A cheap flight on ANA from San Francisco to Ho Chi Minh City where you can get the most legit pho noodle soup possible. I expect this deal to last for a couple of days, so jump on this quick!
Ho Chi Minh City is also a short hop from Danang (1 hr 20 min) and Hanoi (2 hours) in the north (you have to buy separate tickets). If you are lucky, there are deals out there that cost $50 round-trip. This deal does not allow you to fly into or out of Hanoi or Danang.
Depending on the days/times you choose, your layovers may be 2 hours (which is great) or 10 hours (which would allow you to check out Narita). If you end up picking a longer layover, you can read my Tokyo layover tips here.
ANA has excellent service on board. You can read my review of ANA economy class in this post.
Flight deal details
From: San Francisco (SFO)
To: Ho Chi Minh City (SGN)
Via: Tokyo-Narita (NRT) — 1 stop
Airline: All Nippon Airways (ANA)
Availability: Mar — Apr 2017
Price: $582 — $589
Link: Google Flights
If you want a longer layover in Tokyo, it is possible, but the price of the ticket will go up to $700. You can use the multi-city tool to put together an itinerary that works for you. Here is a sample link and itinerary below. This may make sense if you want to spend 1 week in Japan and 1 week in Vietnam on a 2-week vacation.
Mileage accrual (for the pro)
You will see flight options marketed by both ANA and United. If you plan to credit your miles to United, you will earn slightly more award miles if the itinerary is ticketed by ANA (3,973 award miles) compared to United (2,365 award miles) since Star Alliance partner tickets are earned based on fare class and distance rather than ticket price. The ANA ticket is fare class K, which will get you 25% of award miles based on the ANA chart on United’s website.
You should earn ~15,892 PQMs (Premier Qualifying Miles) regardless of where you buy the ticket. You will earn PQD (Premier Qualifying Dollars) if the reservation is ticketed by United, but not ANA.
If you end up buying this deal, leave a comment below or send me an email!