We recently upgraded our travel experience from ʻSAS Goʼ to ʻSAS Plusʼ because we would like to know why our friends are so eager to become SAS Gold or Silver members. Is it really worth the extra pay?
Copenhagen SAS Lounge
For our Athens morning flight, we arrived at Copenhagen Airport quite early in the morning. We used the SAS Fast Track option, thus avoiding the holiday queues at security saving us a lot of time. Once inside, we headed straight for the SAS Lounge for breakfast. The selection was quite impressive with a good variety of breads, cereal and fruit and veg as well as cold and hot drinks. In fact, the experience resembled being in a three or four-star hotel. Also, the lounge was clean and quiet and the staff was very attentive. 10 points for Denmark!
SAS Plus on the plane
After flying for about an-hour-and-a-half it was time for the second breakfast of the day. Each passenger, like us, sitting in business class was handed a free ʻbreakfast boxʼ with yogurt, fruits and granola, a selection of warm bread as well as cheese and vegetables. All served with juice and coffee or tea. Besides that, I also had the complimentary chips, cashew nuts, and a bottle of apple juice. The chips, from Swedish brand Larssons, were made with potatoes from the season’s harvest, cold-pressed with rapeseed oil. And let me tell you this: They’re VERY crispy!
Free WiFi for business class passengers, meaning SAS Plus, Diamond and Gold members, was my favourite perk. The speed of the internet was impressive, especially on the flight from Copenhagen to Athens. However, on the flight from from Athens to Copenhagen there was connectivity issues. So that was a bit of a letdown.
Perhaps trying to make up for the malfunctioning internet, we did, on the other hand, get a complimentary box of chocolate on the outbound flight from Athens. That was missing on the flight from Copenhagen.
Athens Aegean Lounge
We spent three days strolling the streets of Athens. And on the last day we took a taxi from our hotel to the airport—a 38 euro luxury we allowed ourselves for reasons of convenience. It was a brand-new taxi, too, and one which accepted card payment. So we arrived at the airport in style with plenty of time to check in and enjoy the benefits of the Aegean business lounge.
After dropping off our luggage at the check-in counter, we received vouchers valid for any Star Alliance business lounge. We opted for the Aegean Lounge which had a good variety of food, including lots of Greek delicacies which we didn’t even know about.
We really enjoyed the benefits of SAS Plus. It literally is a completely different travel experience, especially during the busy holiday season. Our flights were fully booked and all seats were occupied. Nevertheless, the staff was highly attentive, even though they had to deal with a lots of passengers.
The upgrade to SAS Plus cost us DKK 750 per person. Both ways. Which is reasonable for a three-hour flight.
Whether this will be our new normal, time will tell.