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June 26, 2018

Flying with Scoot Airlines



At first I was afraid, I was petrified. 

Thanks Gloria Gaynor for the words to describe exactly how I felt about flying with a budget airline.  I had read some reviews and most were bad and made me worry about flight delays, zero customer service, and my safety.  But those low prices were so tempting!

Then fate stepped in and a friend posted about his flight experience with Scoot, which turned out to be awesome and when I asked him, he said he would recommend the airline.  That was enough for me and I quickly booked a trip to Osaka for myself and my daughter.  

Scoot airlines is the low cost airline owned by Singapore Airlines through a subsidiary and uses Boeing's newest 787 Dreamliner aircraft for its approximate 8 hours flights between Honolulu and Osaka.

Since it's a budget airline, choosing your seats, baggage, meals, wifi, in seat power, etc are all extra costs.  But, if you can score a really good airfare like I did, then you still save even after adding all the extra costs.  Definitely do the math and make a comparison to see if the money you are saving is worth it.  

One thing that may be hard for those travelling with young kids is their policy of not allowing the consumption of outside food and beverages on board, but they do have a cafĂ© menu that stays open until about a hour prior to landing.  My daughter loved their cup of noodle selection!

Lastly, if you won't be able to make it to the airport early (check in counters open three hours before departure) and don't want to wait in line for check-in, I'd recommend paying the $5 per person add on for Board Me First which allows you access to the Priority check in line and early boarding.  We did this at Kansai Airport and found it totally worth it.
        
Checking in at Honolulu three hours prior to departure.

Seat configuration on the plane is 3-3-3. 

Check in line at Kansai Airport a little more than 2 hours prior to departure.

Our line with Board Me First!





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