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South African Airways Partners With Discovery Bank for Customer Access to SAA's Airport Lounges

Discovery Bank and South African Airways have announced a new partnership that will enable the bank's clients to access SAA lounges. Effective immediately, Discovery Bank Purple, Black and Platinum cardholders can use the bank's app for lounge access.

Discovery Bank's CEO Hylton Kallner and South African Airways' Interim Chairman and CEO John Lamola Celebrate New Lounge Partnership - Courtesy South African Airways

On Monday (June 20, 2022), South African Airways (SAA) announced a new landmark partnership with Discovery Bank that will allow the bank’s customers to access SAA’s lounges. With immediate effect, Discovery Bank Purple, Black and Platinum cardholders can use their Discovery Bank app to access the carrier’s lounges. The new long-term partnership will expand accessibility to South African Airways’ refurbished lounges and enhanced service offerings in Johannesburg, Cape Town and Durban.

In today’s announcment, Discovery Bank’s CEO, Hylton Kallner, said,

“We are delighted to work with SAA to upgrade these iconic lounges. Along with our Priority Fast Track Lanes at the OR Tambo and Cape Town International Airports, Discovery Bank clients will now enjoy the best possible end-to-end travel experience. In fact, the comprehensive Vitality Travel suite of benefits ensures that our clients enjoy the best value and experience in travel – whether for business or leisure. We are also excited that SAA flights will soon also be available on the Vitality Travel platform as part of our flight network, giving our clients more choice and value in terms of airlines and destinations, and extending our reach into the continent.”

Also commenting on the new partnership. South African Airways’ Interim Executive Chairman and CEO, John Lamola, said,

“We appreciate the collaboration with Discovery and believe that this partnership will add to the customer experience when choosing SAA as your carrier of choice. We are heading in the right direction, as this partnership is a win-win-win for SAA, Discovery and, most importantly, our customers.”

Discovery Vitality’s CEO, Dinesh Govender, added,

“This is a milestone partnership which amplifies the Vitality Travel offering for Discovery Bank clients. Vitality members book over 1 million flights a year – enough to fill 10 planes a day – and airport lounges are a quintessential benefit for those who enjoy travel. Now, in addition to the 1,000+ Lounge Key airport lounges that our Discovery Bank clients have access to worldwide, they will also enjoy the exclusive, world class experience that SAA lounges will deliver. While access to the lounges commences today, clients can look forward to exciting new menus and luxury amenities, as well as refurbishments to the facilities in the coming months.”

South African Airways and Discovery Bank Introduce Lounge Access to the Bank's Clients - Courtesy SAA

Founded on February 1st, 1934, South African Airways (SAA) is a leading carrier in Africa and currently offers regional service between Johannesburg and Accra, Kinshasa, Harare, Lusaka, Lagos and Mauritius, as well as flights between Johannesburg and Cape Town and Durban. The carrier is a member of the global Star Alliance network and offers passenger and cargo service, alongside related services provided through SAA and their wholly owned subsidiaries SAA Technical (SAAT) and Air Chefs, the airline’s catering entity. SAAT delivers high quality MRO services such as major airframe checks, engine overhaul, mechanical components, avionics and line maintenance.

Source: South African Airways


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