A good sale to Vietnam for Fall travel and Winter travel on a mix of United and ANA flights. The Chinese airlines are a bit cheaper, we would only recommend that if you like an even more sub-optimal flight experience than United.
ITA will price this at $579 – $588. Using those dates on Priceline, it priced out at $525 for us.
Sample Travel Date:
- September 26th – October 3rd
- Valid for travel on the outbound from late September – November or January, 2017 – April, 2017 for Sunday through Thursday departures and returns. Availability is limited. Must purchase at least 3 days in advance of departure
- Please note that while this fare is valid at time of posting, if this post is more than two days old, the fare is likely gone.
How to Search for Availability:
- Use ITA Software Matrix Airfare Search and use the following search criteria:
- Departing from: SFO
- Outbound Advanced Routing Code: ua+ /f bc=k
- Destination: SGN
- Return Advanced Routing Code: ua+ /f bc=k
- (Click on Advanced Routing Codes link to enable advanced routing code input)
- Select “See calendar of lowest fares”
- Length of stay “3-10” (the max date range is 7 days. So 0-7, 5-12, 7-14 etc)
- Beginner’s Guide on How to Use Matrix by ITA Software
- How to Read Airfare Rules and Use It to Your Advantage
You cannot buy tickets using ITA. To buy, follow our instructions in the “How to Book” section below.
Elite Qualifying Dollars:
- SFO – NRT (Tokyo) – SGN (Ho Chi Minh City) – HKG (Hong Kong) – SFO
- Two permitted at $100 each. None in Guam
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Global Premier Upgrade Fare (for United 1K and GS members):
- W Class
- Miles Flown: 15,668 miles or 3.3 cents per mile
- Elite Qualifying Miles: 15,668 miles
- Redeemable Miles: 2,475 miles
How to Book:
- Support us by using our Priceline link to book with dates found on ITA Software Matrix Airfare Search. Make sure you enter “United” on the Airline textbox under the Advanced Options section of the form.
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- 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 VietnamStay.com 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 = 22,301 VND
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