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Booking flight to Phu Quoc

  • chrisa77

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    Hoping someone can help me out after spending a very frustrating 40 mins. on the phone with Vietnam Airlines.

    I'm trying to book a return flight between HCM and Phu Quoc for Jan.3 - Jan.7. I understand that only Vietnam Airlines offers this flight. I can book it through a few 3rd-party websites (asia.com, expedia.com, etc.) but they're charging triple the price of what I've been hearing it should cost ($70.)

    On the Vietnam Airlines site, which offers the more reasonable fare, it says to phone VA directly to book the flight. So I did this but I believe the representative I spoke to was trying to tell me that I can't book the flight until I get to Vietnam. I'm worried about leaving it so late during such a busy holiday season.

    Does anyone have any advice for me? Should I just pay the expensive fare? $250usd for a flight that's advertised elsewhere as $72, just seems ridiculous.

    Thanks in advance. :)

    #1 Posted: 30/10/2007 - 08:28

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    Around US$70 is about right for that fare -- if purchased from within Vietnam. Unfortunately Vietnam Airline's website isn't working for online reservations yet, so you're stuck in a bit of a bind.

    There are multiple flights a day between Saigon and Phu Quoc and at least one a day between Rach Gia and PQ, but these do fill up quickly and you could find yourself unable to get a flight.

    I'd suggest contacting a Vietnamese travel agent based out of Saigon and see what they can organise for you. I wouldn't book via Expedia etc -- for US$250 you could almost hire a limo to take you to the port and a private speedboat to the island!

    #2 Posted: 30/10/2007 - 08:57

  • carolyns

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    I booked our flights to Phu Quoc through Handspan for the week earlier as apparently the flights during the holiday season get booked up quickly - I booked mine a few months ago though (as well as a hotel on the Island).

    Another online option is www.ivivu.com. I heard that others have had a good experience with them.

    #3 Posted: 2/11/2007 - 06:55

  • chrisa77

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    Carolyns -- is Handspan a travel booking site? How much did you pay? Our hotel on the island was booked a while ago...I just really don't want to show up in Vietnam with no flight booked.

    Somtam -- I will try contacting a vietnamese travel agent, but I think I'm going to come up against some language barriers again. I wish I could speak the language!


    #4 Posted: 2/11/2007 - 19:53

  • carolyns

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    Handspan is a travel agency that runs tours but will also book flights for you and then you pick up the tickets when you get to Vietnam. The tickets were $44 to Phu Quoc and $38 back (not sure why) and I suspect there was a small commission but can't remember what Vietnam Airways listed it as.

    Annie is the person I went through. You could also try www.ivivu.com as I think you can do it on your own there but there is a shipping fee that for me made it more expensive than to do it through Handspan.

    Have a great trip.

    #5 Posted: 3/11/2007 - 07:22

  • soccertaxi

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    Hi there,

    I am in the middle of booking flights with ivivu and it is certainly much cheaper than the options you mentioned.

    For delivery of tickets within Vietnam they charge $5 US (will have them delivered to hotel). There is also a booking fee for tickets but I am still trying to figure out what it is as we have booked several tickets for several family members...I think its $5 per ticket.

    Fare quoted for HCM Phu Quoc return is $67. Paying triple is absolutely ridiculous! You just go onto their website and fill out the form and they will have an agent contact you to confirm schedules etc...

    #6 Posted: 6/11/2007 - 01:54

  • CatBa2

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    Only IATA approved travel agents can actually print tickets in their offices.

    Since IATA requires a certain level of business acumen and ethics not many agents qualify.

    They get their tickets from either the airlines or through distributors - the cheapest way is buying direct from VietNam Airlines.

    Internal flights can be booked on the web site - international ones when they figure if the system is reliable.

    Airlines sell tickets at the airport (phone and reserve and pick up there) or through city sales offices - in HCMC the VN ticket office is opposite the Rex Hotel.

    #7 Posted: 6/11/2007 - 19:24

  • chrisa77

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    I have to say that booking direct through Vietnam Airways was definitely not the cheapest option -- well, not if you're trying to book from outside Vietnam, anyway.

    Carolyns, thanks for your suggestions! I ended up booking through ivivu and ended up paying just $183 usd for two people (return) and that included the $40 courier to Canada. I also contacted Hanspan and they very helpful, too, but I had already booked through ivivu.

    Now I have my tickets in-hand, so I don't have to be stressed about trying to get a flight when I arrive Jan.2!

    #8 Posted: 21/11/2007 - 23:39

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