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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, last year the TSA added Aeromexico, Etihad, and Lufthansa to the program, among other airlines. Earlier this year the TSA added another 11 airlines to the program.
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, All Nippon Airways, Cathay Pacific, Contour Aviation, Finnair, and Korean Air passengers are now eligible for TSA Pre-Check (am I the only one who had never heard of Contour?).
At this point passengers on the following 42 airlines are eligible for TSA Pre-Check:
Aeromexico, Air Canada, Alaska Airlines, All Nippon Airways, Allegiant Air, American Airlines, Aruba Airlines, Avianca, Boutique 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, Korean Air, Lufthansa, Miami Air International, OneJet, 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, 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:
- The Platinum Card® from American Express
- The Business Platinum® Card from American Express OPEN
- Chase Sapphire Reserve Card
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 four of the airlines being added. For Cathay Pacific and Korean Air I specifically have memories of waiting in line waiting to clear security wishing that I had Pre-Check.
Which other airlines would you most like to see join Pre-Check?
(Tip of the hat to The Points Guy)