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Vietnam is open to international tourism

Vietnam’s borders reopened for tourists on March 15, 2022. All foreign visitors can enter the country regardless of their vaccination status – with no testing, quarantine, or any other travel restrictions. However, medical insurance that covers Covid treatment with a minimum liability of $10,000 is required (cost around $30 / A$44 / €28).

All visitors must obtain a visa before arrival. There is a visa exemption for nationals from 13 countries (Belarus, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Norway, Russia, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, UK). It allows travel for up to 15 days. Online e-visas that permit single entry and 30-day stays are available for citizens of 80 countries (including the US and most European nations not included in the visa exemptions).

If you are planning to limit your visit to Phu Quoc Islands only, you may do this without a visa for a period of a maximum of 30 days. You must fly from abroad to the Phu Quoc International Airport, and you can’t travel to other parts of Vietnam. A return air ticket out of Vietnam is required.

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Arriving in Vietnam

  • If you are flying to Vietnam from abroad, you will most likely land at one of its biggest international airportsits main international airportTan Son Nhat Airport SGN in Ho Chi Minh City, or Noi Bai Airport HAN in Hanoi. The third largest airport, Da Nang Airport DAD in Da Nang located in Central Vietnam accepts a smaller number of international flights — as does Phu Quoc Airport PQC that is receiving international flights with tourists visiting the popular resort island of Phu Quoc. There are also over a dozen other provincial airports scattered across the country, serving local population or travelers wanting to see other Vietnamese attractions such as Can Tho Airport VCA (for Mekong Delta), Phu Bai Airport HUI (Hue), and Dong Hoi Airport VDH (Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park).

    These are also the best (and the cheapest) airports to fly into Vietnam. As they are used by many airlines serving the same routes, the competition for passengers is fierce – with decreased airfare as a result.


  • Once in Vietnam, take advantage of frequent flights between the major cities via domestic airlines such as Bamboo Airways, VietJet Air, Vietravel Airlines, Pacific Airlines, and Hai Au Aviation. To check flight schedules/prices and to book the tickets, visit their official websites — OTAs and flight search engines often don’t have access to the flight repository of smaller local airlines. They also often fail to update prices in the event of short-lived sales and promotions that airlines run from time to time. To not miss out on these great offers, visit Promo Radar which aggregates current promotions run by popular airlines.
  • Planning to explore the region? Popular destinations near Vietnam can be easily reached with low-cost regional airlines (LCCs) by the likes of AirAsia, Cebu Pacific, IndiGo, Jetstar, Nok Air, Scoot, and SpiceJet.

