Use Miles to Make the SAS Kids Fly “Free” Offer Even Better

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There are just a couple days left to get in on one of the coolest deals in international family travel where one adult can bring up to 8 children aged 11 years old or younger to Norway, Sweden, Denmark, or Finland with them on SAS for free, other than the cost of taxes! I wrote about this deal already, but before it ends on October 5th, I want to highlight a way to make this a potentially even better deal by keeping more cash in your pocket and using miles for the subsequent adults or children 12 and older who are going on the trip.


To get in on this “buy one bring your kids almost for free” deal you have to book paid tickets with SAS by October 5, 2017, for travel between November 1 – December 19, 2017, and January 8 – May 31, 2018. The eligible departure cities are Boston, Chicago, Los Angeles, Miami, Newark, San Francisco and Washington D.C. to the SAS served cities in Norway, Sweden, Denmark, or Finland.

The deal is valid in economy or premium economy and the adult ticket seems to start at around $600 or so in economy on the routes I tested with the round trip child’s tickets costing about $55 in taxes. Of course, you can purchase more than one paid adult ticket, but you only need to purchase one to get up to eight “free” children on the same reservation. This means that if you are traveling with a second adult or even children who are 12+, you might want to consider booking those additional people on airline miles if you are looking to conserve cash.

An economy round trip ticket from the United States booked on SAS via United MileagePlus or Air Canada’s Aeroplan program would cost 60,000 miles + taxes that are in the $50 – $60 range. Remember you can transfer your Amex Membership Reward points from cards such as The Blue Business℠ Plus Credit CardThe Amex EveryDay® Credit Card, or The Business Platinum® Card from American Express OPEN to Aeroplan at a 1:1 ratio if you needed to move more miles into that program.

If you are traveling on dates when paid tickets are “only” $600 or so for a round trip, then redeeming 60,000 airline miles at a 1 cent per mile rate of return may not be the best redemption. However, if you are traveling on dates when rates are much higher, then it could be a very good call. It can also be a good call if you just want to spend the miles and not your cash. When you look at the overall deal you are getting with kids flying for free other than the cost of taxes, you probably are still coming out way ahead even if your cents per mile redemption for an additional adult isn’t stellar.

I think the United website is a good way to quickly spot SAS saver award availability. Just put in your cities and dates and select the nonstop search option, assuming you are purchasing a nonstop SAS itinerary, and it should pull up your saver date choices. If you are on a connecting itinerary, you will just have to filter through the available options more closely and look for SAS flights. When looking at flight options, be aware that the airline code SK means SAS.

As shown below, there are even some dates with SAS business class award availability, but I’d be really careful if you are thinking about putting one adult in coach with all the kids and the other in business class, unless the one you are putting in coach with the kids is yourself. If you are curious, United wants 70,000 miles each way from the US to Scandinavia in SAS business class while Aeroplan wants just 55,000 miles.

There are no promo codes or special links needed to book the paid adult ticket + the “free” children tickets with SAS, just head to their website and make your booking as normal and the kid’s totals should just price out as just the taxes as shown below. To use your United miles to book SAS you would head to the United website and to use your Aeroplan miles you would head to the Aeroplan website.

I’d love to hear if anyone is jumping on this “kids fly free” SAS offer, and whether you are using miles from a Star Alliance partner for some of the tickets beyond the one required paid adult ticket.

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  1. Unless you have a really big family, this just doesn’t seem like an extraordinary “deal” in this age of low fares to Europe.

  2. It’s a minimum of $545 of each child’s ticket. I fail to see how that is anything other than a “deal.” If you have 0 kids it’s not a deal at all. If you have at least 1, it’s a pretty damn good deal.

    “Unless the person you are putting in clash with the kids is yourself.” Ha! But at those rates, maybe it makes sense to bring along the babysitter or a nanny.

  3. How does this make the deal any better? You can always buy award tickets and any increased value from the award ticket is equally offset by the increased cost of the first adult’s revenue ticket.

    • Having a smaller cash outlay than having to buy two adult tickets can make the deal more attainable for some families. It is simply a reminder for some who may not book award tickets frequently that you can book SAS operated flights with Star Alliance miles they may already have such as United and Aeroplan (via Amex Membership Rewards). We won’t be jumping on this deal this year, but I could see down the road if they did it again it could make more sense for us if we used miles for one adult, bought one adult to get the “free” kiddos, and overall had a pretty low cash cost but also a relatively low mileage cost.

  4. This is a great deal! My husband and I flew to CPH (not a cheap place to fly too) in Oct 2016 (but a cheap time to fly seasonally) non-stop for $450 per person. At the time SAS priced some one way flights out at $100 per person, and we took Norwegian Air back. After having flown SAS there’s no comparison; I’d much rather fly with them having two kids under 10. This time we got non-stop in Premium Economy for all four family members in May 2018 for $568 per person once averaged out. Worth it for a family who can afford it? Yes, 100%.

  5. Great idea. How about using Chase Ultimate Reward Points too? Did Chase offer this deal through their portal?

    Could you have used Chase Ultimate Reward Points to pay for all of it?

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