Scandinavian Airlines, also known as SAS, is the flag carrying airline of Norway, Denmark and Sweden. SAS is headquartered in Stockholm-Arlanda Airport but has hubs throughout Scandinavia: in Copenhagen Airport, Oso-Gardermoen International Airport, and Helskini Airport. They fly to over 100 destinations worldwide.
SAS has plenty of titles it can lay claim to: the largest airline operating in Scandinavia, the ninth largest carrier in Europe, and one of the founding members of Star Alliance. As a result they have codeshares with a number of well-renowned airlines, and members of their frequent flyer program, Eurobonus can collect points on all Star Alliance flights. At the moment SAS are rolling out wi-fi across their fleet, with free access for EuroBonus members and SAS Plus passengers.
How to Check In
SAS offer four check-in options: online, mobile, counter, and self service kiosks. Online and mobile check in begin 22 hours before departure, and end 1 hour before departure. To check in online you need your booking reference or the payment card you used to book. To check in on mobile you can either use the SAS smartphone app, visit the m.flysas.com website, or check in via text. If you enter your mobile number during booking SAS will send you a text 22 hours before flying. Reply ‘Yes’ to check in and you’ll receive a link to your mobile boarding pass. Domestic passengers are encouraged to use the self service kiosks to check in at the airport, as are travellers flying economy (SAS Go). SAS Business, SAS Plus, StarAlliance Gold members, and EuroBonus Diamond, Gold and Silver members can check in the old fashioned way at the counter.
Baggage Allowance and Fees
SAS Go passengers are entitled to bring one piece of hold luggage weighing 23kg. SAS Plus passengers can bring two pieces of hold luggage weighing 23kg, while SAS Business passengers flying to or from the USA and Asia can bring two pieces weighing up to 32kg. Star Alliance Gold and EuroBonus Silver, Gold and Diamond members can also check in an extra piece of baggage. It’s possible to bring up to four extra pieces of baggage: the price varies based on your route, but it’s cheaper to reserve extra luggage online than pay for it at the airport.
Seating – Leg Room, Choosing Seats
Seats are allocated on check-in: however you can choose a ‘Preferred Seat’ for a €12 per segment in Europe, or $45 per segment in the USA and Asia. Preferred seat selection is free in SAS Plus and SAS Business classes, and also for EuroBonus Gold and Diamond members. You can also book a spare seat for extra comfort: prices for SAS Plus passengers start at €130 on domestic flights and €180 when flying to Scandinavia or Europe, while SAS Go passengers pay the lowest available fare in for seats in their class. Leg-room is fairly standard. Short haul flights offer a 30-32 inch pitch for all travellers. Long haul economy passengers can expect a pitch of 32 inches, while SAS Plus passengers get a luxurious 38 inch pitch. Long haul business seats have a whopping 61 inch pitch to play with, with fully reclinable seats perfect for sleeping on.
There are no extra fees to pay with SAS.
Meals, Snacks, Drinks
Coffee and tea are free for all passengers, and meals are included for SAS Plus passengers. SAS Go passengers can purchase food and drink from the comprehensive snack menu which includes the usual tasty bites such as pastries, sandwiches, and pizza.
SAS has a good record of punctuality, with 98.69% of flights arriving on time. SAS have won a range recognition for their punctuality, including being named the world’s third most punctual airline in 2012 and Europe’s third most punctual airline in 2013.