    These budget carriers offer flights from Hanoi Airport and HCMC Airport at lower prices than full-service airlines, and they often fly to smaller airports that big players do not cover. However, the “no-frills” airlines may not provide free checked baggage allowance, complimentary food, in-flight entertainment systems, and fast customer support; you may not even get to choose your seats (unless you pay extra). With that in mind, they are a great option to save money if you have a stopover in Vietnam and then fly only a short distance to one of its neighboring countries.
Best airports to fly into Vietnam: Tan Son Nhat Airport (SGN) in Ho Chi Minh City, and Noi Bai Airport (HAN) in Hanoi
Airports of Vietnam on Google Maps Vietnam has 10 international and 13 domestic airports. – However only 5 international airports are actually serve international flights — Tan Son Nhat (Ho Chi Minh city), Noi Bai (Hanoi city), Phu Quoc (Phu Quoc Island), Danang (Danang city), and Cam Ranh (Nha Trang city). The other 5 airports despite having the word "international" in their names so far serve only domestic routes..
Things to know before flying to Vietnam
Airlines flying to VietnamAir Busan, AirAsia, Air Astana, Air China, Air Malta, Air Europa, Air France, Air New Zealand, ANA, American Airlines, Asiana Airlines, Bamboo Airways, Bangkok Airways, British Airways, Cambodia Angkor Air, Cathay Pacific, Cebu Pacific, China Airlines, China Eastern Airlines, China Southern Airlines, Delta Air Lines, EL AL Israel Airlines, Emirates, Ethiopian Airlines, Etihad Airways, EVA Air, Finnair, Firefly, FlexFlight, Garuda Indonesia, Hawaiian Airlines, Iberia, IndiGo, ITA Airways, Japan Airlines, Jeju Air, Jetstar, KLM, Korean Air, Lanmei Airlines, Lao Airlines, LATAM, Lufthansa, Malaysia Airlines, Mandarin Airlines, MIAT, Myanmar Airways, Nok Air, Perimeter Aviation, Philippine Airlines, Qantas, Qatar Airways, Qingdao Airlines, Royal Air Maroc, Royal Brunei Airlines, Scoot, Singapore Airlines, SpiceJet, SriLankan Airlines, Starlux Airlines, SWISS, T'way Air, Thai Airways, Thai Smile, Turkish Airlines, United Airlines, VietJet Air, Vietnam Airlines, Virgin Australia, Vistara, Xiamen Airlines
Airlines of VietnamVietnam Airlines, Bamboo Airways, VietJet Air, Vietravel Airlines, Pacific Airlines, Hai Au Aviation, Vietnam Air Services Company
Main airports in VietnamTan Son Nhat International Airport (SGN) — Ho Chi Minh City
Noi Bai International Airport (HAN) — Hanoi
Da Nang International Airport (DAD) — Da Nang
Cam Ranh International Airport (CXR) — Nha Trang
Phu Quoc International Airport (PQC) — Phu Quoc
Cat Bi International Airport (HPH) — Haiphong
Vinh International Airport (VII) — Vinh
Phu Bai International Airport (HUI) — Hue
Can Tho International Airport (VCA) — Can Tho
Van Don International Airport (VDO) — Ha Long

Lien Khuong Airport (DLI) — Da Lat
Buon Ma Thuot Airport (BMV) — Buon Ma Thuot
Phu Cat Airport (UIH) — Quy Nhon
Pleiku Airport (PXU) — Pleiku
Con Dao Airport (VCS) — Con Dao
Tho Xuan Airport (THD) — Thanh Hoa
Regular price (roundtrip)✈ €550 – €700 (from Europe)
✈ $600 – $900 (from USA)
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Relax in Sleep Pod at Hanoi airport

Long layover? You can take a quick (or long) nap in the privacy and comfort of Sleep Pod at Noi Bai International Airport. It’s a mini-hotel or a “room boxes” located on the 3rd floor in Terminal 1 and on the 2nd floor in Terminal 2.

Sleep Pods can be booked per hour or per day at the price of $7 (~A$10) for a single room and $8 (~A$12) for a twin room, and you can make a reservation online on HanoiAirportHotels or Booking.com.

Fly with local airlines

Vietnam has a vast and dense network of air routes, with its 10 international and numerous domestic airports. Flying between major cities is the fastest and most convenient way of travel. Hanoi to Ho Chi Minh City is the most popular route (70 min, ~$40 / ~A$60 / €37) and even one of the longest domestic flights – from Hanoi to Phu Quoc – only takes 2 hours (compared to 35 hours by train and ferry) and cost less than $100 (~A$150 / ~€95).

The three major airlines dominate the local market and tend to have the cheapest flights: Vietnam Airlines, VietJet Air, and Pacific Airlines.

The cheapest time to fly to Vietnam

If you’re looking for a cheaper and quieter trip, aim to book your flights for dates from March to May or from September to November – these months are considered Vietnam’s off-peak tourism season. It’s a great time to visit the country without tourist crowds and with reasonable prices for airline tickets, tours, and accommodation.

July and August and December to February are considered the high seasons in Vietnam, with airfares and hotel prices increasing up to 50%. If you really have to visit the country during this peak period it’s wise to book your travel well in advance to avoid inflated last-minute fares.

Avoid currency exchange kiosks at Vietnamese airports

It is always a good idea to bring some cash with you to Vietnam. The official currency of Vietnam is dong (VND; symbol: ₫), however, US dollars can also be directly used for some hotels, restaurants, tours, or other services.

