*LAST CHANCE* Chicago: โ‚ฌ530 SAS Premium Economy From Brussels (=Instant Star Alliance Gold)

In addition to their ultra-cheap nonstop flights from Copenhagen and Stockholm, Star Alliance member SAS has another marvelous premium economy from Brussels, that might be even better. You can reach Chicago with some extra legroom, two checked bags and lounge access along the way for โ‚ฌ530.

Because of the feeder flights from and to Brussels and SAS current promotion, these tickets are worth 52,000 status points in SAS’ loyalty program, EuroBonus. This means you’d instantly reach Star Alliance Gold status with these flights.

Info

Touristic travel to the USA should be possible again from November 8, 2021 onwards for fully vaccinated Europeans.

Should you not be able to fly (or not want to fly) later on, you can cancel the flights and get a voucher from SAS worth the amount of money that you spent.

SAS operates Airbus A330 between their Scandinavia hubs and Chicago. These birds feature a 2-3-2 seating in premium economy instead of the economy 2-4-2. Luggage is included in this fare, as well.

SK BRU ORD W 530
Great fare for a trip across the pond, including a Star Alliance Gold tier.

Search & Book

According to the fare rules, tickets are on sale until October 18, 2021 for flights without a specific travel period. The airline may opt to withdraw the fare earlier. The minimum stay requirement is 6 days (or a Sunday).

Google Flights shows you additional flight dates, prices displayed there are โ‚ฌ20-โ‚ฌ30 higher than what SAS offers. We still recommend booking with the airline to minimize other risk factors.

Why is booking with an airline better than with an online travel agency?

More often than not, online travel agencies offer lower fares than airlines do. We still recommend booking with the airlines directly. There are three main reasons for that:

  1. The Covid-19 Pandemic
    During the worldwide outbreak of Covid-19, planning international travel got more and more risky because of ever-changing restrictions. In contrast to many online travel agencies, most airlines modified their terms & conditions to become more customer friendly. Rebooking conditions are eased, change fees are waived and cancellations are much easier when there is no third party involved.

    Further, by adding an OTA to your plans, you increase the risk of one service provider involved going bankrupt. Now, the airline and the online travel agency involved could vanish along with your money.
  2. Better Customer Service
    In case any problems like delays, cancellations or missed connections arise, you can communicate directly with the airline. The airlines has to take care of you because you have a contract with them.

    If a travel agency issues your ticket, you may have to reach out to them first. You also depend on your OTA to forward you information like flight changes instead receiving them directly from the airline. You may get a prime exhibition of responsibility shifting rather than problem solving.

    This especially applies for premium tickets. You don’t want to spend more than โ‚ฌ1,000 to wind up with some budget OTA’s telephone hotline in case anything goes wrong.
  3. Baggage Fees
    Economy fares not including hold luggage are more and more common. In most cases, travel agencies charge much higher baggage fees than the airlines themselves. If bags are not included in your fare, airlines are often the cheaper alternative.
Hint

Don’t forget to register for SAS EuroBonus if you got your eyes on the Star Alliance Gold status.

Mileage

For 2021 and January 2022 flight dates, this is the best part about this deal. Because SAS runs a quadruple points promotion for flights in these months, the 6,500 point you get for each leg sum up to 52,000 (6,500 x 2 legs x 4 promo bonus), getting beyond the 45,000 points you’d need for Star Alliance Gold status.

With other Star Alliance programs, you can earn the following for these flights in booking class A:

