I flew 20 hours from Australia to the US in United Airline's Polaris business class. The flight was a game changer and I'll definitely be flying it again — here's why.
  • Rachel Dube took a 20-hour flight with United Polaris business class.
  • She says the service was amazing, and the seats were comfortable.
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While I’ve always had a love for international travel, the pandemic really sparked my love of aviation.

I splurge on some flights, but I’m also a big fan of using points and miles and finding flight deals. Typically, I’ll fly between 50 to 60 long-haul flights a year on various airlines to try out new routes, and airline products, and to visit new places.

Newark Liberty International Airport in New Jersey is my home airport, and since it’s a hub for United Airlines, I fly with them a lot. I’ve gained status with the airline and love the perks and the international flight route network.

On a recent flight to Brisbane, Australia, I flew United’s business class, called Polaris

The business product Polaris is one of my favorites to fly and has now been rolled out into every wide-body aircraft that United operates internationally. For long-haul flights, the airline has an incredibly comfortable seat that can be turned into a lie-flat bed. It has a large-tv screen and there are thoughtful amenities like pajamas and slippers.

I flew 20 hours from Australia to the US in United Airline's Polaris business class. The flight was a game changer and I'll definitely be flying it again — here's why.
A Polaris Business class seat.Rachel Dube

The seats are in a 1-2-1 configuration with ample storage, plenty of space, and a seat that turns into a lie-flat bed. They also offer plenty of privacy even with the open configuration.

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I flew 20 hours from Australia to the US in United Airline's Polaris business class. The flight was a game changer and I'll definitely be flying it again — here's why.
The seats offered plenty of privacy.Rachel Dube.

I found that it was a game-changer during the twenty hours spent flying

This wasn’t my first time flying United Polaris business class, but I found it helped me combat jet lag. In the past, I’d only flown routes to Europe, so I didn’t fully get the opportunity to utilize the lie-flat bed for a full night of sleep, or other amenities like slippers and pajamas.

I flew 20 hours from Australia to the US in United Airline's Polaris business class. The flight was a game changer and I'll definitely be flying it again — here's why.
The Polaris business class seats on the Boeing 787.Rachel Dube

The journey home from Australia started at the Brisbane International Airport. Although United doesn’t have a lounge there, Air New Zealand (a Star Alliance partner) does, so I waited there until early boarding.

I flew 20 hours from Australia to the US in United Airline's Polaris business class. The flight was a game changer and I'll definitely be flying it again — here's why.
The Air New Zealand Lounge in BNE.Rachel Dube

After boarding, I headed to my seat, which was outfitted with an Away amenity kit, two Saks Fifth Avenue blankets, and two pillows.

Within the Away amenity kit was an eye mask, pair of socks, toothbrush kit, tissues, and some miniature-sized skincare from Sunday Riley. Each seat also had a pair of noise-canceling headphones, a water bottle, and a set of slippers.

I flew 20 hours from Australia to the US in United Airline's Polaris business class. The flight was a game changer and I'll definitely be flying it again — here's why.
The seat had an Away amenity kit, two Saks Fifth Avenue blankets, and two pillowsRachel Dube

After settling into our seats, we were offered champagne or water. I opted for the latter and opened up the large tray table that offered plenty of space to eat and drink.

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I flew 20 hours from Australia to the US in United Airline's Polaris business class. The flight was a game changer and I'll definitely be flying it again — here's why.
The tray table offered plenty of room to eat and drinkRachel Dube.

The cabin looked brand new and had luxe features

The flight had a 16-inch TV screen, a seat control panel that reclines the seat and moves the seat into a lie-flat position, and an extendable TV remote with a device outlet beside it.

I flew 20 hours from Australia to the US in United Airline's Polaris business class. The flight was a game changer and I'll definitely be flying it again — here's why.
The TV screen at the United Polaris seat.Rachel Dube

I was impressed with the amount of space the seat had and the under-seat compartment fit my very large tote comfortably. There was also ample room for my carry-on luggage in the overhead bins.

