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Checking a bag, getting through the security checkpoint and making it to the gate in time is a passenger’s responsibility, but when customers arrive at the airport a couple hours before departure and still don’t have enough time to board before the door closes, it becomes difficult for the airline to justify turning them away without booking them a seat on the next flight. That’s why airlines are speaking out against long checkpoint wait times, either via emails to customers or by taking the issue to the press.

This week, American Airlines spokesman Ross Feinstein was quoted in an airline statement discussing the new checkpoint challenge, saying “The lines at TSA checkpoints nationwide have become unacceptable. The result: our customers are waiting in TSA lines greater than one hour.”

The airline is clearly concerned about security queues delaying flights or causing passengers to miss boarding cutoff times. During the week of March 14, a busy spring break travel period, American said that 6,800 passengers missed their flights, with the biggest delays at ATL, DFW, LAX, MIA and PHL. The issue is only expected to get worse as we approach summer.

So, what can you do about it? Your best bet is to apply for Global Entry, which comes along with free TSA PreCheck access every time you fly (from the US, at least). If you apply for Global Entry now — you can get it for free with some cards, including Citi Prestige and The Platinum Card from American Express — you should have enough time to enroll and get an appointment in May or June (or you can always try walking in without an appointment), getting you PreCheck before things really get out of hand this summer. Meanwhile, if you can’t sign up in time (or you don’t want to), you’ll probably want to arrive at the airport even earlier than before — or risk missing your flight.

H/T: Travel + Leisure

Citi Prestige® Card

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.

Read more: http://thepointsguy.com/2017/01/top-10-travel-rewards-credit-card-offers-january-2017/#ixzz4VNpeqUJJ

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  • $250 Air Travel Credit each year, and receive a statement credit, up to $100 every 5 years, as reimbursement for your application fee for Global Entry or TSA Pre √®
  • 4th night hotel benefit for any hotel stay at hotels booked through the Citi Prestige® Concierge
  • Earn 40,000 bonus points after $4,000 in purchases made with your card in the first 3 months the account is open.
  • Points are redeemable for a $532 flight on any airline or $400 in gift cards.
  • Transfer points to a variety of travel loyalty programs from airlines to hotels.
  • Earn 3x points on Air Travel and Hotels
  • Earn 2x points on Dining at Restaurants and Entertainment
  • 1 ThankYou® Point per $1 spent on other purchases
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Regular APR
15.74%* (Variable)
Annual Fee
$450
Balance Transfer Fee
3.00%
Recommended Credit
Excellent Credit

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