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Jetstar vs Scoot

Which budget airline gets you the most bang for your buck?

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Jetstar and Scoot are both 3-star low-cost carriers that offer limited luxuries so they can give you the best price possible. That's what they have in common.

Where they defer is in their flight destinations, baggage allowances, in-flight Wi-Fi and ability to price-match.

While you may prefer some features over others, if you're flying internationally Scoot is the better option as it offers a more far reaching network, more generous baggage allowance, entertainment and Wi-Fi. Scoot also has a silent zone on select flights.

Where Jetstar wins is in its cheap domestic offerings - which are non-existent with Scoot. It's also preferable if you're a Qantas Frequent Flyer member as Starter Plus, Starter Max or Business Max fares earn you points and status credits. Jetstar also offers a price-match guarantee which can secure you the cheapest fare.

Ready to book? Check out our Scoot and Jetstar deal pages for discounts on your next flight.

Still undecided? Read on for our comparison of the airlines blow-by-blow:

Jetstar vs Scoot: An in-depth comparison

FeatureWinnerJetstarScoot
Where does it fly to?Jetstar flies to more destinations however Scoot can get you as far as Europe for cheap.80+ destinations in these regions:
  • Asia and the Pacific
  • The Americas (only Honolulu)
40+ destinations in these regions:
  • Asia and the Pacific
  • The Americas (only Honolulu)
  • Europe (Athens and Berlin)
  • Middle East (only Jeddah)
What is the basic baggage allowance?Scoot allows more carry-on baggage. Both charge for checked luggage.1 x carry-on bag of 7kg2 x carry-on bags of 10kg total
What's the in-flight entertainment like?Scoot has entertainment on all flights.Movies, TV, games and music are available on international flights for a fee.Entertainment is available through the ScooTV app that must be downloaded and purchased. Movies and TV shows are available.
Is there Wi-Fi?Scoot offers Wi-Fi, Jetstar does not.No.Yes, Wi-Fi is available for purchase on flights on the Dreamliner planes.
FeatureWinnerJetstarScoot
Where does it fly from in Australia?Jetstar flies to and from more destinations in Australia.
  • Adelaide
  • Brisbane
  • Melbourne
  • Perth
  • Sydney
  • Plus 14 other destinations
  • Gold Coast
  • Melbourne
  • Perth
  • Sydney
Does it price match?Only Jetstar offers price matching.Yes, Jetstar refunds you the difference plus 10%No.
Is there online chat?Only Jetstar offers online chat.Yes, contact is available by email, phone and online chat.No, contact is only available by phone and email.
What are my payment options?Jetstar offers more payment options but both accept major credit cards.
  • Visa
  • Mastercard
  • Diners Club
  • American Express
  • UATP
  • eNets
  • Jetstar voucher
  • PayPal
  • Visa
  • Mastercard
  • American Express
  • Voucher
  • POLi
  • PayPal
FeatureJetstarScoot
Can I make changes / cancellations?Yes, depending on the ticket type purchased. Fees apply.Yes, depending on ticket type. Fees apply. Cancellations can be made withing 24-hours of booking fee-free after which partial refunds on cancelled tickets can be made through ChangeYourFlight for voucher credit.
What star rating is it?3-stars3-stars
What classes are available?
  • Business
  • Economy (variety of options)
  • ScootBiz
  • Economy
Does it charge for infants?A fee is required for infants under 2 years travelling on an adult’s lap. The fee depends on the destination.$75 for infants sitting on an adult’s lap.
Does it fly pets?Jetstar does not fly pets but service dogs are allowed.Scoot does not fly pets. Service animals are allowed by booking via the call centre. A seat must be purchased for the dog.
Which frequent flyer programs is it with?Club Jetstar. It's also aligned with Qantas Frequent Flyer.KrisFlyer
What type of plane will I fly on?
  • Boeing 787 Dreamliner
  • A320
  • A321
  • Bombardier Q300
  • Boeing 787 Dreamliner
  • Airbus 320
Does it serve alcohol?Beer, wine, ciders and spirits are available for purchase.Beer, wine, ciders and spirits are available for purchase.
Can I book round the world fares?No.No.
Can I book multi-city fares?Yes.Yes.
Any features to find the best price.Jetstar has a dedicated deals page.Scoot has a dedicated promotions page.

Who offers the best price?

We looked into booking round trip flights from Sydney to Bangkok (BKK) for 8-10 November 2018 and the results are in with Scoot beating Jetstar out by over $200.

Prices vary depending on the time searched. The prices shown may change based on airline sales.


Is it a good airline to fly with?

Both airlines are 3-star rated airlines according to Skytrax. Digging deeper Scoot has a higher customer rating at 6/10 compared to Jetstar which falls behind with a 5/10. However, Jetstar is one of the world's top 10 safest low-cost airlines.

Although Scoot ranks very low for in-flight entertainment (1-star) it makes up for it with a 4-star rating for value for money. Jetstar ranks with 2-3-star ratings in all categories.


Any other differences worth noting?

Scoot has a ScootinSilence quiet zone at the front of all of its 787 Dreamliners. This zone doesn't allow children under 12 and has stretch seats and adjustable headrests.

A downside on Scoot is that no outside food and beverages are allowed to be consumed on board, so you are limited to what is available from its in-flight menu.


