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South African Airlines Baggage Report Card

Carry-on Allowance8/10
Checked Baggage Allowance8/10
Excess Baggage Fees6/10
Overall Grade7.3/10

South African Airlines Carry-On Allowance 2012 ↑ Back to Top

Carry-On Summary

Economy Class:
One piece not exceeding 8kg (18lb)
Max Dimensions Per Piece: 115 cm (45 inches)

Business Class:
Two pieces: 8kg (18lb) each
Max Dimensions Per Piece: 115 cm (45 inches)

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Carry-On Security Rules

TSA - (USA): TSA Carry-On Regulations and Carry-On Liquid Restrictions

CATSA - (Canada): CATSA Carry-On Prohibited Items and CATSA Carry-On Liquids and Gel Restrictions

South African Airlines Checked Baggage Allowance 2012 ↑ Back to Top

Checked Baggage Summary

A piece concept generally applies for all flights to/from Canada, the USA, and Brazil. Two bags of 23kg/50lbs each are allowed for Economy passengers, and two bags of 32kg/70lbs each are allowed for First and Business Class passengers.

All other South African Airlines routes are governed by a weight concept. Economy passengers are typically allowed up to 23kg/50lbs of checked baggage. Business Class passengers may bring 30k/6lbs, and First Class passengers are entitled to 40kg/88lbs.

More generous allowances apply for flights via Johannesburg, and to some international destinations.

Please Note: The piece concept is now applied on all flights for tickets purchased on/after September 5 2012.

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Useful Links

Linear Dimensions: What are Linear Dimensions?

Piece vs Weight: What is Piece Concept vs Weight Concept

Packing List: Travel Packing Checklist

South African Airlines Oversize/Overweight Baggage Fees 2012 ↑ Back to Top

Excess/Oversize/Overweight Summary

For all flights where the weight concept applies, excess baggage weight is charged on a per kilogram basis, at a rate of 1.5% of the highest economy class fare for your flight per kilogram. To get the exact rate for your route, it is best to contact South African Airlines directly, preferably before arriving at the airport.

For all flights where a piece concept applies, a flat fee is charged depending on the origin and destination of your flight. This ranges from $100-$200 per bag.

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