United Airlines and South African Airways Begin to Sell Code-share Flights

Frequent Fliers of Both Airlines Receive Benefits

CHICAGO, Jan. 17 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ — Customers can now purchase tickets and earn miles to even more destinations in Africa and Europe when booking travel on code-share flights between United and future Star Alliance member, South African Airways.

“We’re thrilled to expand our relationship with South African Airways,” said Graham Atkinson, United’s senior vice president-Worldwide Sales and Alliances. “We look forward to offering our customers more benefits, such as Mileage Plus(R) redemptions, when South African Airways joins the Star Alliance in April.”

“South African Airways is proud to partner with United Airlines in this code-share agreement,” said Nomfanelo Magwentshu, South African Airway’s general manager-Business Development. “It is sure to expand our services and continue to provide our passengers with the highest standards of comfort and convenience.”

United and South African Airways frequent fliers began earning miles on each other’s flights in November 2005. In April when South African Airways joins the Star Alliance, Mileage Plus members will earn elite benefits including Elite Qualifying Miles, which are miles that count toward elite status, and the ability to redeem their miles for award travel on South African.

United’s customers will be able to book on South African Airways flights between Washington-Dulles and Johannesburg and connecting flights between Johannesburg and Cape Town, Durban, East London or Port Elizabeth in South Africa. Customers will also be able to connect onto South African Airways from the United States via Europe on flights between London and Johannesburg; London and Cape Town; Frankfurt and Johannesburg; Frankfurt and Cape Town; or Paris and Johannesburg. South African Airways customers will be able to book on United flights between Washington-Dulles and Chicago, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, San Diego, San Francisco or Seattle.

Sample fares on United are each way based on required roundtrip purchase by Jan. 26, 2006. Fares below are valid for travel from Jan. 24, 2006, through March 31, 2006. Sample fares are valid for travel on select off-peak days; see below or visit http://united.com/ :

— Washington, D.C., to Johannesburg $532*
— Chicago to Johannesburg $522*

About South African Airways

South African Airways (SAA) is South Africa’s premier airline and the continent’s most awarded carrier. Headquartered in Johannesburg, SAA has a venerated history spanning 71 years and today carries more than seven million passengers a year on a route network that serves 34 cities in 26 countries. More than 12,000 employees worldwide are dedicated to delivering the customer-centric service and warm hospitality for which the airline is known. South African Airways is the only carrier to provide direct service from North America to South Africa, with daily departures from New York (JFK) and Atlanta and four flights weekly from Washington Dulles offering convenient connections to the airline’s unsurpassed Africa network. For more information on South African Airways visit http://www.flysaa.com/ .

About United

United Airlines (BULLETIN BOARD: UALAQ) operates more than 3,400 flights a day on United, United Express and Ted to more than 200 U.S. domestic and international destinations from its hubs in Los Angeles, San Francisco, Denver, Chicago and Washington, D.C. With key global air rights in the Asia-Pacific region, Europe and Latin America, United is one of the largest international carriers based in the United States. United is also a founding member of Star Alliance, which provides connections for our customers to 790 destinations in 138 countries worldwide. United’s 57,000 employees reside in every U.S. state and in many countries around the world. News releases and other information about United can be found at the company’s Web site at http://united.com/ .

* For the fares above, service is provided by United Airlines or Ted, except where noted. Portions of this service may be operated by the following carriers doing business as United Express(R) or as codeshare partners: Lufthansa and South African Airways.

FARE FACTS: Fares above are each way based on required roundtrip purchase for United Economy(R) travel on United Airlines(R), TedSM, United Express(R) carriers. Tickets purchased through United reservation offices are $10 per ticket higher and tickets purchased at airport ticket counters are $15 per ticket higher. Fares purchased through other distribution channels may also be higher. When purchasing from United, always go to http://united.com/ to find United’s lowest fares. Seats are limited and may not be available on all flights/dates. Purchase Requirements: Tickets must be purchased at least 7 days in advance and ticketed within 72 hours of making reservations, but no later than 1/27/06. Sale fares apply to U.S. point-of-sale only. Reservations and ticket purchases on http://united.com/ must be completed simultaneously. Travel Days/Dates: Fares above are valid Monday through Thursday with travel commencing between 1/24/06 and 3/31/06. Fares for other days of the week are higher. Blackout Dates: Fares do not have blackout dates. Min./Max. Stay: A Saturday night minimum stay is required. The maximum stay is 30 days. Additional Taxes/Fees: Fares do not include the September 11th Security Fee of up to $10 maximum per roundtrip or Passenger Facility Charges of up to $18, which may be collected depending on the itinerary. All international fares are subject to U.S. arrival and departure taxes and agricultural, immigrations and customs fees of up to $41. For travel to some countries, additional airport, transportation, embarkation, security, duty, and passenger service taxes/surcharges of up to $140 will apply depending on destination. For return travel from some countries, fares do not include airport and/or departure taxes of up to $36, which may be collected by the foreign government. Itinerary Changes: Tickets are non-refundable, but the return portion may be changed for a fee of $200, provided the new itinerary is within the parameters of this offer, minimum and maximum stay requirements are met, and the origin and destination are not changed. If the reservation is cancelled before the ticketed departure date, the itinerary may be rebooked up to one year from the original ticket issue date for a service charge of $200. If a reservation if not cancelled before the ticketed departure date, the ticket has no value. Other Conditions: Fares, fees and taxes are subject to change without notice. Lower fares may be available to select destinations. Other restrictions may apply.

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