South African Airways Baggage Allowance
Checking in luggage with South African Airways can be done online, at the airport or at the check in gate.
South African Airways Baggage Allowance For Luggage
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South African Airways Baggage Allowance
Checking in luggage with South African Airwayss can be done online, at the airport or at the check in gate. Checking in online is the cheapest way, however, if you check in your bags at the airport or check in gate you could pay up to 50% extra!
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Hand Baggage AllowanceSouth African Airways bag size
Passengers in economy-class can carry on one piece of hand luggage – an overhead cabin bag - that weighs no more than 7kg. The maximum dimensions of your cabin bag must not exceed 56x36x23cm.
If you exceed this limit it will be checked in as hold luggage which will be added on as your checked bag allowance. Otherwise, if you exceed this, you’ll be charged hefty excessive baggage fees. In addition to this, passengers may also allowed to carry some accessories to support themselves during the flight. Such items include an overcoat or blanket, a handbag, a laptop or a book. This policy goes to show airlines no longer want luggage on any of their flights now. As of January 2020, Norwegian Air began charging travellers for their hand luggage.
|Baggage Type||Size Restrictions||Weight Allowance|
|Accessories||At South African Airwayss discretion||At South African Airwayss discretion|
|Cabin Baggage (Hand luggage)||56cm x 36cm x 23cm||8kg|
|Checked Baggage||L + W + H = 158cm||23kg|
South African Airways luggage allowance
South African Airwayss passengers travelling on a basic economy ticket may check-in one item of luggage into the hold. The maximum weight of this suitcase must not exceed 23kg. Premium economy tickets are available that will allow you to check in an additional suitcase, and double the allowance.
Passengers travelling in business class can check-in 2 pieces of luggage. These can weight up to 32kg each. These rules apply unless you are travelling on exceptional local routes within southern Africa.
Please refer to the table below.
|Economy||1 suitcase, 23kg|
|Economy - Premium||2 suitcases, 23kg each|
|Business class||2 suitcases, 32kg each|
The maximum weight for cabin baggage is 8kg and you must be able to lift the bags into the overhead lockers. Bags over 8kg will not be checked in and need to be shipped separately which is where you can use AiroLuggage’s unaccompanied baggage delivery service.
Babies aged 8 days – 23 months are allowed one piece of hand luggage if they are travelling with an adult.
However, passengers bringing a baby onboard will be charged 10% of the adult’s fare to bring a baby onboard. Once the baby reaches over 23 months then they will have to purchase their own seat. If the baby is given its own seat, it will be regarded as a passenger and will have its own baggage allowance which will vary depending on the route and type of ticket purchased.
The maximum dimensions of your cabin bag must be 56 x 36 x 23cm.
Checking in excess hand baggage
If your hand baggage is over the weight limit you will need to check it in, and it will count towards your checked baggage allowance. South African Airwayss advise that the amount passengers will charged for excess baggage depends on the route. Charges are applied per additional suitcase and range from $65 to $240 for long-haul flights. A maximum of 3 additional bags are permitted.
Please check your bags so they are not oversized or overweight as you could face excessive fees.
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Checked Baggage Allowance
Number of bags permitted
All checked bags must adhere the restrictions regarding maximum size and weight. Beyond this allowance, excess baggage charges will be applied.
If your luggage exceeds 32kg then you’ll have to use AiroLuggage’s excess baggage service.
A bag checked into an South African Airwayss flight must have maximum total measurements (Length + Height + Width) of 115cm. This must include bits that stick out, such as the handle, pockets and wheels. Passengers may check in as many bags as they want. However, each additional bag will cost between $60 and $240.
|Baggage Type||Max Size (L+H+W)=||Max Weight||Cost|
|Excess Baggage||300cm||32kg||$60 to $240 kg per additional kg over allowance|
|1 x piece Infant/child equipment (booster seat, travel cot)||N/A||N/A||Free|
|Bike||115cm||32kg||$60 to $240 kg per additional kg over allowance|
|Large sports item||115cm||32kg||$60 to $240 kg per additional kg over allowance|
|Small sports item||115cm||32kg||$60 to $240 kg per additional kg over allowance|
|Ski equipment||115cm||32kg||$60 to $240 kg per additional kg over allowance|
|Golf clubs||115cm||32kg||$60 to $240 kg per additional kg over allowance|
|Musical instrument||115cm||32kg||$60 to $240 kg per additional kg over allowance|
Passengers exceeding their baggage allowance (1x23kg, 2x23kg or 2x32kg) will be charged for excess baggage at the rate on the day of travel.
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South African Airways Sports Equipment and Musical Instruments
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Passengers can check in sports equipment such as bikes, golf clubs or skis. These cost between $80 and $200 to check-in. Packages must have total measurements no larger than 300cm when adding length, height and width together. and Ethiopian Airlines must be notified in advance.
South African Airways Cabin Baggage prohibited items
As with all airlines companies South African Airwayss has a strict policy on items you can’t put in your luggage. If these items are found, they could confiscate your luggage or prevent it from travelling.
There can be no more than 100ml of liquids in your cabin bag, that is each item with liquid i.e. gels, toothpaste, mouthwash cannot exceed 100ml. If it does it will be confiscated and destroyed.
All dangerous objects such as sharp items like scissors, knives or razors are strictly prohibited. Explosives or flammable substances are forbidden inside the aircraft, for example, lighters, fireworks and guns. Lithium batteries which are loose are strictly prohibited.
If any of the above are found in your bags they will be confiscated and could potentially result in prosecution if drugs or guns are found.
If you plan to take a golf club or other blunt object such as a baseball bat, then this is also prohibited in your cabin baggage.
Also, in regard to food, in general most countries are ok, however some countries such as Australia and some E.U countries can be very strict. On the whole non-perishable foods are ok, but some perishable items are unacceptable. Please check with the destination country which foods you can and cannot bring. Please refer to South African Airwayss cabin baggage policy.
South African Airways Checked Baggage prohibited items
The list of forbidden items inside your checked luggage is less restrictive than inside your hand luggage with South African Airwayss. However, razors, and sharp object are restricted. Also, ammunition and guns are also restricted.
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- Weight restrictions which if exceeded result in extortionate fees
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