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How about a trip to both Ho Chi Minh City and Tokyo for about $680?
Vietnam introduced a new e-Visa system – take advantage of it. Its the cheapest option.
Here are some practical travel tips to Tokyo.
Sample Travel Date:
- Washington D.C. – Tokyo: September 18th
- Tokyo – Ho Chi Minh City: September 25th
- Ho Chi Minh City – Washington D.C.: October 1st
- This is just ONE SAMPLE travel date, for more availability, please follow the “Fare Availability” and “How to Search for Availability” instructions below
- Valid for travel from late August – November. 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:
- This is just to search for availability. To buy your tickets, scroll down to “How to Buy” section of this post
- Use ITA Software Matrix Airfare Search and use the following search criteria:
- Departing from: IAD
- Outbound Advanced Routing Code:
- Textbox 1: nrt
- Textbox 2: minconnect 2880
- The 2880 after minconnect is telling ITA to search for a connection of at least 2880 minutes or 48 hours. ITA will start to error out once that number is greater than 4,020 or so, however, longer stopovers are still possible. Using the result as a guideline, play with the stopover length in Priceline’s multi-destination feature to see if it price. It is trial and error.
- Destination: SGN
- Return Advanced Routing Code:
- Textbox 1: nrt
- Textbox 2: maxconnect 240
- If you want your Tokyo stopover to be on the return, use nrt and minconnect 2880 on the Return Advanced Routing Code field. Then use nrt and maxconnect 240 on the Outbound Advanced Routing Code field
- (Click on Advanced Routing Codes link to enable advanced routing code input)
- Select “See calendar of lowest fares”
- Length of stay “5-12” (This is just a sample, you can use any 7 day date range like 3-10, 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
- The ITA search page should be like below when all values are inputted
- You cannot buy tickets using ITA. To buy, follow our instructions in the “How to Buy” section below.
Elite Qualifying Dollars:
- IAD – NRT (Tokyo) – SGN (Ho Chi Minh City) – NRT – IAD
- Two permitted at $100 each. None in Guam
- How to Take Advantage of a Stopover
Global Premier Upgrade Fare (for United 1K and GS members):
- W Class
- Miles Flown: 18,914 miles or 3.6 cents per mile
- Elite Qualifying Miles: 18,914 miles
- Redeemable Miles: 2,781 miles
How to Buy:
- Support us by using our Priceline link to book with dates found on ITA Software Matrix Airfare Search. Make sure you select “Flights” and then “Multi-Destination” and enter each segment and dates for those segments individually as shown on ITA to price like this:
- Segment 1: Washington D.C. – Tokyo
- Segment 2: Tokyo – Ho Chi Minh City
- Segment 3: Ho Chi Minh City – Tokyo
- Segment 4: Tokyo – Washington D.C.
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- Visa: US Citizens – not required. Other nationals, check the TIMATIC Visa Database
- Currency: Japanese Yen (JPY) – $1USD = 109 JPY
- Visa Requirements: US Citizens – Visa required prior to arrival. Other nationals, check the TIMATIC Visa Database.
- Currency: Vietnamese Dong (VND). $1USD = 22,767 VND
Tips for saving when using credit cards at international destinations:
- No Foreign Transaction Fee Credit Cards to save on international purchases
- Don’t get hit with Dynamic Currency Conversion
- Get your taxes refunded when shopping
- How to Avoid International Data Roaming Charges
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