If you're planning a trip to Denmark, Sweden, Norway, or Finland, or a combinations of those Nordic countries, consider starting your Nordic experience from the get-go by flying on Scandinavian Airlines, which serves many cities in all four countries. It's always smart to know the baggage allowance and rules well before you check in so you can pack appropriately and not be caught with a bag that's too big or too heavy or want to check too many and end up facing a large amount of fines.
Scandinavian Airlines allows one carry-on bag but passengers in higher fare classes may be able to bring on more than one carry-on. The dimensions of the carry-on must be no larger than 22 x 16 x 9 inches (55 x 40 x 23 centimeters). The bag must weigh 17.6 pounds (8 kilograms) or less. If you are flying to or from the United States or Asia in SAS Plus or Business, you are allowed two carry-on bags, both weighing 17.6 pounds or less. All passengers can also bring onboard a handbag or laptop bag for free. This bag must fit underneath the seat in front of you and be no larger than 16 x 12 x 6 inches (40 x 30 x 15 centimeters). Anything that you purchase in the airport or at duty-free is considered a part of your baggage allowance.
Liquids and gels in carry-on bags or handbags must be in containers that are no larger than 3.38 ounces (100 milliliters). If you are flying on a small aircraft, you might be asked to leave your carry-on bag at the door of the aircraft. It will be checked with no charge and will be returned to you at the door when you leave the plane.
Checked Baggage by Ticket Type
If you're flying from the United States to any Scandinavian country, it's likely you'll need to check at least one bag. Here are the rules about checked bags:
- Go Light ticket: No checked bags for free. Extra baggage perks for EuroBonus Silver, Gold, Diamond, or Star Alliance Gold members don't apply for Go Light tickets.
- SAS Go ticket: One checked bag weighing up to 50 pounds (23 kilograms) for free.
- SAS Plus: Two additional bags, both weighing up to 50 pounds (23 kilograms) for free. (If you are flying to, from, or within the United States on an interline itinerary, there could be additional costs.)
- SAS Business class to or from the United States and Asia: Two checked bags, both weighing up to 70 pounds (32 kilograms) for free.
- Children under 2 years old: One bag, weighing up to 50 pounds (23 kilograms), plus a stroller for free unless you're flying on a Go Light ticket. If that is the case, you can still check one stroller for free, even though you can't check bags for free.
- EuroBonus Silver and Star Alliance Gold members: Check one extra bag for free.
- EuroBonus Gold and Diamond members: Check two free bags for free.
Passengers can check up to four bags, but checking that many bags will cost you a fee. If you pre-pay for your extra bags at least 22 hours before departure, it'll cost less. The cost of the extra bags depends on your specific flight itinerary and fare class. For SAS Go flights in booking classes K, L, T,and O, to and from the United States, each extra bag costs $60 when purchased at least 22 hours before departures and $110 when purchased at the airport less than 22 hours before departure. For SAS Business, SAS Plus, and SAS Go flights in all other booking classes, to and from the United States, each extra bag costs $89 when purchased in advance and $109 when purchased at the airport.
In the event that you're flying SAS Go or SAS Plus and your luggage weighs more than 50 pounds but less than 70, you will be charged an overweight baggage fee, The fee also varies depending on where you're heading but for flights to and from Asia and the United States the fee is $50 per bag.
If you need to travel with more than 4 checked suitcases, you will have to ship them via cargo.
Overweight luggage weighing more than 70 pounds (32 kilograms) needs to be sent by cargo. Oversized luggage with dimensions larger than 62 inches (158 centimeters), including height, width, and depth, will also have to be sent by cargo. For allowances on other kinds of special baggage, such as bikes, sports equipment, and musical instruments, call the airline or look through their baggage policies online.