Productivity & wellness for business travelers
Walking through the doors of an airport can be quite an experience, especially during peak travel times. Business travelers who are frequenting the airport may feel like they are more used to the hustle and bustle, but there are many ways in which they, or any traveler in fact, can unwind before a flight.
First things first, knowing where you are in relation to airport shops is key to starting off on the right foot. Airports can be complex, and even if you are frequently in and out of certain hub airport locations, you still might not know what is just around the corner from your gate. The United mobile app is right at your fingertips and has maps for United hub airport locations readily available for quick reference. Additionally, through the mobile app, you can access personal device entertainment on most flights to help you disconnect from work and focus on relaxing and recharging.
It can be difficult to decide how early you should arrive at the airport, but giving yourself more time to unwind before a flight may be beneficial. United Club and lounge locations are a great option for some pre-flight relaxation time. Enjoy a glass of your favorite wine, grab some snacks or simply charge up your devices while surfing the web, all in a comfortable atmosphere.
Different airports also offer dedicated spaces and options for travelers to take advantage of before a flight. At San Francisco International Airport, inside of United Terminal 3, there are two XpresSpa locations that offer services such as massages, facials, manicures and even hair services, in case you need a trim or a blowout before touching down for a meeting. In this terminal there is also a yoga room, which is completely free of charge and is there to help travelers devote some self-reflection time.
You’ve reached cruising altitude — now what? Taking care of your mind and body in the air is just as important as before or after a flight. If you plan on ordering an adult beverage, try to balance each sip with a sip of water to help keep yourself hydrated. United offers inflight snacks and meals (some available for purchase, depending on cabin service), so take the time to feed those cravings, but don’t over-indulge. For longer flights, stand up and walk around. Our blood needs to circulate, so stretching, even if just your fingers and toes while you’re seated, can be helpful. Our skin also tends to dry up during flights, so don’t be afraid to over-moisturize – carrying a personal inflight toiletry kit with the essentials is a good habit to have. Time zones can also wreak havoc on our bodies, so if possible, prepare for long-haul flights by adjusting your sleep patterns a couple of nights before so that jetlag doesn’t take over upon landing.
Whether you are traveling weekly, monthly or yearly, being away from home can be stressful. Find ways to ensure that your experience is more enjoyable than taxing, whether that means spending time at a United Club location or other lounge, or some time in a yoga room, alone with your thoughts. For business travelers on the go, the key to wellness is to dedicate some well-deserved “me” time. With a myriad of options at most airports, especially at hub airport locations, you can easily be on your way toward a stress-free trip.
Calling all AvGeeks and travelers! Here's a fun way to take your next video call….from a United Polaris seat, the cockpit or cruising altitude. We're introducing United-themed backgrounds for use on Zoom, a video conferencing tool that many people are using to stay connected.
So for your next meeting or catch up with friends and family, download the app to either your computer or mobile device to get started. If you've already downloaded Zoom you can skip ahead to updating your background image (see instructions below).
- Start here by downloading your favorite United image to your computer or mobile device. Just click "download" in the bottom left corner of the image.
- Next go to your Zoom app (you'll need to download the app to access backgrounds) and click on the arrow to the right of your video camera icon in the bottom of the screen.
- From here select, "choose virtual background" to upload your uniquely United photo.
When and where possible, we are working to repatriate travelers who are stranded abroad in the wake of the COVID-19 crisis. Our teams are working closely with government officials here in the U.S. as well as in other countries where flying has been restricted to gain the necessary approvals to operate service. In regions where government actions have barred international flying, we have coordinated with the the U.S. State Department and local government officials to re-instate some flights. Additionally, we have been operating several extra flights to countries in Central America and South America as we continue to play a role in connecting people and uniting the world.
We have operated more than 56 repatriation flights from Panama City, Guatemala City, Quito, Lima, San Pedro Sula, Tegucigalpa and Roatan, bringing nearly 8,000 people home. We will continue working with government officials to operate extra flights to Houston from Quito, San Pedro Sula, Tegucigalpa and from Lima to Washington Dulles and beginning April 5, we will begin operating multiple charter flights between Delhi and San Francisco. We continue to review more opportunities for flights between the United States and other countries to bring citizens home.
Video provided by the U.S. Embassy Ecuador of Americans returning home on United.
Additionally, our Customer Solutions and Recovery team is working with customers in the following markets to rebook them on flights back to the United States as capacity allows, either on our aircraft or on one of our airline partners' planes:
- Quito, Ecuador
- Managua, Nicaragua
- Roatan, Honduras
- San Pedro Sula, Honduras
- Seoul, South Korea
- Melbourne, Australia
We also recently reinstated several international flights back into our schedule to support customers and essential businesses which depend on these routes. As a result, we will be the only airline to offer service between Newark/New York and London, San Francisco and Sydney, as well as Houston and São Paulo, Brazil.
In the midst of mobilizing our cargo operations, our teams at New York/Newark (EWR) and Jacksonville (JAX) stepped in to assist Roche Diagnostics with transporting a vital component for an instrument being used for COVID-19 testing.
The component was stuck at EWR en route to the Mayo Clinic in Florida after another airline's flights were cancelled. A Roche employee contacted us asking for help and, within a few hours, our teams had the piece loaded onto a Jacksonville-bound aircraft, with arrangements in place to deliver it to the Mayo Clinic.
The item we shipped will allow the Mayo Clinic in Florida to process hundreds of COVID-19 tests per day. Mayo Clinic Laboratories has been on the front lines of increasing testing capacity to expedite caring for patients at this critical time and working to ease the burden being felt at test processing laboratories in a growing number of areas.
Together, we are facing an unprecedented challenge. United Together, we rise to meet that challenge.