?

Old Feb 28, 16, 12:15 pm
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Possible to book SA Airlink flights with Star Alliance or other partner miles?

I'm looking at possibly flying CPT - MUB (Maun, Botswana). The flight is operated by South African Airlink. I'm wondering if this flight (or any SA airlink operated flight) is bookable using Star Alliance partner miles (i.e. UA or Singapore), or even other partners like Virgin Atlantic miles? I did an award search on united.com, and it returned nothing even with flexible dates.

Any information or assistance would be appreciated.
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Old Mar 1, 16, 8:22 am
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Since no one has responded I will venture my best guess - which is no. AFAIK it is Voyager miles only.
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Old Mar 1, 16, 9:16 am
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Originally Posted by Cheetah_SA View Post
Since no one has responded I will venture my best guess - which is no. AFAIK it is Voyager miles only.
Agreed, Airlink is not part of Star Alliance and simple a FF and code-share partner of SAA.
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Old Mar 4, 16, 6:32 pm
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Originally Posted by evanb View Post
Agreed, Airlink is not part of Star Alliance and simple a FF and code-share partner of SAA.
Incorrect. I've credited Airlink flights to United multiple times - they posted exactly the same as an SAA flight.
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Old Mar 5, 16, 1:06 am
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Originally Posted by N1120A View Post
Incorrect. I've credited Airlink flights to United multiple times - they posted exactly the same as an SAA flight.
All Airlink flights are marketed by SAA under the SA code (hence SAA codeshare), but Airlink are not part of Star Alliance. You simply bought an SAA codeshare. FF programs work through the marketing carrier, not operating carrier.
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Old Mar 5, 16, 7:11 am
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Originally Posted by evanb View Post
FF programs work through the marketing carrier, not operating carrier.
Hmmm *A doesn't. In general, metal trumps marketing carrier. Specific FFPs might allow you to earn miles on specific codeshares, but a general rule is to avoid codeshares entirely in order to be sure of what will be earned.

I understand this is in contrast with OW and ST where marketing carrier is more important.
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Old Mar 12, 16, 10:05 am
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It appears to be a feature of he SAA computer system . When I book directly on SAA and put in my UA number I get miles on the Airlink codeshare. When I buy thw same SAA ticket from orbitz, I do't
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Old Mar 14, 16, 11:36 pm
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Originally Posted by morelegroom View Post
It appears to be a feature of he SAA computer system . When I book directly on SAA and put in my UA number I get miles on the Airlink codeshare. When I buy thw same SAA ticket from orbitz, I do't
I'm not sure what you mean since Airlink only ticket on the SA code, so every ticket they sell, independent of who sells it will be on the SA code and hence codeshare.
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Old Mar 15, 16, 4:19 am
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Originally Posted by evanb View Post
I'm not sure what you mean since Airlink only ticket on the SA code, so every ticket they sell, independent of who sells it will be on the SA code and hence codeshare.
I also received miles after SA Airlink flights on my Aegean Miles + Bonus account. Booked it on SAA website.
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Old Mar 15, 16, 10:17 pm
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Thanks for the insights. So far, it doesn't sound like anyone has reports of booking these Airlink flights using United or other *A miles. If I end up finding anything out, I will report back.
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Old Mar 18, 16, 8:46 am
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Originally Posted by ANC RED-EYE View Post
So far, it doesn't sound like anyone has reports of booking these Airlink flights using United or other *A miles.
That's 'cause you can't. Full stop.

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Old May 8, 16, 4:41 am
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I hope I have understood the original questions: I have been looking at Airlink flights on United's Mileage Plus website. We are flying from JNB to HDS for a safari and then from HDS to CPT for a week - both Airlink flights. While there seems to be no availability at this time for my flights (March/April 2017) I do get results for other dates. However, I have ruled out using our Mileage Plus Miles as 35,000 (17,500 per flight) seems wasteful.
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Old May 8, 16, 1:29 pm
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Originally Posted by tonmason View Post
We are flying from JNB to HDS for a safari and then from HDS to CPT for a week - both Airlink flights.
Both routes are operated by SA Express, not Airlink.

Whether SAX will still be around in a year's time is a moot point.

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Old Jun 20, 17, 1:35 am
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Does anyone know whether *G benefits apply when connecting from a SAA flight to a SAA Airlink flight? (e.g. lounge access, baggage allowance).

Is each segment treated separately, is it based on the 1st segment or do *G benefits apply as long as one segment is operated by SAA?
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Old Sep 12, 17, 9:52 am
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Originally Posted by ANC RED-EYE View Post
Thanks for the insights. So far, it doesn't sound like anyone has reports of booking these Airlink flights using United or other *A miles. If I end up finding anything out, I will report back.
Any luck on this? I want to book SAA Airlink flights TNR-JNB return, somehow using my Amex Reward Points!

Cheers.
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