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TPG reader Sarah tweeted me to ask about TSA PreCheck:
@thepointsguy – “Do Delta Reserve Amex holders get free TSA PreCheck? I’ve been selected twice and I never signed up.”
Happy Sunday everyone! I’m coming to you this week from steamy Madrid. It’s over 100 degrees here, but I won’t let the heat stop me from enjoying one of my favorite cities. In fact, I’m staying at a new hotel this time around (complete with misters, so don’t be alarmed if you see some water spritzing in the background). It’s the AC Santo Mauro, which is a Marriott Autograph Collection property, and it’s amazing! It’s like staying in an old Spanish palace (it actually was a duke’s estate back in the day) and the grounds are just stunning, so stay tuned for a review. Back to our Sunday questions …
Sarah, Delta probably pre-selected you from among its elite flyers. The Delta Reserve Card from American Express doesn’t include an application fee waiver for TSA PreCheck, but if you’re a Medallion member, Delta may have enrolled you. Selection can be random, and I’ve had friends traveling with me who have been selected even if they aren’t elite flyers.
However, the TSA recently announced that it will limit PreCheck to those who are officially enrolled, so if you want to keep getting it, I recommend signing up. It only costs $85 and it can save you hours. Now that I’m used to flying with PreCheck, I can’t imagine traveling without it. I’m usually through security in about 90 seconds!
Remember that if you sign up for Global Entry (which costs $100) you get PreCheck as well. There are several credit cards that offer Global Entry application fee credits, including the Platinum Card and The Enhanced Business Platinum Card from American Express, the Ritz-Carlton Rewards Credit Card, the Citi / AAdvantage Executive World Elite MasterCard and the Citi Prestige Card.
Also, if you have Delta Platinum or Diamond Medallion status, you can select a Global Entry application voucher as a choice benefit.
If you have any other questions, please tweet me @thepointsguy, message me on Facebook or send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org. While Citi announced some negative changes to this card back in July — including a lower sign-up bonus, the elimination of Admirals Club access and the end of the free rounds of golf benefit — one of its most valuable perks still remains, which is the 4th Night Free perk. This benefit alone can save you thousands of dollars a year if you use it to its full advantage.
While Citi announced some negative changes to this card back in July — including a lower sign-up bonus, the elimination of Admirals Club access and the end of the free rounds of golf benefit — one of its most valuable perks still remains, which is the 4th Night Free perk. This benefit alone can save you thousands of dollars a year if you use it to its full advantage.