If, like myself, you travel lots, you are often trying to find the cheapest option to get from point A to B with minimal expenditure. This often leads to flights on not so desirable airlines in the competitive world of airline travel. For a long time now, I’ve heard nothing but horrible reviews of Scoot airlines, a budget subsidiary of Singapore Airlines. So when the option of a $400 flight from Athens to the Gold Coast popped up, I thought about the dastardly feedback previously offered up about them then thought twice. Fuck it, it said! It’s only $400 to get home and the other airlines were asking upwards of $2,000 for a one way option. Money I didn’t really have. So Scoot it was for this budget traveller.
I should say that I jagged a $700 one way flight over with China Airways who were, well, they were ok but I wouldn’t be in a hurry to fly them again. Now, to get to Athens, I booked a London to Prague flight with Ryanair for $65, a train from Prague to Krakow for $15 and then a $74 flight from Krakow to Athens. Five days, lots of adventure and I didn’t have to break a sweat financially to cover it all. Around $1,600 all in when a direct return flight to London would have cost well over $2,500 on the short notice I required.
As an added bonus with my $400 flight from Athens, I also got a bonus 18 hours in Singapore which allowed me to head out for the day and explore. Singapore’s Changi airport is world class which meant I was able to have a shower for $20 at the transit hotel inside Terminal 2.
So what are the catches to flying Scoot? Well, you have to buy your own food, blankets, headphones, drinks and there is no in flight entertainment for economy passengers but a well prepared traveller can cover most of those bases. The only hiccup I stumbled over was the food but I did find a delicious teriyaki chicken and rice meal with a can of coke for $15. The meal was sublime! So much better than what is offered on other major airlines. It was fresh, tasty and nice & hot. I’d highly recommend trying out Scoot’s food options. You can buy cheap water at the airport departure gate or fill up and empty water bottle or three like I did for both legs.
So what were the staff like I hear you say? Well, they couldn’t have been more helpful and friendly. All the cabin crew went above and beyond for everyone on board for the entirety of both legs. I had flown Scoot once before in 2015 when I travelled from the Gold Coast to Singapore and both my experiences have been sublime. The airline strive hard to employ very friendly, thoughtful and courteous cabin crew. The “Scooties” as the cabin crew are known on board are up their with the best airline staff I have ever experienced in almost 20 years of constant travel. However, being a budget airline, I understand that this kind of travel is not for everyone though, rest assured, if you want to try something different then I can’t recommend Scoot enough. They now have a resume of exceptional destinations on their list and very affordable prices.
Will I fly with Scoot again anytime soon? My word I will!