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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.”
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 added their latest one, bringing the total of eligible airlines up to 54.
Swiss has joined TSA Pre-Check
Swiss is 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.
Unfortunately in the TSA’s announcement, they got the name and logo wrong, as they used the old Swissair branding. Oops.
We're excited to welcome @FlySWISS to the TSA Pre✓ program! Eligible passengers can receive benefits at @BostonLogan, @EWRairport, @JFKairport, @flyLAXairport, @iflyMIA, @fly2OHare and @flySFO airports. pic.twitter.com/smSg9rXiAQ
— TSA (@TSA) August 16, 2018
It’s interesting to me that Lufthansa was added to TSA Pre-Check a while back, while Swiss is only being added now.
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.
Swiss flies to Boston, Chicago, Los Angeles, Miami, New York, Newark, and San Francisco, so that adds quite a few new passengers who are now Pre-Check eligible, which is great news (the only catch is that Terminal 5 in Chicago doesn’t have Pre-Check, so this doesn’t add any value there). I’m surprised it took this long for Swiss to be added, given that Lufthansa was added a while back.
(Tip of the hat to Arsalan)