Scandinavian Flags

We love travel deals and visitors to Scandinavia flying on SAS Airlines this summer might be able to pick up a free rental car as a component of airfare (although we know "There Ain't No Such Thing as a Free Rental Car"). Another thing we do know is that travel to Scandinavia is expensive. In fact, the three destination cities in the promotion offered by Scandinavian Airlines (SAS) -- Copenhagen, Oslo, and Stockholm -- consistently rank among the most expensive cities to visit in the world. So what's the deal with "free" rental cars?

One of our favorite Scandinavian exports!

Between February 15 and March 15, bookings of two or more transatlantic round-trips to Copenhagen, Oslo, or Stockholm on SAS will results in a five-day rental car voucher from the airline, valid at Avis. The travel period is listed as May 18 through August 16 (peak summer tourist season) and the five-day rental car voucher is for a vehicle from Avis Group A. The rental car has to be booked by the end of March and we're sure more restrictions -- such as the tax burden -- will be known when the offer starts. However, Avis Group A is unfriendly for the vast majority of Americans. You see, Group A means a mini-car with a manual transmission.

At least this car would be easy to park!

Like most promotional offers, this deal is obviously not for everyone. Insist on a car larger than a mini (or an automatic transmission) and this promotion has no value. Similarly, the cost of the flights on SAS might be far more expensive than alternatives without the "free" rental car. However, there's that subset of travelers headed to Scandinavia anyway, more than happy to drive the smallest car with a manual transmission on a rental lot. Those users could save $100 or more over the course of a five-day rental which is fortunate; those savings would help pay for some sunscreen and drinks at the local market given Scandinavian pricing!


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