During my previous posts, I’ve mentioned that SAS is developing a new online platform where members of EuroBonus program can book not only SAS’s own award flights directly but also Star Alliance partners’ awards flights including Singapore Airlines’ First Class Suite. You can even check the entire interview in Norwegian where they talked about the possibility of family-pooling.
Now, instead of using United’s site or calling Tallin to try to get a nice phone agent, you can simply check out the award redemptions possibilities on their newly launched site below:
English: Star Alliance Award
Norwegian: Star Alliance Bonusreiser
Danish: Star Alliance Bonusrejser
Swedish: Star Alliance Bonusresor
I tried to play around with the site, only to realise there is a catch to make it one step away from being ideally perfect yet .
For now, the site allows you to check the options on your desired route pairs and it shows how much is needed for the trip, although you can book the trip displayed, you still would have to call up within 48 hours to confirm your booking and get your credit card information ready to pay for taxes and surcharges.
And it looks like you can only call the numbers in Norway, Sweden or Denmark, I could be wrong here since I haven’t checked every SAS site in every country they operate in.
Though since they haven’t openly introduce this linked site, it is said by later this fall, you would be able to do everything online.
How It Works:
“To book a Star Alliance award trip, just enter your dates above. Then select the trip that suits you best and click on Create temporary booking.
We’ll create a reservation for a trip you can confirm by calling us. We’ll hold your temporary booking for 48 hours and keep you up to date about when it will expire. You can keep track of your temporary booking under My bookings
When you complete your booking, you pay with your EuroBonus points. This is why it’s important to make sure your points are still valid before you call us. Please also have your credit card handy to pay for taxes and fees.
Taxes and fees aren’t included in the point price for the trip and are calculated when you complete your booking by phone.”
For many people who have attempted or researched on booking Star Alliance award flights with SAS, It’s proven to be the norm that an intercontinental trip one-way would be costing 70,000 EuroBonus points.
The site doesn’t come to much help yet other than displaying the flights options where you may also find on United.