What are the deals like?

Both airlines offer regular deals which aim to compete with each other. Some of Scoot's biggest flight sales can take you to Singapore from $198 return or Greece for under $600 return. Some of Jetstar's bigger flight sales include fly one way, return for free and domestic flights for under $30.

The verdict? Jetstar's selection is wider on domestic flights however Scoot often beats Jetstar on price for international fares outside of flight sales.


Check out the latest Jetstar and Scoot deals:

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Australia-wide flights from $51 each way

Available on select flights until February 2021, including over Christmas and New Year's Eve. Destinations include Adelaide, Brisbane, Gold Coast, Cairns, Perth, Broome, Melbourne and more. Sample fare is Sydney-Ballina with Jetstar.

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Australia flights from $92 return

Available on select dates until March 2021, including over Christmas and New Year's Eve. Destinations include Gold Coast, Sydney, Brisbane, Cairns, Launceston and more. Sample fare is Melbourne-Adelaide with Jetstar.

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Brisbane flights from $72 each way

Available on select dates until March 2021. Sample fare departs from Sydney with Jetstar.

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Sydney flights from $53 each way

Available on select dates until March 2021. Sample fare departs from Ballina with Jetstar.

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Asia flights from $411 return

Available on select dates in 2021 to Philippines, Thailand, Japan, Bali, Hong Kong, India and more. Sample fare is Darwin-Singapore with Jetstar.

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USA flights from $458 return

Available on select dates in 2021 to New York, San Francisco, Las Vegas, Los Angeles and more. Sample fare is Sydney-Honolulu with Jetstar.

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Japan flights from $626 return

Available on select dates in 2021 to Osaka, Fukuoka, Nagasaki and more. Sample fare is Cairns-Tokyo with Jetstar.

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Fiji flights from $444 return

Available on select dates in 2021 to Suva, Savusavu, Kadavu Island and more. Sample fare is Sydney-Nadi with Jetstar.

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New Zealand flights from $352 return

Available on select dates in 2021 to Auckland, Wellington, Queenstown, Dunedin, Rotorua and more. Sample fare is Gold Coast-Christchurch with Jetstar.

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Australia flights from $98 return

Available on flights until January 2021, including over Christmas and New Year's Eve. Destinations include Hobart, Perth, Darwin, Gold Coast, Uluru, Sydney, Canberra, Brisbane, Adelaide and more. Sample fare is Melbourne-Launceston with Jetstar.

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Australia-wide flights from $79 with Jetstar

Available on flights until June 2021, including over Christmas and New Year's Eve. Destinations include Cairns, Darwin, Gold Coast, Brisbane, Townsville and more. Sample fare is Sydney-Ballina. Plus get 1 free date change on flights until 15 December 2020. T&Cs apply.

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Gold Coast flights from $63 each way

Available on select dates from November 2020 - March 2021. Sample fare departs from Sydney with Jetstar.

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Hobart flights from $81 each way

Available on select dates from November 2020 - February 2021. Sample fare departs from Melbourne with Jetstar.

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Cairns flights from $97 each way

Available on select dates from November 2020 - March 2021. Sample fare departs from Brisbane with Jetstar.

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Sydney flights from $120 return

Available on select dates until January 2021. Sample fare departs from Gold Coast with Jetstar.

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Byron Bay flights from $95 return

Available on flights until March 2021. Sample fare departs from Avalon with Jetstar.

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Adelaide flights from $92 return

Available on select flights until March 2021 departing from Sydney, Hobart, Gold Coast and more. Sample fare is Avalon-Adelaide with Jetstar.

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Cairns flights from $219 return

Available on select flights until December 2020 departing from Gold Coast, Sydney, Townsville and more. Sample fare is Brisbane-Cairns with Jetstar.

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Brisbane flights from $168 return

Available on select flights until January 2021 departing Cairns, Sunshine Coast, Adelaide and more. Sample fare is Mackay-Brisbane with Jetstar.

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Townsville flights from $123 return

Available on flights until December 2020. Sample fare departs from Brisbane with Jetstar.

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Townsville flights from $175 return

Available on flights in November 2020. Sample fare departs from Brisbane with Jetstar.

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Newcastle flights from $311 return

Available on flights until December 2020. Sample fare departs from Adelaide with Jetstar. Other flights depart from Cairns, Ballina, Darwin and Brisbane.

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Sydney flights from $121 return

Available on select dates until December 2020. Sample fare is Gold Coast-Sydney with Jetstar.

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Ballina flights from $133 return

Available on select dates until December 2020. Sample fare departs from Sydney with Jetstar.

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Adelaide flights from $160 return

Available on select dates from October 2020 - February 2021. Sample fare departs from Sydney with Jetstar.

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Melbourne flights from $142 return

Available on select dates from October 2020 - January 2021. Sample fare departs from Adelaide with Jetstar.

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Perth flights from $340 return

Available on select dates from October 2020 - February 2021. Sample fare departs from Adelaide with Jetstar.

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Asia flights from $247 return

Available on select dates in 2021 to Indonesia, Singapore, Malaysia, Philippines, Vietnam, Thailand and more. Sample fare is Perth-Bali with Jetstar and AirAsia. T&Cs apply.

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