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The two innovations of the past several years that have made the US travel experience substantially more pleasant have been TSA Pre-Check and Global Entry. As a reminder, TSA Pre-Check allows eligible travelers expedited security screening, where they don’t have to take off their shoes, or take their liquids or laptops out of their bags.
Meanwhile Global Entry allows for expedited customs & immigration, where eligible travelers can just use kiosks at immigration, rather than having to queue for an agent.
While Global Entry is valid regardless of which airline you’re flying, TSA Pre-Check requires flying certain airlines that are enrolled in the program.
Over the past couple of years the TSA has nicely expanded the number of airlines that participate in Pre-Check. For example, in 2016 the TSA added Aeromexico, Etihad, and Lufthansa to the program, among other airlines. Then in early 2017 the TSA added another 11 airlines to the program, and in late 2017 thy added another five airlines.
Five more airlines are now Pre-Check eligible
The TSA has announced that a further five airlines are now eligible for TSA Pre-Check. Specifically, Air France, Brussels Airlines, KLM Royal Dutch Airlines, Philippine Airlines, and World Atlantic passengers are now eligible for TSA Pre-Check (am I the only one who had never heard of World Atlantic?).
At this point passengers on the following 47 airlines are eligible for TSA Pre-Check:
Aeromexico, Air Canada, Air France, Alaska Airlines, All Nippon Airways, Allegiant Air, American Airlines, Aruba Airlines, Avianca, Boutique Airlines, Brussels Airlines, Cape Air, Cathay Pacific Airways, Contour Aviation, Copa Airlines, Delta Air Lines, Dominican Wings, Emirates, Etihad Airways, Finnair, Frontier Airlines, Hawaiian Airlines, InterCaribbean Airways, JetBlue Airways, Key Lime Air, KLM Royal Dutch Airlines, Korean Air, Lufthansa, Miami Air International, OneJet, Philippine Airlines, Seaborne Airlines, Silver Airways, Singapore Airlines, Southern Airways Express, Southwest Airlines, Spirit Airlines, Sun Country Airlines, Sunwing Airlines, Swift Air, Turkish Airlines, United Airlines, Virgin America, Virgin Atlantic, World Atlantic, WestJet, Xtra Airways
To be eligible for Pre-Check, always make sure you enter your Known Traveler Number at the time of booking. While there’s a chance you’ll get Pre-Check without entering your Known Traveler Number, the only way to get Pre-Check reliably is when you enter that number so you should now be able to update bookings on the above airline to add it (otherwise just provide it at check-in).
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 OPEN||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 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|
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.
It’s great to see more airlines joining Pre-Check, as it really can be a huge timesaver. I’m especially excited about Air France and KLM being added, given how many transatlantic flights they operate.
Which other airlines would you most like to see join Pre-Check? Will you benefit from any of these airlines being added to Pre-Check?