The Best SAS Eurobonus Redemptions
I’ll write this in English so that all SAS Eurobonus users in Scandinavia and the rest of the world can understand, but if you want a simplified version in Swedish, you can click here. For information on how to earn SAS points in Sweden, click here.
Things to know about SAS Eurobonus:
- One-way redemptions are allowed for 60% of the roundtrip cost
- There are mild fuel surcharges on most awards
- Star Alliance awards must be booked over phone, search space first on United.com
- Contact SAS Eurobonus US for free via Skype for the best service on +1 800 437 5807, or for European operating hours contact their phone line in Riga.
- They offer free cancellations on all tickets up to 48 hours before departure, and changes cost only $25 (although it makes more sense just to cancel and then book a new ticket, since that would be free).
- Transit allowed in third region, but points price will rise to match whichever region is highest (see known exceptions below)
- Routing must be logical – you cannot fly Europe to USA via Asia
- Stopovers not allowed
- Full list is available here
Economy: 10,000 miles roundtrip (6,000 miles one-way) domestically in Scandinavia
- Routes for maximum points value:
- Oslo / Tromsö – Longyearbyen
- Southern Sweden – Kiruna / Umeå / Luleå
- All SAS awards can be booked online, search using SAS’ low fare calendar
Economy: 25,000 miles roundtrip within North America
- Example: This isn’t a big deal, expect that all of Central America is considered part of North America on the SAS chart. You can fly roundtrip from Vancouver to Panama, or New York to Costa Rica, or Chicago to Guatemala for just 25,000 miles, which is an incredible value even in economy.
Business: 30,000 miles one-way within the Middle East and Northern/Central Africa
- Example: I just recently booked this one myself and was shocked since the pricing contradicts SAS’ routing rules, which state transit in a more expensive region will raise the price to that of flying to the further region. Still, I managed to book a ticket from Muscat to Cairo on Swiss via Zurich in their long-haul A330 lie-flat product for 30,000 miles one-way. The flight from MCT to ZRH stops in DXB, making the flight time over 8 hours, and then I get another 4 hours down to CAI. Talk about an incredible redemption for such a long flight in real business class!
- Tips: If you want to fly home from the Middle East or Central Africa (i.e. Tanzania) to Europe, you can try to book a connection that leaves 20-23 hours after you arrival in Europe. If you happen to “miss” the last segment, you’ve saved lots of miles on getting to Europe. Keep in mind that airlines won’t always allow you to check bags part of the way, so this is safest if you’re traveling with hand luggage only.
Business: 36,000 miles one-way from Scandinavia to SAS long-haul destinations
- Example: This redemption requires unlocking FlyPremium on the SAS World Elite Mastercard. Once you’ve reached the threshold, you can redeem miles for long-haul business on SAS flights (when there is business award availability) for the price of a one-way economy ticket. Note that this is also the price for SAS Plus with the lower FlyPremium level.
Business: 45,000 miles one-way around East and Central Asia (75,000 roundtrip)
- Example: there are plenty of routes with this decent redemption cost, including all route combinations between India, Southeast Asia, and Far East/Central Asia. You can fly from Tokyo to Mumbai, a 9 hour 30-minute flight, for 45,000 miles.
Business: 45,000 miles one-way North America to South America (75,000 miles roundtrip)
- If you ask me, this redemption is a hidden gem. Flights from North America to Argentina, Brazil or Chile can often surpass 11 hours, making this one of the best redemptions on the SAS chart, especially considering how expensive revenue tickets are on these flights.
- Tips: Air Canada is one of the best Star Alliance carriers flying from North America to South America. Search award space direct from Toronto to Buenos Aires or Santiago, and then search your connecting leg from the US, if you have one. United does not let you route through Canada, so they will not show Air Canada space if you search it all at once. This routing is possible on SAS, though.
Business: 50,000 miles roundtrip Caribbean to South America
- Considering how expensive flights from Europe to South American can be, especially in business class, this is one of my favorite SAS Eurobonus redemptions.
- Examples: if you fly into the US, you can select a Caribbean gateway to connect in before heading to South America. Personally, I’d love to explore Puerto Rica; you can book a cheap flight from Miami to San Juan, enjoy a few days there, and then head all the way down to Buenos Aires for just 30,000 miles one-way.
Business: 50,000 miles one-way South Africa to Middle East and Northern/Central Africa
- Example: Just as above, this is a great way to drive down the cost of a ticket from South Africa to Europe. Add a connecting flight to Cairo or Tel Aviv and miss it “by mistake” – just make sure you know you’re checked bag situation, or preferably travel without them to use this technique. If traveling with family, you can book all passengers except one on this kind of ticket, and book one to your actual home city along with your bags.
- Tip: flights from Scandinavia to Tel Aviv can often be incredibly cheap (€100 one-way). Consider booking a revenue ticket in economy down there, after booking your award ticket from Tel Aviv to South Africa.
Business: 100,000 miles roundtrip from Europe to SAS long-haul destinations
Info: Without FlyPremium, this is the standard roundtrip price to the world in SAS business. To the US, especially to California, this is a good deal. If you can find award space, it’s an even bigger bargain to Asia. While a one-way ticket is 60,000 if you purchase a roundtrip you’re essentially paying 50,000 miles each way, which is an absolute steal.
Tips: In Asia, Hong Kong and Beijing usually have the most award space, while Tokyo is almost impossible for SAS Business redemptions. In the US, Chicago tends to have the most space. You can add a connecting flight from Europe, including as far away as the Canary Islands or Turkey, but no connections are allowed on the other end under this ticket price.
First: 150,000 miles roundtrip from Europe to North America on Lufthansa
Info: Now we’re getting into more expensive redemptions, but this is actually one of the cheapest ways to redeem miles for transatlantic flights in Lufthansa First. Fly from anywhere in Europe to Canada, the US or even Mexico. Many people use this redemption when they’ve earned this 2-for-1 voucher, making it an incredible value.
Tips: Lufthansa only releases award space 14 days before departure. Book a backup ticket in business class and simply change the reservation for $25 if First Class space opens up. As always, it’s best to find this space on united.com starting 14 days before your flight. Expect additional taxes between $200-400 one-way on these tickets.
Business: 150,000 miles roundtrip from the Middle East to the Pacific
Info: Scandinavians are obsessed with Australia nowadays, which is frustrating since it’s almost one of the most expensive places to fly from Europe. For 150,000 miles roundtrip, this isn’t a steal, but you save 30,000 roundtrip flying from Tel Aviv or Amman instead of Europe. At least you have a huge number of carriers to choose from on this route, including Thai Airways, Singapore Airlines, ANA, Asiana, Air China and Air India.
Tips: If you’re going to fly all the way to Australia, and use this many miles for business class, you better be taking someone with you. Make sure you earn a 2-for-1 voucher from American Express, and your points cost will decrease to just 75,000 miles per person – this is the only way I’d consider redeeming so many miles to go down under.