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Summer travelers might good find themselves stranded in prolonged confidence lines and squeezed into close seats. Are a advantages value a cost? The Associated Press sent dual reporters on a two-day revisit to Florida — one with perks, and one without. (May 25)
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ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Summer travelers might good find themselves stranded in prolonged confidence lines and squeezed into close seats. For revisit travelers, or those who can and wish to compensate extra, perks are accessible including upgrades to first-class seats, airfield lounges and giveaway food.

Are a advantages value a cost? The Associated Press sent dual reporters on a two-day revisit to Orlando — one with perks, and one without.

Scott Mayerowitz, who until recently lonesome a airline industry, has chosen standing with airlines, hotels and automobile let agencies. He also has a five-year membership in a Transportation Security Administration module that lets him use fast-track lanes during airfield security. Premium credit cards directed during revisit travelers get him into airfield lounges.

Candice Choi, who covers a food industry, has no such perks.

Scott saved some-more than 45 mins sum in watchful in lines during a airport, avoided crowds and got giveaway food along a way. Candice suspicion Scott’s biggest advantage was a time he saved. The additional space and food he got seemed nice, yet reduction suggestive for a brief trip.

Here’s how their use differed:

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Security

Scott breezed by a TSA’s checkpoint in reduction than 2 mins yet carrying to take off his shoes. His laptop stayed in his suitcase, interjection to his membership in a Global Entry program, that includes expedited screening.

It took Candice scarcely 15 mins to get by unchanging security, that enclosed holding off her boots and jacket. There was also a check after she forgot to mislay a bottle of H2O from her purse, and found herself watchful shoeless for her effects as a TSA representative searched her bag.

On a lapse flight, Scott privileged confidence in about 3 minutes. It took Candice 19.

Airport

Scott headed for a ample airline lounge, and took advantage of a giveaway Wi-Fi, newspapers and breakfast widespread that enclosed bagels, muffins, hard-boiled eggs, fruit, yogurt and coffee. A day pass costs some-more than $50, yet credit cards directed during revisit travelers mostly embody loll opening as one advantage that comes with a large annual price of $450 to $550. Scott’s label also refunded him a $100 TSA Global Entry fee.

At a embankment with everybody else, Candice found a chair with a table. There were outlets to recharge phones and a inscription to sequence food and get moody updates. She generally avoids eating most right before and during flights, though, and didn’t buy any food for a gate.

IN PICTURES: 30 cold aviation photos (story continues below)

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Boarding and a flights

Scott’s airline standing means he play early, and mostly gets upgraded for giveaway to initial category — where there are no center seats and passengers still get prohibited meals. Finding space for luggage in a beyond bins also isn’t a worry.

Elite standing starts after drifting 25,000 miles a year, or 5 roundtrip flights between New York and San Francisco. Rack adult some-more miles, and a perks boost substantially.

On this trip, Scott got upgrades both ways on Delta Air Lines. He was a served an egg sandwich, yogurt and fruit on a approach to Orlando, a second breakfast after a initial he enjoyed progressing in a lounge.

Candice waited in a random throng by a embankment to board. Her pass pronounced “Zone 3,” that was unequivocally a sixth of Delta’s 7 boarding groups. The final passengers to house mostly onslaught to find space for their bags, yet there was still room in a beyond bins by a time Candice neared her seat.

Booking a moody a week in allege left Candice with a handful of center seats to collect from. That can feel gloomy for longer flights or with irritating seatmates, yet was sufferable for a two-hour flight. She got cranberry extract and peanuts and shielded her splinter of an armrest.

Once in Orlando, Scott was off a craft in seconds. Candice was 6 mins behind as other passengers collected their effects and a craft privileged out.

IN PICTURES: 30 (more) cold aviation photos (story continues below)

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Rental car

Members of automobile let faithfulness programs, even those yet status, get to skip a lines during a let counter. So Scott headed true to a garage. He speckled a BMW X3 SUV in a line of cars for those with National’s “executive elite” status, that comes with 12 annual rentals. He staid into a plush leather seat, incited on a nine-speaker stereo and gathering off.

Candice isn’t a member of any automobile let programs. But on a Thursday morning, there was usually one chairman forward of her in line. Registration was discerning and she could have picked a automobile from a swift that enclosed midsize options like a Hyundai Elantra and Toyota Corolla.

