Additional Services

Advance Seat Selection

Advance Seat Selection

With advance seat selection, passengers will enjoy more space to stretch your legs or avoid sitting separately from your family or friends.

Advance seat selection applies for flights operated by Vietnam Airlines. Depending on the type of ticket (fare family), passengers may pre-reserve your seat with fees or without fees. 

- Business and Premium Economy Class: Free seat selection. 
- Economy Class:
   + Economy Flex ticket: Free seat selection. 
   + Economy Classic ticket: Free seat selection for the standard seat.
   + Economy Lite/Super Lite ticket: Passengers can pay to reserve your seat from the moment of booking until online check-in (24 hours before flight’s departure).

Note: Passengers can select seat without fees when online check-in opens.

Advance seat selection in Economy Class

Passengers can choose from the following seat types to suit your travel needs:

  • Extra Legroom Seats, e.g., exit row (*) provide passengers with more space to stretch your legs.
  • Forward zone Seats (Aisle/Middle/Window) located closer to the doors allow passengers to be among the first to disembark the plane.
  • Standard Seats: Most seats in Economy class are standard seats except for seats next to emergency exit doors, or those with extra legroom.

Passengers can view seat map here.

(*) Note: 

For safety reasons, in case of seating in an exit row, passengers must meet the following requirements:

  • At least 15 and not over 60 years of age.
  • In good condition, not be pregnant, not travelling with infants or pets.
  • Be able to read and understand instructions required related to emergency evacuation, provided in printed or graphic form and be able to understand oral crew commands.
  • Not requiring an extension seat belt.
  • Not have any condition that might prevent passengers from performing any or all evacuation assistance functions (e.g. operating the exit door).

Please note that the crew in command has the authority to re-seat if there is any doubt about your ability to do the evacuation tasks.

How to reserve your seat in advance?

Advance seat selection can be made in the following ways:

  • When booking online (website, mobile app) or booking through travel agent in Vietnam (using Sabre Interact system); other agents need to access Manage Booking to reserve seat for customer).
  • After booking a flight with us, passengers can log in to Manage Booking to reserve seat.
  • Passengers can also book at our general sales agent, ticketing office, in-town check-in service.


How much will it cost?

Advance seat selection fees vary depending on the seat type selected and the flight. Prices can be found when making your booking or in Manage Booking. Fees start from:

  • On Domestic Flight: VND 30.000
  • On International Flight: USD 5 (~ VND 115.000)

Changes

Passengers may change the reserved seat, but should read the refunds section below for sufficient consideration. 

  • Passengers contact the place of purchase and pay the difference when choosing higher paid seat as seat prices vary. If passengers change to a lower priced seat, Vietnam Airlines will be unable to refund the difference.
  • Or access Manage Booking to reserve new seat and pay the full fees again if required. In that case, passengers can claim a refund as mentioned in the section below.

If passengers change the flight after reserving a seat, your seats will be chosen again on the new flight.

Refunds

When passengers cannot claim a refund?

  • Passengers cancel the flight.
  • Passengers change your flight and will be entitled to choose an equivalent seat on your new flight. If passengers don’t choose your new seats again, passengers will miss your right of seat selection from the previous flight.
  • Passengers are not eligible to sit in the seat type selected (according to safety regulations) e.g. an exit row seat.
  • It is more than 14 days since the completion of the last flight.

When passengers can claim a refund?

Passengers can claim a refund for paid seats if it is within 14 days of the completion of the last flight in your itinerary, and meet the following requirements:

  • There is an aircraft change (seat number or seat attribute is changed), or your flight has been cancelled and Vietnam Airlines cannot arrange a suitable alternative seat.
  • The connecting flight from an inbound and/or outbound flights operated by Vietnam Airlines are missed because of re-schedule.
  • Passengers buy and pay the full fees for the new seat (Passengers can claim a refund for the original advance seat selection).

Purchased seat selection can be refunded at the place of purchase.

  • If passengers purchase your preferred seat online (via website or mobile app), please contact us via onlinesupport@vietnamairlines.com.
  • If passengers purchase your preferred seat from a travel agent, please contact your travel agent.

