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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 theyíll 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 youíre solo traveler. Just say I want seat 2A and Iíll 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)
11/5-6: CX846A/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 Jan 3, 19, 1:18 am
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I have the same question. I have J and A fares booked through Orbitz. I was wondering about changing the dates since I may not be able to travel on the dates I originally booked. It would be nice to know if I can change the dates and still have my precious ticket.
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Old Jan 3, 19, 1:35 am
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Originally Posted by clubeurope View Post
IIRC, passengers on CX-marketed codeshares departing on non-OW operated flights are not entitled access to CX lounges by virtue of travel class (except for Air NZ codeshares, subject to certain restrictions). One will be directed to whatever lounge VN has contract with, which I presume is the Skyteam lounge. You will though have access to the CX lounges when you depart on CX to North America, but not on the return when you connect to VN.

Different rules apply for MPC elite members.
NOT CORRECT. I cannot find the link, but apparently CX has some special arrangement only with Vietnam Airlines and allows access to CX lounges in HKG when traveling on VN J.

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Old Jan 3, 19, 1:56 am
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Originally Posted by mapleaves View Post
What would be the nicest lounges to use for these flights?

1. Lounge in HK (On KA J Class-HK and HK-Lax on F Class AA metal)
2. Lounge in LAX (LAX-IAD on F Class AA metal)
3. Lounge in IAD (IAD-LAX F Class AA metal)
Regarding LAX I did some investigation since I'm doing the same itinerary as you (my flight dates are in the wiki; are we on the same flights?) .
For LAX it would seem AA Flagship First Lounge in Terminal 4 is the best, especially for the a la carte dining options they offer. Otherwise the Oneworld First lounge at TBIT is the best option.
For IAD it seems you have 1 choice only since AA doesn't have a lounge there. This is the BA lounge.
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Old Jan 3, 19, 2:00 am
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Originally Posted by NWplatinum View Post


NOT CORRECT. Apparently CX has some special arrangement with Vietnam Airlines and allows access to CX lounges.
Is that from personal experience or is there anything to back that up?
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Old Jan 3, 19, 2:01 am
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Originally Posted by NWplatinum View Post


NOT CORRECT. Apparently CX has some special arrangement with Vietnam Airlines and allows access to CX lounges.
very interesting, i have not heard or seen of this one before.

I know they have an arrangement with NZ, but I'm curious about this one. Is there a source that shows the arrangement?
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Old Jan 3, 19, 2:03 am
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Originally Posted by Reikon View Post
Is that from personal experience or is there anything to back that up?
I know that Iíve read about VN passengers obtaining access to CX lounges in HKG as they have some special arrangement. I canít find the thread, but I remember other skyteam people all asking and chirping if they could get access too if not flying VN. But it is strictly a deal and limited to VN, as Iím sure those flying them on this ticket will see in HKG. If youíre on VN J you get access to CX J lounges but only VN, no exceptions.

However, I would assume we will get reports of people who fly VN and what lounge they accessed. I know I read the thread probably 6 months ago or so. I could be wrong, but it would make sense given how much codesharing we have seen they do together on a lot of this Vietnamese cities. I think a full fare J/F passenger would be pretty pissed off if he got to HKG, purchased a CX ticket, and was only to be told ďsorry you have to go to some ****** Skyteam LoungeĒ on arrival in HKG after a 16 hr flight.

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Old Jan 3, 19, 2:03 am
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Originally Posted by quinzinho View Post
Regarding LAX I did some investigation since I'm doing the same itinerary as you (my flight dates are in the wiki; are we on the same flights?) .
For LAX it would seem AA Flagship First Lounge in Terminal 4 is the best, especially for the a la carte dining options they offer. Otherwise the Oneworld First lounge at TBIT is the best option.
For IAD it seems you have 1 choice only since AA doesn't have a lounge there. This is the BA lounge.
nah, Qantas First Lounge is defo better than AA Flagship, in my opinion.
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I know that I’ve read about VN passengers obtaining access to CX lounges in HKG as they have some special arrangement. I can’t find the thread, but I remember other skyteam people all asking and chirping if they could get access too if not flying VN. But it is strictly a deal and limited to VN, as I’m sure those flying them on this ticket will see in HKG. If you’re on VN J you get access to CX J lounges but only VN, no exceptions.
very interesting. really never heard of this one but i'm probably just ignorant.

