Whether you are visiting South Africa for wildlife in Kruger and Hermanus, culture in Cape Town and Johannesburg or wine in Stellenbosch, who better to start your Journey with than South African Airways? As the country’s national carrier, its warm, friendly cabin crew are passionate about South Africa, not to mention this majestic country’s natural beauty, people, music and food.

With daily direct flights from the award-winning Heathrow Terminal 2 to Johannesburg and easy onward connections, SAA has the largest route network within Southern Africa. And now with its new A330-300 operating between London and Johannesburg, its offering just got better. Expect state-of-the-art technology, new seats and personal HD touchscreens, all of which make flying with SAA a real pleasure.

Airport Check-in

At the airport you can either visit the self-check-in kiosks and bag drop (where available) or the South African Airways check-in counter.

Online & Mobile Check-in

Checking in online or from your mobile with South African Airways could not be simpler. You can print or download your boarding pass to your phone from 24 hours and up to two hours before your flight departure. At this time, you can also change or select your seat if you wish.

Frequent Flyer

The South African Airways Voyager Frequent Flyer rewards programme allows members to earn points when they fly with South African Airways, their affiliated airlines or shop with their partners including hotels, car hire companies, credit card programs and other retail companies. Accumulated points can be used towards flights, upgrades, accommodation, car hire and other benefits with South African Airways and their partners – within three calendar years.

The more you fly with South African Airways, the higher your Voyager status goes; you’ll progress through Silver, Gold, Platinum and Lifetime Platinum tiers, each with more and more benefits.


Economy Class passengers are allowed one piece of 8kg hand luggage; Business Class passengers are allowed two pieces. Bags must be no bigger than 56x36x23cm. You are also entitled to carry one small personal item as well, such as a handbag, camera case or small laptop bag.


Checked baggage varies depending on the fare type. Economy passengers can check one piece of baggage up to 23kg, plus a free piece of sporting equipment. Those travelling in Business Class can take two pieces, up to 32kg per bag, plus an extra piece of sporting equipment. Please refer to the airline for more information.