Swiss Joins 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 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.

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).

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 Express OPENStatement 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

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)

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Comments

  1. About time, just asked them at BOS on Sunday when checking in and the lines were long at the E terminal. At check in they had no idea though when it would come.

  2. TSA Precheck dosen’t matter at small airports like PSC. They still force us to take out electronics larger than a cell phone and take out any small liquid containers into a plastic bag.

  3. At Chicago international, PreCheck makes no difference. All the same lines, laptop must be out, only you get to keep your shoes on.

  4. Qatar Airways still isn’t TSA Pre-Check eligible? Amazing, and at the same time, sad. I like Qatar Airways, but they can at times make it difficult for frequent travelers.

  5. @GermanExpat unfortunately that won’t really help at BOS because Terminal E doesnt have a separate line for TSA pre-check and I don’t think there any plans on adding one for now.

  6. Do you think this will apply to Edelweiss Air (Swiss subsidiary)?

    I really liked my Edelweiss flight (denver to zurich and back), but it would have been nice to have precheck on the way there.

  7. @ T — Unfortunately I don’t think it does, since I believe they’d be considered a separate airline for these purposes.

  8. @Nickolay

    Thanks for the info and I did some more research. Looks like at BOS you can use Terminal C pre check and then go air side to E. At least an option while only travelling with carry on.

  9. We have Global Entry/ Pre Check and just returned from a trip to Europe. On the way over . . . SAV – ATL – CDG – Oslo . . . we went through security in SAV and CDG. My husband is 80 years with two knee replacements. He always sets off the alarm. Both securities required him to remove his belt and shoes! Why name it Trusted Traveler (as it says on the cover sleeve of our Global Entry card) if he is not being trusted! Pre Check may get you through security faster but its a joke! Many people who are 75 and older have joint replacements. TSA should be able to work this out.

    Who do I complan to?

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