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Flights to Ho Hanoi in Vietnam. Book plane tickets online to Noi Bai International Airport (HAN) in Hanoi.

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.

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 intercity flights operated by domestic airlines such as Bamboo Airways, VietJet Air, Vietravel Airlines, Pacific Airlines, and Hai Au Aviation. Those in-country carriers typically offer lower fares, operate from smaller airports located closer to city centers (you save on ground transportation), and provide flexible schedules – with a wide range of departure times.
  • Planning to explore the region? Popular destinations near Vietnam can be easily reached with regional low-cost carriers (LCCs) by the likes of AirAsia, Bangkok Airways, Cebu Pacific, IndiGo, Jetstar, Nok Air, Scoot, and Tigerair Taiwan. If you have a layover in Vietnam and plan to fly only a short distance to one of its neighboring countries, these budget airlines are an excellent way to save money. However, the “no-frills” carrier 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.

Airports of Vietnam

Best airports to fly into Vietnam: Tan Son Nhat Airport (SGN) in Ho Chi Minh City, and Noi Bai Airport (HAN) in Hanoi
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 VietnamAeroflot, Air Busan, AirAsia, Air China, Air France, ANA, Asiana Airlines, Bamboo Airways, Bangkok Airways, British Airways, Cambodia Angkor Air, Cathay Pacific, Cebu Pacific, China Airlines, China Eastern Airlines, China Southern Airlines, EL AL Israel Airlines, Emirates, Ethiopian Airlines, EVA Air, Finnair, Firefly, FlexFlight, Garuda Indonesia, Hong Kong 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, Starlux Airlines, SWISS, T'way Air, Thai Airways, Thai Smile, Tigerair Taiwan, Turkish Airlines, United Airlines, VietJet Air, Vietnam Airlines, Virgin Australia, 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)
Flight hacks 40% — 80% off regular fare
Airline discountsDiscounted airline tickets to Vietnam (student/family/seniors/military)

Low-cost flights from Vietnam

Stay ahead of the game. Fly to popular destinations at a fraction of the regular fare.

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 from United 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, Asiana Airlines, Cathay Pacific, China Airlines, 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.

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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 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, and Scoot
  • 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. Leverage frequent promotions from European budget carriers like RyanAir, EasyJet, and Eurowings to reach a major hub; from there, take a cheaper long-haul flight to your final destination, potentially saving hundreds of euros.
  • These major European airports are excellent departure points for trips to Vietnam: 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 the Czech Republic, and Dublin DUB in Ireland.

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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.

Book flights from many departure airports
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.

Based on years of research, the airlines know what people are willing to pay for specific flights and dates. To make the most money, they will sell their cheapest fares first and then increase the prices right before the flight to take advantage of these travelers who are willing to pay the premium price for late booking.

Occasionally, airlines can offer last-minute deals to fill the remaining seats, but these are for unusual times and unpopular places. Popular destinations and dates 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 2-8 months before the takeoff.

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 offer robust flight networks to key APAC locations, Vietnam included. While domestic carriers like Qantas, Jetstar Airways, Virgin Australia, and Air New Zealand provide solid options, several major international airlines also serve these routes. These include ANA, Cathay Pacific, EmiratesGaruda Indonesia, Japan Airlines, Korean Air, Malaysia Airlines, Philippine Airlines, Qatar Airways, Singapore Airlines, and Thai Airways — expanding your choices for travel between Australasia and Asia.

    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.
  • Airlines have different pricing strategies for different routes. A flight to Vietnam could be significantly cheaper from Sydney than from Melbourne, depending on airline partnerships, demand, and even time of year. Compare fares from different international airports in Australia: Sydney SYD, Brisbane BNE, Melbourne MEL, Perth PER, Adelaide ADL, Cairns CNS, Gold Coast OOL, Canberra CBR, Darwin DRW, Hobart HBA, Alice Springs ASP, and in New Zealand: Auckland AKL, Wellington WLG, Christchurch CHC, Queenstown ZQN, Dunedin DUD, and Hamilton HLZ.
  • If you’re looking to save, consider flying from Australia or New Zealand to a primary Asian hub, then catch a connecting flight to Vietnam with a regional budget airline such as AirAsia, Bangkok Airways, Cebu Pacific, IndiGo, Jetstar, Nok Air, Scoot, and Tigerair Taiwan.

    For the initial leg of your trip, full-service airlines such as Qantas or Virgin Atlantic offer premium comfort and exceptional service, albeit at a premium price. However, many Asian airlines, including budget carriers, operate out of Australia and frequently feature sales and promotions. For instance, AirAsia runs deals to Jakarta, Kuala Lumpur, and Singapore; Cebu Pacific to Manila; Scoot to Singapore; VietJet Air to Ho Chi Minh City; Jetstar to Seoul, Singapore, and Tokyo; Bamboo Airways to Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City, Beijing; Batik Air to Jakarta and Singapore.

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Booking group flights to Vietnam

Flights are cheaper when purchased in bulk rather than as individual tickets. Booking group flights to Vietnam can be a cost-effective option for a school trip, family reunion, or corporate group traveling to a conference.

To qualify for the special group rate, the group must usually have at least 10 passengers. Discounts depend on the airline, group size, and travel dates, and typically range from 5% to 20% off the regular airfare.

Airlines and flight search websites typically limit automatic group bookings to 10 passengers. This limit reflects the complexity of managing larger groups, which require personalized service and more time to coordinate. To get the price quote for your group, you’ll need to contact the airline or a travel agent directly.

Most airlines have a group booking form or phone number (see examples at Emirates and Qantas). Fill out the form, and the airline will come back to you with the proposed group rate. If your group is large and a scheduled flight cannot accommodate everyone, the airline may offer you a charter flight.

Additionally, there are various perks that your group may be eligible for:

  • free seats (complimentary tickets for every 10 or 20 passengers that book together)
  • free checked baggage allowance
  • dedicated group check-in counter at the airport
  • cabin crew who speak your group’s language
  • flexible booking terms (that allow changes without fees)

Booking group flights to Vietnam is similar to booking individual flights. The main difference is that you’ll need to provide personal information for all passengers, and the airline may request additional details, such as meal preferences or accommodations for disabled travelers. A deposit – typically 10-50% of the total cost – may be required to secure the booking. However, some airlines offer deferred payment options where you can secure a reservation with a booking fee and pay the balance later.

If you’re open to different airlines or want more personalized service, a travel agent may be a better choice. Travel agents may have access to discounted group rates to Vietnam and can help with logistics and scheduling.

“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.
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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. 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.
  • Most major Asian airports have convenient and frequent flights to Vietnam — including 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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Lost luggage prevention: Essential tips

Every year, airlines handle millions of bags and a small percentage never make it to their final destinations. Avoid lost luggage nightmares on your trip to Vietnam by removing old tags from previous flights on your suitcases – they can confuse baggage handlers and conveyor belt scanners. It’s also a good idea to label your luggage with your name, address, and phone number (both inside and outside the case) and attach a GPS-tracker device like Apple AirTag or Samsung SmartTag.

For peace of mind, consider purchasing travel insurance to cover the full value of your luggage, as airline liability usually doesn’t reflect the actual value of the baggage content.

“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, Fly Now Pay Later, 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.

Fly now pay later - delayed payments for flight reservations
Fly Now Pay Later works with numerous popular travel brands to provide delayed payment options

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.

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)