The oxidation mechanism of FeCrAl (+RE), RE: reactive elements: Y and Hf) thin foils was studied at temperatures ranging from 1093 K to 1173 K in SO2+1%O2 atmosphere. Materials were subjected to isothermal and thermal cycling exposures as well as to the so-called two-stage-oxidation. In the latter, an oxygen isotope 18O2 was used as a tracer. Starting materials and scales were characterized using Grazing Angle X-Ray Diffraction (GA-XRD), EDX, SEM, XPS and High Spatial Resolution Secondary Ion Mass Spectrometry (HSR-SIMS). The obtained results showed within the studied range of exposure conditions the scales on all the studied alloys grow via outward mechanism typical for transient oxides and not for the -Al2O3 which is consistent with phase composition results and scale morphology and/or microstructure. It was also found that ‘as received’ foils are not bare metals but complex oxide-on-metal systems resulting from their manufacturing procedure. The obtained results are discussed in terms of the diffusion-related transport properties of the scale and of the scale phase composition.