SAS Is Eliminating Third-Party Lounge Access, But You Can Still Get In

Dec 21, 2016

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It’s time to rethink your airport lounge strategy if you’re a Scandinavian Airlines passenger. SAS recently announced that it will be eliminating access to many third-party lounges and Fast Track for premium passengers and elite members of its frequent flyer program, Euro Bonus. But there’s good news: Almost all of the lounges are available through Priority Pass.

Starting in 2017, eligible passengers (SAS Business, SAS Plus, and EuroBonus Gold and Diamond members) will still be able to access SAS and Star Alliance Lounges, but access to independently operated lounges will be totally gone.

Access to third party lounges will be eliminated.
Access to third-party lounges will be eliminated.

Here’s where passengers will maintain access (except for SAS Plus passengers, as noted by the *):

Eligible passengers will keep access in some cities.
Eligible passengers will keep access in some cities.

SAS wrote that it was eliminating access to expand and improve its own lounges:

SAS is investing in digital solutions, new upgraded cabins, new aircraft, high-speed WiFi on all aircraft and have recently launched news in food & beverage onboard. On ground, to be able to continue and invest, expand and improve SAS Lounges and Fast Track offer, SAS will end our collaboration with some of our contracted lounge operated by third-parties. The result will be a continued improvement of SAS own offer where it benefits most of our Plus/Business travelers, members and 29 million yearly passengers.

But, as we mentioned, most of the lounges are in the Priority Pass network. Priority Pass provides access to more than 900 lounges in 120 countries and all but four of the eliminated lounges (Bucharest, Keflavik, Linkoping and Split) are accessible through Priority Pass.

Airport Priority Pass Lounge
Aalborg Aalborg Airport Lounge
Aberdeen Swissport Lounge
Alicante Sala VIP – Salon Ifach
Barcelona Sala VIP Pau Casals, Sala VIP Miro, Sala VIP Colomer, Sala VIP Canudas
Beijing Air China Business Class Lounge, BGS Premier Lounge, Air China First and Business Class Lounge, Air China First Class Lounge, BGS Premier Lounge, Business Travelers Lounge
Billund King Amlet Lounge
Birmingham No1 Lounge, Birmingham; Aspire Lounge
Bologna Marconi Business Lounge
Boston The Lounge, Air France Lounge
Budapest SkyCourt Lounge, Menzies Aviation Lounge, Platinum Lounge
Dubrovnik Business Lounge
Dublin Dublin Airport Executive Lounge
Edinburgh No1 Lounge, Edinburgh; Aspire Lounge
Faro Faro Lounge
Gdansk Executive Lounge
Hong Kong Plaza Premium Lounge
Krakow Business Lounge Non-Schengen, Business Lounge Schengen
Las Palmas Sala Guacimeta
London Plaza Premium Lounge, Club Aspire Lounge, No1 Lounge, Heathrow, SkyTeam Lounge, Aspire The Lounge and Spa at LHR T5, Club Millesime at Sofitel London Heathrow
Malaga Sala VIP T3
Malta VIP Lounge (Arrivals), La Valette Club
Manchester The Escape Lounge, Aspire Lounge, The Swissport Lounge,
Milan Club S.E.A.
Moscow Persey Lounge, Gallery Lounge, Blues Business Lounge, Classica Business Lounge, Jazz Business Lounge, Matryoshka Lounge, Galaxy Lounge, Space Lounge, Amber Lounge, Classic Lounge, All Star Lounge.
Newcastle Aspire Lounge
Nice Salon Riviera, Salon Azur, Salon Du Cap D’antibes, Salon Du Cap Ferrat
Olbia Olbia Airport Club Lounge
Palermo Gesap VIP Lounge
Palma de Mallorca Sala VIP Formentor, Sala VIP Valldemossa
Pisa Galilei VIP Lounge
Poznan Business Executive Lounge
Prague Menzies Aviation Lounge, Mastercard Lounge, Erste Premier Lounge
Pulkovo Business Lounge, Aeroflot Lounge
Riga Primeclass Business Lounge
Rome AviaLounge, LeAnfore Lounge, I Mosaici
Shanghai First Class Lounge, No. 77 China Eastern Plaza Premium Lounge
Tallin Tallinn Airport Business Lounge
Tel Aviv Dan Lounge
Tokyo T.E.I. Lounge, KAL Business Class Lounge, IASS Executive Lounge
Valencia Sala Joan Olivert
Venice Marco Polo Club
Vilnius IDW Esperanza Resort Business Lounge
Wroclaw Executive Lounge

Just remember that you have to activate your Priority Pass Select membership separately (usually through a link via your credit card account); a qualifying credit card is not proof of membership. Some credit cards, including the Chase Sapphire Reserve and the Platinum Card from American Express, grant card members full access to lounges; while others, like the Hilton Honors Surpass Card from American Express, include a membership but not lounge visits (those still cost $27 per person). Check out our breakdown of the Priority Pass program for a full list of credit cards and membership tiers; you may already have a card in your wallet that includes membership as a perk.

Fast Track Access Also Eliminated 

Also of note here is that SAS is eliminating Fast Track access at the airports listed above. That means that even as a premium passenger, you won’t have any expedited security (like a separate line). If you’re flying from the US you can always take advantage of expedited screening by signing up for Global Entry and TSA PreCheck (available at select airports).

And though there are program fees for Global Entry and PreCheck, the right credit card can help with that, too. The Amex Platinum and the Citi Prestige Card each give you a $100 credit, for example.

So while your boarding pass alone won’t grant you access to a third-party lounge or get you through a faster line at security, you can use your credit card-granted membership and rewards to enjoy some down time before a flight and zip through security even faster.

Featured image courtesy of SAS.

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