Choosing Flights from the USA to Vietnam
Currently there are no non-stop flights from the USA to Vietnam, so US visitors to Vietnam need to take an indirect flight, transferring at some Asian city, such as Shanghai or Hong Kong. This offers a chance to take a little break.
Arrival in Vietnam
The biggest airlines flying from the USA to Vietnam are: Korean Air, ANA (All Nippon Airways), and Cathay Pacific. Choosing a flight isn't always straightforward. A decision may be based on a combination of price, number of stops, trip duration and flight times.
- A one-stop flight would be your best option. From the USA to Vietnam, consider going through one of the major hubs such as China (Beijing, Shanghai, or Guangzhou), Hong Kong, Taipei, Japan (Tokyo) or South Korea (Seoul). For instance, try flying LAX-TPE-SGN or NYC-HKG–HAN.
- Usually from the USA to Vietnam, the flying time is 16-17 hours. When you choose flights, try to make sure the stopover duration is between 3 and 6 hours.
- Flight prices vary. Even the climate varies by season. The whole journey will take about 20-22 hours, at about 1000-1300 USD for a round trip, economy class.
Airlines flying into Vietnam
|Korean Air||Singapore Airlines||Etihad Airways|
|ANA (All Nippon Airways)||China Airlines||Philippine Airlines|
|EVA Air||Delta||Jin Air|
|Asiana Airlines||Qatar Airways||Air New Zealand|
|Japan Airlines||American Airlines||Xiamen Airlines|
|China Southern||China Eastern||Jetstar|
|Vietnam Airlines||Air China||Sichuan Airlines|
Tips for Booking Air Tickets
Look beyond the price.
While the cost of a plane ticket is obviously important, considering only the price may cause you to miss out on a better travel experience. While buying a cheaper ticket will save you money, it might cost you a more enjoyable journey, with a better entertainment system, a power port, or even a better seat.
Compare seat pitch and width dimensions.
Seat pitch (the distance from a point on one seat to the exact same point on the seat in front or behind that seat) and width (the distance from armrest to armrest) can vary greatly between airline carriers and aircraft type.
While one or two extra inches of pitch may not seem significant, it can make a huge difference in terms of comfort and productivity, especially during a long-haul flight. It usually means your knees won't be touching the seat back in front of you and you'll be able to fully open your laptop screen.
Make sure to book your flights to Vietnam early to avoid having to overpay. While the particular day of the week that you book may not make a difference in price, the amount of lag time you have before your flight certainly does.
Pre-planning and securing your flight tickets 2, 3 or even 4 months in advance will give you a better chance of getting the best price on flights to Vietnam. For booking the best international flights, www.expedia.com OR www.skyscanner.com are recommended.
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