Airports are infamous for making an exuberant amount of money from their currency exchanges due to the extremely high margins, and Vietnamese airports are no exception. Airport kiosks usually charge higher fees which are sometimes hidden within the poorer exchange rates they offer – their business is based on charging extra for being a convenient, last-minute option.

Plan ahead and bring a significant proportion of your spending money in cash. You may also try to exchange some money for the Vietnamese dong at one of the plentiful ATMs located at airports and all over the country. Virtually all of them accept foreign Visa and MasterCards.

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Flights to Vietnam fromUnited States and Canada

  • There are no direct flights from the US or Canada to Vietnam. However, most major hubs in Asia have non-stop flights to Vietnam, as do some larger airports in the Middle East – your journey will have at least one stop. There is only one route and one airline that connect the US with Vietnam directly. Regular non-stop flights from San Francisco SFO to Ho Chi Minh SGN are operated by Vietnam Airlines, with the flight time of 16 hours and 40 minutes.

    Whilst Vietnam is a destination that has been growing in popularity amongst Canadian travelers, there are still no direct flights to Vietnam from Canada – travelers have to transit through Asian hubs such as Hong Kong, Seoul, Taipei, or Tokyo.
  • Vietnam is well-served via one-stop flights from North America. Flights to Vietnam with one layover depart from most major North American airports, including Atlanta ATL, Dallas DFW, Denver DEN, Chicago ORD, Los Angeles LAX, Las Vegas DFW, Miami MIA, Seattle SEA, Houston IAH, New York JFK, and San Francisco SFO in the United States and Toronto YYZ, Vancouver YVR, Calgary LAS, and Montreal YUL in Canada. The best options for 1-stop flights include Air Canada and Cathay Pacific via Hong Kong (the shortest transit times of around 2-5 hours), ANA and Japan Airlines via Tokyo HND, China Airlines and EVA Air via Taipei TPE, and Korean Air via Seoul ICN.
  • The best airlines to fly to Vietnam from the US and Canada are: Air Canada, American Airlines, Asiana Airlines, Cathay Pacific, China Airlines, Delta Air Lines, EVA Air, Japan Airlines, Korean Air, and Singapore Airlines. They are top full-service carriers, offering exceptional customer service, in-flight comfort, a generous checked baggage allowance, and reliable customer support channels – all included in the ticket price.
  • For long-haul flights, the type of aircraft you choose can make a huge difference to your overall comfort on board – especially if you’re flying economy. The best aircraft have comfier seats with more legroom, WiFi, superior entertainment systems, and a better passenger experience in every cabin in general. When booking a flight to Vietnam, look for the airlines that use wide-body planes designed for long-haul flights, such as Airbus A350 (best choice), A380, A320neo, or Boeing 767, 777, and 787 Dreamliner.

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Long waiting times when calling the helpline?

Social media is usually a faster way to reach the airline when a problem arises. Use Twitter or Facebook Messenger to contact the airline customer service and get a response and solution within minutes (see detailed guides for AirAsia, Jetstar, Singapore Airlines, and others).

When it comes to Twitter, there’s one more trick to get in touch with the airline faster: mention the airline in a tweet about your issue (add “@airline_handle”, for example: “@VietnamAirlines” for the national carrier Vietnam Airlines). The customer care team will often notice it immediately, ask you for a direct message, and respond privately.

Book your flights in the local currency

Airfares that a flight search engine or airline website quotes you often vary depending on where you book from. Try to spoof your location and currency so that it looks like you’re booking the flight from the same country it departs from. For example, if you are in the US and booking a leg of your trip from Dubai to Singapore, set the country on the airline website to UAE and the currency to Emirati dirham (AED).

This simple trick doesn’t work every time (not all websites set prices the same way), but it can sometimes save you significant money.

