– Many travelers prefer to book flights with the budget airlines in Vietnam (e.g Jetstar, Vietjet & Bamboo) because you can often book flights 50-75% cheaper than on Vietnam Airlines, the national carrier. Be aware, however, that there is a significant risk that your flight will be delayed a few hours or even canceled. If that sounds worth the savings, go for it. Also, keep in mind that the low prices on the budget carriers don’t include check-in luggage which can increase the price of each ticket dramatically.
– If your schedule isn’t flexible and/or you have a lot of check-in luggage we would recommend going with Vietnam Airlines. Flights are still relatively cheap compared to other countries and it is managed much more professionally than the budget airlines.
Protip: If you’re flying with a budget airline and have a tour booked at your destination for the same day, make sure they have a lenient cancellation/rebooking policy or you might be on the hook for a big cancellation fee if your flight is delayed or cancelled.
Vietnam airlines is on top in terms of quality and reliability, but not price.