The SAA has changed to a baggage policy that restricts the number of pieces of baggage a passenger may check in.

The new rules, applicable from 5 September 2013, limits and defines the number of baggage pieces a passenger may check-in, as well as the weight restrictions for each piece, according to route and class of travel. 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. In addition, and to comply with airport loading equipment limits, SAA cannot accept any check-in items weighing more than 32kg. Passengers travelling on multi-sector/multi-carrier tickets and SAA code-share partner flights, i.e. tickets purchased from SAA for a flight with an SA flight number, but operated by another airline, should check with the other airlines to see which baggage policy is applicable. Details of the new policy can be viewed at