fwiw, advice in the lounge thread on the CX forum suggests that VN doesn't have an arrangement with CX (see here and its subsequent reply). granted this is from Aug 2017, and things may have changed, though as a general rule lounges on codeshare flights depend on the operating carrier as opposed to the marketing carrier.

finally, one arrangement i know of is that all MPC elite members are entitled access to CX lounges when flying on CX codeshares, without exception.
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Old Jan 3, 19, 2:26 am
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Originally Posted by quinzinho View Post
Regarding LAX I did some investigation since I'm doing the same itinerary as you (my flight dates are in the wiki; are we on the same flights?) .
For LAX it would seem AA Flagship First Lounge in Terminal 4 is the best, especially for the a la carte dining options they offer. Otherwise the Oneworld First lounge at TBIT is the best option.
For IAD it seems you have 1 choice only since AA doesn't have a lounge there. This is the BA lounge.
Do AA lounge dragons know CX F pax get First Flagship Dining? This is the first Iíve heard of this, and good news for me. Also people who are talking about the AA Flagship, did you go to the F dining area which is the cordoned off area in the back thatís only accessible with a slip you get at the front? Not the buffet for J passengers.

Some prefer the Qantas F lounge in LAX. Some prefer the AA F Flagship Dining Lounge. I personally think the AA F section of the lounge is much better than QF. Itís newer, quieter, way less crowded since the QF lounge caters to ALL of OW it can get busy during rush hour times. Lots of times youíll have to flag down waiters during the busy times in QF. The food is better in the AA lounge imho, and definitely the service is better since everytime Iíve been in the AA F lounge itís usually me, and one other person.

The QF lounge service is terrible. They claim the waiters get ďswissotel trainingĒ or some other BS. But I had a long layover and had a long conversation with the bartender in the QF lounge once and he told me literally everything. Theyíll hire anyone off the street who has little to no experience and get them working right away since America isnít a tipping culture, the tips are terrible and nobody with luxury experience wants to work in that lounge (the US QF). This would explain the service discrepancies between QF Australia and the QF LAX lounge. Iíve found the service in Australia to be impeccable but LAX doesnít even seem like the same league and the tipping would explain that. The shower suites are also much better, bigger, and newer in AA.

Show up early for the flight. If youíre traveling in F, Iíd personally go to both lounges as they are connected without having to go back through security now that they opened the tunnels connecting terminals and you can try both lounges. They are both a treat. If youíre in J out of LAX donít expect to be wowed but still worth showing up slightly early to try both lounges.
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Originally Posted by Rojo View Post
YES and NO. During the booking process on CX website you were given the option to book a business class fare with three different options

Save - High Change/Cancellation Fee
Standard - Low Change/Cancellation Fee
Flex - No Change/Cancellation Fee

Each of the three options has a fare basis code associated to it. If I remember correctly, CX website was offering the Standard and the Flex at very low fares, the Save was pricing much higher. (or something like that). I'm sure that 80% of the people booking these low Business and First class tickets chose the cheapest fare without knowing that they will have to pay cancellation/change fees after the 24 hour grace period. Very few people read and understood the fare condition summary that CX website gave during the booking path. Unfortunately this is a common rookie mistake, specially when the Flex option was just $25 more on each direction. I decided to pay the extra $50 just in case I needed to make a change or cancel after the 24 hour grace period. In the end, we all need to fly to Vietnam to start these trips and if something goes wrong, I know I can call CX and cancel the entire itinerary without having to pay a cancellation fee.

For people booking via OTAs, I don't think they get to choose between the 3 options since CX does not have direct connectivity so it should only offer one option (don't know which one). That's exactly why I wouldn't book via an OTA if the airline's own website has the same pricing and is able to issue an E-TKT.



I will venture to say NO, since I can see that CX hasn't reopened the A, I, C and D buckets ex-Vietnam. But if someone was able to do it, please share your experience.

If someone cancels their tickets do us all a favor and try changing it first and see what happens.
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Old Jan 3, 19, 2:50 am
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I'll defer to what sounds like your superior knowledge, but still wanted to ask about the bolded statement. When my wife and Iwent to Vietnam almost three years ago, getting the evisa online was fine, but processing it upon arrival at SGN was a real PITA. We sat in the waiting area for at least 30 minutes upon arrival while the rather rude staff processed the paperwork. IIRC correctly, friends with whom we rendezvoused in town with got a regular visa and breezed through immigration.

