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Airfare deals are typically only available on limited dates. We recommend you use Google Flights to find dates to fly, then book through an online travel agency such as Orbitz or Expedia, which allows you to cancel flights without penalty by 11pm Eastern Time within one day of booking. However, if you’re using The Platinum Card® from American Express, you’ll need to book directly with the airline or through the Amex Travel portal to get 5x MR points. Remember: Fares may disappear quickly, so book right away and take advantage of Orbitz or Expedia’s courtesy cancellation if you’re unable to get the time away from work or family.
Visit one of TPG’s favorite spots next year with these cheap flights to Vietnam starting from just $457 round-trip. You can fly from Los Angeles (LAX), San Fransisco (SFO), Chicago (ORD), Washington DC (IAD) and New York (JFK) to Ho Chi Minh City (SGN) and Hanoi (HAN) from Feb. 2019 to April 2019. Flights include layovers but come with free checked bags.
Vietnam is a beautiful country with plenty to offer. Before setting off on your travels, here are 7 things you should know before you go to Ho Chi Minh City. If you want to explore these cities check out Get Your Guide’s list of best activities in Vietnam to maximize your time while on vacation.
To search, head to Google Flights and enter your origin and destination cities. Scroll through the calendar function to find dates and prices that work for you. Note that some of the cheapest flights may take a few seconds longer to load on Google Flights, so be patient when searching. Finally, click through to book directly with the airline or through an OTA like Priceline or Expedia.
Airlines: China Southern, China Eastern, Air China, Asiana
Routes: SFO/LAX/JFK/ORD/IAD to SGN/CAN/HAN
Cost: $457+ round-trip
Travel Dates: February 2019 – April 2019
Pay With: The Platinum Card® from American Express (5x on airfare booked directly with the airline), Citi Premier Card, Chase Sapphire Reserve Card, American Express® Gold Card, Citi Prestige Card (3x on airfare plus excellent trip delay insurance) or Chase Sapphire Preferred Card (2x on travel)
Here are a few examples of what you can book:
San Fransisco (SFO) to Ho Chi Minh City (SGN) for $457 round-trip on China Southern via Priceline:
Los Angeles (LAX) to Ho Chi Minh City (SGN) for $458 round-trip on Air China via Expedia:
Los Angeles (LAX) to Hanoi (CAN) for $522 round-trip on China Southern via Priceline:
New York (JFK) to Ho Chi Minh City (SGN) for $537 round-trip on China Southern via Priceline:
New York (JFK) to Hanoi (HAN) for $542 round-trip on China Southern via Priceline:
San Fransisco (SFO) to Hanoi (HAN) for $560 round-trip on Asiana via Expedia:
Washington DC (IAD) to Ho Chi Minh City (SGN) for $603 round-trip on Air China via Expedia:
Chicago (ORD) to Ho Chi Minh City (SGN) for $632 round-trip on China Eastern via Expedia:
Maximize Your Purchase
Don’t forget to use a credit card that earns additional points on airfare purchases, such as The Platinum Card® from American Express (5x on flights booked directly with airlines or American Express Travel), Chase Sapphire Reserve Card, American Express® Gold Card, Citi Premier Card, Citi Prestige Card (3x on airfare) or the Chase Sapphire Preferred Card (2x on all travel purchases). Check out this post for more on maximizing airfare purchases.
H/T: Thrifty Traveler
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