Vietjet Air plane at Changi Airport

Vietjet Air plane at Changi Airport

During my son’s school holiday in early April, my family and I flew to Ho Chi Minh City (HCMC), Vietnam with Vietjet Air on their Skyboss class.

For a short getaway, most Singaporeans like to visit Bangkok or Phuket in Thailand or Bintan, Batam or Bali in Indonesia. HCMC is just about 2 hours away from Singapore by plane and is worth considering as an alternative destination too.

This is the second time I am visiting HCMC with my wife, Rachel, although I have been there a few more times than her on business trips. For Asher, this is his first trip to Vietnam and should be the tenth time he is flying overseas.

Rachel and Asher on board Vietjet Air flight to HCMC

Rachel and Asher on board Vietjet Air flight to HCMC

It is not hard to get around HCMC. The taxis are all regulated, metered and relatively inexpensive. To get from the airport to the city and vice versa, it should cost no more than S$18 or 300k Vietnamese Dong. Usual cab commutes will cost no more than 50k to 250k Dong within the city central.

Language is a slight issue as not many Vietnamese speaks English and most signboards are in Vietnamese. However, I find it manageable within the city central. For the outskirts and attractions, I book land tours with the local operators. TNK Travel is pretty reliable and I have booked several tours with them.  They are one of the larger, reputable operators around.

I will cover more about exploring HCMC with a young child in my later posts. This post will focus on the flight experience with Vietjet Air with a happy surprise at the end (make sure you read to the end!).

Here are eight reasons why you should fly with Vietjet Air when traveling from Singapore to Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam:

1. Awesome Skyboss Service

Fly like a boss with Vietjet Air's Skyboss

Fly like a boss with Vietjet Air’s Skyboss

For a top-up to their Skyboss class, benefits include the following:

  • Priority check-in
  • No fee for schedule change
  • Free checked baggage 20 kg or 1 Golf set
  • Priority seat selection
  • Luxury lounge access
  • Priority private vehicle
  • Food & beverage served onboard (apply for routes with a minimum flying time up to 1 hour and 30 minutes)
Complementary inflight cashew nuts and water for Skyboss passengers

Complementary inflight cashew nuts and water for Skyboss passengers

We skipped the queue during check-in at Changi AIrport

We skipped the queue during check-in at Changi AIrport

Skipped the queue again at Tan Son Nhat Airport

Skipped the queue again at Tan Son Nhat Airport

Seriously, we never felt so pampered traveling on a budget airline.

2. Lounge Access, both in Singapore and HCMC

Usually, premium services at the various budget airlines only comes with lounge access at Changi Airport in Singapore and not on the return leg. For Skyboss passengers, you get to access the SATS Premier Lounge in Singapore and the Vietjet Air Skyboss lounge at Tan Son Nhat Airport.

In Singapore:

SATS Premier Lounge

SATS Premier Lounge

Inside the lounge

Inside the lounge

Resting area

Resting area

In Ho Chi Minh City:

Skyboss lounge in Tan Son Nhat Airport

Skyboss lounge in Tan Son Nhat Airport

Resting area

Resting area

Inside the lounge

Inside the lounge

Cold drinks

Cold drinks

Wines, coffees and teas

Wines, coffees and teas

Vietnamese pho

Vietnamese pho

Full meals

Full meals

Microwave to heat food

Microwave to heat food

Snacks

Snacks

Fruits

Fruits

3. Quality Service

Vietjet Air takes their service commitment very seriously, especially for Skyboss passengers. We were always served first and our luggages were always the first to come out of the conveyor belt.

We always get our luggages first on priority

We always get our luggages first on priority

On our return flight from HCMC, there was an exclusive mini bus for just the three of us so we need not squeeze with the other regular passengers. They also made sure that we were the firsts to board the plane and held back a busload of other passengers who were ahead of us!

When Vietjet Air says the bus is private, it really is!

When Vietjet Air says the bus is private, it really is!

4.Bargain Inflight Meals

The items mostly cost under S$5! Which other airline offer such amazing prices? I am not just talking about instant noodles and potato chips. Check this out:

50,000 VND is just around S$3!

50,000 VND is just around S$3!

There are US$1 items!

There are US$1 items!

Asher enjoying a meatball spaghetti meal which we ordered for him

Asher enjoying a meatball spaghetti meal which we ordered for him

Close-up

Close-up

5. Two Daily Flights

VietJet Air operates two daily return flights between Singapore and HCMC, one in the morning and in the afternoon. This gives you a full day or at least half a day when flying into HCMC.

6. Regular Flight Offers and Promotions

Vietjet Air runs many flight offers and promotions throughout the year. Stay tuned to their Facebook page and official website for updates. In fact, there is one right now where you can win a trip to Europe if you book their Skyboss ticket class.

7. Fly to 15 Cities in Vietnam

VietJet Air operates from two hubs in Vietnam – Hanoi Noi Bai International Airport and Ho Chi Minh City Tan Son Nhat International Airport.

Other than the two major Vietnamese cities of Ho Chin Minh and Hanoi, Vietjet Air flies to Danang, Hue, Nha Trang, Hai Phong, Vinh, Phu Quoc, Da Lat, Buon Ma Thuot, Quy Nhon, Can Tho, Thanh Hoa, Dong Hoi and Chu Lai in Vietnam.

8. Gorgeous Stewardess

Pretty stewardess and good service keeps everyone happy

Pretty stewardess and good service keeps everyone happy

Coffee or tea?

Coffee or tea?

Good news for Alvinology or Asia 361 readers! 

I am giving away a pair of Vietjet Air return air tickets from Singapore to Ho Chi Minh City (terms and conditions apply)!

To win, here’s what you need to do:

  1. Like Alvinology.com fan page and/or Asia361.com fan page on Facebook and/or Alvinology’s instagram account 
  2. Like Vietjet Air Singapore fan page on Facebook
  3. Like & Share this post with the hashtags, #FlyVietjetAir on Facebook and tag up to three persons, one of whom you might just bring along if you win the tickets. Make sure your post is public so I can find it!
  4. Leave me a blog comment on either Alvinology.com or Asia361.com (an affiliate site of Alvinology.com) to share on why you would want to win this contest.
  5. That’s it!

Winner will be selected by 30 May 2015 and contacted via email.

Terms & Conditions: Tickets will be two return economy class seats (excluding excess baggage). Tickets are subjected to availability.

UPDATE (14 June 2015): Congratulations to Siyaam Ally for winning the contest! We will be contacting you the prize collection details via email.