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SAS could fly into EuroBonus trouble. UPDATED: Scandinavian Airlines’ decision to re-introduce bonus points for domestic flights in Norway might land them in the competition drink. The tri-national carrier announced its move for business travelers on SAS flights and until-sold Widerøe ones earlier today, Tuesday. “It is important for us to be able to offer our entire package of rewards and offers, which means we are delighted that we can now offer business travelers the same benefits as other EuroBonus customers who fly to or from Norway and anywhere else in the world,” said Eivind Roald, Executive Vice President Sales & Marketing at SAS in a statement.

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SAS could fly into EuroBonus trouble

Published on Tuesday, 26th February, 2013 at 13:07 under the news category, by Michael Sandelson and Gerald Jones   .
Last Updated on 26th February 2013 at 19:54.

UPDATED: Scandinavian Airlines’ decision to re-introduce bonus points for domestic flights in Norway might land them in the competition drink.

A SAS plane (illusration photo)
A SAS plane (illusration photo)
Photo: SAS


The tri-national carrier announced its move for business travelers on SAS flights and until-sold Widerøe ones earlier today, Tuesday.

“It is important for us to be able to offer our entire package of rewards and offers, which means we are delighted that we can now offer business travelers the same benefits as other EuroBonus customers who fly to or from Norway and anywhere else in the world,” said Eivind Roald, Executive Vice President Sales & Marketing at SAS in a statement.

The competition was highly displeased, however. Low-price carrier Norwegian – which is still awaiting start-up on its long-distance Boeing 787 Dreamliner-served routes – says SAS’ law-breaking journey is nothing new to them.

“In fact, they’ve been fined billions of kroner for breaking the law in areas such as industrial espionage, cartel operations, and regarding other legal breaches,” Norwegian Air Shuttle spokesperson Anne-Sissel Skånvik told national publication Aftenposten.

“Our legal opinion is that the terms of business agreements are not subject to the provision that currently bans bonus points being earned on domestic flights in Norway,” added SAS’ Eivind Roald in his statement.

Norway’s government decided last year to further the Competition Authority’s 2002 bonus point ban.

Whilst Norwegian Air Shuttle declares its points-free landings will still be squeaker-clean (in aviation terms, a ‘squeaker’ refers to a smooth landing – opposite to what is known as a ‘bury them in the concrete’ one), anti-competition officials warn they may draw out their legal cutlery.

"We have to look into whether this breaches the prohibition against earning bonus points on domestic flights," the Authority's Gjermund Nese tells The Foreigner.

What type of sanctions can you impose?

"We can fine SAS up to 10 percent of their annual turnover," he concluded




Published on Tuesday, 26th February, 2013 at 13:07 under the news category, by Michael Sandelson and Gerald Jones   .
Last updated on 26th February 2013 at 19:54.

This post has the following tags: saseurobonus, norwaydomesticflights.





  
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