Ultimately, Scott picked her adult in his let SUV.

Universal Theme Park

At a parks, it was Candice’s spin to be elite. Both paid $165 for a two-park ticket, yet Candice combined on a $99 “Universal Express” pass that let her skip lines. With Orlando during 94 degrees and wet that day, she couldn’t have been happier.

On The Incredible Hulk drum coaster, Candice went by a apart opening and to a front of a line. It took about 10 mins for a whole experience. On a approach out, she waved during Scott, who had hardly changed in line in a breathless heat.

It took Scott 42 minutes, notwithstanding it being a delayed day during a park.

Hotel

Scott was given a dilemma room on a 26th building of a newer building with floor-to-ceiling windows looking over a city. He also got opening to a hotel bar with giveaway breakfast and drinks, and a night happy hour with nominal beer, booze and desserts.

Elite standing during hotels starts with 10 nights during a chain. The advantages start during check-in, where members mostly get a dedicated line. On this trip, there was nobody watchful to check-in, so there was no advantage.

Candice had a room with allied furnishings on a 12th building of a hotel’s comparison tower. But she didn’t get a outrageous windows, and her perspective of a pool was somewhat obstructed.

Scott was rousted from nap during 6:45 a.m. a subsequent morning, when an electrical glow meant an depletion and a trek down 26 flights of stairs. Later, a front table manager left a voicemail apologizing for a bold awakening and giving Scott 15,000 points — adequate for a giveaway night during a same hotel.

The reeling wasn’t an emanate for Candice — there was no glow alarm in her tower, so she got to nap in.

Follow Candice Choi during www.twitter.com/candicechoi and Scott Mayerowitz during www.twitter.com/GlobeTrotScott

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IN PICTURES: Plane-spotting during San Francisco International Airport

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A United Airlines Boeing 747 takes off for Hong KongVirgin America tails organisation together during Terminal TwoAn Emirates Airbus A380, drifting in a special Los AngelesAn Air France Airbus A380 starts a prolonged tour toAn Air China Boeing 747-8i lands during San Francisco InternationalA WOW Air Airbus A330 nearing from Iceland lands atA Lufthansa Airbus A380 departs from San FranciscoA United Airlines ramp workman guides a vacating UnitedWings flexing, a United Airlines Boeing 787 takes offUnited Airlines Boeing 757s trade places during San FranciscoA little United Express CRJ informal jet is lilliputian byA United Airlines Boeing 747-400 nearing from Frankfurt,Singapore Airlines' initial nonstop moody connectingJets line adult for depart during a early eveningA British Airways Boeing 777 takes off from San FranciscoA U.S. Coast Guard helicopter prepares to land during itsA United Airlines Boeing 757 taxies to a embankment afterA Japan Airlines (JAL) Boeing 777 leads a approach throughA Japan Airlines Boeing 777 nearing from Tokyo landsA Delta Air Lines Boeing 757 takes off from San FranciscoA United Express CRJ informal jet lands during San FranciscoA Delta Air Lines Boeing 737-800 lands during San FranciscoAn Air China Boeing 777 nearing from Beijing preparesA Virgin Atlantic Boeing 787-9 takes off for LondonAn Air Berlin Airbus A330 arrives to San FranciscoAn Air Berlin Airbus A330 departs San Francisco InternationalAs night falls, a United Airlines Airbus A319 preparesJets line adult for depart during a early eveningA United Airlines Airbus A319 waits to cranky a runwayA China Southern Boeing 787 Dreamliner taxiies to aA United Airlines Boeing 777 taxies out for departureAn opening to San Francisco International AirportA Virgin America craft lands within perspective of a UnitedA pointer is posted nearby a departures guard for theTerminal 2 is seen by a window of a sky trainA United Airlines Boeing 747 sits on a tarmac atA Lufthansa Airbus A380 craft lands during San FranciscoAn American Airlines aircraft passes in perspective of anThe Virgin Galactic spaceship sits on a runway atFliers enter a San Francisco's new T3E gates underneath this modern-looking opening area.

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  • Fliers enter a San Francisco's new T3E gates underneath this modern-looking opening area.40 of 40

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