HOT: Visit 2 Southeast Asia Cities From Several US Cities Stating at Just $355 Roundtrip

On Friday I wrote about United fares between US hub cities and Southeast Asia for less than $500 roundtrip. These fares are still around, and it gets even better.

I noted that you can fly Newark, Chicago, San Francisco, San Jose, Los Angeles, and Houston. So mostly from United hubs, which is unusual, fares like this are almost always used to attack the hubs of other airlines. (For a little more fares are available from other cities as well.)

Fantastic Pho at Pho Hoa, Ho Chi Minh City

You can travel to Ho Chi Minh City, Kuala Lumpur, Hong Kong, Taipei, Manila, or Jakarta. Fares start at $419 roundtrip.

The Flight Deal notes that you can book an open jaw itinerary for even less — fly into one city and back from another from $355.

That’s great because:

  • If you go all that way you probably want to visit more than one city anyway

  • Intra-Asia fares can be super cheap

Here’s an example for Chicago – Ho Chi Minh City, and Back from Bangkok:

Here’s the fare breakdown. The return from Bangkok has a $50 base fare.

Fare rules:

  • Travel must be Monday through Thursday for each transpacific flight.
  • This is available for outbound travel September 1 through December 9
  • Must fly transpacific on United or ANA. Intra-asia segments may be on other Star Alliance airlines.
  • There doesn’t appear to be a minimum stay requirement however there’s a 12 month maximum stay.
  • 2 stopovers are permitted, one in each direction, for an extra $100 each (though the stopover may not be in Guam presumably to avoid cabotage issues)
  • 6 transfers are permitted in each direction (1 in Canada, 2 in the U.S., and 3 in Asia)
  • There’s a $300 change fee

Eating in the Bangrak District of Bangkok

You can book similar trips like New York – Vietnam / Bangkok – New York or San Francisco – Jakarta and back from Bangkok for less than $400.

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  1. How do you get the fuel surcharge so low in your sample itinerary? I just priced out a SFO-SGN (stopover NRT) and BKK-SFO open jaw itinerary, completely on ANA, and fuel surcharges were $408. Any suggestions?

  2. @ Natalie – yes! Gary notes that the fare rules allow 2 stopovers (1 in each direction) for 100$ extra.You would need to book it over the phone or with a travel agent, though.

    That’s great for me since i LOVE Tokyo and for sure would want to have a few days there.

    I have to say – this is really one of the better fares I’ve seen in a long time. Especially good value with the open-jaw option.

  3. The ANA fares have been around for a bit. They also worked if the open jaw is in No America. Will be doing a YVR-BKK-SEA routing that’s easy for the open segment.

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