Swoop – The Lowdown on Canada’s New Ultra-low-cost Airline

Swoop Canada Ultra Low Cost Airline

Swoop is WestJet’s ultra-low-cost version of their own low-cost airline.

What’s the difference between a low-cost airline and an ultra-low-cost airline?

A $7.50 price-point for starters. There were 2000 free flights up for grabs on launch day when Swoop’s reservation system went live and the taxes were a mere $7.50.

The $7.50 tickets were for flights from Abbotsford, British Columbia to Hamilton, Ontario. After all the crazy subsides the tickets will start around $250 round trip between those two cities. The same flight on WestJet costs just over $500.

What’s the catch?

Some of the things included with WestJet airline ticket include free customer service when booking a flight or changing your ticket (changes themselves incur a fee). Carry on bags are free of charge and that cup of joe? That’s free too, or at least included in the cost of your airline ticket.

When you buy a ticket on a flight with Swoop – you are essentially paying for your seat. That’s it. Oh and you can take one small bag. Unlike the regular airline, anything that requires dealing with an employee/customer service/human interaction can be had for a fee:  Customer service phone support is $15 per call, carry-on bag or first checked bag is $36.75 – $92 depending on when you pay. Beverages, including soft drinks and coffee, will be available for purchase as well.

Tickets are even more restricted – no name changes allowed at all,  there is a fee to cancel within 24 hours of booking (currently no charge within 24 hours on WestJet), and absolutely no cancellations allowed within 24 hours of flight departure.

With that said, there are an exceptional amount of fees that would need to be added to make that $7.50 flight come close to the competitors so it’s worth a shot.

If you can travel light, don’t need a drink, and are certain you never need to change your ticket, these flights can save you a lot of money.

Swoop Flight map

Where can I go with these super cheap tickets?

There are two aircraft operating flights to and from Abbotsford, Edmonton, Hamilton, Winnipeg, and Halifax. Stay tuned for new cities and routes soon.

When do tickets go on sale?

Tickets went on sale February 1st, 2018.

When does Swoop start to fly?

Flights start on June 20th.

Visit www.flyswoop.com to check out flight times, prices and availability.

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