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[Premium Fare Gone]: CX: Vietnam to North America from $674 (J) and $1100 (F)

[Premium Fare Gone]: CX: Vietnam to North America from $674 (J) and $1100 (F)

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CAUTION - TURNAROUND
"One customer did have issues. Wang Guanran, who documents his travels on hktravelblog.com, had his plans to travel to New York on Wednesday cut short when he was prevented from flying by immigration officials in Vietnam... he was detained by Vietnamese immigration officials, who said it was illegal to return to his city of origin while in transit." - Source:SCMP, 2 January 2019
Also https://rapidtravelchai.boardingarea...-direct-turns/

Visa Information: check out the Vietnam visa/VOA thread in the Asia forum. You can get either a visa on arrival where you get the stamp on arrival) or a "looseleaf" visa in advance from a VN Consulate in the US (which allows you to go straight to the immigration queue). There are sometimes lines for the VOA stamp and so the loosleaf approach can save you some time.

Seat Assignments

per NWPlatinum below - Cathay blocks out all seats except for 2D for some reason. I never understood the reasoning behind this but in any event just contact them for a seat assignment and they’ll let you have your choice. They like to block out seats for people with bassinets and babies. But you can usually get 2A, which is the best see if you’re solo traveler. Just say I want seat 2A and I’ll move if requested at the airport (never was asked to move)

Basic Visa Options for US Citizens
1. One month, one entry
2. One month, multiple entries
3. Three months, one entry
4. Three months, multiple entries
5. One year, multiple entries

Everyone needs an e-visa approval before boarding if they will enter the country. (e.g. clear customs). Connecting flights - even on separate tickets - do not require a visa IF IF IF the connecting airline has a counter in the transit area. (The airline may have their own rules.) Going back to the same country is not allowed without clearing customs first.

Expect the visa check at your point of departure. (Computer will flag your ticket.) The actual stamp is received on arrival (in most cases). (There is also the possibility of a visa insert with no need to go to 'visa on arrival'.)


Official Site: Embassy of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam in the United States

Lounge Access (Access Requirements)
JFK - AA Flagship First (F Departure)
ORD - British Airways Club / First Lounge T5 (J / F departures). AA Flagship lounge T3 (logistics in this post)
BOS
SFO - CX Lounge Terminal A (F or J Departure)
YVR - CX Lounge Gate 67

HKG

HAN - Song Hong Lounge (KA) or ACV/NIA Business Lounge (KA)
DAD

Current status:
  • Deal is no longer active (can't book this anymore)
    • CX announced that they will honor all tickets! Tweet here. Facebook here.

Mainstream media coverage:

Post your trip dates and itinerary here:
Please use (+1) to denote you are in F and can guest someone (or more than 1 person) into the F lounges in HKG.


January:
1/9: KA 294 HAN-HKG - tonykline1947 (+1)
1/10: CX 888 HKG-YVR - tonykline1947 (+1)
1/18: KA 296 HAN-HKG - SOWK
1/19: CX 888 HKG-YVR - SOWK
1/21: KA 227 DAD-HKG - Governator
1/21: KA 227 DAD-HKG - usairchairman (+1)
1/21: CX 840 HKG-JFK - usairchairman (+1)
1/21: CX 846 HKG-JFK - Governator
1/22: CX 845 JFK-HKG - Governator
1/23: KA 220 HKG-DAD - Governator (won't fly this one)
1/23: CX5227 DAD-HKG rbAA
1/23: CX840 HKG-JFK rbAA (can guest at Wing FC or Pier FC as I have 5hrs+)
1/26: CX 227 DAD-HKG - Synd(+1)
1/26: CX 846 HKG-JFK - Synd(+1)
1/29 KA 227 DAD-HKG - miffSC
1/29 CX 846 HKG-JFK - miffSC
1/30: CX 831 JFK-HKG - Synd (+1)
1/30: CX 865 JFK - YVR - HKG - ss2k(+1) can guest someone at JFK Flagship dining (i think)


