Chargeable Advance Seat Reservations

10 October 2022

South African Airways has expanded pre-booked seating options through our Chargeable Advance Seat Reservation system. Customers can now choose where they want to sit in advance. Whether travelling alone, or in company, customers can now select seating preferences, choosing between an aisle or window, ensuring they’re seated with family, or with the assurance of looking forward to a little extra leg room.

What’s new?

Travel agents with bookings made on Galileo can make seat reservations via the 'Manage my Booking' tab on, or those using Amadeus can make seat reservations on behalf of customers via their GDS. We will update this policy on when this functionality is available via other GDS. Seat reservations can also be made via our Call Centre on 0844 375 9680.


International charges
London to Johannesburg route
Emergency exit seat USD 80/ ZAR 850
Leg room seat USD 45/ ZAR 400
Any seat USD 30/ ZAR 350
Domestic charges
Between Cape Town, Durban, East London, Port Elizabeth and Johannesburg
Emergency exit seat ZAR 132
Leg room seat ZAR 71
Any seat ZAR 51

View seat charges on all other international and domestic routes here.

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