Those accustomed to the First / Biz class lifestyle thanks to points and miles might consider an 18 hour flight on United to be torture (especially this hobbyist), but many will likely jump on the opportunity to travel on the just launched longest flight from the US. For $177 from LAX to Singapore, when purchased as part of a $384 roundtrip inclusive of taxes, you can experience UA flights 37/38.
Saver award space is also available each way for 40K MileagePlus miles…you won’t find any United Polaris (business) seats available at the saver award level.
The flight is 14,144km and clocked at 17 hours and 55 minutes on the outbound and 15 hours and 15 minutes on the return aboard a B787-9 Dreamliner. Last night’s flight officially became the longest flight from the US, displacing Qantas flight 8 from Dallas to Sydney. The flight ranks as the 3rd longest in the world, after Qatar’s Auckland to Doha and Emirates’ Auckland to to Dubai flights. Of course, this is all temporary (see –Breaking: Singapore to Restore Non-Stop Flights to NYC & LAX! Regain Longest Flight Title).
I’m extremely grateful that points and miles have allowed me to take 10 of the flights on the current and retired “Longest Passenger Flights” lists maintained by Wikipedia, including the longest ever Newark-Singapore-Newark flight (SQ21).