TSA Adds 3 Additional Airlines to Pre Check

By | October 30, 2018

The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) has announced the expansion of TSA Pre✓ to 3 additional domestic and international airlines, bringing the total number of airlines participating in TSA Pre✓ to 56. A full list of airlines can be found here.

Eligible passengers traveling on Norwegian Air, Icelandair and Via Airlines will now have the opportunity to experience expedited screening.

What is TSA Pre✓

TSA Pre✓ is an expedited security screening program for known and trusted travelers departing from airports within the United States. On dedicated TSA Pre✓ lines, there is no need to remove your shoes, belts, or light jackets. In addition, laptops and 3-1-1 liquids can remain packed in your carry on bags.

The program requires an application process and an in-person appointment to provide documentation and fingerprints. Travelers can apply for TSA Pre✓® for a cost of $85 for five years, or $17 per year. Other passengers who are eligible for TSA Pre✓® include members of the U.S. Customs and Border Protection Trusted Traveler programs, such as Global Entry and NEXUS for Canadian citizens. TSA Pre✓® is also available for U.S. Armed Forces service members, including those serving in the U.S. Coast Guard, Reserves and National Guard.

Credit Cards that Cover the Cost

Some personal credit cards reimburse charges for either Global Entry or TSA Pre✓ applications as a benefit to their cardholders.

Platinum Card from American Express
Annual fee: $550

Other card benefits include a $200 airline incidental fee credit each calendar year, $200 in Uber credits and complimentary access to airport lounges, including The Centurion Lounges, Delta Sky Clubs,  Airspace and Priority Pass Select Lounges. You also can add additional Gold cards to your account at no additional cost and each will have receive Global Entry/TSA Pre✓ benefit.

Citi AAdvantage Executive
Annual fee: $450

Other card benefits include Admirals Club membership including access to more than 50 lounge locations worldwide. Up to two guests or immediate family (spouse, domestic partner and/or children under 18 years of age) may accompany the member. Complimentary Admirals Club® Lounge access for authorized users, but no additional Global Entry/TSA Pre✓ credits. First checked bag free on domestic American Airlines itineraries for you and up to eight travel companions

Citi Prestige Card (currently unavailable for new signups)
Annual fee: $450

Other card benefits include a $250 Air Travel Credit each year that will automatically be applied to flight-related expenses charged to your card, including airline tickets, baggage fees, upgrades and more. Enjoy complimentary access to hundreds of VIP lounges through Priority Pass Select as well as a fourth night free hotel room benefit.

Chase Sapphire Reserve Card
Annual fee: $450

Other card benefits include a $300 Travel Credit each calendar year that will automatically be applied to any purchases coded as travel charged to your card. Cardholders also enjoy complimentary access to hundreds of VIP lounges through Priority Pass.

Chase United Explorer Card
Annual fee: $95 (waived first year)

Other card benefits include 2X miles at restaurants and on hotel accommodations and a free checked bag on United-operated flights.

Bank of America Premium Rewards Credit Card
Annual fee: $95

Other card benefits include a $100 Airline Incidental Statement Credit annually for qualifying purchases such as seat upgrades, baggage fees, in-flight services, and airline lounge fees – automatically applied to your card statement.

Ritz Carlton Rewards Card (currently unavailable for new signups)
Annual fee: $450

This card will only reimburse for Global Entry–not TSA Pre✓. The credit is in addition to the $300 annual travel credit which can also be used for baggage fees, seat upgrades, access to your preferred airport lounge and more. Other card benefits include complimentary membership in Priority Pass, entitling you to unlimited access to hundreds of airport lounges worldwide, complimentary upgrades to The Ritz-Carlton Club® Level three times annually on paid stays of up to seven nights, $100 Visa Infinite discount on the total cost of between 2 and 5 qualifying round-trip, domestic coach airline tickets purchased on the same itinerary, and a $100 hotel credit toward dining, spa or other hotel recreational activities on paid stays of two nights or longer.

While these are obviously high cost cards with annual fees not waived the first year like many other cards, the benefits they provide are worth it for many frequent travelers.

Full List of Airlines that Offer TSA Pre✓

As of 11/1/18

  • Aeromexico
  • Air Canada
  • Air France
  • Air Serbia
  • Alaska Airlines
  • All Nippon Airways
  • Allegiant Air
  • American Airlines
  • Aruba Airlines
  • Avianca
  • Boutique Qirlines
  • British Airways
  • Brussels Airways
  • Cape Air
  • Cathay Pacific Airways
  • Condor Airlines
  • Contour Aviation
  • Copa Airlines
  • Delta Air Lines
  • Emirates
  • Etihad Airways
  • Finnair
  • Flycana
  • Frontier Airlines
  • Hawaiian Airlines
  • Icelandair
  • InterCaribbean Airways
  • JetBlue Airways
  • Key Lime Air
  • KLM Royal Dutch Airlines
  • Korean Air
  • Lufthansa
  • Miami Air International
  • Norwegian Air
  • Phillipne Airlines
  • Porter Airlines
  • Scandinavian Airlines
  • Seaborne Airlines
  • Silver Airways
  • Singapore Airlines
  • Southern Airways Express
  • Southwest Airlines
  • Spirit Airlines
  • Sun Country Airlines
  • Sunwing Airlines
  • Swift Air
  • Swiss International Air Lines
  • Thomas Cook Airlines (Scan.)
  • Thomas Cook Airlines (UK)
  • Turkish Airlines
  • United Airlines
  • ViaAir
  • Virgin Atlantic
  • WestJet
  • World Atlantic
  • Xtra Airways
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