Being part of my trip from Brussels to Beijing I flew the A320 from Brussels to Copenhagen in SAS Plus followed by SAS Plus A340-300 from Copenhagen to Beijing to cross the border at Dandong and visit North Korea. I already flew 2 stretches with Aegean, so this trip will earn me Aegean Miles+Bonus Silver status from the single trip to Beijing.
This is an Intra-European flight. With SAS this means that you will have the same seats as Economy passenger. The middle seat is not blocked. SAS Plus passengers enjoy:
- Lounge access
- Fast Track & Priority boarding
- Free snacks and drinks on the flight (SAS Go passengers pay for food and drinks on the flight)
My flight started at Brussels Airport. I was finally able to visit the famous “The Loft by Brussels Airlines” lounge. I must say, it is quite nice but it tends to get pretty busy after 18 o’clock.
After visiting The Loft by Brussels Airlines Lounge I went to the gate to board. I was pretty surprised how much leg room I had on my seat 4A for being an economy seat. At least I could stretch my legs. This was not the case when I flew Aegean Airlines (Economy) to Athens last week.
After take-off, we received something called “Frittata” with spinach and a cold chicken salad in a cube made with horseradish and rosehip. Not my cup of tea. I think SAS food is a hit-and-miss, as the breakfast of my return flight from Copenhagen to Brussels was decent. Unfortunately no pictures of the (bad) food, only the box off the breakfast, oops. Smoothie was a bit strange, not my cup of tea either.
Before landing, we received a small box with three Swedish pralines. They were quite nice.
I’ve flown SAS Plus on other occasions and I was lucky to be served a nice tasting salad. I was served a tasty chicken salad and on the next flight a shrimp salad.
Overall conclusion: In-flight benefits of Business class for Intra-European flights with SAS is a nice extra when you book a flight as a long-haul Plus passenger, you’ll get the most benefits by ground services. If you’re a Star Alliance Gold member it is not worth being a business class passenger unless you’re in for the miles or you get it additionally with your SAS Plus ticket. Keep in mind that the seat next to you is not blocked with SAS.
I would also like to add that SAS handled my IRROPS pretty well. I was not entitled to compensation, unfortunately, but I was booked on a later flight and I was booked in the Radisson Blu Airport hotel in Oslo. I was allowed to take dinner there for €25 per person and received €12,5 voucher to use in the airport.