Update from South African Air NEW FEES

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  1. Travel Express

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    Update from South African Air: they will now charge a firearm handling fee at check-in PER SAA FLIGHT for tickets purchased after May 15, 2019.

    Within South Africa USD 30
    Within Africa USD 60
    International USD 100

    See the full details on their website https://www.flysaa.com/…/ba…/checked-baggage/special-baggage
     

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  2. cpr0312

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    Ouch! Thanks for the update!

    Glad I already purchased for this years trip from SAA!
     
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    I purchased my tickets three weeks ago. Just another way to take advantage of us hunters!
     

  4. KMG Hunting Safaris

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    Thank you for the update Lori. I would be interested to hear from the hunters on whether this swings your decision from bringing a rifle vs renting one.
     

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    With that fee schedule the math comes out to $260 USD for taking your gun to the EC.
    They sure jumped on the fee bus.
     
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  6. KMG Hunting Safaris

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    Still have to think that the main carrier to South Africa will be either Delta/Air Canada.
     

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    That's the way I read it also. And tack on another $60 ($30 each way) if your going to Zim, Zam, Moz, etc. (n)
     
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    Definitely not BA, they charge 100 quid per firearm and ammunition per journey. So return that's 400 quid.
    Markcz
     
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    BA's fees depend on the country of origin.
    It was less than the SAA fees last time I flew.
    Who knows, maybe they upped their fees as well.
     

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    It will be sweet for a little while when Delta sees and influx in numbers of fliers they will up ticket prices. Delta is a little more expensive but service far superior than SAA.
     
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    I've wondered how many safari bound fliers are dumping Delta and SAA and using Qatar and Emirates.
     
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    I’d still bring my own.
    Just another corporate money grab.
     
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    Thanks for the update! So many people working against hunters, so frustrating.
     
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