Please note this site has financial relationships with American Express and this post may contain affiliate links. Read my Advertiser Disclosure policy here to learn more about my partners.
One of the absolutely coolest airline promotions for families has returned! From today, May 1, 2018, until May 13, 2018, you can book an adult ticket from the US to Scandinavia on SAS and children ages 2 – 11, as well as infants up to 24 months, can travel with that paid adult for $0 base fare!
Buy one adult ticket to Scandinavia on SAS and get up to eight kids “free”
What this promo means is that up to eight children can travel to Scandinavia with a paid adult for just the cost of taxes and fees in SAS Go or SAS Plus class from Boston (BOS), New York (EWR), Miami (MIA), Washington D.C. (IAD), Chicago (ORD), San Francisco (SFO), and Los Angeles (LAX)— to Sweden, Denmark, Norway, and Finland!
The valid travel dates cover a very wide period of time from August 20, 2018 – March 30, 2019. Travel must be completed by Sunday, March 31, 2019, and there are holiday blackout dates of December 20, 2018 – January 8, 2019. For those not familiar with SAS, SAS Go is their regular economy section.
SAS Plus is essentially their Premium Economy section with more legroom, wider seats, and adjustable headrests and footrests. In SAS Plus, you’ll also get many of the perks of SAS Business including lounge access, SAS Fast Track, two checked bags weighing 51 lbs each, and improved food and drinks onboard.
Obviously, the exact prices will depend on when and where you want to fly, but you can use their flexible date calendar to spot the cheapest days to fly. Prices for economy seem to start at $200 – $300 each direction for adults, and the taxes/fees for children seem to start at about $10 on the outbound and about $41 – $67 on the return.
For the premium economy SAS Plus tickets, adults can expect to pay about $800+ each way and children’s fees seem to go up by about $10. If you are flying with a whole slew of children or from the West Coast, it could be worth considering that upcharge if you can handle the increased adult price since the kids would then also be in SAS Plus for that relatively long journey.
Why be the parent who just has the kids over for pizza and ice cream when you could be the parent who takes themselves and eight kids to Scandinavia for just $1,100?! Of course, most of us (self-included) probably don’t feel qualified to take eight children across the ocean, but it is cool knowing you could.
Josh and I actually just booked a trip to Scandinavia on SAS in business class using miles a few weeks ago, but if this deal keeps occurring year after year, then in a year or two we will jump on it and take the girls to family-friendly cities such as Bergen, Oslo, Copenhagen, Helsinki, and Stockholm for just the cost of the adult ticket(s) + taxes for the kids. Heck, maybe we will even bring along a friend our cousin for them to play with at that price! I like to think of this deal as a “Companion Pass” for kids where you can take up to 8 kids with each paid adult.
Use miles for additional adults to minimize cash outlay
If you want to minimize your cash outlay, consider just paying for one adult to attach the kids to and then the other adult(s) could use miles to fly SAS. Since SAS is in the Star Alliance you can book a SAS award ticket via a partner such as United or Aeroplan. In the case of Aeroplan, you can transfer in Membership Rewards points from cards such as The Blue Business℠ Plus Credit Card, The Amex EveryDay® Credit Card, or The Business Platinum® Card from American Express OPEN at a 1:1 ratio. An economy round trip award on SAS will cost you around 60,000 miles in partner programs, so it may not be a good use of miles if cash prices are around $600 each way, but it is an option.
There are no promo codes or special links to use to get this SAS deal of buy one adult and get up to eight kids for just taxes/fees. All you need to do is head to the SAS website, make your booking as normal, and the kid’s totals should price out only as just the taxes, assuming you are pricing an eligible trip.
Is anyone plotting out a family trip to Scandinavia?
Editorial Note: The opinions expressed here are mine and not provided, reviewed, by any bank, card issuer, or other company unless otherwise stated.