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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.

  • 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 300 AUD 300
  • Between Africa & Brazil / Argentina – via Johannesburg

    Country USD Local Currency
    All countries / cities in Africa not specified below: USD 140 USD 140
    South Africa USD 120 ZAR 1000
    Namibia USD 120 NAD 1000
    Nigeria/ Angola/ Dem. Rep. of the Congo USD 120 USD 120
  • Between Hong Kong, Australia, Japan & Brazil – via Johannesburg

    Country USD Local Currency
    Hong Kong  USD 270 HKD 2120
    Beijing USD 205 Convert to local currency
    Japan USD 230 Convert to local currency
    Australia AUD 200 Convert to local currency
    Korea USD 260 Convert to local currency
  • Between Europe / UK and South Africa via Johannesburg

    Local Currency
    Country Business Class Economy Class Business Class Economy Class
    London GBP 90 GBP 50 ZAR 1 500 ZAR 850
    Frankfurt / Munich EUR 150 EUR 150 ZAR 1 500 ZAR 850
    UK N/A N/A ZAR 1 650 ZAR 1000
    Germany / Europe N/A N/A ZAR 1 650 ZAR 1000
    Scandinavia / Finland EUR 180 EUR 130 ZAR 1 650 ZAR 1000
  • 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 AUD 200 AUD 200 ZAR 800 ZAR 750
    New Zealand AUD 200 AUD 200 ZAR 1000 ZAR 900
    Hong Kong HKD 2120 HKD 1650 ZAR 800 ZAR 730
    Beijing USD 205 USD 130 ZAR 2000 ZAR 1000
    Japan USD 230 USD 200 ZAR 960 ZAR 730
    Korea USD 260 USD 200 ZAR 960 ZAR 730
  • Between Europe / UK and Africa via Johannesburg

    Local Currency
    Country Business Class Economy Class Business Class Economy Class
    London GBP 90 GBP 60 USD 150 USD 90
    Frankfurt / Munich EUR 180 EUR 180 USD 230 USD 150
    UK N/A N/A USD 250 USD 130
    Germany / Europe N/A N/A USD 250 USD 130
    Scandinavia / Finland EUR 250 EUR 200 USD 250 USD 130
  • 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 230 AUD 230 USD 200 USD 150
    Hong Kong 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 230 AUD 230 USD 250 USD 200
  • 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 250 AUD 250 N/A N/A
    London to Australia N/A N/A GBP 140 GBP 140
  • 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

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.