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SAA welcomes you to bring as much baggage as you need (up to 3 pieces), but please bear in mind though, once you exceed your carry-on and checked-in baggage limits, additional baggage rates will apply.

Additional baggage will be assessed and must be paid for before boarding. Travellers also have the option of paying the charge for the entire journey or to your point of transfer, if you have a stopover. For those sectors of your journey where SAA is not your carrier, please check with the operating airline for their charges.

Additional Baggage Rates

For international and domestic travel the fees vary according to your destination, see our comprehensive charts to explain the fees. Please take note that the charges quoted below are per piece of baggage.

The additional baggage rates below apply to SAA operated flights and does not include SA Express and Airlink flights.

  • Within South Africa

    Business Class ZAR 393.42 per piece (VAT inclusive)
    Economy Class ZAR 292.55 per piece (VAT inclusive)
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    Between New York / Washington & Africa - via Johannesburg

    Country USD Local Currency
    All countries / cities in Africa not specified below: USD 200 USD 200
    Africa USD 200 USD 200
    Accra / Dakar (direct service only) USD 200 USD 200
    South Africa USD 200 ZAR 1200
  • Between USA & Africa - except Hawaii, Alaska

    Country USD Local Currency
    All countries / cities in Africa not specified below: USD 250 USD 250
    Accra / Dakar (direct service only) USD 200 USD 200
    Namibia USD 250 NAD 2050
    South Africa USD 250 ZAR 2050
  • Between Africa & Hawaii, Alaska & Mexico

    Country USD Local Currency
    All countries / cities in Africa not specified below: USD 400 USD 400
    Accra / Dakar (direct service only) USD 350 USD 350
    Namibia USD 400 NAD 2350
    South Africa USD 400 ZAR 2350
    Zimbabwe USD 400 USD 400
  • Between Canada & Africa

    - Eastern Canada / New Foundland & Labrador / Prince Edward Island / Nova Scotia / New Brunswick / Quebec / Ontario Western Canada Manitoba / Saskatchewan Alberta / British Columbia / Yukon / N.W. Territories / Nunavut
    Country USD / Local Currency USD / Local Currency
    All countries / cities in Africa not specified below: CAD 250 / USD 250 CAD 300 / USD 300
    Accra / Dakar (direct service only) CAD 250 / USD 250 CAD 300 / USD 300
    Namibia CAD 250 / NAD 1950 CAD 300 / NAD 2050
    South Africa CAD 250 / ZAR 1950 CAD 300 / ZAR 2050
    Zimbabwe CAD 250 / USD 250 CAD 300 / USD 300
  • Between New York / Washington and Australia – via Johannesburg

    Country USD Local Currency
    Australia USD 400 AUD 400
  • Between Africa & Brazil – via Johannesburg

    Country USD Local Currency
    All countries / cities in Africa not specified below: USD 160 USD 160
    South Africa USD 140 ZAR 1200
    Namibia USD 140 NAD 1200
    Nigeria/ Angola/ Dem. Rep. of the Congo USD 160 USD 160
  • Between Hong Kong, Australia, Japan & Brazil – via Johannesburg

    Country USD Local Currency
    Hong Kong/Guangzhou  USD 270 HKD 2120
    Beijing USD 205 Convert to local currency
    Japan USD 230 Convert to local currency
    Australia AUD 400 Convert to local currency
    Korea USD 260 Convert to local currency
  • Between Europe / UK and South Africa via Johannesburg

    Overweight and oversize charges.

    Country / Cities Local currency Local currency
    London GBP 65 ZAR 1200
    Frankfurt / Munich EUR 150 ZAR 2400
    UK N/A ZAR 1200
    Germany / Europe EUR 150 ZAR 2400


    Excess baggage charges.

    Country / Cities

    Local currency

    Business Class (First Bag)

    Business Class (Second Bag)

    Business Class (Third Bag)

    Economy Class (First Bag)

    Economy Class (Second Bag)

    Economy Class (Third Bag)

    Business Class (First Bag)

    Business Class (Second Bag)

    Business Class (Third Bag)

    Economy Class (First Bag)

    Economy Class (Second Bag)

    Economy Class (Third Bag)

    London

    GBP 120

    GBP 120

    GBP 120

    GBP 65

    GBP 120

    GBP 120

    ZAR 2200

    ZAR 2200

    ZAR 2200

    ZAR 1200

    ZAR 2200

    ZAR 2200

    Frankfurt / Munich

    EUR 250

    EUR 250

    EUR 250

    EUR 250

    EUR 250

    EUR 250

    ZAR 4000

    ZAR 4000

    ZAR 4000

    ZAR 4000

    ZAR 4000

    ZAR 4000

    UK

    N/A

    N/A

    N/A

    N/A

    N/A

    N/A

    ZAR 2200

    ZAR 2200

    ZAR 2200

    ZAR 1200

    ZAR 2200

    ZAR 2200

    Germany / Europe

    EUR 250

    EUR 250

    EUR 250

    EUR 250

    EUR 250

    EUR 250

    ZAR 4000

    ZAR 4000

    ZAR 4000

    ZAR 4000

    ZAR 4000

    ZAR 4000

     
  • Between Japan, Australia, Hong Kong, New Zealand, China and South Africa via Johannesburg