February:
2/1: CX 220 - HKG - DAD - Synd (+1) - will try not to fly this one
2/1: CX 220 - HKG - DAD - ss2k (+1) - will probably stay in DAD for couple of days if anyone wants to join
2/2: CX865 JFK-YVR-HKG rbAA (can guest at JFK AA FL FC)
2/3 - KA 227 - DAD-HKG - swgsword, Pochama
2/3 - CX 840 - HKG-JFK - Pochama
2/4 - CX 888 - HKG-YVR-JFK - swgsword (+1, also FL at JFK)
2/4: CX5220 HKG-DAD rbAA (tight connection :50 so no lounge time unless I misconnect)
2/10: CX 764 SGN-HKG - zebes
2/11: CX 806 HKG-ORD - zebes
2/15: CX 831 JFK-HKG - usairchairman (+1)
2/15: CX 812 HKG-BOS - AnttiV
2/16: KA 220 HKG-DAD - usairchairman (+1)
2/18 CX 872 HKG-SFO - princesakura (+1)
2/19: KA 296 HAN-HKG - IncaTrails
2/19: CX 812 HKG-BOS - IncaTrails
2/22: CX 811 BOS-HKG - AnttiV

March:
3/01: CX 807 ORD-HKG - zebes
3/01 CX ### HAN-HKG - billbligh (+3)
3/02 CX888 HKG-YVR (0100) billybligh(+3)
3/03: CX 767 HKG-SGN - zebes
3/03: CX 764 SGN-HKG - zebes
3/04: CX 806 HKG-ORD - zebes
3/05: CX1790 HAN-HKG - dordal
3/06: CX872 HKG-SFO - dordal
3/08: CX 873 SFO-HKG - princesakura
3/11: KA 223 DAD-HKG - SiempreBCNJFK
3/12: CX 888 HKG-YVR-JFK - SiempreBCNJFK
3/12: CX 865 YVR-HKG - SOWK
3/13: CX 1791 HKG-HAN - SOWK
3/14: CX 5227 DAD-HKG - Hudute
3/14: CX 840 HKG-JFK - Hudute
3/15: CX 5527 DAD-HKG - Frebay (+1)
3/15: CX 840 HKG-JFK - Frebay (+1)
3/15: CX 845 JFK-HKG - SiempreBCNJFK
3/16: KA 228 HKG-DAD - SiempreBCNJFK
3/17: KA 227 DAD-HKG - SiempreBCNJFK
3/17: CX 890 HKG-EWR - SiempreBCNJFK
3/18: CX 872 HKG-SFO - princesakura (+1)
3/20: CX ### HKG-JFK - tcormier (+2)
3/20: CX 888 HKG-(YVR)-JFK - captainstubing (+1)
3/22: CX 831 JFK-HKG - captainstubing
3/22: CX 840 HKG-JFK - jongesander (+1)
3/25: CX 899 EWR-HKG - SiempreBCNJFK
3/26: KA 226 HKG-DAD - SiempreBCNJFK
3/26: CX 845 JFK-HKG - swgsword
3/27: KA 220 HKG-DAD - swgsword (+1)
3/27: KA ### HAN-HKG - Mauibaby2008
3/27: CX ### HKG-JFK - Mauibaby2008
3/28: CX 766 SGN-HKG - SiempreBCNJFK
3/28: CX 846 HKG-JFK - SiempreBCNJFK
3/29: CX 5296 HAN-HKG - LHG
3/29: CX 872 HKG-SFO - LHG
3/29: CX 807 ORD-HKG - zebes
3/31: CX 767 HKG-SGN - zebes

April:

4/3 CX 845 JFK-HKG - miffSC
4/4 KA 220 HKG-DAD - miffSC
4/6 KA 294 HAN-HKG - frisbfreek
4/7 CX 830 HKG-JFK - frisbfreek (+1)
4/13: KA 294 HAN-HKG - bostonbali (+1)
4/13: KA 294 HAN-HKG - swgsword
4/14: CX 888 HKG-YVR-JFK bostonbali (+1)
4/14: CX 888 HKG-YVR-JFK swgsword (+1)
4/19: KA 298 HAN-HKG shek3112
4/19: CX 846 HKG-JFK shek3112 (+3)
4/19: CX 806 HKG-ORD Oshkosh105 (+1)
4/20: CX 807 ORD-HKG Oshkosh105
4/29: CX 845 JFK-HKG shek3112 (+3)
4/30: KA 299 HKG-HAN shek3112 (may change)
4/30: KA 221 DAD-HKG - driveswith (+1)

