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How to Add TSA PreCheck to Your Airline Ticket
How to Add TSA PreCheck to Your Airline Ticket
Apr 15, 2024 2:39 PM

Now that you've signed up for TSA PreCheck membership through the Transportation Security Administration, it's time to take advantage of your benefits.

Since airlines aren't automatically notified that you're a member of the pre-clearance security program, you'll have to make sure your TSA PreCheck membership information is added — and correct — on future travel bookings. Then, you can use the dedicated security lanes at the airport.

Here's how to add PreCheck to a ticket before your next flight, including details on adding your number at four major airlines.

What is TSA PreCheck?

TSA PreCheck is a membership-based program that allows travelers to use expedited screening at airport security. You don't have to remove your shoes, belt and light jackets, plus electronics and 3-1-1 liquids can stay in your carry-on bag during screening at participating airports.

To apply, you'll pay a fee, submit personal information for a background check and attend an in-person interview. The application fee is $78, and membership is good for five years, which breaks down to $15.60 per year; however, many travel credit cards reimburse the application fee.

After the initial application fee to join the program, TSA PreCheck renewal — which is every five years to continue membership — costs $70 if completed online.

WANT TSA PRECHECK FOR FREE?

A number of popular travel credit cards reimburse you for the application fee for trusted traveler programs like TSA PreCheck and Global Entry. Among them:

Chase United Airlines Mileage Plus Credit Card
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Bank of America® Premium Rewards® Credit Card
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Chase Sapphire Reserve Credit Card
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United℠ Explorer Card

Annual fee:$0 intro for the first year, then $95.

Benefit:Statement credit of up to $100 as reimbursement when you charge the application fee for TSA PreCheck, Global Entry or NEXUS to the card. Available once every 4 years.

Bank of America® Premium Rewards® credit card

Annual fee:$95.

Benefit:Statement credit of up to $100 as reimbursement when you charge the application fee for TSA PreCheck or Global Entry to the card. Available once every 4 years.

Chase Sapphire Reserve®

Annual fee:$550.

Benefit:Statement credit of up to $100 as reimbursement when you charge the application fee for TSA PreCheck, Global Entry or NEXUS to the card. Available once every 4 years.

How to get credit card reimbursement

If your credit card offers reimbursement for the application fee for programs like TSA PreCheck or Global Entry, you must pay the fee with the card. You cannot submit a claim for reimbursement if you paid with some other method. Reimbursement will usually appear as a statement credit in your account within two months.

Cards typically offer reimbursement of only one fee once every four to five years. Check the terms and conditions of your card for the specific rules that apply. Note also that these cards only reimburse the application fee for a trusted traveler program. They don't automatically enroll you in the program or guarantee that you'll be accepted by the program. You still have to apply and go through the required screening, which in the case of TSA PreCheck and Global Entry includes an in-person appointment.

Credit cards that reimburse TSA PreCheck fees

Aeroplan® Credit Card.

Bank of America® Premium Rewards® credit card

Capital One Venture X Rewards Credit Card.

Chase Sapphire Reserve®.

Citi® / AAdvantage® Executive World Elite Mastercard®.

Delta SkyMiles® Platinum American Express Card.

Delta SkyMiles® Reserve American Express Card.

IHG® One Rewards Premier Business Credit Card.

IHG® One Rewards Premier Credit Card.

Marriott Bonvoy Brilliant® American Express® Card.

The Platinum Card® from American Express.

Southwest® Rapid Rewards® Performance Business Credit Card.

United Club℠ Infinite Card.

United℠ Explorer Card.

United Quest℠ Card.

U.S. Bank Altitude™ Reserve Visa Infinite® Card.

Terms apply.

» SEE the best credit cards that pay for TSA PreCheck and Global Entry

Each airline has its own process for adding TSA PreCheck to a ticket or to your frequent flyer profile. Adding it to a ticket won't guarantee that your PreCheck number will be automatically applied to your next reservation.

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