Upgrade

Upgrade Travel Option (UTo)

Getting an upgrade to Business Class or Premium Economy Class when you have already booked Economy class tickets is available by using the Upgrade Travel Option (UTo) offered by Optiontown in collaboration with Vietnam Airlines and is not a Vietnam Airlines product.
For any customer query please visit www.optiontown.com or contact Optiontown at their numbers mentioned below. And once upgraded, you will enjoy the fresh feeling of our excellent premier class services at a very reasonable fee.
Lotusmiles members travelling on Business Class/Premium Economy Class by using Upgrade Travel Option (UTo) program of Option Town can only earn miles with the initial purchased ticket according to Lotusmiles regulations.

To request your upgrade:

  • Purchase your Economy class air ticket
  • Visit vietnamairlines.optiontown.com (*). Enter your Airline Booking Reference, Last Name and Email to retrieve your booking
  • Select the flight 
  • Complete the request form.
  • Pay Sign-up fee of USD 3 for international flights and USD 1 for other routings. Additionally, a nominal Upgrade Travel Price should be paid to complete your UTo Sign-up.
Uto Price Min (USD) Max (USD)
Domestic 10 150
Southeast Asia 30 300
Indochina 30 200
Northeast Asia
(Except for Japan routes)
40 400
Australia 50 900
Europe 90 1700
  • Passengers will receive an e-mail notification with the status of your request normally 4-48 hours before departure.
If there is no availability, your Upgrade Travel payment will be refunded automatically in 5 business days after your flight departure date.

Passengers can also contact Optiontown directly at the following numbers:

Australia    :   +61 2 9037 0137

UK             :   +44 203 3183548

Email         :   customercare@optiontown.com

Note:

Only a limited number of options are offered for each flight based on availability of Business Class/Deluxe Economy Class seats in your flight, hence a UTo Sign-up does not guarantee an upgrade.Ground service priorities, free baggage, Business Lounge… are excluded.Passengers upgraded to Business Class are offered boarding priority. 

This service is available for flights operated by Vietnam Airlines. 

 (*): By using website vietnamairlines.optiontown.com , passengers agree to read carefully and understand the information displayed, and agree to the Terms of Service and Conditions of Use.

Upgrade with Business Lounge Access

Upgrade with access to Business Lounge (UTo+)

For those who wish to upgrade and get access to the business lounge, we now offer the fantastic opportunity of purchasing an upgrade that allows passengers to access all the amenities of our VIP business lounge at a nominal cost. With this new addition, passengers can experience luxury and comfort both onboard and off board.
Lotusmiles members traveling on Business Class/Premium Economy Class by using Upgrade Travel Option with access to business lounge (UTo+) program of Optiontown can only earn miles with the initially purchased ticket according to Lotusmiles regulations.

How to get UTo+?

Step 1: First, passengers will need to apply for Upgrade Travel Option (UTo):

  • Purchase your Economy/ Premium Economy class ticket
  • Visit vietnamairlines.optiontown.com (*)
  • Enter your Airline Booking Reference, Last Name and Email to retrieve your booking
  • Select your flight
  • Complete the request form
  • Pay Sign-up fee of USD 3 for international flights and USD 1 for others. 
  • Apply for UTo.
    Step 2: Then, coming back to UTo+:
  • After completing the UTo Signup passengers are entitled to sign-up for UTo Plus.
  • Enter same Airline Booking Reference, Last Name and Email to request for Lounge Access Option.
  • Complete the request form.
  • Pay a nominal Price for UTo Plus to complete your UTo Plus Sign-up.
Uto+ Price Min (USD) Max (USD)
Domestic 10 150
Southeast Asia 50 350
Indochina 40 200
Northeast Asia
(Except for Japan routes)
50 400
Australia 390 1000
Europe 130 1750

(Including UTO and Lounge Price)

  • After sign up, passengers will receive an e-mail notification with the status of your request normally 4-48 hours before departure.
  • If there are no available Business Class seats, passengers will be refunded automatically in 5 business days after your flight departure date.


