Magnar and I had just returned from a 5 day 4 night stay in Svalbard, Norway.
Before I write a little travel guide to Svalbard, I figured I let you guys in on a little (- not so little secret). This trip to Svalbard was a birthday gift to Magnar from me whereby we paid close to nothing for. Yup. I finally gathered enough "loyalty" points to finally fly for free. Never thought this day would come.
I am not one to be loyal to a airline company, I usually fly what's cheapest, and what's available. And to be totally honest, I own some Norwegian Airline shares and have their credit card to which I collect Norwegian Rewards off, so where I can, I fly with them. In fact most of the points I have now is from my flights taken on Lufthansa as SAS is a member of the Star Alliance group!
Anyways, get my drift?
But here is a teeny weeny loophole I thought I let you in on, since Svalbard is sort of like Norway, SAS has been kind enough to classify Svalbard as a domestic flight even though flight time is almost 4 hours long!
When I knew my Eurobonus Points were running out, I had to figure out quickly what to do with them. So I searched for a destination that would give me best value for these points, and behold, I found the Arctic.
Flying into Svalbard from Oslo will cost you 10 000 points minimum (5000 each way) with SAS GO, and 20 000 (10 000 each way) if you fly with SAS Plus.
A quick tip. You really have to be early in booking said flights, between the 2 weeks I looked into going, and to when I actually booked the flights, I had to not only change my dates, but also my flight class, we flew direct to Svalbard on SAS Plus, totalling us 15 000 points per pax. I booked my flights in October, and travelled in February.
And as you call tell, we had to then pay 424,- kr each on the airport taxes, etc.
But that my friend is a good deal if you ask me!
And as previously mentioned Magnar and I got to test out SAS Plus too. SAS Plus is just basically Economy extra. You get 2 bags (23 kg each) , express check in, priority boarding, extra leg room, food and beverage and access to the lounge in Gardemoen.
Note : SAS Plus only allows you access to the regular lounge, not the Gold and Platinum member lounges.
Is SAS Plus really worth the money? Personally no. I would not specifically pay to fly with SAS Plus. Maybe my body is just too used to budget airlines? I didn't think I needed the extra leg room, the lounge excess was okay, but the food onboard was just mediocre at best. I know that SAS is rolling out some lie flat seats on their long hauls, who knows maybe next time.
So yeah. That's my little review on how to get to Svalbard for cheap.
Thanks #SAS, Thanks #Eurobonus.
I do appreciate being able to see Svalbard as it isn't exactly a destination I would specifically pay to go see otherwise.