Scoot launches flights to Laos with fares from $189
Did someone say "cheap break"?
Scoot is constantly surprising us with new and exciting routes at exciting prices. Take for example those Athens flights which come up at under $700 return from Australia.
Now the budget airline has launched a brand spankin' new route and it's pretty unique if we do say so, ourselves. It's to the Southeast Asian country of Laos. To celebrate, the airline is hosting a launch sale with flights from $189 each way.
Hands up if you want in? Yup, that's what we thought.
The sale starts at 1pm AEDT on 9 January 2019 and flights take you to either the old capital of Luang Prabang and its ancient temples or the present capital of Vientiane and its French-colonial architecture.
Unsurprisingly the cheapest tickets depart from Perth, though you won't have to shell out too much more if you're flying out of another major city. For example, Gold Coast flights start from $199 and Sydney or Melbourne fares start from $209.
The new route, which starts on 1 April, will operate three times weekly on Monday, Thursday and Sunday at 9am from Singapore. You can build your connection with flights departing late the day before.
Sale fares are available for travel from 1 April until 26 October 2019 and are available to book until 2:59am AEDT 22 January 2019.
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How cheap are these flights?
Perhaps Scoot's biggest competition on this route is budget airline AirAsia, who also flies to Vientiane from Australia.
Looking at flights taking off on 1 April, AirAsia has Gold Coast to Vientiane flights starting at $289.68 each way. This is almost over $100 more than Scoot's launch sale prices.
As an aside, there were no flights from Perth available on 1 April to compare.
Similar to Scoot, AirAsia's flights to Laos come with a mandatory stopover in Kuala Lumpur. This keeps flight times fairly competitive.
AirAsia also only flies to Vientiane, so if you're interested in jet-setting to Luang Prabang on the cheap your better bet is with Scoot.
When flights go off sale, Scoot fares will start from around $220 each way, out of Perth and $230 out of Gold Coast and $250 out of Sydney and Melbourne.