Traveling On Holidays? Skip The Queue And Feel Like A VIP With These 4 Tips
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Traveling on the holidays may be annoying for airline passengers. Travelers will surely have to go on the long lines of check-in, security, boarding, immigration, and customs. As these things can make you miss your flight, here are some tips on how you can skip the airport's lengthy queue.
TSA or Transportation Security Administration Precheck in the United States will allow you to line in shorter and quicker TSA queues. For $85 for five years, you don't have to take off your shoes, keep your laptop, liquids that are about 3.4 ounces or less, and the gel inside your carry-on.
There is also a TSA Global Entry. For $100 for five years, it already includes Precheck and let you skip the lines. This offer guarantees that you will go on a "quick, line-free re-entry" through immigration and customs in the U.S. However, according to the South China Morning Post, there are countries that only offer quick or automated immigration to its residents.
You can experience VIP treatment when you avail airlines' line-beating offers. You can buy these perks for as low as $10 when you book your ticket.
In the U.S., there's a Signature Service for VIP treatment offered at 11 airports. It has a starting price of $250 per passenger. But if you are one of the lucky few, VIP service is sometimes included in the airfare. Celebrities and frequent fliers often avail of this service.
But if you are not part of the first class, you can still experience VIP treatment if you fly through Air France. This airline offers a "meet-and-greet" service at four French airports for €120 or $137 for the first passenger and €10 to €20 for additional passengers. A special service agent will approach you and let you skip the long lines.
Global Airport Concierge
Los Angeles Times noted that the London-based Global Airport Concierge works in over 700 airports all over the globe. It offers a very VIP service in 100 out of the said numbers of air terminals with a starting price of $150 per service.
When you avail Global Airport Concierge, you only have to wait in a private lounge or private terminal while your check-in, security, and other stuff get done.
Blacklane Pass works in over 500 airports all over the world. It has a fixed rate of $100 for VIP treatment. Someone is going to accompany you to the head of check-in and security's lines, but it depends on the airport.
If you are opting for a lesser cost, there are smaller concierge services like Marhaba, Asia Fast Track or Fast Track Aero. These providers offer the same services that may be lower than $100.