Would we have to wait at a separate counter if we got the multi-entry rather than the evisa? If not, and if we could simply present our passports and visas at the immigration counter, I'm very tempted to go for that instead, especially since we'd be entering Vietnam twice.
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the evisa is an actual print-it-out-at-home visa now -- no more waiting at the counter 👍
The terminology is confusing.
Evisa just means you register online and get to print it out yourself. You NEED to have a physical copy as they will request it. You do not have to go through the waiting process for the "visa on arrival" desk. You just go through immigration like everybody else.
Evisa is only one time. There is no multiple entry. However, they are pretty good at getting it done within a few days, as the websites states.

If you got the multi-entry yes, you wouldn't need another evisa. You would need to wait that first time to get your visa, however, which could easily be half an hour. And with the evisa there is no more waiting at the desk anyway, so you are not saving any time. You are wasting time. I did the multiple entry visa, and now think it is a waste of time (and about the same price, it is $25 per evisa, $50 for multiple entry 1 month visa with $10 stamp fee I paid for some agency online to create me a letter).
(if you are also worried about passport space you would save space with the evisa as well, because you don't get a whole page taken up by the visa)
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Originally Posted by s0ssos View Post
The terminology is confusing.
Evisa just means you register online and get to print it out yourself. You NEED to have a physical copy as they will request it. You do not have to go through the waiting process for the "visa on arrival" desk. You just go through immigration like everybody else.
Evisa is only one time. There is no multiple entry. However, they are pretty good at getting it done within a few days, as the websites states.

If you got the multi-entry yes, you wouldn't need another evisa. You would need to wait that first time to get your visa, however, which could easily be half an hour. And with the evisa there is no more waiting at the desk anyway, so you are not saving any time. You are wasting time. I did the multiple entry visa, and now think it is a waste of time (and about the same price, it is $25 per evisa, $50 for multiple entry 1 month visa with $10 stamp fee I paid for some agency online to create me a letter).
(if you are also worried about passport space you would save space with the evisa as well, because you don't get a whole page taken up by the visa)

I have absolutely zero idea how the Visa program works for US citizens. I need one visa to get into SGN, and probably another to present to staff at JFK before boarding? However I plan to get off in HKG, so do I need to buy multiple entry? Is it wise to just buy 1 evisa and tell them Iím getting the other one on arrival? A friend of mine who just came back from Vietnam said Asiana wouldnít let him on the plane and asked him for his visa.
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I have absolutely zero idea how the Visa program works for US citizens. I need one visa to get into SGN, and probably another to present to staff at JFK before boarding? However I plan to get off in HKG, so do I need to buy multiple entry? Is it wise to just buy 1 evisa and tell them Iím getting the other one on arrival? A friend of mine who just came back from Vietnam said Asiana wouldnít let him on the plane and asked him for his visa.
So you are leaving from SGN, so presumably will get there another way. You will need an evisa for that. Just apply online.
For your return to SGN you will need another evisa, just apply and have one, even though you won't be using it as you will get off in HKG. There is no such thing as "visa on arrival" meaning you have no visa. For visa on arrival you will need a document from an agency saying you have a "visa on arrival". There are many agencies that will do that for you. If you wish to save yourself a few bucks, you can do that instead (I think you can find agencies online that will do it for $8). With that document you are good to actually apply for a visa on arrival, and the airline will accept that as a visa.
For US citizens you cannot just show up and ask for a visa (you can, you'll have to get your way past the airlines and I'm not sure how much it will cost you once you actually arrive in Vietnam, as the whole transit without visa is very sketchy. And if you actually want to enter, be prepared to cough up some money at the airport to "convince" the officials (disclaimer, I've never done it that way, but presume with enough grease anything works)).
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I have absolutely zero idea how the Visa program works for US citizens. I need one visa to get into SGN, and probably another to present to staff at JFK before boarding? However I plan to get off in HKG, so do I need to buy multiple entry? Is it wise to just buy 1 evisa and tell them Iím getting the other one on arrival? A friend of mine who just came back from Vietnam said Asiana wouldnít let him on the plane and asked him for his visa.
Get multiple evisas https://www.flyertalk.com/forum/30564804-post1495.html
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I'm thinking about skipping the HKG-DAD segment on the way back and flying back to Europe ex-HKG, will there be any problems if I skip this last flight?
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