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03/01/2013 08:10 am ET Updated Mar 01, 2013

United Premier Access Service Skips Security Lines, Includes Other Benefits For A Price

FILE - In this Wednesday, Feb. 23, 2011 file photo, a plane flies overhead as a United Airlines 747-400 sits parked in the fo
FILE - In this Wednesday, Feb. 23, 2011 file photo, a plane flies overhead as a United Airlines 747-400 sits parked in the foreground at San Francisco International Airport in San Francisco. The merger of American and US Airways means there have now been four megamergers in five years for the airline industry, during which the title of No. 1 airline changed three times. Consolidation has given the industry pricing power and helped usher in a period of stability and, for the most part, profitability. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg, File)

United Airlines made news recently by announcing a new "Premier Access" option that would allow passengers to skip to the front of security lines for as little as $9.

But further analysis of the offering by travel analysts reveal that the optional add-on may not be worth the money.

"With both United’s Premier Access and American’s Five Star Service, travelers receive expedited security as one of many bundled services," Amy Lee, a senior analyst at TravelNerd, explained to HuffPost Travel. "So if you’re flying United and just want expedited security but don’t really care about priority boarding, you still have to pay for the value of both services."

While springing for United's service, which the carrier says includes "designated airport check-in lines" and "exclusive security lanes" starts at $9, Lee says that most fliers will end up paying more.

"Actual prices are significantly higher than $9," Lee tells HuffPost Travel. "When inquiring about Premier Access for SFO to JFK, I was quoted $50-$100 per segment."

Lee also points out that the service is only available at 29 airports across the U.S., limiting its availability.

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