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News: SAS To Leave Star Alliance For SkyTeam -

Scandinavian Airlines (SAS) announced that they will leave Star Alliance on August 31st, 2024. Starting September 1, 2024, SAS EuroBonus members will enjoy benefits with most SkyTeam airlines.

SAS was one of the five founding members of the Star Alliance together with United Airlines, Thai Airways International, Air Canada, and Lufthansa. However, a tricky financial situation during the pandemic and filing for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection resulted in SAS being linked up with Air France-KLM.

Since both Air France and KLM are in SkyTeam, it was inevitable for SAS to eventually switch the alliances. The transition is scheduled to begin on September 1, 2024. EuroBonus members will get access to certain loyalty benefits similar to those offered with Star Alliance airlines with most SkyTeam's airlines.

The SkyTeam alliance includes such member airlines as Aeromexico, Delta Air Lines, Korean Air, Virgin Atlantic and others. All in all, there are 19 member airlines in SkyTeam at the moment.

SAS won't rename their loyalty program, it'll remain EuroBonus. Currently, there are no hints on the airline joining the Flying Blue program shared by KLM and Air France.

There are no specific details about the transition, but SAS promised more information in the months to come.