Passengers may also contact Optiontown directly at the following numbers:

Australia:   +61 2 9037 0137
UK         :   +44 203 3183548
Email     :   customercare@optiontown.com

Note:

Only a limited number of options are offered for each flight based on availability of Business Class/Deluxe Economy Class seats in your flight, hence a UTo Sign-up does not guarantee an upgrade. Ground service priorities, free baggage are excluded. Passengers upgraded to Business Class are offered boarding priority.

This service is available for flights operated by Vietnam Airlines.

(*) By using website vietnamairlines.optiontown.com, passengers agree to read carefully and understand the information displayed, and agree to obey Terms of Service and Conditions of Use.

Empty Seat Option

Empty Seat option (ESo)

If passengers wish to travel with one or two empty seats nearby, there is now the option to do this. This option is perfect for those who prefer to sit alone or need the extra room for optimum comfort and perfect travel experience.
In collaboration with Optiontown, we now have a product named Empty Seat option (ESo). This option provides travelers the opportunity to acquire the 1 or 2 empty seats next to their seats in the same row.

Passengers simply need to sign-up for ESo using the following steps:

  • Purchase your Economy class ticket
  • Visit vietnamairlines.optiontown.com (*)
  • Select Empty Seat option (ESo)
  • Provide your Airline Booking Reference, Last Name and Email to retrieve your booking
  • Select the flights in which you want Empty Seat(s)
  • Pay Sign-up fee of USD 1 and a nominal Empty Seat Price to complete your ESo Sign-up


Eso Price Min (USD) Max (USD)
Southeast Asia 6 50
Indochina 7 55
Northeast Asia
(Except for Japan routes)
12 75
Australia 15 100
Europe 18 140

After Sign-up:

  • Passengers will receive an email 4 – 48 hours prior to your departure notifying if Optiontown can grant empty seat(s) on your booked flights.
  • In case empty seats not assigned due to availability, your Empty Seat payment will be automatically refunded in 5 business days after your departure date.

Note: 

Only a limited number of options are offered for each particular flight based on availability of rows of empty seats, hence an ESo Sign-up does not guarantee an empty seat. 

This service is available for flights operated by Vietnam Airlines.

(*) By using website vietnamairlines.optiontown.com, passengers agree to read carefully and understand the information displayed, and agree to obey the Terms of Service and Conditions of Use.

Preferred Flight

Preferred Flight Option (PFo)

Preferred Flight Option (PFo) offered by Vietnam Airlines and Optiontown brings passengers an opportunity to move to your first choice flight at a lower price than the regular one.

To request your preferred flight:

  • Purchase your Economy class ticket
  • Visit vietnamairlines.optiontown.com (*)
  • Select Preferred Flight option (PFo) tab.
  • Provide your Airline Booking Reference, Last Name and Email to retrieve your booking.
  • Select your preferred flight from the list of flights displayed and pay Sign-up fee of USD 1 and a nominal Preferred Flight Service Price to complete the Sign-up.

Pfo Price Min (USD) Max (USD)
Domestic 12 50
Southeast Asia 15 75
Indochina 15 75
Northeast Asia
(Except for Japan routes)
25 90
Australia 35 100
Europe 45 125

After Sign-up:
  • Passengers will be notified via email if passengers are moved to your preferred flight. Your PFo decision notification may be chosen up to either 72 hours or 24 hours before your original flight departure.
  • If there are no available seats on your preferred flight, your payment will be refunded automatically in 5 business days after your flight departure date.

Note: 

Only once passengers have confirmed your choice of preferred flights and completed the PFo Sign-up, Vietnam Airlines and Optiontown may choose to move passengers to those preferred flights. The availability of PFo is dynamic and may vary for different flights or time. For passengers who have connecting flights, please kindly choose alternative flights that are suitable with your schedule. Vietnam Airlines will not take responsibility for those who miss connecting flights due to your selection of alternative flights. 

This service is available for flights operated by Vietnam Airlines.

(*) By using website vietnamairlines.optiontown.com, passengers agree to read carefully and understand the information displayed, and agree to obey Terms of Service