The Lounges of Orlando International Airport (MCO) – UPDATED (5/2019)

Orlando International Airport, otherwise known as MCO in airline speak (Please don’t call it OIA. Well, you could. But you’d be wrong ­čśë ), was a destination for over 47 million airline passengers in 2018, which made it the 10th busiest airport in the U.S. based on total passenger traffic, seeing more passengers than MIA. For many of those passengers, Orlando is their final destination and the need for them to spend hours at the airport waiting for a connecting flight isn’t as great as at a major hub airport like Miami, Atlanta, Chicago or New York-JFK. Subsequently, the airline lounge market has been stagnant (or even declining) over the past decade because leisure travelers weren’t the bread and butter customers for lounges. These lounges were designed with the business travelers in mind, giving them a place to be productive while waiting for their next flight.

Fortunately, times have changed and many more people have lounge access thanks to credit card benefits, so the lounges at MCO are finally starting to catch up.

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Credit Card Review: United MileagePlus® Explorer


Most of the co-branded credit cards for airlines will give you benefits just below those of the most frequent flyers. This is one reason why I never feel the need to go for any type of status with airlines. There’s one airline credit card that gives you certain perks but then puts restrictions on those perks that make them feel like an imposition instead of being a courtesy. Continue reading “Credit Card Review: United MileagePlus┬«┬áExplorer”