    Local Currency
    Country Business Class Economy Class Business Class Economy Class
    Australia/New Zealand AUD 400 AUD 250 ZAR 1800 ZAR 1250
    Hong Kong/Guangzhou HKD 2120 HKD 1650 ZAR 1200 ZAR 1000
    Beijing USD 205 USD 130 ZAR 2000 ZAR 1000
    Japan USD 230 USD 200 ZAR 1200 ZAR 1000
    Korea USD 260 USD 200 ZAR 1200 ZAR 1000
  • Between Europe / UK & Africa via Johannesburg
     
    Overweight and oversize charges.
     
    Country / Cities Local currency
    London GBP 90 USD 110
    Frankfurt / Munich EUR 180 USD 200
    UK N/A USD 110
    Germany / Europe EUR 180 USD 200

     

    Excess baggage charges.

    Country / Cities

     

    Local currency

    Business Class (First Bag)

    Business Class (Second Bag)

    Business Class (Third Bag)

    Economy class (First bag)

    Economy (Second bag)

    Economy (Third bag)

    Business Class (First Bag)

    Business Class (Second Bag)

    Business Class (Third Bag)

    Economy class (First bag)

    Economy (Second bag)

    Economy (Third bag)

    London

    GBP 150

    GBP 150

    GBP 150

    GBP 90

    GBP 150

    GBP 150

    USD 150

    USD 190

    USD 190

    USD 110

    USD 190

    USD 190

    Frankfurt / Munich

    EUR 280

    EUR 280

    EUR 280

    EUR 280

    EUR 280

    EUR 280

    USD 300

    USD 300

    USD 300

    USD 300

    USD 300

    USD 300

    UK

    N/A

    N/A

    N/A

    N/A

    N/A

    N/A

    USD 250

    USD 290

    USD 290

    USD 110

    USD 290

    USD 290

    Germany / Europe

    N/A

    N/A

    N/A

    N/A

    N/A

    N/A

    USD 300

    USD 300

    USD 300

    USD 300

    USD 300

    USD 300

  • Between Japan, Australia, Hong Kong and Africa via Johannesburg / ex Africa to New Zealand

    Local Currency
    Country Business Class Economy Class Business Class Economy Class
    Australia AUD 430 AUD 280 USD 340 USD 290
    Hong Kong/Guangzhou HKD 2120 HKD 1650 USD 200 USD 150
    Beijing USD 265 USD 205 USD 200 USD 150
    Japan USD 230 USD 200 USD 220 USD 170
    Korea USD 330 USD 260 USD 220 USD 170
    Ex Africa to New Zealand (WLG/AKL) AUD 430 AUD 280 USD 390 USD 290
  • Between Africa – India / Bangkok, Kuala Lumpur, Seoul and Jakarta

    (valid when SA is the operating carrier between JNB & AUH, SA marketing flights between South and India when EY is the operating carrier, between AUH and India)
    Local Currency
    Country Business Class Economy Class
    Between Africa and Bengaluru, Chennai, Delhi, Hyderabad, Thiruvananthapuram, Mumbai USD 210 USD 210
    Between Africa and Bangkok, Kuala Lumpur, Seoul, Jakarta, Singapore and Ho Chi Minh City USD 250 USD 250
    Between South Africa and Bengaluru, Chennai, Delhi, Hyderabad, Thiruvananthapuram, Mumbai USD 180 USD 180
    Between South Africa and Bangkok, Kuala Lumpur, Seoul, Jakarta, Singapore, Ho Chi Minh City USD 220 USD 220
  • Between UK & Australia via Johannesburg

    Local Currency
    Country Business Class Economy Class Business Class Economy Class
    Australia to UK AUD 450 AUD 450 N/A N/A
    London to Australia N/A N/A GBP 240 GBP 240
  • Between Africa – Middle East

    Local Currency
    Country Business Class Economy Class
    South Africa - Abu Dhabi USD 170 USD 170
    Africa - Abu Dhabi USD 210 USD 210
    South Africa - Middle East USD 190 USD 190
    Africa - Middle East USD 230 USD 230
  • Between South Africa & Africa via Johannesburg

