I’ve lost track of the number of times we traveled on Scoot. In fact, since Scoot started as a low cost budget carrier for medium and long-haul flights, we’ve been taking Scoot to various destinations once the option becomes available.
Our preferred airline for travelling to Australia is Scoot, mainly because we felt we need not pay for a full service flight for a destination which is quite close to home (home is Singapore) and therefore has a manageable flight time, and mostly because the timings of most of these Scoot flights were quite suitable for our needs.
|Fly Scoot Boeing B787 Dreamliners (Credits: https://www.flyscoot.com/en/fly-scoot/onboard/economy-class)|
So yes, once again, we were on a Scoot flight to Sydney (again!). Sydney is no stranger to us, because we’ve been there in May 2013 – not very recent, I know, but the city was still essentially the same. This time though, Sydney would just be a stop-over for us, as we embark on our cruise to beautiful and unique New Zealand via Princess Cruises.
This was actually our 6th trip on Scoot, the previous ones are:
- Trip #1 – Gold Coast (2012)
- Trip #2 – Sydney (2013)
- Trip #3 – Taipei (2015)
- Trip #4 – Perth (2015)
- Trip #5 – Taipei/Kaohsiung (2016)
For the Budget Traveler
Keeping cost low without compromising too much on comfort is always our priority when we travel.
A pair of return tickets (Singapore to Sydney and back) cost us SGD $1000, and this was inclusive of taxes, seat selection and administrative charges.
It always pays to look out for Scoot’s promotion which happens on every Tuesday of the week (and announced on Monday), and in this instance, as in for past instances, the tickets were bought during Scoot’s fare promotion. It also pays if you can determine early on, at the point of booking, your requirements with regard to luggage and meals on-board.
Scoot Insider (Credits: https://www.flyscoot.com/en/scootinsider)
For us, we took Scoot’s fare bundle Fly Bag Eat which gives us a 20kg check-in luggage allowance each plus a meal for each of us on board. This is on top of the 2-piece hand carry allowance which limits every passenger to a handbag and a laptop bag, totally at most 10 kg.
Fly Scoot Fly Bag Eat Baggage Allowance (Credits: https://www.flyscoot.com/en/fly-scoot/before-you-fly/baggage)
|Fly Scoot Fly Bag Eat Baggage Allowance (Credits: https://www.flyscoot.com/en/fly-scoot/before-you-fly/baggage)|
Of course, there are other customisations as well, for instance, you can choose to only book a ticket with Scoot without the add-ons, or you could choose to add on the luggage allowance only with the Fly Bag bundle. It all really depends on your own needs. If you choose not take up the bundle at the point of booking, you can still add on the various components, but this will come at a slightly higher cost than if you had bought the bundle at the first instance. At the end of the day, we found that with the Fly Bag Eat bundle which makes our travel almost equivalent to that on a full service airline, the cost was still lower than most of the full service airlines.
Convenient Web Check-In
From the experience gained before the flight to Taipei/Kaohsiung, web check-in is indeed essential if you want to avoid the crowd and save valuable time at the airport (which I could use for shopping and dining!).
Web check-in is available for all Scoot flights departing from Singapore, provided you belong to one of the following groups:
- Individual or group travellers (excluding travel agent bookings)
- Guests with only carry-on baggage or check-in baggage
- Point-to-point journeys (i.e.no flight connections)
- Bookings made through FlyScoot.com., Scoot Call Centre or 3rd-party travel websites
It is unfortunately not available for the following groups:
- Guests who require special assistance
- Bookings made through group travel agents
- Journeys with multiple connecting flights
- Standby, staff and duty travel bookings
- Guests who have purchased MaxYourSpace
- Guests who are awaiting confirmation of their MaxYourSpace or Bid 4 Biz purchases
- Guests travelling with infants
In contrast to our previous experience where check-in was done only at the counter, with the web check-in, we could minimize the time spent at the check-in counter. Everything was a breeze as all we needed to do was to proceed to have our luggages weighed (to ensure it did not exceed the weight limits) and for us to watch it go on the conveyor belt to be safely loaded onto the plane.
The Scoot Dreamliner Flight Experience
We had experienced Scoot’s B787 dreamliner aircraft during our previous trips, so this interior cabin was very familiar to us.
Legroom at our economy class seat was very sufficient for a petite lady of 1.6 metres (5.2 feet), and for a man of 1.8 metres (5.9 feet) and we were pretty comfortable throughout the flight time of 7 hours.
The feature that I loved most on these B787s were the windows which does not use the traditional pull-down window shades, but uses control buttons to let you choose the degree of tint that you want for your windows. It’s perfect for people like me who doesn’t like the glare of the sky but who still wants to catch a glimpse of the clouds outside.
The various travel magazines and in-flight shopping catalogue in Scoot. Scoot, being a subsidiary of the SIA group, has recently aligned their in-flight shopping to that of SIA, so the items for sale looked to be similar.
If you are bored, why not consider ScooTV, which allows for movies and TV streaming to your own device at a cost of USD$11. For budget travelers like ourselves, we would recommend loading your device with your own videos first if you really need that kind of entertainment during the flight.
The Scoot Meal
With the Fly Bag Eat bundle, we already had our meals pre-selected and ordered prior to the flight. Although you still can order off the menu during the flight, certain selections, such as my Tom Yum Fried Rice are available only through pre-selection.
Our full meal of Nasi Lemak and Tom Yum Fried Rice set. Each set comes with a drink and a large bar of Ritter Sport chocolate.
I’ve always enjoyed Scoot’s on-board meals, and this one was no exception. This was in fact the most satisfying on-board meal I had, and I must say, Scoot did a really fantastic job with their Tom Yum Fried Rice. Thumbs up! Unfortunately, this option was not available for the return flight from Sydney, or else I would have treated myself to a second round of this.