Another month, another roundup: welcome to the latest edition of our SAS EuroBonus Updates. Each month, we explore the most recent developments and offerings from SAS Scandinavian Airlines’ loyalty program, so you don’t have to.
February has plenty to unpack, from thrilling mystery tickets and partnerships with Delta Air Lines to updates on credit card fees and exciting ventures into hydrogen-powered flights. Let’s start!
SAS EuroBonus Updates (February 2024)
1. Sign Up For ‘Destination Unknown’: Mystery Ticket for 30.000 EuroBonus Points
Today (February 12), SAS Scandinavian Airlines will unveil a limited opportunity for EuroBonus members. The concept is simple yet thrilling: a round-trip mystery ticket to an unknown destination that costs 30.000 EuroBonus points. The plane will depart on April 5 and return on April 8.
The promotion STARTS TODAY at 12:00 PM CET, and is only valid for 24 hours, so hurry up and grab your ticket.
Read more in this post.
As a funny note, the campaign caused such a massive speculation, that members almost blew up the CEO’s inbox (Anko van der Werff) asking where the flight is going to. LOL.
2. Higher Fees For The SAS EuroBonus World Mastercard Premium
Starting May 1, 2024, the following changes will take place: The price for the card will be increased by 40kr per month, which means that the annual price will be raised 25% (to 2335 kr). The new annual price will be charged the next time you pay for the card.
To sugarcoat the impact of the price increase, the card also announced (somewhat beneficial) changes to the calculation of status points. Status points will still be calculated as 25% of Extra Points earned during the month, but now introducing a minimum level of 500 Status points. For example, if you only earn 300 Status Points in any given month, you will now receive 500 Status Points. This way, members can make sure they get at least 6000 Status Points annually if the card is used every month.
The SAS EuroBonus World Mastercard Premium card will still offer the following benefits:
- Fly Premium: bonus trips in SAS Business and SAS Plus at the points price of SAS Go (upgrade for free).
- Status points each month you use the card.
- Up to 25 Extra Points per SEK 100 on all purchases.
- Double points campaigns several times a year.
- Supplementary travel insurance with cancellation protection.
3. New Route to Atlanta and Cooperation with Delta
SAS announced a new route from Copenhagen to Atlanta starting June 17, 2024. This route will allow passengers to connect to Delta Air Lines’ network in the USA, the Caribbean, and Latin America. SAS also hinted at a closer cooperation with Delta Air Lines on other US routes.
When SAS announced the new route, they also mentioned a tighter collaboration with Delta Air Lines for onward connections from Atlanta. It all suggests that SAS customers will soon use Delta Air Lines more frequently for onward connections, most likely even more if SAS joins SkyTeam.
There are indications that the partnership between SAS and Delta Air Lines goes beyond just the Atlanta route. On SAS’ website, Delta Air Lines is now offered as the onward connection for many destinations, including Las Vegas, Denver, Minneapolis, Boston, New York, Washington DC, and Los Angeles.
Keep in mind that while these routes/itineraries are convenient, they do not accrue points in the EuroBonus programs yet, for the legs operated by Delta.
Read more in this post.
4. Gift cards for Valentine’s Day
Surprise your loved ones with the freedom to explore over 100 SAS destinations worldwide. SAS is offering pre-designed or personalized gift cards with pictures and greetings. The cards let the recipient choose their dream travel experience, are valid for 1 year after purchase, and EuroBonus members can earn points when using them.
How it works:
- Go to SAS website.
- Select a value: Choose the desired amount to gift.
- Customize: Add a personal touch with a photo and a message.
- Retrieve & Send: Receive a link to access the gift card and send it via email or print it for a physical gift.
5. Reintroduction of the Airbus A350
SAS is bringing back an Airbus A350 it had previously rejected just over a year ago. The decision comes as the airline seeks to increase its widebody capacity. This particular A350-900, which once operated under the SAS registration SE-RSC between 2020 and 2022, will fly again under a new registration (VP-COC).
The move follows SAS filing for bankruptcy in July 2022. As part of restructuring efforts, the airline significantly reduced its fleet size by ending several aircraft leasing agreements early. This included letting go of three A350s, leaving them with only three remaining in the fleet.
It will be interesting to see how this reintroduction impacts SAS’s operations and whether they will consider returning the other two previously rejected A350s. It will also be interesting to watch out for fleet development after the announced acquisition by Air France-KLM and others.
6. SAS Partners With Airbus For Hydrogen-Powered Flights
Airbus, SAS, Swedavia, Vattenfall, and Avinor join forces to explore hydrogen-powered flights in Norway and Sweden. A significant collaboration has been announced to investigate the feasibility of hydrogen-fueled aircraft; the goal is to develop a framework for the rollout of hydrogen-powered flights in both countries.
Hydrogen is seen as a promising alternative to fossil fuels for aviation, as it produces zero carbon dioxide emissions from renewable electricity. The partnership will study hydrogen aircraft concepts and operations, regulatory requirements, infrastructure, supply, fuel storage, and airport refueling.
This is the first time a feasibility study of this kind has been conducted for two countries and over 50 airports. It reflects the partners’ shared ambition to use their expertise to decarbonize aviation and achieve the goal of net zero carbon emissions by 2050.
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