I flew 20 hours from Australia to the US in United Airline's Polaris business class. The flight was a game changer and I'll definitely be flying it again — here's why.
Each seat had plenty of spaceRachel Dube

In addition, each seat had a reading light and adjustable window shade that can be controlled with the push of a button.

I flew 20 hours from Australia to the US in United Airline's Polaris business class. The flight was a game changer and I'll definitely be flying it again — here's why.
Each window shade was controlled with a button.Rachel Dube

When I first turned on the TV, it displayed a schedule of the first flight with what services would be available during the time onboard. The total flight time for this flight was 13 hours to San Francisco.

The flight offered lunch, snacks, and breakfast ahead of arrival

Australian-inspired options like a seared barramundi fish fillet, vegemite and cheese toastie, and fairy bread were offered as choices during the flight. I wasn’t too hungry after we took off, so I just got an ice cream sundae.

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I flew 20 hours from Australia to the US in United Airline's Polaris business class. The flight was a game changer and I'll definitely be flying it again — here's why.
One of the desserts offered onboard.Rachel Dube

Since the journey was longer than 12 hours, pajamas were also available. I asked the flight attendant for one when we took off and it was oversized and extremely comfortable.

After my snack, I headed to the bathroom to change into pajamas. The business class lavatory is definitely larger than the one in economy. It also featured an assortment of Sunday Riley toiletries for usage during the flight.

I flew 20 hours from Australia to the US in United Airline's Polaris business class. The flight was a game changer and I'll definitely be flying it again — here's why.
The bathroom on the plane was much larger than economy.Rachel Dube

When I arrived back at my seat, I switched it into the lie-flat position

Iset it up with the two pillows and two blankets. It was super comfortable.

I flew 20 hours from Australia to the US in United Airline's Polaris business class. The flight was a game changer and I'll definitely be flying it again — here's why.
The seat converted into a lie-flat bed.Rachel

During the flight, I dozed in and out and watched a whole assortment of movies. I slept for quite a while but also was able to enjoy the onboard entertainment.

In between the movies and rest, I also checked out the onboard flight map. It was very interactive and showcased the flight path, speed, and more.

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Once we were getting closer to landing, I ordered the spinach, feta, and rosemary frittata. I ended up only eating the bowl of fruit and croissant, which were all I needed.

I flew 20 hours from Australia to the US in United Airline's Polaris business class. The flight was a game changer and I'll definitely be flying it again — here's why.
One of the breakfast options onboard.Rachel Dube

After we landed in San Francisco, I had a few-hour layover before my next flight to Newark

I headed to the United Polaris lounge. The lounge was super spacious and featured a made-to-order restaurant, ample seating, and tons of other helpful amenities. I opted to take a shower and change in between flights and it made me feel so much better.

I flew 20 hours from Australia to the US in United Airline's Polaris business class. The flight was a game changer and I'll definitely be flying it again — here's why.
The showers in the Polaris lounge in the San Francisco airport.Rachel Dube

Once onboard, my seat was pretty much the same and featured all the same amenities aside from one less Saks Fifth Avenue blanket. This flight was onboard a Boeing 737-300ER, which has 60 business class seats.

The only noticeable difference in my seat was that my tray table had this helpful stand for tablets. It was a thoughtful touch that I’d never noticed before.

The amenity kit was also a little less luxe and included fewer items than the other long-haul flight. However, the flight was only 5 hours so I didn’t feel like we’d need the extra amenities anyway.

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I flew 20 hours from Australia to the US in United Airline's Polaris business class. The flight was a game changer and I'll definitely be flying it again — here's why.
The Away amenity kit wasn’t as extensive as the first flight.Rachel Dube.

Overall, I loved the space, comfort, and service onboard United’s Polaris business class and I will definitely be flying it again. Both flights went super quickly and I arrived home to Newark Liberty International airport in no time.

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