Best *A to Vietnam

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  1. 7Continents
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    I'm looking for reward opportunites to Vietnam next year and came up with some decent options. The LH 380 was a big disappointment so discounting the excitement for that, anybody have any experience based advice on the following:
    NYC-Europe... routing to vietnam on CO/LH via TG
    NYC-TYO... routing via ANA
    NYC-ICN...routing via OZ
    This would be in business or first depending on availability.
    Thanks
     
  2. TRAVELSIG
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    Why not fly JFK/FRA/BKK/SGN?

    FRA/BKK/SGN has a stop in BKK where you have to reclear security and have a few minutes in the lounge- however it is a perfectly reasonable routing and you are *A all the way. On the way back see if you can find a TG flight HAN/ BKK and then onwards on the routing of your preference. I have found pretty good business class availability with TG on HAN/BKK by the way. This way you can also see Vietnam and not have to backtrack within the country.
     
  3. IndyDavid
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    I'd put ANA last on that list... but that's just me. When we went to Vietnam the best available routing was JFK-LAX-ICN-HAN... JFK-LAX in p.s. F, LAX-ICN in OZ F, and ICN-HAN in crummy OZ C on the 767. The return was SGN-HKG-FRA-JFK with SGN-HKG in UA F and the others in LH F. Flying west around the world means longer flight times on every segment. ;) TG F FRA-BKK is also truly superb, in my experience. None of those are bad choices.
     
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    I recommend the return trip to be via Europe so it could have a BKK-FRA in TG F in the suites along with FRA-NYC in LH F. Experience in both the BKK FCL and the FRA FCT.
     
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    TG uses 744's to FRA. If you'd want to use the suites, you must go via CDG.
     
  6. cennas
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    IIRC, I thought I read somewhere that TG would switch the 77W from MUC to FRA come December, no?
     
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    False. TG swapped the 77W for BKK-MUC to the BKK-FRA route starting December 1, 2011. The question would be whether or not TG will keep the 77W on the date that the OP intends to fly.
     
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    Correct.
     
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  9. man on the move.

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    asiana is nice, but sq is still the best - direct from newark to sin, then connect to hcmc
     
  10. 7Continents
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    As I'm using UA miles, SQ won't happen in a premium cabin, at least in my lifetime....:confused:
     
  11. man on the move.

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    sorry for that... i am no help on this one, other than. once you get to KL, BKK, or SIN, you can get cheap flights in the region on Air Asia. 2 years ago when i was working in KL, i managed a the cheapest flight to BKK for my wife and met her there...
     
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    Sorry, my bad. I should've done my homework! :)
     
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    Move the points to CO and then redeem SQ C via the JFK-FRA-SIN A380. :-:
     
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    Right. The big question is whether TG sticks with that equipment. We're routing through ARN now in order to be (more) certain of a 77W.

    Correction: a 772, not 77W; we're trying to avoid the 747s.
     
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    To be sure to avoid TG 747 you can route via Zurich (daily 346) or via Milan (3x 346, 1x 345).
    Zurich should have good loads in premium classes, Milan was just upgraded from 772, so you can expect some more free seats. In Y should be viceversa as Y seats on TG out of Milan decreased a little and there's no competition.
    In both airports the transfer requires a security screenning but is limited to a short walk and you don't need to clear European immigration.

    Another good option in J could be via VIE, OS has one of the best catering services; they fly with 772; TG has a codeshare on it.
     
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    Forgive my off-the-topic question; why so eager to avoid TG? Flew TG for the first time last week, and was quite satisfied..? Is it the specific metal, 747?
     

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