SAS takes on Norwegian government over frequent flyer program ban

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    SAS Airlines has challenged Norway’s ban on frequent flier programs. The news comes more than a decade after the measure went into force when Oslo sought to increase competition between airlines in the Nordic country, fearing that frequent flier schemes would ensure that business travellers would continue to choose then-dominant SAS over upstart Norwegian Air Shuttle.

    But SAS has since sank to become the country’s underdog against Norwegian Air and late last year was nearly forced into bankruptcy amid rising competition and costs.

    Now, the carrier has challenged the Norwegian government – ironically its biggest shareholder – to sidestep the ban in order to fight back against Norwegian Air by luring the country’s lucrative domestic business travellers to frequent traveller incentives, according to a Wall Street Journal report published on Wednesday 27 February.

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