SAS (Scandinavian Airlines) is the largest airline in Scandinavia, and the flag carrying airline of Norway, Sweden and Denmark. They're one of the founding Star Alliance members, and are the eighth largest airline in Europe. They have over 160 aircraft in their fleet, and fly to 119 destinations. Their frequent-flyer programme is EuroBonus. As well as flying to a range of Scandinavian and European cities, SAS also offers flights to the USA and Asia.
SAS offer flights from four British airports: London-Heathrow, Birmingham, Manchester and Newcastle. Connecting flights from other UK airports are available through their Star Alliance codeshare partners. From the UK, SAS fly to more Scandinavian destinations than any other airline. Popular destinations include Helsinki, Oslo, Stockholm, Copenhagen, Gothenburg and Stavanger.
Information correct as of March 2017
How to check in
You can check in with SAS online, via mobile, at the airport desk or at a self-service kiosk. Online check-in is available between 22 hours and 1 hour before departure. When you check in online you can choose your seat on the 'plane, and SAS Go passengers have the option to purchase lounge access for a discounted rate. On your phone you have the option to check in using the SAS app, using the mobile website, or replying 'Yes' to a text sent by SAS 22 hours before your departure time. Desk check-in is only available on international flights to passengers flying in SAS Business, SAS Plus or EuroBonus Diamond, Gold & Silver or Star Alliance Gold members. All other passengers (and all passengers on domestic routes) will need to check in online, via mobile, or at the self-service kiosks.
Seat pitch (the distance between your seat and the one in front) is usually 31 to 32 inches in Economy, and 61 or 77 inches in Business Class. It's possible to pre-book a premium seat from the moment you book your SAS flight up until 22 hours before departure. Prices for seat selection start at €9 for domestic flights within Scandinavia, €13 within Europe, and €15 for longer European flights. On flights to the USA and Asia, extra legroom seat costs €53 to pre-book, a seat at the front of the cabin costs €37, window and aisle seats cost €27, and middle seats cost €11. You can pre-reserve an empty seat next to yours if you book through the SAS call centre. SAS Go passengers will the lowest available fare, while SAS Plus customers pay a flat rate of €130 on domestic routes and €180 for short-haul international.
SAS don't charge credit card booking fees, and are very proud of the fact that their fares contain no nasty surprises.
Service on board
You can pre-order food to enjoy on-board up until 18 hours before departure. Food and drink is included in your ticket price on intercontinental flights. In Europe, SAS Go passengers can buy food and drink from the on-board menu. Tea and coffee are provided free-of-charge. Intercontinental flights have personal entertainment screens, with more than 200 hours of film and TV. Or, if you prefer to read, you can browse through the in-flight magazine "Scandinavian Traveler". 3G is available on most long-haul aircraft, and ten 'planes flying within Europe have Wi-Fi. Wi-Fi access is free for EuroBonus Gold and Diamond members, or those flying SAS Plus and Business. SAS Go passengers can pay €6 for internet access in Europe and Scandinavia, or €15 on longer haul flights.
SAS is known for punctuality. In 2016 they were the most punctual airline flying from London to Copenhagen and from London to Stockholm. More than 80% of their flights land within 15 minutes of scheduled arrival time, with an average delay of just under ten minutes.
Baggage Allowances and Fees
SAS Go Light passengers have no hold luggage allowance, but you can pay £25 to bring a bag if you're flying within Europe. SAS Go passengers can bring one 23kg bag, SAS Plus passengers can bring two 23kg bags, and SAS Business passengers travelling to or from the USA or Asia can bring two bags weighing 32kg each. Eurobonus Gold and Diamond members can bring extra baggage, as can EuroBonus Silver and StarAlliance Gold travellers. All passengers can bring one cabin bag measuring no more than 55cm x 40cm x 23cm and weighing no more than 8kg, as well as a personal item (briefcase, handbag, etc) measuring no more than 40cm x 30cm x 15cm. SAS Plus and SAS Business passengers flying to the USA or Asia can bring an extra piece of luggage weighing up to 8kg.
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