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Flights to Vietnam with stopover

Direct flights to Vietnam are, of course, much less hassle than flights that require one or more connections. However, they tend to be more expensive. In a trade-off between convenience and cost, the best option is often to opt for a flight with one layover.

So if you’re looking at a long-haul trip with at least one connection, rather than simply transiting an airport, why not take this opportunity to plan a longer stopover? A stopover is a prolonged layover — more than 24 hours — and it won’t only break up your long journey but will also become a legitimate part of your vacation. If you’re prone to severe jet lag, a one or two-day stopover would help minimize its adverse effects.

When booking flights, many airlines allow you to include a free stopover en route to your final destination in Vietnam. Those flights are usually cheaper than non-stop (direct) flights, and you can often choose your stopover at no additional cost — just by looking for multi-city flights with longer layovers.

Big cities in Asia and Pacific are known for their rich culture and history — making them a great idea for a stopover during a longer journey. Here are a few suggestions for a stopover while en route to Vietnam.

Some airlines openly advertise stopovers and offer significant discounts and travel perks for passengers to break up their trips: free luxury hotel stays, complimentary domestic flights, or exclusive rates for activities. Start checking for stopover deals to Vietnam with government-owned airlines (as they are looking to attract tourists to give the country economic benefits) — such as Emirates, Etihad, Qatar Airways, Singapore Airlines, and Malaysia Airlines. Almost every airline’s website has multi-city search functionality, often hidden inside the one-way/return/multi-city switch.

A well-chosen stopover will not only turn one vacation into many but also save you several hundred dollars in airfare. The available stopovers to Vietnam will depend on your initial destination (Europe, North America, Asia, etc) and the airline you are flying with. For most airlines, the best free stopover offer will be at their main hub.

Flights to Vietnam from UK, Germany, France, Netherlands and other countries in Europe

  • There are no direct flights from Europe to Vietnam — you’ll need to get a connecting flight from elsewhere in the Middle East or in Asia. Only three European cities have a nonstop connection to Vietnam (Ho Chi Minh City or Hanoi): Frankfurt, Paris, and London (Heathrow and Gatwick airports). These direct flights are operated by Air France and two Vietnamese airlines: Vietnam Airlines, (full-service carrier) and Bamboo Airways (low-cost carrier). You can also fly from Istanbul IST with Turkish Airlines (10 hours and 15 minutes).

    Using connecting flights is almost always cheaper. Bangkok is the most popular transit city for Europeans, with only 2 hour flight time from Bangkok to Ho Chi Minh and numerous flights operating daily. For the cheapest tickets choose one of the budget airlines such as AirAsia, Cebu Pacific, IndiGo, Jetstar, Nok Air, Scoot, and SpiceJet.
  • Airlines that frequently fly from the UK, Germany, France, and other European countries to Vietnam include Air France, Asiana Airlines, China Airlines, Emirates, Cathay Pacific, Lufthansa, Qatar Airways, Singapore Airlines, and Vietnam Airlines.
  • Consider departure airports in neighboring countries to increase your chance of spotting the best deal. Especially look for large airports that serve as hubs for multiple airlines. For example, if you live in Western Europe, check air tickets to Vietnam from Amsterdam, Frankfurt, London, Madrid, Paris, and Rome. Use European low-cost airlines such as RyanAir, EasyJet, and Eurowings to fly to the hub, then save hundreds of euros by taking a cheaper long-haul flight to your final destination.

    We recommend checking prices for flights to Vietnam from these European airport hubs: London LHR and Manchester MAN in the United Kingdom, Frankfurt FRA and Munich MUC in Germany, Paris CDG and Nice NCE in France, Amsterdam AMS in the Netherlands, Madrid MAD and Barcelona BCN in Spain, Rome FCO and Milano MXP in Italy, Brussels BRU in Belgium, Copenhagen OSL in Denmark, Oslo OSL in Norway, Stockholm ARN in Sweden, Zurich ZRH in Switzerland, Lisbon LIS in Portugal, Vienna VIE in Austria, Warsaw WAW in Poland, Prague PRG in Czech Republic, and Dublin DUB in Ireland.

