14 January, 2020
06 January, 2020
Based out of the huge Singapore Changi Airport, Scoot airlines have risen and risen since first flying in 2012 to become one of the biggest names on the low-cost scene in the Asia Pacific region. A subsidiary of the premium Singapore Airlines, Scoot air specializes in offering wallet-friendly rates on both regional short-haul and global long-haul connections. A merger with fellow budget carrier Tigerair bolstered the fleet in 2016, along with other expansions in the 2014-15 season that saw the addition of NokScoot out of Bangkok. The current Scoot air fleet consists of more than 40 individual aircraft, made up of largely Boeing Dreamliner 787s, along with a few Airbus 320s. Every Scoot airplane has a unique name and bears the yellow-white livery, including Fly Scoot logos on the nose and tail.
Scoot airlines aren't your usual low-cost carrier. One of the first economy-centric airlines to focus on long-haul destinations as well as domestic and regional links, you might just be surprised at the sheer wealth of places you can escape to on a Scoot plane. From the surf-sprayed beaches of Queensland to the mystical mountains of Taiwan and the snow fields of Hokkaido, Scoot's own network links up Asia, Australia, and the Indian subcontinent. The raving techno clubs of Berlin are also accessible on Scoot-run flights, along with the ancient ruins of Athens, which are two of the gateway routes from Singapore to Europe. In addition to their homegrown web of flights, the Fly Scoot portal sells tickets on services operated throughout the Value Alliance network. Partner airlines include Cebu Pacific and Jeju Air, and there's a whopping 160 different destinations across the grouping, from mainland China to South Korea to Japan. There are also plenty of Scoot Australia routes. They're run in partnership with Singapore Airlines, SilkAir, and Virgin Australia. Popular links include the Scoot Singapore to Sydney route and the Scoot Perth to Singapore connection, from where a whole load of onward journeys can whisk you off to Europe, Southeast Asia, India and beyond.
If low-cost Scoot deals aren't already enough to get you clicking 'book' on that bargain flight through Singapore, there are also ad hoc sales and promos that pop up throughout the year. These often come unannounced, so you'll need to keep your eyes peeled for them. They include: *Weekly GTG sales that cut the cost of Scoot flights by removing booking fees and payment processing surcharges. *Time-limited Scoot promo code deals that offer up to 15% off on selected destinations, from Scoot Australia routes to Southeast Asia routes. *Flash sales that give huge reductions of up to 25% on all-in Scoot fares booked at the last minute.
Being a budget airline, Scoot doesn't offer checked baggage as standard. However, that doesn't mean you'll have to pack all your board shorts and bikinis into a carry-on, because there are optional add-ons aplenty. The basic allowance of Scoot cabin baggage is 10kg of combined weight shared between a single bag and a single personal item (a laptop or handbag), provided the main part of the luggage is no larger than 54cm x 38cm x 23cm. Those who upgrade to the premium ScootPlus bundle (formerly known as Scoot Biz) get two full cabin bags and a combined weight allowance of 15kg, along with check-in allowance of 30kg, more legroom, and big-portion in-flight meals. There are also FlyBag and FlyBagEat bundles that allow 20kg of checked baggage. Alternatively, you can add standalone check-in bags up to a total weight of 40kg, although no single bag on any Scoot flight can weigh more than 32kg on its own.
Another great feature of flying Scoot air is that members of Singapore Airline's rewards program, KrisFlyer, can collect points as they go. You'll also be able to clock up miles when booking with Fly Scoot onto any one of Scoot's 30 or more partner carriers. You'll earn a single air mile per one SGD spent.
There's good news if you're flying on any Scoot route out of Singapore, Bangkok (BKK), Phuket, Perth, India, Seoul, Japan, Gold Coast, Sydney, or Berlin – you're likely to be eligible for web check in. If you don't require special assistance at the airport and aren't traveling on a journey with multiple layovers, you can do all the pre-flight admin via the Fly Scoot portal online. Other travelers can head to the Scoot desks at the airport. Check in typically opens three hours prior to departure. At Singapore Changi Airport and the Tullamarine Airport in Melbourne, Scoot offers self-service check in facilities to help reduce queues.