With immediate effect, Discovery Bank Purple, Black and Platinum cardholders will be able to use their Discovery Bank app to access SAA’s world-class airport lounges. The initiative is part of the landmark partnership between Discovery and South African Airways that will also enable SAA’s flight network to be available on the Vitality Travel platform.
The long-term partnership will provide customers with access to refurbished lounges and upgraded service offerings at SAA’s Johannesburg, Cape Town and Durban lounges.
According to Discovery Bank CEO Hylton Kallner, the partnership is a contribution to both government and the national carrier’s broader aims to revitalise operations through a public-private partnership, while contributing to the tourism industry.
“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.”
SAA Interim Executive Chairman and CEO John Lamola said that the partnership would add to the customer experience when choosing SAA as the 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.”
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. In addition to the 1,000 or more Lounge Key airport lounges that Discovery Bank clients have access to worldwide, they will also enjoy the exclusive, world class experience that SAA lounges will deliver.
Discovery Vitality CEO Dinesh Govender said that the milestone partnership amplifies the Vitality Travel offering for Discovery Bank clients.
“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,” said Govender.