Icelandair & Norwegian Join TSA Pre-Check

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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 time saver, and eliminates a big aspect of the security “theater.”

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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. The TSA has kept adding more TSA Pre-Check eligible airlines, and they’ve just announced that they’re adding three more airlines, bringing the total of eligible airlines up to 56.

Icelandair & Norwegian have joined TSA Pre-Check

Icelandair and Norwegian are now participating in the TSA Pre-Check program. Eligible customers can now enjoy a faster security screening process. If you have a Known Traveler Number you’ll want to add this to your reservation to be sure you’re eligible.

I’m surprised it took so long for these airlines to be added to Pre-Check, given just how many US flights they have.

The TSA has also announced that Via Airlines will be joining Pre-Check as of November 1, 2018.

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).

I registered for Global Entry for the first time in mid-2011, and wrote about my experience at the time. Global Entry is valid for five years, and I renewed my membership in 2016.

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 EntryFee credit terms
The Platinum Card® from American ExpressStatement credit every four years, authorized users also eligible
The Business Platinum® Card from American ExpressStatement credit every four years, authorized users also eligible
Chase Sapphire Reserve®One statement credit per account, every four years
Capital One® Venture® Rewards Credit CardOne 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 CardOne 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 Expedia®+ Voyager Credit Card from Citi$100 Annual Air Travel Fee Credit can also be used towards application fees for either the Global Entry or TSA Pre✓® programs

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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.

Bottom line

Icelandair and Norwegian are both extremely popular airlines for transatlantic travel, so seeing them added to Pre-Check is great news. I’m surprised it took so long.

As far as Via Airlines goes, it’s always nice to see an airline added that you have to look up. 😉

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Comments

  1. What do the airlines have to do to join? It seems like something that should just be an easy administrative thing given they don’t seem to require any additional passenger information to the others.

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