SAS Is Eliminating Third-Party Lounge Access, But You Can Still Get In
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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.
Here’s where passengers will maintain access (except for SAS Plus passengers, as noted by the *):
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|
|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|
|Dublin||Dublin Airport Executive Lounge|
|Edinburgh||No1 Lounge, Edinburgh; Aspire 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,|
|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.|
|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|
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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