European airports with the cheapest flights to Vietnam

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Check different departure airports

Consider neighboring cities when choosing the departure airport – especially look for larger cities with airports that serve as hubs for multiple airlines.

For example, if you live in West Europe, check prices for flights departing from Paris, London, Amsterdam, Frankfurt, Rome, or Vienna. In 9 out of 10 cases, the cheapest flight to Vietnam will depart from one of these hubs, and it may be €500 less or more than your first choice. Yes, you may have to fly a few hundred kilometers to this hub, but low-cost airlines like EasyJet, RyanAir, or WizzAir will happily take you there for €50 – €100.

Use a similar tactic if you depart from the US or another region. It’s one of the best ways to save hundreds on trips.

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By entering more than one departure city in the flight search engine (at the top of this page), you can quickly find the airport with the cheapest flights to your destination

Last-minute flights to Vietnam. The real cost of convenience.

Last-minute flights are often touted as a great way to save money, but the reality is far from it. Booking last-minute flights to Vietnam almost always never works out. The convenience of being able to book a flight on the fly is a dangerous game of chance, and you will most likely end up paying significantly higher than booking in advance.

The common perception may be that airlines decrease ticket prices to fill empty seats as the departure date approaches. However, the truth is that airfares depend on demand. Based on years of research and current customer data, the airlines know what people are willing to pay for specific flights and dates. They are also well aware that people are willing to pay a premium for flights they need to take immediately. To make the most money, the airline will sell its cheapest fares first and then increase the prices right before the flight to take advantage of business travelers and others who are willing to pay the premium price for late booking.

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Late booking penalty: The flight prices rise as departure draws near. Last-minute flights are almost always more expensive than booking in advance.

Occasionally, airlines can put some seats on sale to fill the remaining seats, but these are for unusual times and unpopular places. Popular destinations and dates around peak travel times tend to sell out quickly.

Planning ahead is key to securing a good deal on your flight. Last-minute flight deals are hard to come by, so as soon as you have a tentative travel timeline, book your flight. The earlier you book, the more likely you are to save money. If you are looking for a good deal, the best time to book your flight to Vietnam is around 60-90 days before the departure date.

“Hot seats” on long-haul flights

Those days seat selection is considered an optional, extra paid service – seats with extra legroom (front and exit rows) are usually priced higher. However, if you’re about to take a long-haul flight to Vietnam, those “hot seats” are worth considering – expect to pay $50-$100, which is much less than upgrading to Premium Economy.

If you want to choose your seats, do this early (ideally during the booking) for a more extensive selection of available options.

Booking hot seats (preffered seats with extra legroom) on plane
Choosing a hot seat during the flight booking process is usually worth it. For a reasonable price, you will get more room to stretch your legs, as well as a wider seat pitch.

Lost baggage prevention

Avoid lost luggage nightmares by removing old tags on your suitcases. Tags are printed with a barcode for identification and tracking, so the old tags can confuse baggage handlers and the conveyor belt scanners. They are one of the reasons so many bags miss their flight or get misrouted.

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Airlines of Vietnam

Vietnam’s national flag carrier is Vietnam Airlines, based at Noi Bai International Airport in Hanoi and Tan Son Nhat International Airport in Ho Chi Minh City. It offers many long-haul direct flights to Vietnam from all over the world, including Frankfurt, London, Paris, Sydney, and Melbourne. It is probably the best Vietnamese carrier – in terms of available routes and service quality, however, it is also the more expensive. Most of its long- and medium-haul flights to Vietnam have meals, drinks, and in-flight entertainment onboard.

Other Vietnamese airlines – Bamboo Airways, VietJet Air, Vietravel Airlines, Pacific Airlines, Hai Au Aviation, and Vietnam Air Services Company – are much smaller carriers that mostly focus on short-haul flights. They may not provide free baggage allowance, inflight refreshments, meals, or onboard entertainment. In most cases, their tickets are fixed and non-refundable if there is a no-show or cancellation.

