Did you check the permitted routings of these fares? Perhaps they were only permitted on routes operated by Star Alliance members... or they've already included SAA because there's simply no reasonable other way to fly that route, even though SA isn't a member yet.
|Quoting Aviationwiz (Thread starter):|
but when I was looking at WLG-SYD-JNB airfares, a SA)">UA flight came up in the list of flights to take, it was UA9553, a NZ operated WLG-SYD flight.
But we already know that NZ
is a Star Alliance member - so a United flight operated by NZ
isn't really a surprise...
They might have better timings or better connections due to usage of the same or closer terminals...
I'm not saying these things aren't a part of SA
joining Star, I just wouldn't put more emphasis on them than they deserve - even knowing of these points, I'd say it could easily be 6-12 months before they are officially a member.
[Edited 2005-03-27 11:29:41]