Travelers flying from the USA to the Vietnam will find that the cheapest flight options depart from the West Coast of the US and arrive in Hanoi or Ho Chi Minh, which are the country’s two main airports. There are no nonstop routes available, so all travelers will have to stop somewhere along the way, usually in Thailand or South Korea. From one of these other Asia countries, you can connect to Vietnam on a low-cost regional carrier.
Flights from the West Coast of the US to Vietnam will be cheaper than those from the South and East. You’ll have to connect in Asia along the way. If you are flying from a smaller airport, may have to make a stop in the US as well. There are some nonstop flights to Asia from larger cities like Chicago and New York, but most depart from West Coast cities like Los Angeles and San Francisco.
Vietnam is has several airports, though only the cities of Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh and Da Nang have international airports. If your final destination is not one of these cities, you’ll need to connect to reach your final airport.
When flying out of USA there are plenty of airports to choose from, many of which offer direct flights to Asia (though you’ll still need to connect there to Vietnam). You can most easily find cheap, direct flights from the USA to Vietnam at LAX, San Francisco, JFK, and Chicago’s O’Hare.
Best airline choices
There are no direct flights to Vietnam from the US, but the following airlines offer flights to Thailand and South Korea; from there you can connect to Vietnam.
- Thai Airways
- Korean Air
- US Airways
The ticket prices for flights to Vietnam from the USA tend to stay relatively consistent and fluctuate more according to popular travel times in general that by season, i.e prices are higher around the holidays and during summer and lower during travel slow periods like early January and mid-October. The temperature variations and opposing monsoons seasons from north to south mean that its always high season somewhere in Vietnam. With multiple stops, you can score a ticket to Vietnam from the West Coast of the US for anywhere from $500-$900. From other cities, costs may range form $800 to $well over $1200.
Money saving tips
Check the discounted websites but remember that not all of them list the Asian low-cost carriers. You can compare the options on sites such as Expedia, Travelocity or Priceline but for the cheapest Asian flights you need to check Skyscanner or check the websites of individual budget carriers – sometimes the prices are a bit lower when you book directly with the airlines.
Prices will be much lower if you connect in an West Coast hub like Los Angeles. If your final destination is a city other than one of the three international airports in Vietnam, you’ll need to arrive at one of these and then connect your final destination.