United Airlines customers now have a new way to
try and battle jet lag through a partnership with Timeshifter, an
app that outlines the best time to see and avoid light, sleep and
enjoy caffeine to adjust quickly to a new time zone.
All MileagePlus members can now
access a free Timeshifter jet lag plan and Premier 1K members
receive a complimentary subscription with unlimited plans.
is targeted at customers flying across three or more time zones
and is designed to be a helpful tool for them to manage their jet
"We want to do everything we can to help improve
the experience of traveling across time zones, whether it's a
business trip to Tel Aviv or a vacation to Tahiti, our customers
should arrive feeling fresh and ready to hit the ground running,"
said Vice President of Loyalty and President of MileagePlus, Luc
Bondar. "Timeshifter takes all the guesswork out of avoiding jet
lag and instead uses science and algorithms to design a
customized, step-by-step trip across time zones. I was a believer
the first time I used the app and I think our customers will love
Timeshifter was developed by researchers of
sleep and circadian neuroscience. The app uses an algorithm to
customize plans for customers based on a number of factors
including normal sleep pattern, flight details and individual
preferences, creating a personalized jet lag alleviation plan.
Each plan includes:
- Instructions for when travelers should
prioritize exposure to bright light or avoid it;
- A sleep and
napping schedule based on his or her own sleep preferences;
plan to optimize caffeine intake for alertness and sleep; and
Optional timing for taking melatonin, should travelers choose to
MileagePlus members will receive a free jet lag
plan for a flight plan of their choosing in addition to the
complimentary trial Timeshifter offers customers for a total of
two free flight plans.
MileagePlus Premier 1K members will be able
to sign up for complimentary annual subscriptions for unlimited
access to jet lag plans when they travel.
Individual plans for the
app retail at $9.99 for a round trip plan and yearly memberships
United flies some of the longest routes in the
world, including the two longest flights operated by a U.S.
carrier with non-stop service between Houston and Sydney and
between San Francisco and Singapore. In December, United will
become the only airline to fly direct from North America to Cape
Town, South Africa with the start of brand-new service from New