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Long haul travel hacks for flying from Malaysia to the USA

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Heading to the States for your next well-earned holiday? Getting to the USA from Malaysia can be a bit of a pain with no non-stop flights between the countries. However, United’s two daily non-stop services from Singapore to San Francisco mean you can get from Malaysia to other cities in USA including Los Angeles, New York/Newark, Las Vegas and Seattle a shorter time, via Singapore. This gives you the chance to arrive at your US destination feeling fresh and invigorated after enjoying all that Changi Airport has to offer during your layover.

Travel hacks for your long haul trip to the USA

Start your holiday off early at Changi Airport

Add in a little extra time to your layover in Singapore to explore the fabulous facilities at Changi Airport. The airport was awarded Skytrax’s 2019 Best Airport in the World for an incredible seventh year in a row, and with such an array of facilities begging to be explored, get here early and start your vacation soon!

Snap selfies and shop and dine at spectacular Jewel Changi Airport

Perhaps the highlight of any visit to Changi Airport is Jewel, the airport’s crowning glory. This futuristic dome is packed with over 280 shops and restaurants so you can browse the latest technology and fashion or dine on a whole array of cuisines from high-end Japanese and Cantonese to great value burgers and pastas. You will be awed by the Jewel’s mind-blowing centerpiece, the crashing Rain Vortex, so take yourself on a walk around some of the lush pathways that connect the different floors of the malls to find the best selfie spots. If you are travelling with your children, head up to the Canopy Park on the top floor and enjoy some of the fun activities for kids from the Foggy Bowls to the Sky Nets, a perfect place for kids to let off some steam before flying long haul.

Find fun and adventure in Changi Airport

Changi Airport itself is packed with fun attractions for families, making this an ideal airport for a stopover. Those in need of a bit of a work out and a stretch should head over to the pool and Jacuzzi at T1, where you will also enjoy unbeatable views of the planes taking off from the runway. If a good movie sounds like an ideal distraction to you, pop into one of the Movie Theatres at T2 and T3, which show the latest blockbusters around the clock and best of all, movies are free! Games geeks can also find bliss at the Entertainment Deck in T2 where they can find a whole host of fun on the PlayStations, arcade games and at the Xbox Kinect area. If you plan for a slightly longer layover, why not make your layover a holiday within a holiday and sign up for a free Singapore tour, where you will be bussed around some of the cities iconic cultural and historical sights.

Take the stress out your shopping with iShopChangi

Who doesn’t like picking up a bargain at duty-free shops in airports? Take the stress out of your duty-free shopping experience by placing your order at iShopChangi up to 30 days before your flight is due to depart, and then picking up your duty-free haul at designated spots around the airport. Sounds like a perfect shopping experience, no?

Get to your destination quickly and comfortably with United

Fly on United to the USA and not only will you get 24 hours customer support hotline service but also seamless and fuss free connections to other major cities in the US.

Have a great night’s sleep in United Polaris® cabin

Choose to fly business class to the USA and you will be able to enjoy United Polaris®, United’s premium international service that promises customers a great sleep in the sky. The high quality bedding provided is from Saks Fifth Avenue and includes a large pillow and a choice of either a lighter or a heavier blanket depending upon your preferences. The high-end amenity kit provided includes skin care goodies from Sunday Riley, to keep you looking your hydrated best throughout your long haul journey, an ergonomically designed face mask, ear plugs and a cool gel pillow.

Enjoy world-beating hospitality at the United Polaris® Lounge

Polaris® travelers also get access to the gargantuan United Polaris® Lounge at San Francisco International Airport, the 2019 winner of Skytrax’s Best International Business Class Lounge in the World. The lounge is spread out over two floors and features a range of seating options from comfortable private day beds in the Quiet Suites with mood lighting, to a sociable bar area where you can sip on one of the signature Polaris® cocktails. Shower suites with Sunday Riley amenities are provided for passengers to freshen up and there is a range of light and substantial meals to choose from including salads, bento boxes and burgers.

Sign up for the award-winning United MileagePlus® programme

Redeem and earn miles on Star Alliance routes to over 1300 destinations around the world or spend miles on seat upgrades, hotel stays and car rentals. Sign up for MileagePlus® and you will never again need to worry about your frequent flier miles going to waste as they have no expiry date! Another great benefit to signing up for this programme is discounted membership of CLEAR, a biometric identification system that will have you breezing through over 60 airports in the States.

Fly in comfort by giving your in-flight backpack a little thought

Pack some travel essentials to maximise comfort on your long-haul flight so you can arrive at your destination looking as fresh as a daisy!

  • Include a small container of moisturizer (less than 100ml!) to keep your skin hydrated in the dry cabin air. It’s also a great idea to keep your lips looking glamorous and not parched with a little lip balm. Eye drops are also a great idea to keep your eyes from drying out and getting red and itchy.
  • Bring your charging cable to stop your battery on your phone or tablet from running out. This will ensure you can enjoy the in-flight WiFi and watch your downloaded content as much as you like!
  • Polaris® passengers will be able to enjoy the high-end noise reducing headphones. For passengers in economy, be sure to pack some noise cancelling headphones to tune out those noisy cabin sounds.
  • Pack a decent neck pillow and eye mask to help you fall asleep in comfort
  • Thick comfortable socks are a must for those who like to take their shoes off
  • Mints can help with easing nausea or ear pressure pains
  • A scarf or hooded top can keep you pleasantly toasty on your overnight flight
  • Bringing a pen is always helpful for filling out arrival cards
  • Pack tissues and wet wipes to combat random spills

Skyscanner can get you great value flights to the States on United

From 24 Feb to 30 June 2020, United Airlines will be offering special fares from Malaysia to five destinations in the U.S.: San Francisco (SFO), Los Angeles (LAX), New York (NYC), Chicago (CHI) and Las Vegas (LAS).

Find great value tickets for your next vacation to the States via Singapore with flight deals starting from RM$1908. Book your flights now and you can start your holiday early with a wander around Changi Airport to enjoy great shopping, dining and fun activities during your layover. Be sure to pack your in-flight backpack wisely for maximum comfort as you zip over the Pacific for your next adventure!

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