May:
5/1: CX 888 HKG-YVR - driveswith (+1)
5/1: CX 888 YVR-JFK - driveswith (+1)
5/8: CX 845 JFK-HKG - driveswith (+1)
5/8: KA 221 DAD-HKG - zip10001
5/8: CX 840 HKG-JFK - zip10001
5/10: CX 873 SFO-HKG - dordal
5/11: CX5297 HKG-HAN - dordal
5/11: KA 296 HAN-HKG - james_yuen (+1)
5/12: CX 888 HKG-YVR - james_yuen (+1)
5/12: CX 5294 HAN-HKG - dordal
5/13: CX 872 HKG-SFO - dordal
5/13: BA 28 HKG-LHR - driveswith (+1)
5/15 CX865 YVR-HKG - james_yuen (+1)
5/16 KA 299 HKG-HAN - james_yuen (+1)
5/19: CX 845 JFK-HKG - Frebay (+1)
5/20: CX 5224 HKG-DAD - Frebay (+1)
5/21: KA 296 HAN-HKG - AndrewT84
5/22: CX 872 HKG-SFO - AndrewT84
5/24: CX 811 BOS-HKG - IncaTrails
5/25: KA 297 HKG-HAN - IncaTrails
5/28: CX 764 SGN-HKG - JetSetDave
5/28: CX 858 HKG-SEA - JetSetDave
5/30: CX 841 JFK-HKG - zip10001
5/31: KA 224 HKG-DAD - zip10001
5/31: CX 5294 (KA) HAN-HKG maverikbc (+1)

June:
6/1: CX 888 HKG-YVR maverikbc (+1)
6/2: KA 221 DAD-HKG - sgan317 (+2)
6/2: CX 840 HKG-JFK - sgan317 (+2)
6/2: KA 221 DAD-HKG - greendx
6/2: CX 840 HKG-JFK - greendx
6/3: CX 888 HKG-JFK - JALOO5-Flyer
6/8: KA 296 HAN-HKG - Mrow (+1)
6/8: CX 846 HKG-JFK - Mrow (+1)
6/8: CX 766 SGN-HKG - Quanh79 (+3)
6/8: CX 846 HKG-JFK - Quanh79 (+3)
6/8: KA 296 HAN-HKG - UAPremierGuy
6/8: CX 840 HKG-JFK - UAPremierGuy
6/8: KA 221 DAD-HKG - Evianon
6/8: CX 840 HKG-JFK - Evianon (+1)
6/9: KA 294 DAD-HKG - Frebay (+1)
6/10: CX 872 HKG-SFO - Frebay (+1)
6/10: CX 845 JFK-HKG - UAPremierGuy
6/11: CX 845 JFK-HKG - Evianon
6/12: KA 220: HKG-DAD - Evianon
6/12: CX 841 JFK-HKG - Mrow (+1)
6/12: CX 845 JFK-HKG - Hudute
6/13: KA 299 HKG-HAN - Mrow (+1)
6/13: CX 5220 HKG-DAD - Hudute
6/17: KA 225 DAD-HKG - CruisingAlitiude47
6/18: CX 830 HKG-JFK - CruisingAlitiude47
6/22: KA 294 HAN-HKG - FormallyKnownAs (+1)
6/22: CX 830 HKG-YVR - FormallyKnownAs (+1)
6/22: CX 888 HKG-JFK - FormallyKnownAs (+1)
6/22: KA 221 DAD-HKG ZohyeahZ (+2)
6/22: CX 840 HKG-JFK ZohyeahZ (+2)
6/28: CX 865 JFK-HKG - greendx
6/30: KA 220 HKG-DAD - greendx

