What is Fly Scoot? Simply put, Fly Scoot is a cheap airline company that employs a variety of cost-cutting methods in order to deliver the cheapest possible air-fare.
They only about 1 year old – when we booked tickets for Winter Break back in late October, they had JUST started flying to Tokyo. They have only a couple planes, and (usually) only do one flight a day from each location. I was hesitant to book at first, since there were nearly no reviews online – and I wasn’t quite sure if it was a legitimate airline.
And I loved it.
Ways that make Fly Scoot Airline unique:
- Nothing is free. Everything is pay-as-you-go. This goes beyond just checked baggage, though. I mean if you want ANYTHING other than a random spot on a plane, you have to pay.
When you pay, you have to use cash. It can be cash from any currency, but they will give you your change in Singapore dollars (they are a Singaporean company). It’s a little complicated…
What costs money?
- Drinks. Even water. They serve soft drinks, fruit juice, wine, beer, vodka, and a whole menu of drinks – but you have to pay.
- Food. They have set menus that smell delicious (and are reasonably priced). A couple next to us got a meal… and I was so jealous. Ryosuke and I just brought McDonalds hamburgers on the plane to snack on.
- Snacks. They have anything from peanuts to beef jerky.
- The ability to choose your own seat. This one is pretty normal – you had to pay a couple extra dollars so you could sit next to friends and loved ones.
- Bigger seats. Not business class, but slightly larger seats.
- Checking a bag. This one is pretty standard.
- Ice Cream. Halfway through the flight they came down the aisles, wearing party hats, ringing silver bells, and pushing a cart of ice cream.
- Their employees were fashionable and fresh. Girls uniforms were tight yellow and black dresses and boys looked like they came off of a Star Trek episode. Everyone looked fresh and comfortable (traditional flight attendant outfits look starched and uncomfortable).
- Everything is color coated mustard yellow and black or mustard yellow and electric blue. I loved their color scheme and interior design of the plane.
- They were fun – like an Asian version of Southwest Airlines. They had a great atmosphere, at the end of our flight to Taiwan, they played a game “find the yellow.” The first person to show five yellow personal items to a flight staff got a prize. Everyone (myself included) got wildly competitive.
Sadly, I didn’t win. Either time. But next time… next time I Fly Scoot, I will bring five yellow things in my carry-on and in the mysterious prize that is “waiting for the winner at the Scoot desk once they de-plane.”
I’m so curious. Guys, please tell me what the prize is. Please.
They only have one flight a day from most locations. For instance, every morning a flight leaves at 6AM from Taiwan, lands in Tokyo at around 10AM, departs from Tokyo again at 11:50AM, arrives in Taiwan (again), and departs for Singapore. We did a round-trip from Tokyo to Taipei that cost just under $300.
All in all, next time I can, I will book Fly Scoot. Their check-in process was easy, the employees were friendly, and the menu on the airplane was diverse and delicious.
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