These trips are the best part of mystery shopping. It allows me to enjoy myself despite my normal frugal bent. Along the way to Atlanta we are shopping four gas stations. The free gas along with the fees I am paid will pay for our drive both ways. We have reservations at a fine dining restaurant for a late lunch (free, of course). Then we check into a hotel not far from the airport. In addition to the hotel fee, all my expenses are reimbursed including room service, bar tab and valet.
I don't think I will return to the grueling shopping schedule I kept last year. The money was decent but the hours were terrible. I've been a lot pickier this year and enjoy it more.