July:
7/3: CX 857 SEA-HKG - JetSetDave
7/4: CX 767 HKG-SGN - JetSetDave
7/4: KA 294 HAN-HKG - Majuki
7/4 CX 872 SFO-HKG - princesakura
7/5: CX 872 HKG-SFO - Majuki
7/5: KA 227 DAD-HKG - afirm (+1)
7/6: CX 888 HKG-YVR-JFK- afirm (+1)
7/7: CX 841 JFK-HKG - afirm (+1)
7/8: KA 224 HKG-DAD - afirm (+1)
7/8: KA 296 HAN-HKG - terryversay (+1)
7/8: CX 840 HKG-JFK - terryversay (+1)
7/8: CX 872 - HKG-SFO - princesakura
7/9: CX 841 JFK-HKG - JALOO5-Flyer
7/11: CX 873 SFO-HKG - AndrewT84
7/12: KA 297 HKG-HAN - AndrewT84
7/12: CX 845 JFK-HKG - CruisingAltitude47
7/13: KA 220 HKG-DAD - CruisingAltitude47
7/14: KA 221 DAD-HKG - nutty92 (+2)
7/14: CX 840 HKG-JFK - nutty92 (+2)
7/14: CX 1764 SGN-HKG - chitink (+2)
7/15: CX 806 HKG-ORD - chitink (+2)
7/17: CX 840 HKG-JFK - danfl44 (+1)
7/20: CX 865 JFK-HKG zOhYeahz (+2)
7/22: KA 224 HKG-DAD zOhYeahz (+2)
7/25: CX 841 JFK-HKG - danfl44 (+1)
7/27: CX ### JFK-HKG - tcormier (+2)
7/30: KA 221 DAD-HKG - driveswith (+1)
7/31: CX 888 HKG-YVR - driveswith (+1)
7/31: CX 888 YVR-JFK - driveswith (+1)

August:

8/5: KA 225 DAD-HKG - sriegert
8/6: CX 888 HKG-JFK - sriegert
8/6 KA 221 DAD-HKG - aradisc (+1)
8/7 CX 888 HKG-YVR-JFK - aradisc (+1)
8/7: KA 221/840 DAD-HKG-JFK Brituchenite
8/9: CX 845 JFK-HKG - Quanh79 (+1)
8/9: CX767 HKG-SGN - Quanh79 (+1)
8/10 CX 840 HKG-JFK - thefilipinotraveler (+1)
8/11 CX 841 JFK-HKG - driveswith (+1)
8/11 KA 294 DAD-HKG - pochi
8/12 KA 225 DAD-HKG - Dancrane (+1)
8/12 CX 888 HKG-JFK - pochi (+1)
8/13 CX 830 HKG-JFK - Dancrane (+1)
8/17 CX 851 SFO-HKG - princesakura
8/17 CX 841 JFK-HKG - pochi (+1)
8/17 KA 297 HKG-HAN - thefilipinotraveler (+1)
8/18 CX 845 JFK-YVR-HKG - swgsword
8/19 KA 299 HKG-HAN - swgsword (+1)
8/19 CX 841 JFK-HKG - Dancrane (+1)
8/20 KA 224 HKG-DAD - Dancrane (+1)
8/23 CX 845 JFK-HKG - sriegert
8/23 CX812 HKG-BOS - paul4471 (+2)
8/24 - KA 220 HKG-DAD - sriegert
8/24 CX1790/VN592 HAN-HKG ritesa (+1)
8/25 CX888 HKG-YVR ritesa (+1)
8/26 CX 872 HKG-SFO - princesakura
8/27 CX865 YVR-HKG ritesa (+1)
8/30: CX835 JFK-HKG - terryversay (+1)
8/30: CX830 HKG-JFK - JALOO5-Flyer (+1)
8/31: KA297 HKG-HAN - terryversay (+1)
8/30 KA299 HKG-HAN ritesa (+1)
8/30: CX865CX5/220 JFK-YVR-HKG-DAD Brituchenite
8/30: KA/CX ### HAN-HKG-JFK-DCA - GlobalNelson