Flights to Vietnam from Australia and New Zealand

  • Australia and New Zealand are well-connected with popular Asian destinations, including Vietnam. In addition to domestic airlines – Qantas, Jetstar Airways, Virgin Australia, and Air New Zealand – routes from Australia/New Zealand to Asia are operated by large regional carriers such as ANA, Emirates, Etihad, Fiji Airways, Japan Airlines, Qatar Airways, and Singapore Airlines.

    Direct flights and flights with one layover to Vietnam are available from all major airports in Australia – Sydney SYD, Brisbane BNE, Melbourne MEL, Perth PER, Adelaide ADL, Cairns CNS, Gold Coast OOL, Canberra CBR, and in New Zealand – Auckland AKL, Wellington WLG, Christchurch CHC, Queenstown ZQN, Dunedin DUD.
  • In terms of cost-savings, we recommend flying from Australia and New Zealand to a major Asian hub and then booking a flight to your final destination in Vietnam with a regional budget airline. Among the low-cost airlines that fly into Vietnam are AirAsia, Cebu Pacific, IndiGo, Jetstar, Nok Air, Scoot, and SpiceJet.

    Currently, there are no direct flights from Australia or New Zealand to Vietnam. You’ll need a layover in one of the major hubs in Asia.
    Four airlines operate direct flights to Vietnam from Australia (from Melbourne and Sydney): Vietnam Airlines, Bamboo Airways, Qantas, and Jetstar. If you depart from New Zealand, your journey will have at least one stop (no direct flights) – most likely in Kuala Lumpur, Singapore, Bangkok, or Hong Kong. Kuala Lumpur is an interesting stopover option, as AirAsia and Malaysia Airlines often offer discounted prices for flights from Kuala Lumpur to Vietnam. Traveling from Australia or New Zealand to Vietnam by air takes between 9 and 15 hours depending on your route.

Prices of flights to Vietnam from Australia and New Zealand

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“Book Flights Now, Pay Later” — is it worth it?

Booking a flight and paying for it later has recently become a popular trend in the travel industry, with many airlines offering delayed payment plans. They will allow you to make flight reservation to Vietnam now and then pay the bill in installments. But should you take advantage?

Book Now Pay Later (BNPL) plans are essentially short-term personal loans. By partnering with financial companies such as Affirm, Afterpay, PayPal Credit, Postpay, and Uplift, airlines can offer their loan services on the checkout page. When you book the flight with the BNPL option, the company pays the airline, and you repay the loan in installments over a set period (usually up to 24 months), with a set interest rate.

BNPL providers have varying terms and fees. Some may offer interest-free loans but have fees for late payments and require forced autoplay on your bank account, while others may have high annual percentage rates (up to 30-40% APR). There may also be transaction fees, down payment requirements, and many companies even run a credit check on the traveler.

Among the airlines that offer a “fly now, pay later” option are American Airlines, Delta Air Lines, Emirates, Qatar Airways, Qantas, Turkish Airlines, United Airlines, Alaska Airlines, British Airways, KLM, Lufthansa, Southwest, and Virgin Atlantic.

Is BNPL financing worth it? If paid off on time, interest-free delayed payment on your flight ticket to Vietnam can be a great way to free up your cash flow. However, there may be safer alternatives available – such as taking advantage of an introductory 0% interest offer on a credit card or using flight price “freezing” services like Hopper.

Hidden-city ticketing hack

Hidden-city ticketing is a less-known money-saving tactic where you buy a plane ticket with a layover, with the intention to get off at the layover rather than the final destination. For example, a flight from New York to Tokyo might be $600, but a similar flight from New York to Singapore with a layover in Tokyo might be only $350. Choosing the latter and ending the trip in Tokyo would save you $250.

It seems counterintuitive that a fare from A to C via B could possibly be cheaper than a simple fare on a shorter route from A to B. However, airlines use dynamic, computer-driven price models calculated with little human intervention, and such deals happen quite often.

