The ranks of airlines that are eligible for TSA PreCheck just keeps growing. And the latest additions are some of the best yet.
TSA announced in late February that it had added nine new airlines to the popular trusted traveler program, which is your key to getting into a shorter, dedicated lane at airport security. The new additions include EVA Airways, Japan Airlines, Portugal’s TAP, and Asiana Airlines from Korea. Here’s the full list of new airlines that now allow you to get into the PreCheck lane before your flight:
- Air India
- Asiana Airlines
- China Airlines
- Eastern Airlines
- Elite Airways
- EVA Airways
- Japan Airlines (JAL)
- TAP Air Portugal
Those additions bring the ranks of TSA-approved airlines up to 65. And that’s a reminder of a critical aspect of TSA PreCheck: It’s not a free pass into the shorter, easier security lines. It only works if the airline you’re flying with is part of TSA PreCheck. Scope out the full list of participating airlines on TSA’s website.
How PreCheck Works & How to Get It
Signing up for TSA PreCheck is simple and straightforward. You’ll fill out a quick application and pay the fee. From there you will head to a certified enrollment center for a short interview (bring your passport), fingerprinting and a photo. If everything checks out, you should get the OK within a week or two.
Your first time through the PreCheck lane, you’ll wonder why it took you so long to join the program. The security lines are often drastically shorter, but that’s only half of the benefit. You get to leave your shoes, a belt and a light jacket on while going through security. Your laptop and the carry-on approved liquids in your bag can also stay put as you put them through the baggage screeners.
If you’re eager to get through security faster, you have a few options. Including a few ways to get signed up for free.
One route to get in the PreCheck lane is through Global Entry. Global Entry is a separate government program that helps you speed through immigration when you return to the United States. However, it also comes with PreCheck. Read our post about the two programs to learn more.
Global Entry costs $100 for a five-year membership, while PreCheck costs $85. That makes it an easy choice: Go for Global Entry. The good news is that a growing number of credit cards will reimburse you for your Global Entry or PreCheck application fee.
That includes the Capital One Venture card, Chase Sapphire Reserve, American Express Platinum Card, Citi Prestige Card and the PenFed Pathfinder Rewards Card, which has no annual fee. For more information on these cards, check out our Top Credit Cards page.
TSA PreCheck can feel truly invaluable. The more airlines that participate in this time-saving program, the better.