September:
9/1: CX 766 SGN-HKG - quinzinho (+1)
9/1: AA 192 / CX 7686 HKG-LAX - quinzinho (+1)
9/1: AA 303 LAX-IAD - quinzinho (+1)
9/1: CX 873 SFO-HKG - Majuki
9/1: CX 1791 HKG-HAN - paul4471 (+2)
9/2: KA 297 HKG-HAN - Majuki
9/6: AA 1139 IAD-LAX - quinzinho (+1)
9/7: AA 193 / CX 7685 LAX-HKG - quinzinho (+1)
9/8: CX 767 HKG-SGN - quinzinho (+1)
9/7: KA 221 DAD-HKG - ChiefNWA
9/7: CX 840 HKG-JFK - ChiefNWA
9/9: VN592-CX840 HAN-HKG-JFK - Zebranz
9/14: KA296-CX810 HAN-HKG pschafer+1 in J
9/14: CX 851 SFO-HKG - princesakura
9/26: CX 764 SGN-HKG - Phrantic
9/27: CX 806 HKG-ORD - Phrantic
9/28: CX 845 JFK-HKG - Pochama
9/29: KA 220 HKG-DAD - Pochama
9/30: CX ### JFK-HKG - Mauibaby2008

October:
10/01: KA ### HKG-HAN - Mauibaby2008
10/05: CX855-KA299 YVR-HKG-HAN - pschafer+1 in J
10/08 CX5221 - CX890 DAD-HKG-EWR MCI777
10/10 CX841 - CX5224 JFK-HKG-DAD MCI777
10/10: CX865-KA297 JFK-HKG-HAN - Zebranz
10/11: CX 865 JFK-HKG - ChiefNWA
10/12: KA 220 HKG-DAD - ChiefNWA
10/12: CX 873 SFO-HKG - dordal
10/13: CX5299 HKG-HAN
10/15: VN594-CX840 SGN-HKG-JFK - Zebranz
10/16-17: KA221J/CX888A DAD-HKG-YVR-JFK - Shareholder
10/19 CX865 YVR-HKG maverikbc (+1)
10/20 CX1791 (VN) HKG-HAN maverikbc (+1)
10/25: CX/KA ### DCA-JFK-HKG-HAN - GlobalNelson
10/30: CX 831 JFK-HKG - SiempreBCNJFK
10/31: CX 721 HKG-SGN - SiempreBCNJFK

November:
11/1: CX 831 JFK-HKG - sgan317 (+2)
11/1: KA/CX ### HAN-HKG-YVR - GlobalNelson
11/2: KA 220 HKG-DAD - sgan317 (+2)
11/4-6: CX865A/KA220J (CX5220J) JFK-HKG-DAD - Shareholder
11/7: CX 807 ORD-HKG - chitink (+1)
11/7: CX845-VN599 JFK-HKG-SGN - Zebranz
11/8: CX 721 HKG-SGN - chitink (+1)
11/8: CX 845 JFK-HKG - nutty92 (+2)
11/9: KA 228 HKG-DAD - nutty92 (+2)
11/11: KA296-CX872 HAN-HKG-SFO - Zebranz
11/12: CX 1764 SGN-HKG - chitink (+1)
11/13: CX 806 HKG-ORD - chitink (+1)
11/17: KA 227 DAD-HKG - Paul5795 (+1)
11/18: CX 872 HKG-SFO - Paul5795 (+1)
11/26: CX 807 ORD-HKG - chitink (+1)
11/26: CX873-KA295 SFO-HKG-HAN - Zebranz (might abandon KA295)
11/27: CX 721 HKG-SGN - chitink (+1)
11/29: KA296 HAN-HKG - JAeX
11/30: CX872 HKG-SFO - JAeX
11/30: KA 227 DAD-HKG-Tennislover9
11/30: CX 846 HKG-JFK-Tennislover9
11/30: CX726 SGN-HKG- stephem (+4)
11/30: CX858 HKG-SEA- stephem (+4)

