9 More Airlines Join TSA Pre-Check, Including EVA, JAL, TAP, And More

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 Pre-Check eligible airlines, and they’ve just announced that they’re adding nine more airlines, bringing the total of eligible airlines up to 65.

The nine airlines joining TSA Pre-Check

It has just been announced that Air India, Asiana Airlines, China Airlines, Eastern Airlines, Elite Airways, EVA Airways, Japan Airlines, TAP Air Portugal, and Volaris, 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. For example, I flew Japan Airlines recently and was surprised when I found out they weren’t part of TSA Pre-Check.

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. Some of the popular cards offering this benefit include:

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

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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

It’s great to see some more major airlines join TSA Pre-Check. It’s always frustrating to be used to Pre-Check, only to find you’re on an airline that doesn’t offer it, so I’m happy to see that we’re now up to 65 airlines offering Pre-Check. There are still some major airlines — like Iberia and Qantas — not participating, though.

Comments

  1. So happy with the addition of CI. JFK T4 with the new AMEX Centurion Lounge and CI with TSA Prechek will make it an enjoyable journey. Yeah!!!!!!

  2. Excellent. I have a TAP flight ex BOS on Monday evening.

    Just hoping they update their website / app in time so I can add my KTN or their checkin staff know how to add it to my PNR / BP.

  3. @Joe – yes. pre-check is on the left/north side of the building. Regular security screening is on the right side (quite a trek away from the pre-check lane, interestingly)

  4. I think you mean China Eastern, not Eastern, unless the pre-check scan initiated some sort of time travel thing.

  5. @ Brad — Nope, meant Eastern, which is kinda sorta still a thing, amazingly enough (kind of). If you don’t believe me, come to Miami Airport sometime. 😉

  6. @Lucky, don’t forget that the Citi Prestige, UA Explorer, and Barclay AAviator Silver also offer the Global Entry credit. I realize that wasn’t meant to be an exhaustive list though. 😉

    As for TSA Pre-Check, it’s almost more valuable to list the major airlines that *aren’t* included yet. From Oneworld, still missing Iberia, LATAM, and Qantas. From Skyteam, Air Europa and Alitalia. From Star Alliance, LOT.

  7. Never understood why Pre-Check was tied to airlines and not a card like Global Entry. When you return from abroad, they don’t say, oh you flew XYZ airline so you can’t use Global Entry.

  8. Unfortunately, I don’t think these new 9 airline has changed its website to allow customer to add the traveler ID. I just checked Japan Airline website, its account management page where you can maintain your passport information doesn’t have a field to allow you to add Traveler ID at all

    Hope this can be changed soon

  9. @Michael: I assume it is because Global Entry is related to U.S. customs and immigration, while PreChek is tied to security, for which airlines have a primary responsibility.

  10. Still useless for any foreigners as any of the expedited screening/ entry is only available to US nationals or residents.
    Yet places like Australia open up the quick and easy smart gates for 20+ countries upon arrival

  11. @Callum – Totally WRONG.

    I’m a U.K. citizen with U.K. passport and living in the UK and I have GE and Pre.

    As do several of my U.K. friends.

  12. @ChrisC – Apologies, looking now I see that there are 11 countries that have access for Global Entry (Including the UK), I remember that they have opened it up for certain other countries now, however according to the DHS website PreCheck is only available for US citizens?
    Also my point about Australia is still correct, Australian Citizens cannot do GE but US citizens can enter AUS using the automated smart gates.

  13. I follow up on @callum point. I would like to know the criteria for GE toknowvwhyvaustralia is not included when we provide Americans with access to electronic passport access and also why isn’t qantas on isn’t on pre check. It makes no sense.

  14. TSA pre check can also be taken advantage of if you have a SENTRI card which people in the southern border mainly do.

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