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Checked Baggage Information



 

 

 

Checked Baggage policy

 

 

Free Baggage Allowance 

 
Piece concept now applies on all SAA operated flights. Piece concept does not apply for SA Express and Airlink flights.
 
Please note that any stopovers during a trip may result in different baggage allowances for the flights either side of the stopover. Same day connections are not treated as stopovers and as such will have a uniform baggage allowance across all flights.
 


Free Baggage Allowance - Checked Baggage


Maximum Weight per piece

Please note, that more than 32kg (70lb) per piece is not accepted as baggage. If exceeding 32kg (70lb), the piece of baggage must be checked as Cargo at specified cargo rates or baggage must be repacked.


Free Baggage Allowance
  • Children and Infants paying at least 50% of the adult fare are entitled to the same baggage allowance as adults. 
  • Infants not entitled to a seat shall only be permitted to 1 piece of luggage at 23kg and collapsible pram or buggy or car seat.  
 

  Business Class Economy Class
Domestic (Within South Africa) 1 piece at a maximum of 32 kg (70 lb) and maximum dimensions of 158cm (62inches) 1 piece at a maximum of 23 kg (50 lb) and maximum dimension of 158cm (62inches)
Worldwide – USA / Canada 2 pieces at a maximum of 32 kg (70 lb) per piece and maximum dimension of 158cm (62inches) per piece 2 pieces at a maximum of 23 kg (50 lb) per piece and maximum dimension of 158cm (62inches)
 
Between Africa and Europe / UK 2 pieces at a maximum of 32 kg (70 lb) per piece and maximum dimension of 158cm (62inches) per piece 1 piece at a maximum of 23 kg (50 lb) and maximum dimension of 158cm (62inches) per piece
From Malawi/Zambia/Zimbabwe and Europe/UK 2 pieces at a maximum of 32 kg (70 lb) per piece and maximum dimension of 158cm (62inches) per piece

2 pieces at a maximum of 23 kg (50 lb) per piece and maximum dimension of 158cm (62inches) per piece

From UK to Malawi/Zambia/Zimbabwe 2 pieces at a maximum of 32 kg (70 lb) per piece and maximum dimension of 158cm (62inches) per piece 2 pieces at a maximum of 23 kg (50 lb) per piece and maximum dimension of 158cm (62inches) per piece
Between Africa and Asia / Japan 2 pieces at a maximum of 32 kg (70 lb) per piece and maximum dimension of 158cm (62inches) per piece 2 pieces at a maximum of 23 kg (50 lb) per piece and maximum dimension of 158cm (62inches) per piece
Between Africa and New Zealand 2 pieces at a maximum of 32 kg (70 lb) per piece and maximum dimension of 158cm (62inches) per piece 1 piece at a maximum of 23 kg (50 lb)
and maximum dimension of 158cm (62inches)
Between Africa and Middle East. Also valid on SA code-share flights and where EY is the operating carrier. 2 pieces at a maximum of 32 kg (70 lb) per piece and maximum dimension of 158cm (62inches) per piece 2 pieces at a maximum of 23 kg (50 lb) per piece and maximum dimension of 158cm (62inches) per piece


Between Africa and Australia

 

 

2 pieces at a maximum of 32 kg (70 lb) per piece and maximum dimension of 158cm (62inches) per piece 2 pieces at a maximum of 23 kg (50 lb) per piece and maximum dimension of 158cm (62inches) per piece
Within Africa
 
2 pieces at a maximum of 32kg (70lb) per piece and maximum dimension of 158cm (62inches) per piece
 
2 pieces at a maximum of 23kg (50lb) per piece and maximum dimension of 158cm (62inches) per piece
Between South Africa and Lagos 3 pieces at a maximum of 32 kg (70 lb) per piece and maximum dimension of 158cm (62inches) per piece 3 pieces at a maximum of 23 kg (50 lb) per piece and maximum dimension of 158cm (62inches) per piece
Between South America and Australia / New Zealand except Brazil 2 pieces at a maximum of 32 kg (70 lb) per piece and maximum dimension of 158cm (62inches) per piece 2 pieces at a maximum of 23 kg (50 lb) per piece and maximum dimension of 158cm (62inches) per piece
Between South America, and Africa / Asia / Japan except : Brazil and Argentina 2 pieces at a maximum of 32 kg (70 lb) per piece and maximum dimension of 158cm (62inches) per piece 2 pieces at a maximum of 23 kg (50 lb) per piece and maximum dimension of 158cm (62inches) per piece
 
Between Argentina - Africa 2 pieces at a maximum of 32 kg (70 lb) per piece and maximum dimension of 158cm (62inches) per piece 2 pieces at a maximum of 23 kg (50 lb) and maximum dimension of 158cm (62inches) per piece
 