December:
12/02: HKG-SFO CX872- uclabruin82
12/14: KA 294 HAN-HKG - calcjr23 (+1)
12/15: CX 830 HKG-JFK - calcjr23 (+1)
12/15: CX873 SFO-HKG - Paul5795
12/17: KA226 HKG-DAD - Paul5795
12/18: CX 807 ORD-HKG - Phrantic
12/19: CX 865 YVR-HKG - FormallyKnownAs (+1)
12/19: CX 841 JFK-HKG - FormallyKnownAs (+1)
12/19: CX 865 JFK-YVR - calcjr23 (+1)
12/20: CX 865 YVR-HKG - calcjr23 (+1)
12/20: KA 295 HKG-HAN - FormallyKnownAs (+1) may abandon
12/20: CX 767 HKG-SGN - Phrantic
12/20: CX 845 JFK-HKG-Tennislover9
12/20: CX857 SEA-HKG- stephem (+4)
12/21: CX799 HKG-SGN- stephem (+4)
12/21: KA 228 HKG-DAD-Tennislover9 (may abandon)
12/21: KA 297 HKG-HAN - calcjr23 (+1)
12/21: CX873 SFO-HKG - JAeX
12/23: KA297 HKG-HAN - JAeX
12/24: CX 873 SFO-HKG - Frebay (+1)
12/24: KA 295 HKG-HAN - Frebay (+1)
12/24: CX 873 SFO-HKG - UCLABruin82

January 2020:
1/25: CX 831 JFK-HKG - alexj7 (+1)

FARES (YMMV) listed alphabetically - F booked into J/A; J booked into I,D,C.
  • DAD-IAD: ~$1,483 (F)
  • DAD-JFK: ~$675 (J) ~$845 (F)
  • DAD-SFO: ~$931 (J)
  • HAN-BOS: ~$1,120 (J) ~$1,200 (F)
  • HAN-IAD: ~$1,000 (J) ~$1,400 (F)
  • HAN-JFK: ~$1,324 (J) ~$1,444 (F)
  • HAN-SFO: ~$1,240 (F)
  • HAN-YVR: ~$768 (J) ~$988 (F)
  • SGN-JFK: ~$1,849 (F)
  • SGN-ORD: ~$1,115 (F)
  • SGN-SEA: ~$1,109 (J)
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Old May 22, 19, 11:15 pm
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Has anyone been able to cancel this ticket booked via Expedia without getting charged the $300 cancellation fee?
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Old May 22, 19, 11:24 pm
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Originally Posted by DJZ View Post
FAs had a good laugh seeing me in the same seat on return. On the HKG-JFK portion, I feel like 4/6 of first class cabin had started with me in DAD...
It's pretty obvious who's on the fare on this route, if you've ever flown HKG-DAD before.
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Old May 23, 19, 12:41 am
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Originally Posted by k_sheep View Post
Getting excited to fly this fare in August, just booked my positioning flights!

Now to find something interesting to do outside of SFO for a week .... because goodness knows I'm not paying those hotel prices for more than a night or 2, jeepers!
That's San Francisco for you these days. Prices are so obscene it makes Los Angeles seem reasonable.

From SFO you could head to Napa Valley if you are a wine drinker. LA, San Diego, and Las Vegas are also a short, cheap flight away.
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I myself will be finally taking this fare in August. Very excited


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Old May 23, 19, 1:24 pm
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So for OTA bookings, after flying the outbound, do we still have to contact the OTA to change the return leg?

