Paris Charles De Gaulle airport Terminal 1 has long been a challenge for the airlines – the design from the 60s hasn’t quite stood the test of time. Despite recent renovations that make the space as appealing as a concrete shell may ever be, the sheer lack of real estate remains a problem. Rather than building their lounge underground like neighbor Lufthansa did, SAS Scandinavian Airlines chose to partition off a small portion of the satellite concourse, thereby offering views and daylight, but at the expense of space and amenities.
SAS Lounge CDG design
The large windows let plenty of light in — the electric shades come in handy at sunset and sunrise — and offer views of the aircraft from the sometimes exotic airlines that serve CDG1. The design includes signature SAS elements such as the communal round tables and an emphasis on wood and light materials, but the facility has not yet been updated with the large shades and other features found in newly renovated lounges.
The layout is rather straightforward. Two round tables greet guests by the buffet; countertop style seating runs along the window facing the entrance, and a small area in the back features chairs that are literally stacked against each other due to lack of space. Power outlets are readily available along the high tables.
SAS Lounge CDG amenities
The buffet offers continental breakfast in the morning (ham, salami, cheese, delicious French croissants, fruit), snacks throughout the day (though we can’t help but find the instant soups ghetto), a soda fountain, bottles of juices and mineral water, and an espresso machine. Alcoholic beverages are limited to two decent bottles of red and white wine.
Other amenities include a broad selection of newspapers and magazines and a single self-service computer.
The staff is cheerful and friendly, although during our visit we were not sure what to make of the janitor kicking patrons off the rear seating area just to sweep it less than thoroughly.
Due to space restrictions, the lounge does not have a bathroom, and the nearest bathroom is at the other end of the satellite. Also, despite being technically a Star Alliance Gold lounge, the SAS Lounge is not accessible to passengers who are not flying from Satellite 7.
SAS Lounge CDG bottom line
Overall, the SAS Lounge at Paris CDG is a simple but pleasant, bright and airy lounge when it is quiet, though crowding can be a serious issue and the lack of a bathroom is annoying. As an alternative at peak times, passengers who have ample time may use the superior Star Alliance Lounge, with the understanding that it is located in the non-Schengen area in the main terminal building outside security and thus access involves going through passport control both ways.
You may have access to SAS Lounge as a premium customer of one of the following airlines, or as an elite member of their frequent flyer program. Check the Access rules tab for more details.
Access for eligible customers traveling on the following Star Alliance member airlines only.
Aegean (A3) LOT Polish Airlines (LO) SAS (SK)
The following passengers have access:
- SAS Plus passengers departing on a same-day flight (no guests)
- SAS Business class passengers departing on a same-day flight (no guests)
- SAS EuroBonus Gold & Diamond members departing on a same-day SAS, LOT Polish Airlines or Aegean flight (+1 guest or up to 4 immediate family members)
- SAS EuroBonus Gold & Diamond members arriving on a same-day transcontinental flight (+1 guest or up to 4 immediate family members)
- SAS EuroBonus Silver members departing on a same-day SAS or Widerøe flight, from July 1st through August 31 and from December 15th through January 15th (+1 guest or up to 4 immediate family members)
- LOT Business Class passengers departing on a same-day flight (no guests)
- Miles & More Senator and HON members departing on a same-day SAS, LOT Polish Airlines or Aegean flight (+1 guest)
- Aegean Business Class passengers departing on a same-day flight (no guests)
- Aegean Miles+Bonus Gold members departing on a same-day SAS, LOT Polish Airlines or Aegean flight (+1 guest)
- Star Alliance Gold members departing on a same-day SAS, LOT Polish Airlines or Aegean flight (+1 guest)
Guests must be departing on a flight operated by SAS, LOT Polish Airlines or Aegean.
Note: due to space restrictions, despite being a Star Alliance Gold lounge, this facility is reserved for passengers departing from Satellite 7 (SAS, LOT Polish Airlines, Aegean): Star Alliance Gold members and premium passengers traveling on other Star Alliance partners may not use the Lufthansa lounge or Star Alliance lounge instead.
When flying Star Alliance
When flying Star Alliance. Worldwide membership only.