TSA Pre-Check is one of the innovations that has made the air travel experience in the US a bit more pleasant. Those eligible for Pre-Check enjoy expedited security screening, where they don’t have to take off their shoes, or take their liquids out of their bags. It’s a big time saver, and eliminates a big aspect of the security “theater.”
While you can register for TSA Pre-Check directly, the catch is that you need to be flying an airline that’s TSA Pre-Check eligible in order to use it. This is different than Global Entry (which offers expedited entry into the US), which eligible travelers can use regardless of which airline they’re flying.
The good news is that the past couple of years TSA has greatly expanded the number of airlines that are TSA Pre-Check eligible.
For example, in May British Airways joined TSA Pre-Check, though with one major catch — Pre-Check was only valid when printing boarding passes at the airport, and not on mobile boarding passes.
British Airways has informed me that this has finally changed.
British Airways mobile boarding passes now Pre-Check enabled
As of today, Monday, December 3, 2018, British Airways mobile boarding passes are TSA Pre-Check enabled. This means passengers can finally enjoy Pre-Check and skip the check-in counter.
This is an excellent development, especially given just how many transatlantic flights British Airways has. They offer more flights to more US destinations than any other European airline.
Perhaps the biggest issue here continues to be that JFK is British Airways’ largest US gateway, and Terminal 7 continues to not have Pre-Check, though hopefully that changes soon.
Registering for TSA Pre-Check
While you can pay to register for TSA Pre-Check directly, you’re much better off registering for Global Entry, as it also comes with TSA Pre-Check (TSA Pre-Check, on the other hand, doesn’t come with Global Entry).
Several credit cards offer Global Entry fee credits, where they’ll reimburse you for the $100 fee to join Global Entry. These cards include the following:
|Cards offering Global Entry||Fee credit terms|
|The Platinum Card® from American Express||Statement credit every four years, authorized users also eligible|
|The Business Platinum Card® from American Express||Statement credit every four years, authorized users also eligible|
|Chase Sapphire Reserve®||One statement credit per account, every four years|
|Capital One® Venture® Rewards Credit Card||One statement credit per account every four years, and your account must be open and in good standing when the credit is applied.|
|Citi® / AAdvantage® Executive World Elite™ Mastercard®||One statement credit per account, every five years|
|IHG® Rewards Club Premier Credit Card||One statement credit per account, every four years|
|Barclays Arrival® Premier World Elite Mastercard®||Primary cardmember will receive one statement credit for the $100 application fee every five years, once the fee is charged to the account|
The very best way to get TSA Pre-Check is through NEXUS, which costs just $50 and gets you expedited immigration in the US and Canada, Global Entry, and TSA Pre-Check. You pay half the price and get the most privileges.
But that’s not as practical for everyone, since there aren’t as many centers where you can enroll for NEXUS, since it’s primarily intended for those traveling frequently between the US and Canada.