I remember I used to be able to do it with the airline directly in this case, but still got the following message when I tried online: “This booking was not created by our listed travel agent or point of sales.
Please contact your travel agent.”
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Old May 24, 19, 1:21 am
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Just an FYI for anyone jumping off in Hong Kong. I am currently on my way to Danang. This is my second trip to Vietnam on these fares. At check-in, I was asked "Has this visa been used before?" (It had not). The agent then appeared to record the number of the visa. I did not notice this on my first trip where they just looked at the visa briefly. My point is just a warning to those who are getting off in Hong Kong to think twice before using an old visa because you know you are not entering Vietnam. I would be interested to know if anyone else has had the same experience.
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Old May 25, 19, 3:29 am
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Check in time at HAN

My HAN-HKG leg is with KA J, do you know how early they let us check in with my bag? I'd like to arrive plenty early making sure I won't miss my flight. They let us use the VN lounge?
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Old May 25, 19, 8:03 am
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Originally Posted by maverikbc View Post
My HAN-HKG leg is with KA J, do you know how early they let us check in with my bag? I'd like to arrive plenty early making sure I won't miss my flight. They let us use the VN lounge?
May not be much help as far as how early you can checkin. We left the Metropole in Hanoi at 7 am for the 10:35 flight. took about 30 minutes to get to the airport, maybe less. Used the Hanoi Transfer Service that we found on the internet, and they were fantastic for scheduling airport transportation. Very affordable, like $12 to 18 depending upon how big your vehicle needed to be. http://hanoitransferservice.com

I can't exactly remember details, but immigration and security was very fast and possibly had some elite lines.

We had access to the VN lounge which was comfortable and had some food and drinks. Employees at a counter would make coffee or pour wine. Perfect for getting ready to actually have a meal on the flight.

It seems like the gate was right outside the lounge but I am a little foggy on that. Certainly wasn't a hike. I wouldn't have left much earlier just to be in that lounge. Traffic was light at that time of day, and it was raining.
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Old May 25, 19, 1:28 pm
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Originally Posted by pentiumii View Post
May not be much help as far as how early you can checkin. We left the Metropole in Hanoi at 7 am for the 10:35 flight. took about 30 minutes to get to the airport, maybe less. Used the Hanoi Transfer Service that we found on the internet, and they were fantastic for scheduling airport transportation. Very affordable, like $12 to 18 depending upon how big your vehicle needed to be. http://hanoitransferservice.com

I can't exactly remember details, but immigration and security was very fast and possibly had some elite lines.

We had access to the VN lounge which was comfortable and had some food and drinks. Employees at a counter would make coffee or pour wine. Perfect for getting ready to actually have a meal on the flight.

It seems like the gate was right outside the lounge but I am a little foggy on that. Certainly wasn't a hike. I wouldn't have left much earlier just to be in that lounge. Traffic was light at that time of day, and it was raining.
I took the bus #86 for 35k from t2 to Long Bien, a 5-min walk from the edge of the old quarter. It had ac, a luggage space, a friendly conductor who spoke some English, even a WiFi, took about half an hour. I'm pretty sure I'm the only CX F pax who travels like this! There's even a cheaper option for 9k, but it seems it takes the double amounts of time. For those familiar with Grab, a car can be hired around 250k ($11) one way between the airport and the old quarter.

I think I've used Hanoi transfer service when I first came 10 years ago. With advancement like Google maps and Grab, and Google Translate when needed, now I can travel more like locals do and pay what locals pay, no more haggling.

I'll run some searches about the VN lounge, but One Mile At a Time has recently posted a review about Song Hong Business Lounge, it looked much better than other Priority Pass lounges at KUL, MNL, etc.

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Old May 25, 19, 4:24 pm
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Originally Posted by smitty06 View Post
At check-in, I was asked "Has this visa been used before?" (It had not). The agent then appeared to record the number of the visa.
I checked in online, and was paged in the lounge for passport confirmation and to see my visa. They entered some numbers into the system too. I've transited multiple times through Vietnam and this is the first that I've seen an airline write down specific visa info. Having said that, I highly doubt that info is communicated to Vietnam; Cathay is probably just recording it in case someone arrives in Vietnam with an invalid visa.
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Old May 25, 19, 11:25 pm
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Additional data point: Just changed my return flight JFK-HKG-HAN. The webpage was asking for 178 USD while over the phone I was only charged the 100 USD. Also managed to extend the layover in HAN to 22+ hours.. just to make sure I'll be able to collect my luggage. Safe travel to everyone.
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Old May 26, 19, 4:56 am
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Just finished a rather enjoyable week. I live in Phuket, so did a positioning flight to Da Nang and overnight there.
I was on 1700 Dragon flight to HKG, overnight in Regal Hotel, then onto JFK. Couple nights JFK, then back to HKG, one night and then one to Da Nang.
Booked separate ticket to Bangkok on return.
My fare was $855, with position flights and hotels, total $1400

Da Nang beautiful city and Hilton excellent. Immigration was fine with UK passport, bit of a wait but nothing major.

