New announcements on tightening check-in deadline
From December 2014, Vietnam Airlines tightens check-in deadline for all domestic and international flights. Accordingly, the minimum required check-in time is 40 minutes, instead of 30 minutes as before. In regard to international flights, the closing time is 50 minutes ahead of departure. All boarding gates are currently shuttered 10 minutes prior to departure time.
Passengers are advised to present at the airport 120 minutes before estimated departure for internal flights. Regarding international trips, 180 minutes is a reasonable time to present for check-in procedures.
Noticeably, the check-in counters of Vietnam Airlines at certain international airports are close 60 minutes before estimated departure; i.e., Charles de Gaulle (Paris, France); London Gatwick (London, UK); Frankfurt (Frankfurt, Germany).
This change aims to help the carrier have more time for arranging seats and luggage. Additionally, this will reduce flight schedule change or cancellation in the case of overloading. As a matter of fact, the check-in time adjustment is stipulated according to Circular 36/12/2014/TT of Ministry of Transportation, applied for all carriers in Vietnam and Vietnam Airlines is the first to announce the changes.
Vietnam Airlines (VNA) offers about 174,000 seats for the holiday flights:Vietnam Airlines (VNA) has announced that the number of seats on its 9 main flights will grow higher during the upcoming holiday, especially on September 2 it will rise at 32%.
In this period, VNA will offer 174,000 seats, up 30% on the same period last year. More seats will be offered for the flights on the routes of Hanoi - Da Nang - Hanoi, Hanoi - Nha Trang - Hanoi, and Sai Gon - Nha Trang - Sai Gon.
VNA also said that from 9th January, 14 airlines of the global airline alliance SkyTeam (including VNA) will apply the preferential policies on baggage allowance for passengers who are the members of the frequent-flyer program with Elite status (equivalent to Titanium and Gold class of VNA) and Elite Plus (equivalent to Platinum class).
The new policy will help to simplify traveling within the union by applying the same standard baggage allowance that passengers carry for their flights, regardless of the passengers getting on any member airlines, joining in any frequent-flyer programs and using any kind of services.
This change benefits the passengers using the services of SkyTeam's member airlines for an itinerary.
On Vietnam Airlines codeshare flights operated by other airlines the optional services and fees may be provided by Operating carriers with different fees from VN. Please visit the Operating Carriers’website for details.
Promotion program for Vietnam Airlines Techcombank Visa cardholders
In September, Techcombank will co-ordinate with Vietnam airlines in carrying out the promotion program “Endless shopping and travelling with Vietnam airlines and Techcombank visa” which is for Vietnam Airlines Techcombank visa card holders.
Customers will receive 50% of miles flight for those who participate in Golden Lotus Plus program (GLP) with each payment transaction for cardholder and 5 chances for winning 35000 bonus miles when issuing new cards. This is practical added values that Vietnam Airlines and Techcombank offer for their customers in this shopping and travelling season.
With “Endless shopping and travelling with Vietnam Airlines and Techcombank visa” program, each payment transaction valued at 1.6 USD, Vietnam Airlines Techcombank Visa card holders will receive 1,5 bonus mark ( 1 GLP bonus mark + 0.5 bonus mark of “Endless shopping and travelling with Vietnam Airlines and Techcombank visa” program), which is equivalent with 1,5 flight miles.
Besides, customers opening new Vietnam Airlines Techcombank Visa card within promotional period can participate in lucky picking program with 5 chances to win, each winning valued at 35000 flight miles.
Card holders who have bonus mark accumulated as Vietnam airlines’ requirement can change it into air ticket, lifting class ticket, excess luggage ticket… in airlines system in Global Airline Alliance – Skyteam. For the air ticket, accumulated bonus mark will be changed into ticket with equivalent distance according to rules of each tickets class, each flight zones.
“Endless shopping and travelling with Vietnam Airlines and Techcombank visa” program is one of the customer care programs that Techcombank is positively carrying out in wide area such as accumulating bonus mark for changing gifts in “durable binding”, sale off in thousands shopping sites, hotels, spa resorts of “Techcombank Smile” programs…. These are the Techcombank’s efforts in bringing not only convenient services, quality but also lots of added values, beside direct value when using its products and services.