    Local Currency
    Country / Cities Business Class Economy Class Business Class Economy Class
    Between South Africa and Windhoek, Harare, Victoria Falls, Maputo, Mauritius, Livingstone USD 50 USD 30 ZAR 400 ZAR 250
    Between South Africa and Blantyre, Lilongwe, Lusaka, Luanda, Ndola, Entebbe, Nairobi, Dar Es Salaam USD 60 USD 40 ZAR 500 ZAR 350
    Between South Africa and Dakar and Abidjan USD 60 USD 40 ZAR 500 ZAR 350
    Between Abidjan – Accra USD 40 USD 20 N/A N/A
    Between South Africa and Kinshasa USD 80 USD 60 ZAR 700 ZAR 550
    Between South Africa and Ghana USD 70 USD 50 ZAR 600 ZAR 450
  • Flight Group 1 Group 2 Group 3
    Between Business Class Economy Class Business class Economy Class Business class Economy Class
    Group 1 USD 75 USD 45 USD 80 USD 50 USD 80 USD 50
    Group 2 USD 80 USD 50 USD 90 USD 60 USD 90 USD 60
    Group 3 USD 80 USD 50 USD 90 USD 60 USD 90 USD 60
    • Group 1:

      • Windhoek | Harare | Victoria Falls | Maputo | Mauritius | Livingstone
    • Group 2:

      • Blantyre | Lilongwe | Lusaka | Luanda | Ndola | Kinshasa | Entebbe | Nairobi | Kigali | Dar es Salaam
    • Group 3:

      • Dakar | Accra | Abidjan | Cotonou | Lagos
  • Additional Baggage Terms and Conditions
     
    This document outlines the terms and conditions for the purchase of additional (excess) baggage.  This document should be read in conjunction with the overall baggage policy that outlines the normal checked baggage allowances (per destination) and the number of additional piece that may be purchased over the normal allowances. The following is applicable to all SAA operated 083 ticket stock flights:
    Additional baggage charges are per flight and can be purchased whilst making your booking online, on booking management after booking your flight up to 3 hours before departure (provided the passenger has not checked in for the flight at the airport) or at one of our airport check-in points.  
    Additional baggage allowance is non-transferable. Customers who have purchased additional baggage allowance with their flight, and have requested a name change in the booking, will need to apply for a refund.
    Infants are not eligible for excess baggage purchases but every person over two years can pay for additional bags. 
    Each extra bag needs to meet the same size and weight limits as a standard checked bag.
     
    Changes made by the passenger:
     
    Your additional baggage allowance will be valid for the new flight date at no additional cost, provided the route has not changed.
    Where the route has changed, the passenger must cancel the additional baggage purchased and purchase an additional baggage for the new flight (subject to these terms and conditions).
    Passengers who move to earlier flight at the airport check-in desk will have their additional baggage allowance automatically moved to their new flight.
     
    Changes made by SAA:
     
    In the event of a schedule change, the additional baggage allowance will automatically be moved to the new flight provided it is operated by SAA.
    Where the new flight is not operated by SAA, or SAA is unable to offer a suitable alternative flight, the additional baggage allowance will be refunded.
     
     
     
    Refunds:
    Any additional baggage that the passenger purchase is non-refundable and non-transferable.  If you have changed your mind, there will be no refund paid especially after the first sector has been completed.  
    Passenger cannot request a refund for any of the following circumstances:
    on or after the day of departure of the first flight in the booking.
    if you fail to check in for the flight and have not cancelled or changed your ticket
    for any unused portion of additional baggage allowance purchased.
    Passenger are entitled to a refund under the following:
    Passenger cancels their ticket and the additional baggage purchased will be refunded with the flight ticket minus any fees associated with the ticket rules.
    Passenger cancels flight due to illness or hospitalisation, the additional baggage purchased will be refunded with the flight ticket.
    All refunds will, where possible, be returned to passengers in the original form of payment used to purchase.

Baggage Policy

Additional baggage rates will apply for each of the following:

  • Each bag exceeding the number of pieces prescribed in the traveller’s baggage allowance.
  • Each bag exceeding the dimensions of 158cm (calculated as length + width + height), but not exceeding 203cm.
  • Each bag exceeding the maximum prescribed weight of 23kg (Economy Class), where applicable, but not exceeding 32kg.
  • Multiple excess baggage charges will apply for baggage that violates more than one of the above rules.

Customers are able to check-in a maximum of 3 pieces of excess baggage, above their free baggage allowance. Any additional piece needs to be sent as cargo, at applicable SAA Cargo rates.

Exceptions

There are exceptions for the following routes.

  • Between Johannesburg and Sao Paulo a maximum of 10 pieces of baggage, including your free allowance, is allowed.
  • Travellers flying between Johannesburg and Lagos, and Johannesburg and Accra, are allowed a maximum of 50 pieces of baggage, including your free allowance.

Baggage Tips

For a detailed outline on SAA's baggage tips click here.

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