There is a transit area if You are hand luggage only, signposted, but not always people there, You need to call them to come.

If You are going on a different flight like me, immigration leaving Da Nang was awful at 1000-1300, took 30-40 minutes, when I left at 1600, no wait.

Both Dragon flights were very quiet, and noticed they blocked the seat next to me as Emerald One World.

JFK flights both went 5/6. One chap on way back was on fare, others seemed regular travellers. Great flights and crew, only no WiFi on either plane. Was interesting to see the routing they take, very different going to US v coming back.

JFK T8 arrival at 1230 was empty, no wait, I was surprised. Leaving again no wait, no priority, but when I approached the line, she saw 1st class and let me cut to front. Flagship dining was wonderful.

Went so quickly, and all a bit of a dream, but good fun.
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Old May 26, 19, 7:10 pm
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Originally Posted by maverikbc View Post
I took the bus #86 for 35k from t2 to Long Bien, a 5-min walk from the edge of the old quarter. It had ac, a luggage space, a friendly conductor who spoke some English, even a WiFi, took about half an hour. I'm pretty sure I'm the only CX F pax who travels like this! There's even a cheaper option for 9k, but it seems it takes the double amounts of time. For those familiar with Grab, a car can be hired around 250k ($11) one way between the airport and the old quarter.
Nope, make that (at least) 2! The 86 bus works like wonders, really straight forward and many blogs (by googling) cover the route and info about it well, such as some weekend alterations/diversions - this is a great option for Hanoi. Anyone who's taking the bus from the airport, make sure you go to the bus stop and ignore the 'airline shuttles' which are often trying to scam the living daylight out of you.
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Old May 27, 19, 4:31 am
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Originally Posted by gav0106 View Post
Just finished a rather enjoyable week. I live in Phuket, so did a positioning flight to Da Nang and overnight there.
I was on 1700 Dragon flight to HKG, overnight in Regal Hotel, then onto JFK. Couple nights JFK, then back to HKG, one night and then one to Da Nang.
Booked separate ticket to Bangkok on return.
My fare was $855, with position flights and hotels, total $1400

Da Nang beautiful city and Hilton excellent. Immigration was fine with UK passport, bit of a wait but nothing major.

There is a transit area if You are hand luggage only, signposted, but not always people there, You need to call them to come.

If You are going on a different flight like me, immigration leaving Da Nang was awful at 1000-1300, took 30-40 minutes, when I left at 1600, no wait.

Both Dragon flights were very quiet, and noticed they blocked the seat next to me as Emerald One World.

JFK flights both went 5/6. One chap on way back was on fare, others seemed regular travellers. Great flights and crew, only no WiFi on either plane. Was interesting to see the routing they take, very different going to US v coming back.

JFK T8 arrival at 1230 was empty, no wait, I was surprised. Leaving again no wait, no priority, but when I approached the line, she saw 1st class and let me cut to front. Flagship dining was wonderful.

Went so quickly, and all a bit of a dream, but good fun.
Agree with almost all of this. Taking my flights back to DAD this week and hope there is Wi-Fi. On the way over they said almost all planes have it now, just not that one. Hilton DAD is also wonderful - great service!
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Old May 27, 19, 5:46 am
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Have great flight back. Not sure about WiFi but I had 2 different planes and both no WiFi. Also on departures board at HKG. They show ones with WiFi and not so many. Glad you enjoyed Hilton as well
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Old May 28, 19, 12:56 pm
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Anyone knows if I can change the return leg (HKG-HAN) to a few weeks later after the transpacific flight? Already flown the outbound. Thanks.
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