Since 27 August, SAA has been charging a fee for pre-assigned seats for all bookings in most classes of service from the USA to Johannesburg:  $25 for any seat, $40 for extra-leg-room seats, and $60 for emergency-exit-row seats. Reservations made by travel agencies are accessible on, so that the seats can be selected and paid for. Passengers who do not want to pay a fee, will be able to select seats 24 hours prior to travel on

However, South African Airways Vacations is excited to announce that seat purchase fees will be waived for all new bookings, effective immediately.  As from October 1, 2015, seat purchase fees for all new bookings with South African Airways Vacations will be waived* (This applies to air/land packages that include international flights from New York (JFK) or Washington, DC, Dulles, as well as any regional and domestic flights within Africa on South African Airways.) *The waiver excludes emergency-exit and extra- leg-room seats, which can be purchased at an extra cost.
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SAA waives