Ninh Binh

Airlines to Vietnam

Indochina Travel arranges international and regional airlines without tour services. For wholesale pricing on economy, business and first-class tickets to Vietnam and Asia, or regional flights within Asia, call us at 888-681-0808 or email us at info@indochinatravel.com.

AIRLINE OPTIONS
—seating often fills months in advance into Vietnam and other destinations. If you're using miles, you'll have to do it direct with your program — please see below for more information on miles programs.

MILEAGE PROGRAMS
Cathay is a member of the One World travel alliance which partners with and may enable you to use your American Airlines miles. Singapore, Lufthansa and Thai Airlines are partners in the Star Alliance of which United Airlines and Air Canada are members. Often frequent flyer miles may only get you part of the way, to Bangkok or Hong Kong for example. Separate ticket required to get you into Vietnam can be quite expensive so make sure to check into ticketing all the way into Vietnam as Vietnam Airlines tends to charge a premium for single flight legs.

OPEN JAW AIRLINE ROUTING TO VIETNAM
"Open jaw" routing (flying into one city and out of another, such as into Hanoi and return from Bangkok), is very typical for most airlines serving Asia and does not come with an extra cost or difficulty in booking. It is also recommended to save flight time and to possibly avoid time consuming re-entry into Vietnamese immigration if you've gone onto other countries during your travel.

Cathay Pacific

CATHAY PACIFIC BEST FLIGHT OPTION TO VIETNAM FROM JFK, SFO or LAX
For overall quality, shortest routing, and reliability, Cathay Pacific is the best bet from JFK, LAX or SFO. They fly through their hub in Hong Kong, which is a short skip (under two hours) from Hanoi (a flight operated in conjunction with Vietnam Airlines. As those of you know who have been through the new Hong Kong airport, it is very efficient and transit times can be as little as one hour between flights (such as Cathay does on the return from Saigon to Hong Kong to USA). Return from Bangkok is not is a better option if you are going onto the temples in Angkor and can fly Vietnam Airlines to get there.

UNITED and EVA "NO FRILLS BUSINESS CLASS" — OTHER POPULAR OPTIONS
United flies from San Francisco, but only to Saigon. United airline partner Asiana flies into HANOI (via Incheon, Seoul). United will then combine their flights for an open jaw itinerary.  If you use United, please arrive one day earlier and we will arrange the 2-hour flight to Hanoi for the start of your tour. Please note: fares on UAL.com vary dramatically, depending on open jaw, roundtrip from one city, etc. The cheapest option appears to be roundtrip to Saigon (we would fly you to Hanoi for the tour start, extra flight is about $188).

A recent flight itinerary for United from SFO to Vietnam is posted here:

Flight

Airports/times

Stops

Duration/equipment

United
869

Depart: SFO
Feb 17 11:57 AM
Arrive: HKG
Feb 18 06:45 PM
Next day

Non-stop

14h 48m
Boeing 747-400  

<<< connecting to >>>

United
867

Depart: HKG
Feb 18 08:50 PM
Arrive: SGN
Feb 18 10:20 PM

Non-stop

2h 30m
Boeing 747-400  

United
856

Depart: SGN
Feb 29 07:00 AM
Arrive: HKG
Feb 29 10:30 AM

Non-stop

2h 30m
Boeing 747-400  

<<< connecting to >>>

United
862

Depart: HKG
Feb 29 12:50 PM
Arrive: SFO
Feb 29 08:32 AM

Non-stop

11h 42m
Boeing 747-400  

EVA, a Taipei-based airline, offers no frills "business" class seating in their "Economy deluxe" class - essentially a lazy-boy size seat in the front of their 747s. They offer open-jaw routing at no extra cost. Call us for better pricing than advertised.

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Regional Airlines
*Not recommended

THAI, SINGAPORE, and JAPAN AIR ARE LONGER OPTIONS
Thai, Singapore, and Japan Airlines all fly to Vietnam but with longer routing (the flight to Singapore or Bangkok will add roughly 4-5 hours flight time).Regionally, Cathay Pacific Airlines, Vietnam Airlines, and Thai Airlines serve most inter-country routes. Avoid online bookings with new, budget regional carriers like Star Asia. Flight cancellations have been common, and customer service is non-existent.

AMERICAN EXPRESS TWO FOR ONE
American Express 2 for 1 is a good option for card holders seeking business class seats. Although it is listed on their website as a carrier, they may not have  Cathay Pacific available.   

"We chose China Airlines because it had the best connections.  Eva had some long layovers. The cost was about $5,600 for two people, but there were a lot of full flights and unavailable seats.  We could not get the Taipei to Hanoi connection included for the dates we wanted, so had to buy a separate one way for both of us.  The total came to about $6400. The very best connections were with China Airlines  from SF direct to Taipei leaving at midnight, 2 hr connection, then direct to Hanoi.  Home was Saigon to Taipei, 2 hr layover, then direct to SF.  Patrick was more hesitant about coach class on China Airlines, than business, so we are taking the chance.  Kathy PS  The American Express tickets are also fully refundable and changeable without penalty, which is a real plus."

CHINA & KOREAN AIR — CARRIERS OF LAST CHOICE
We recommend that China and Korean Airlines should only be a last choice, although Korean has a hub in Dulles. Great pricing, but long layovers, lackluster service, and reliability.

VIETNAM AIRLINES
Please let us book all of your domestic and regional flights, especially on Vietnam Airlines. We obtain tickets in country that are typically the most flexible in terms of changeability, refunds, and cost. Vietnam Airlines does not often honor tickets obtained overseas for reservation changes or refunds, and are typically higher priced. Vietnam Airlines of 2008 is nothing like the airlines they were a decade ago. Vietnam Airlines operates flights in conjunction with Cathay Pacific and boasts a newer fleet of Airbus and Boeings with an unlemished safety record over the last decade.

AIRPORT PICKUP
If you've arranged your trip with us, airport transfers are typically arranged for most arrival cities. If you are only bookin flights, we can still arrange airport transfers and special services (such as "fastrack" immigration in Bangkok and other cities).