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An example of a hidden-city ticketing flight hack. The layover city is actually our final destination (source: Skiplagged).

Booking a hidden city ticket isn’t as easy as booking a standard itinerary. There are some things to be aware of: (1) don’t check baggage — bring only hand luggage that can fit under the seat or an overhead compartment; a large checked bag will end up in the final destination C; (2) don’t use it for return flights — airlines often void any subsequent tickets if any segment of the first ticket is missed; (3) Do not overuse this tactic with the same airline — hidden-city ticketing is legal but airlines don’t like it and may try to punish you; (4) Don’t associate your frequent flyer account — the airline might invalidate any miles you’ve accrued with them.

How to find hidden-city tickets? The easiest way is to use Skiplagged website, which was designed for unearthing hidden-city deals — give them a try for your flight to Vietnam.

Get cheaper business class by bidding on airline upgrades

A growing number of airlines are auctioning upgrades to their business class seats. Once you book your economy ticket to Vietnam, you can offer to pay a bit more in an attempt to get a premium seat. 2-3 days before your flight, an airline will send you an email with a link to their website where you can place a “blind” bid. There’s usually a minimum bid amount. If you win the auction, you’ll be informed, and your seat will be upgraded.

How to choose the right bid amount? Just check the airline website for the regular cost of a business class seat to Vietnam, then subtract what you paid for the economy fare. Place your bid for around 10% to 30% of that price. The alternative strategy is to bid slightly above the competition. If, for example, the minimum bid is $500, try to bid $550-$600, as most people will offer the baseline amount required.

The more available business class seats the airline has on your flight, the lower bid can be successfully used. Check the airline’s daily schedule for flights to Vietnam – if there is more than one flight on your chosen route (more available seats), you can safely bid close to the minimum required amount.

Among the airlines that allow bidding for seat upgrades are: Air Canada (AC Bid), Air New Zealand (OneUp™), Cathay Pacific, Etihad Airways, Fiji Airways (Bula Bid), Garuda Indonesia (BidUpgrade), Qantas, Singapore Airlines, SriLankan Airlines, and Virgin Australia (UpgradeMe).

Cheaper business class seat: online bidding
Etihad Airways auctions off upgrades to Business Class as a way to sell otherwise unused seats at the front of the plane

Fly early in the morning

Early morning flights (6 am or earlier) are usually cheaper than other day schedules. It’s because of lower demand – most people are not willing to go to the airport so early. Use it to your advantage.

Moreover, airports are also less crowded, and there tend to be fewer delays if you fly early in the morning. Due to increasing air traffic, delays get worse throughout the day – starting around 8-10 am and reaching a peak at 4-6 pm. If you are flying to Vietnam with a connecting flight, arriving on time at your layover airport may be critical to catching your next flight!

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Flights to Vietnam from Bali, Bangkok, Delhi, Dubai, Hong Kong, Jakarta, Kuala Lumpur, Manila, Singapore, Seoul, Tokyo, and other major hubs in Asia

  • Being part of a complex flight network in Asia, Vietnam is well connected to other countries in the region. Quick, direct flights depart to its two main airports in HCMC and Hanoi from Bangkok, Hong Kong, Kuala Lumpur, and Singapore - these are the hubs with the best flight deals. You'll also find numerous direct flights from South Korea (Seoul, Busan), Japan (Tokyo, Osaka, Fukuoka), China (Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou), and Taiwan (Taipei, Kaohsiung).
  • Asia is probably the best continent for short-haul and mid-haul flying. The sheer scale of this most populous region on Earth is reflected in the type of aircraft operating many shorter routes: intra-Asia flyers benefit from comfortable, wide-bodied aircraft by the likes of Boeing 777, 787 or Airbus A350, A330, and A380. When booking your flight to Vietnam look for these bigger planes as they will almost always give you the best experience in every cabin, including better seat pitches, higher ceilings, and larger overhead bin space.
  • Asia is also home to most of the world’s best airlines. There are only ten airlines that received the prestigious 5-star mark of quality from Skytrax, and all of them are from Asia: ANA, Asiana Airlines, Cathay Pacific, EVA Air, Garuda Indonesia, Japan Airlines, Korean Air, Qatar Airways, Singapore Airlines. Choosing one of these airlines for your trip to Vietnam will guarantee a pleasant journey – delicious meals served during the flight, great in-flight entertainment, and above-average airline customer service.
  • Asia is extremely well served by low-cost regional airlines. If you are visiting Vietnam and want to see several other countries on a tight budget, they often have great sales with rock-bottom prices, while still offering a relatively comfortable flight experience. Among the best Asian budget airlines you can book without hesitation are AirAsiaCebu Pacific, Citilink, FlyDubai, Indigo, Jetstar Airways, Scoot, SpiceJet, and VietJet Air. The cons? Being no-frills airlines they may not provide free baggage allowance, inflight meals, or onboard entertainment. The departure times may also be quite inconvenient as they try to save money by flying at off-peak hours.

