For those of you who like to travel as they say “with everything including the kitchen sink” then take note of the new SAA baggage restrictions. The new baggage policy will come in from 5th September 2012. The present policy of total weight of a passengers checked luggage will change. The new checked baggage policy will continue to take into account the size and weight per item however will restrict the number of pieces of baggage a passenger may check in. This policy will also be influenced by the route and class of travel. Excess baggage, or where the baggage exceeds the weight or size allowance, would be charged at a flat rate per piece of luggage. This is a change from the current policy, where excess baggage is charged per kilogram. Individual pieces of luggage cannot exceed 32kg in most cases however check the table of restrictions on www.flysaa.com and check with your travel agent too as luggage requirements may change when flying with a SAA code-share partners.
Under the piece concept, excess baggage charges will apply for:
- Each piece of baggage over and above the passenger’s baggage allowance
- Each piece of overweight baggage
- Each piece of oversize baggage
The excess baggage will be charged at a flat rate per rule broken, per piece. This means that if a piece of baggage is both overweight and oversize, two excess baggage charges will apply. Weight/size restrictions apply to all baggage pieces, including additional pieces over and above the baggage allowance.
Excess baggage rule – weight. An excess baggage charge will apply for each Economy Class bag weighing over 23 kg, but less than 32 kg. The one exception is for travel to/from South America, where an Economy Class passenger is permitted to take two pieces of baggage that each weighs no more than 32 kg.
SAA cannot check in any bag weighing more than 32 kg, for both Economy and Business Class passengers. This is due to baggage handling restrictions at airports. Any piece of baggage weighing more than 32 kg will either have to be repacked (in order to weigh 32 kg or less) or will have to be taken to the SAA Cargo counter and checked in as cargo. Cargo rates will apply.
Excess baggage rule – size. An excess baggage charge will apply for each piece of baggage that exceeds the maximum dimensions as stipulated in SAA’s baggage policy. The maximum dimensions are 80 cm x 60 cm x 18 cm = 158 cm (62 inches).
Excess baggage rule – number of pieces. An excess baggage charge will apply for each piece of baggage over and above a passenger’s baggage allowance. These additional pieces must still adhere to SAA’s weight and size restrictions. An additional excess baggage charge will apply for any additional piece of baggage that does not comply with these restrictions.
For detail on baggage allowances for each travel destination under the new piece concept and for up to date information concerning luggage please view the table of restrictions on www.flysaa.com or consult with your booking travel agent.