American – $701: San Francisco – Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. Roundtrip, including all Taxes

This is at minimum $200 less than we have seen Ho Chi Minh City go for from San Francisco and is $218 cheaper than yesterday’s United fare. This fare is hard to price and it is not easily searchable — it took us a bit to find the right combination to get this price out.

Update 9/12/2013 @ 12:00PM Eastern – fare gone.

Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon) Photo: David McKelvey, used under Creative Commons License (By 2.0)

Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon) Photo: David McKelvey, used under Creative Commons License (By 2.0)


Sample Travel Date:

  • October 1st – 8th

Fare Availability:

  • Valid for travel until November 30th or January 1st, 2014 – May 20th, 2014. Must purchase by September 30th

How to Search for Availability:

Partner Fare Class:

  • N – Japan Airlines (30% mileage earning with AA)
  • N – Vietnam Airlines (0% mileage earning with Delta)


  • SFO – LAX (Los Angeles) – NRT (Tokyo) – SGN (Ho Chi Minh City) – NRT – LAX – SFO



  • 16,992 miles or 4.1 cents per mile if you manage an itinerary with all American flight #. If you end up with an itinerary that has Japan Air or Vietnam Air flight numbers from Japan to Vietnam, your mileage earning can be as little as 11,577 or 6.0 cents per mile

How to Buy:

  • Some dates work on Vayama and some dates work with We recommend that you check Vayama first because it will price the entire itinerary with American flight numbers or 100% mileage earning!
  • Book on  Vayama using dates found at ITA Software Matrix Airfare Search
  • Book on using dates found at ITA Software Matrix Airfare Search. Make sure you select “Additional Search Options” and then “Narrow the search to my preferred airlines” and select American on Airline 1, Japan Airlines on Airline 2 and Vietnam Air on Airline 3.

Vayama – $701:

Cheapest we found and all American Airline Flt # or 100% mileage earning

Cheapest we found and all American Airline Flt # or 100% mileage earning


Orbitz – $725




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Background Information:

  • Visa Requirements: US Citizens – Visa required prior to arrival. Prices vary. However, you may have an agent arrange a visa for pick-up upon arrival at Ho Chi Minh City Airport for a $20-25 handling fee paid upfront + $45 for the visa itself (also payable upon arrival). The Flight Deal team has used in the past for this service. It is much better than sending away your passport. Other nationals, check the TIMATIC Visa Database.
  • Currency: Vietnamese Dong (VND). $1USD = 21,275 VND

Tips for saving when using credit cards at international destinations:

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5 Responses to "American – $701: San Francisco – Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. Roundtrip, including all Taxes"

  1. Johnny says:

    Hi, first I want to say thank you for all your useful information that you have provided for readers like me. Secondly, I would like to know what made you entered code LAX NRT to advanced routing code text box? Is there any secrets? Because without entering the codes the final price is higher. I have been using the ITA matrix to search for my trip (JFK- DAD around jan 2014 for 60 days) but I dont know what codes should I put to lower the price. Again thank you for sharing.

    • TFD says:

      @Johnny – part of it is we have been doing it for a very long time so we have a general idea what the routing should be.

      Your best bet for your particular trip is subscribe to ExpertFlyer for a month ($10). With it, you will see all the published fares between JFk-DAD and associated routings.

  2. Huy says:

    I tried entering in those sample dates and the cheapest I saw was $981. Does that mean they have been booked?

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