Asian airports with the cheapest flights to Vietnam in 2023/24

Find the lowest prices for flights to Vietnam from the largest airports in Asia — Changi (Singapore), Dubai (UAE), Hong Kong (China), Incheon (Seoul, South Korea), Indira Gandhi (New Delhi, India), KLIA (Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia), Narita (Tokyo, Japan), Denpasar (Bali, Indonesia), Soekarno–Hatta (Jakarta, Indonesia), Ninoy Aquino (Manila, Philippines), Suvarnabhumi (Bangkok, Thailand), Taoyuan (Taipei, Taiwan), and others.

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Take advantage of loyalty programs

Choose an airline that suits you the best, then stick to it. By becoming a ‘regular’, you will be able to use its loyalty program and earn “miles” (or points) – not only for flying but also for everyday expenses (if your card is affiliated with an airline).

Points earned this way often add up over time and are extremely helpful in flying at reduced fares. Airlines offer not only ticket discounts for their frequent flyers, but also special travel perks such as cabin class upgrades, increased checked baggage allowance, or access to their airport lounges so you can relax during long layovers.

If you often fly with Emirates, opt for Skywards, with Qantas – for Qantas Frequent Flyer, with Singapore Airlines – for KrisFlyer, etc.

Proof of onward travel – a simple hack

Travelers who go on long trips often don’t have a set itinerary and fly on one-way tickets. The problem? For many APAC countries, proof of onward travel is a legal requirement. If you arrive at the airport without an onward ticket (from Vietnam to another country), you’ll either be forced to buy one online or forbidden from boarding the plane altogether.

The cheapest solution? Renting an onward ticket! Use the websites such as OneWayFly or OnwardTicket to get a flight reservation for a limited amount of time (usually 2 to 14 days). They work by actually booking you on a real flight out of Vietnam and giving you a confirmable flight reservation with a PNR (Passenger Name Record) under your name. After the time limit, your spot on the flight is automatically canceled. Such “temporary tickets” tend to cost anywhere from $10 to $20.

Confirmed flight ticket reservation
Proof of onward travel: confirmed flight ticket reservation (source: OnwardTicket)

How to book a superdeal to Vietnam?

Every superdeal you receive from Air Traveler Club includes a link you can use to book a flight. It always directs you to the website that offers the lowest price. Sometimes it’s an airline website; in other cases, Google Flights or a similar flight booking platform.

This video explains how to use Google Flights to book a plane ticket.

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Dealing with the jet lag

Jet lag affects people differently depending on age, physical fitness, and genetics. The most accepted rule suggests that you should allow one full day to recover from jet lag for every time zone (hour gained) you traveled east and a number of days equal to half the time zones crossed when you traveled west.

The most effective natural jet lag remedy is to force your body into its new routine. You can begin before getting off the plane: set your watch to the time in Vietnam, then do your best to sleep and eat based on the new time zone. Close the window shade when it’s time to simulate darkness. During your first day on the ground in Vietnam, get outdoors, stay physically active during the day, and absorb sunlight.