While family holidays typically are relaxing and enjoyable, we all know that there are some unplanned hiccups that can upset the trip. Sometimes, despite all your careful planning, an unfortunate traffic jam en route or an unusually large crowd at the check-in counter could really set your nerves on the edge. Therefore whenever we go for holidays, we try to reach the airport early rather than just on time. But how early can we check-in? Once we checked-in, what’s there to do? Recently, we discovered that there is whole suite of interesting activities we can enjoy in the world’s best airport once we’ve cleared the immigration and enter the transit areas. Here are some of the surprises at Changi Airport which await you, even before you fly.
1. Check-in way early:
You can check yourself and your luggage into your flight , earlier than 2 hours before that mandatory check-in time. Some airlines like Singapore Airlines, actually allow passengers to check in 48 hours before their flight! Yes, luggage and all. This is very helpful, especially if your flight coincides with peak hour traffic. You can save yourself all that stress by checking-in way early , clear immigration , free your mind and enjoy the many services in Changi Airport before your trip. Details of how early you can check-in to your flight is available here.
2. Shop from Home:
Most travellers take advantage of their travel to do duty-free shopping. Some of these are recurring ones like alcohols, perfumes and cosmetics. Occasionally, when you’re running late to catch a flight, there won’t be time to shop for these items, or worse, they run out of stock! Fret not, now with iShop Changi, you can browse these items from the comforts of your home before you leave for the airport, pay for the purchases online and pick up inside the airport just before you fly. This will save you the hassle of lugging the items to the foreign land and then back again.
From fashion to quirky labels and household staples, coupled with duty-free and GST-less shopping discounts, it is no wonder that travellers treat Changi Airport as their one-stop retail wonderland. With over 400 brands under the three terminals at Changi Airport, even the most enthusiastic of shoppers may get a little lost. Besides the ever-popular cosmetics and perfumes, here are 10 labels that you did not even know existed at Changi Airport that will entice you to check-in early for some retail therapy to start your holiday on a happy note!
Save 7% GST when you shop at the public areas. Only with the FREE Changi Rewards Card!
3. Soaking, relaxing or just running alongside butterflies:
So, what do you do with all that time now that you’re in the airport and faraway from the stresses of traffic and check-in queues? Well, answer is: LOTS! You can:
a. Soak and swim in the swimming pool in Terminal 1.
b. Take photos and upload them instantly onto The Social Tree at Terminal 1.
c. Catch a Blockbuster Movie for free in Terminals 2 (& 3).
d. Visit the Enchanted Garden, Orchid Garden and Koi Ponds in Terminal 2.
e. Explore the outdoors Sunflower Garden in Terminal 2.
f. Challenge your kids in Xbox Kinnect and PlayStation Games in Terminal 2.
g. Walk among some exotic butterflies in the Butterfly Garden in Terminal 3.
h. Enjoy a foot massage at Terminal 3.
i. Occupy the kids in interactive art at all Terminals.
For the full range of suggested activities which are available for travellers inside the transit areas after check-in, click here.
4. Eat, eat , eat:
Singapore is a food-lovers’ paradise. From Western to Asian, Changi Airport has the right cuisine for every palate. Browse the extensive dining directory here.
Honestly, with so many thoughtful facilities and fun discoveries, it is no wonder Singapore Changi Airport wins accolades for being the World Best Airport year after year. The next time before you catch a flight, check in early, get rid of the cumbersome luggage and start enjoying all that it offers to maximise your vacation before the trip commences!
For a unique staycation, read our review of the Crowne Plaza Changi Airport Hotel.
5. Changi Recommends (Overseas Wifi Router Rental and other amazing Travel Deals):
The Changi Recommends booths are located at T1,2 and 3 Arrival Halls and T2 Departure Hall.
Not many travellers are aware of Changi Recommends, travel services arm established by Changi Airport Group, which welcomes our friends, families and visitors from abroad with exclusive deals for the best experiences in Singapore, with free gifts that make their trips all the more memorable. But what’s useful for us outbound passengers is the Overseas Wi-Fi Router rental services. For travellers (like ourselves) who have grown so dependent on technology, the lack of wifi connectivity can be frustrating (even crippling) when we are abroad. With portable wifi router services now available to us at such affordable prices, we are no longer at the mercies of public hotspot or free hotel wifi for internet access.
Check this out: Changi Recommends now offers Overseas Wi-Fi Router that can connect up to multiple smart devices simultaneously, which means you only need 1 portable router for the entire family’s wifi needs – no fussing with multiple overseas SIM card purchases and being stuck in the queue at Telco counters when you land at the destination airport. That’s so convenient and economical!
How much does it cost?
How to book this Overseas Wi-Fi Router?
Travellers can either reserve a router online via this overseas wifi reservation form (highly recommended), place your reservations at least three working days in advance) or pick up a set from Changi Recommends booth at any Changi Airport Terminals on your departure day. Feel free to contact Changi Recommends via the customer service hotline at +65 6922 9508 (9am to 10pm Mondays to Fridays, excluding weekends and Public Holidays) or email them at [email protected] for more information.
Thanks to Changi Airport Group, we are giving away SGD100 Changi Dollar Vouchers to 1 loyal reader to bring your family for a shopping spree or for a good meal at Changi Airport! Check out the diverse range of shops and F&B outlets from Changi Airport’s online directory here. To participate in this giveaway, simply do the following:
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