Skip the Line: How to get TSA Pre-Check for FREE!

Saturday, July 1st, 2017 - Uncategorized

Just a few weeks ago, news stories reported that people were sleeping on cots at the Chicago O’Hare airport after missing their flight due to long lines at security.

This has a lot of people thinking about applying for TSA pre-check. I got TSA pre-check about a year ago and it was a great decision!

Best part was that I didn’t have to pay for it – my credit card paid for the TSA pre-check fee.

What is the Difference between TSA Pre-Check and Global Entry

Global Entry gets you TSA Pre-Check plus expedited entry back in the country after a trip overseas.

What is the Cost?

$85; valid for five years. Check eligibility here.

Which airlines offer TSA Pre-Check?

  • Aeromexico
  • Air Canada
  • Alaska Airlines
  • Allegiant Airlines
  • American Airlines
  • Cape Air
  • Delta Airlines
  • Etihad Airways
  • Hawaiian Airlines
  • JetBlue Airways
  • Seaborne Airlines
  • Southwest Airlines
  • Sun Country
  • United Airlines
  • Virgin America
  • WestJet

How do you Apply for TSA Pre-Check?

  1. Complete the online application.
  2. Schedule an appointment to have your fingerprints recorded.
  3. Go to your appointment
    • Bring your current U.S. passport or a driver’s license and birth certificate.
  4. Receive your TSA Pre-Check Number
  5. Enter that number every time you book a flight!

How do I get TSA Pre-Check for FREE?

Several credit cards will reimburse you the $85 sign-up fee if you pay using your credit card. For example, I used my American Airlines Executive credit card to pay the $85 fee which was reimbursed on my next statement.

Here are other credit cards that will waive the fee…

  • American Express Platinum
  • Citi Prestige (Global Entry)
  • Citi American Airlines Executive
  • Citi Expedia+ Voyager

You can also use 10,000 Alaska Airline miles to get TSA Pre-Check for free. I wouldn’t recommend this as I value 10,000 Alaska Miles as $100.

Last Thoughts…

Having TSA Pre-Check is worth every penny, especially if you don’t have to spend a single penny! 😉

Some of the annual fees is high on these cards. You can definitely sign up for the card for a year and then downgrade to a no-annual fee card after the first year.