Between Argentina - Asia / Japan 2 pieces at a maximum of 32 kg (70 lb) per piece and maximum dimension of 158cm (62inches) per piece 2 pieces at a maximum of 32 kg (70 lb) per piece and maximum dimension of 158cm (62inches) per piece
 
Between Brazil - Africa / Asia / Japan / Australia effective 05 August 2014 2 pieces at a maximum of 32 kg (70 lb) per piece and maximum dimension of 158cm (62inches) per piece 2 pieces at a maximum of 32 kg (70 lb) per piece and maximum dimension of 158cm (62inches) per piece
Between Brazil - Europe & USA 2 pieces at a maximum of 32 kg (70 lb) per piece and maximum dimension of 158cm (62inches) per piece 2 pieces at a maximum of 32 kg (70 lb) per piece and maximum dimension of 158cm (62inches) per piece
 

If not specified in the table above, the following allowances apply:

Business class – 2 pieces with 32kg (70lb) per piece and maximum dimensions of 158cm (62inches) per piece

Economy class – 1 piece with 23kg (50lb) and maximum dimension of 158cm (62inches)
  

Please note: At no time may a bag be accepted heavier than 32kg, this must either be repacked or be shipped as Cargo.
 

Voyager Piece Concept Allowance

Exceptions:  SA Airways Voyager Passenger & Star Alliance Gold Members

Please note that this does not include the DXB code-share flights.
Please note that this does not include the EY code-share flights.

  • SAA Voyager Blue card holders – no additional baggage allowance
  • SAA Voyager Silver Card holder – 1 extra piece of 23kg, irrespective of class of travel, as part of the free allowance
  • SAA Voyager Gold Card – 1 extra piece based on the allowance of the booked cabin class, as part of free of the free allowance
  • SAA Voyager Platinum – 1 extra piece of 32kg, irrespective of class of travel, as part of the free allowance
  • SAA Voyager Lifetime Platinum – 2 extra pieces of 32kg per piece, irrespective of class of travel, as part of the free allowance
  • SAA Voyager Platinum, Platinum Elect & Lifetime Platinum & SAA Gold, Gold Elect Member & Star Alliance Gold Member on SAA operated flights plus any Star Alliance – operated flights: 1 extra piece based on the allowance of the respective class (weight or piece), as part of the free allowance.


The additional baggage benefit will be offered to Elite members as an additional piece of baggage and no longer according to the weight-concept when flying on the services of SAA
  

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Maximum Baggage Weight per Piece for the Passenger (Weight and Piece Concept) is 32kg.

Please note, that more than 32kg (70lb) per piece is not accepted as baggage.  If exceeding 32kg (70lb), the piece of baggage must be checked as air cargo at specified cargo rates. 

The following dimensions as a guideline – (this is what ACSA dictates to fit down the conveyor belt.)

The sizes do not include items that form part of sporting equipment / fragile items.

Dimensions Minimum Average Maximum
Length (mm) 250 550 900
Width (mm) 250 400 450
Height (mm) 75 500 720
Weight (Kg) 1,5 18 32

Following items may not be accepted as part of the passenger free baggage allowance:
 

To be accepted strictly as Cargo:

  • Car parts
  • TV
  • Toy guns (can be sent via the firearm desk at a cost)
  • Or any other item as dictated by the airport authority

 

Applicable on SA flights ONLY and all flight series SA1000; 2000; 7000; 8000 are excluded:

Between South Africa and destinations in Africa (SA ONLY)

  • Ships crews / Marine baggage allowance

o     Free baggage allowance is the applicable business class allowance.  
 

  • ZAM ZAM water or Sea Water

o    SAA will accept ZAMZAM water as checked baggage only and will only allow one jerry can per passenger (5 Litres). The free baggage allowance must be used or the applicable excess baggage fee will be charged. The jerry can must be properly packed in a plastic covering to avoid leakage and damage to others.

 

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Person with Reduced Mobility

Persons with reduced mobility may carry free of charge one wheelchair and/or other assertive devices they are dependent on.

Exception: On flights to and from European Union destinations, (London, Munich and Frankfurt) one further mobility device may be carrier free of charge, ( two in total), over and above the free baggage allowance. (To satisfy requirement under EU regulation 1107/2006)

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Combined First, Business or Economy Class Travel

For through journeys where the passenger travels partly on Business Class and partly on Economy Class service the free baggage allowance on each portion of travel shall be that applicable to the class of service for which the fare is paid.

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Interlining

In case of SA unilateral application of PC in opposition to IATA regulations, PC-charges apply only on SA -sectors; for interlining on ongoing other airline sectors please check the free allowance shown on the respective sector ticket coupons. In case of through-check-in and excess, the applicable excess baggage charges have to be charged also if only required for parts of the journey. If excess baggage applies on a routing where no published excess baggage charge is available, the applicable charge applies in the direction of travel for SA sectors and for other airline sectors according to the transporting carrier's rules and charges

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