Southwest Airlines Is Offering TSA PreCheck for 9,000 Points!

Over the past few months, the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) has been in the news often due to the extensive airport security checkpoint lines we’ve seen across the country. Because of this, TSA PreCheck and the Global Entry programs have never been more valuable than they are right now. With a 5 year, $85 membership, TSA PreCheck allows you to speed through security without the need to remove your shoes, laptops, liquids, belts and light jackets. If you want TSA PreCheck but are concerned about spending the $85, Southwest Airlines recently introduced a new unique promotion.

Southwest is offering Rapid Rewards program members the ability to sign up for TSA PreCheck for 9,000 Rapid Rewards points through their More Rewards portal. This is a nice alternative to paying the $85 fee required without the points. This promotion will be available to Rapid Rewards program members through August 22nd, 2016, which allows over a month to take advantage of this deal. Once the points have been redeemed, members will receive an authorization code that will be needed during the TSA interview appointment in order for the $85 dollar fee to be waived. Per the offer terms & conditions, it is important to note that redeeming your Rapid Rewards points does not guarantee entry into the TSA PreCheck Program as this will be determined by your background and in person interview. Also, you will be able to gift the TSA PreCheck to somebody else and you will be able to redeem the points for up to eight total codes. Further, per the terms of TSA PreCheck, you will be able to use this clearance for flights on any airline, not just Southwest.

Thrifty Tip #1: Have Chase Ultimate Rewards Points earned from the Sapphire Preferred card? These points can be transferred at a 1:1 ratio into the Southwest Rapid Rewards program which can be used to pay for your TSA PreCheck.

 

Bottom Line

While admittedly, this isn’t the best use of Rapid Rewards points, it might make sense for certain travelers situations (stranded Rapid Rewards points with no intention to use them). Mr. TT and I place a high value on Southwest Rapid Rewards points for the sole reason of holding their companion pass. We consider it one of the best deals in the points game. Especially if you frequently travel with a significant other. The pass even provides more value when coupled with the Chase Sapphire preferred card as these points can be transferred at a 1:1 ratio into the Rapid Rewards program. Regardless, this is potentially just the start of an interesting trend in the travel industry where we are seeing the airlines pick up the slack for the shortcomings of the TSA.

 

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