  • 20,364 Kilometers on Air China PhoenixMiles
  • 20,244 Miles on TAP Miles & Go
  • 20,244 Miles on Air India Flying Returns
  • 15,184 Miles on Turkish Airlines Miles&Smiles
  • 15,184 Miles on Copa ConnectMiles
  • 15,184 Miles on Avianca LifeMiles
  • 15,184 Miles on EgyptAir Plus
  • 15,184 Miles on Aegean Miles+Bonus
  • 13,000 Points on SAS EuroBonus
  • 12,782 Miles on Virgin Atlantic Flying Club
  • 12,654 Miles on South African Voyager
  • 12,654 Miles on EVA Infinity MileageLands
  • 12,654 Miles on Asiana Club
  • 12,654 Miles on Thai Royal Orchid Plus
  • 12,654 Miles on Air Canada Aeroplan
  • 12,654 Miles on Singapore KrisFlyer
  • 10,124 Miles on ANA Mileage Club
  • 10,124 Miles on Ethiopian ShebaMiles
  • 10,120 Award Miles + 1,268 PQP on United MileagePlus
  • 10,020 Miles on Miles&More
  • 2,402 Miles on Etihad Guest
Data provided by wheretocredit.com. Without guarantee on correctness.
Information & Tips for USA

The USA offers many sights, natural wonders and cultural significance. Thanks to numerous airlines offering flights across the Atlantic, it is always pretty inexpensive to get there. Alternatively, you can also cross the Atlantic by boat.

Immigration, ESTA & Visa Requirements

The USA has one of the strictest entry regulations in the world. Most EU citizens, among others, are lucky to be able to participate in the so-called Visa Waiver Program. If you get an electronic entry permit (ESTA)ย  for about โ‚ฌ12, you don’t need a visa for entry.

The Best Time to Visit

Due to its sheer size, the perfect time to visit the USA varies greatly from region to region. In winter, Florida is very popular due to the mild temperatures. In the summer the West and East Coasts are flooded by tourists which drives up the prices for hotels and flights and during the Indian Summer in late autumn New England is a very popular destination. The hurricane season between July and September can be dangerous in the Caribbean and the Gulf of Mexico. Florida and the southern states are regularly struck by these tropical storms. Blizzards occur from the East Coast to the Midwest during the winter months and regularly put air traffic and public life on hold.

Climate diagram for New York City, New York (Source: WMO World Weather Information Service)
Climate diagram for Los Angeles, California (Source: WMO World Weather Information Service)
Climate diagram for Miami, Florida (Source: WMO World Weather Information Service)

Currency

The US dollar is widely used throughout the world and accepted as a currency in most tourist hotspots worldwide. That being said, carrying cash isn’t necessary in the US, all you need is a credit card! These are very common in the USA and are accepted pretty much everywhere without any issues. If you already have a credit card in your wallet, you should make sure that it does not charge a foreign currency fee if possible. Carrying a few dollars in cash doesn’t hurt though. You might need cash e.g. for the bus ticket if you want to buy it directly from the driver. Most of the time you even have to give exact change.

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Information & Tips for Chicago

Chicago is the third largest city in the USA with about 2.7 million inhabitants and an important economic and cultural center. The city attracts about 55 million visitors every year and has a lot to offer in terms of tourism.

Best Time to Visit

The best weather for tourists is in May, June, September and October. Summers can become very hot and humid, winters are often associated with snow storms and double-digit temperatures below zero.

Climate diagram for Chicago, Illinois (Source: WMO World Weather Information Service)

From the Airport to the City Center

Two commercial airports serve the metropolitan area of Chicago, the larger Chicago O’Hare International Airport (ORD) and Chicago Midway International Airport (DCA). Long-haul flights are serviced by ORD, which is also a hub for Star Alliance carrier United Airlines and Oneworld carrier American Airlines. MDW mainly serves domestic flights and is Southwest’s hub.

Chicago O’Hare Intl. Airport

By CTA train (Blue Line, journey time 35 – 50 minutes) the journey from the airport to the city costs $5, in the other direction only $2.25. A taxi costs – depending on traffic – between $40 and $50, Uber and Lyft are slightly cheaper. The journey time can vary between 30 and 60 minutes.

Chicago Midway Intl. Airport

This airport can also be reached by CTA train (Orange Line, travel time 25 minutes, same prices as ORD). Taxis take about 30 minutes and cost $30 to $40, Uber and Lyft are slightly cheaper.

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  1. Adam says:

    Hi! Is there a way to check how many miles will I get if I cancel my last segment on the return flight (Stockholm-Brussels)? Will it still qualify for the Gold?

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