Alaska is Offering PreCheck for 10k Miles: Here’s Why You Should Look Elsewhere

We often write about why you should get TSA PreCheck — the benefits of expedited security at 100-plus airports around the country are hard to deny, after all. If you haven’t yet joined the program, offers like this most recent one from Alaska Airlines may pique your interest. Currently, the carrier will let you redeem…

The Top Cards for Global Entry and TSA PreCheck in 2016

Waiting in long lines for security and immigration can take the joy out of travel, which is where TSA Precheck and Global Entry come in. These two programs grant you access to fast-track screening when you fly and when you return from abroad, respectively, and luckily their application fees are covered by several top credit…

Does Global Entry Membership Carry Over to a New Passport?

TPG reader Spencer sent me an email to ask about Global Entry: “My passport expires this summer, so I plan to renew it soon. Will my Global Entry membership still be valid with a new passport, and do I need a new sticker for the inside back cover?” One nice feature of the Global Entry program is that a…

TPG’s Guide to Austin During SXSW 2016

Depending on which component you’re attending — Interactive from March 11-15 for tech-related news and events; Music from March 11-19; and Film from March 15-20 — you may find yourself frequenting different parts of downtown Austin. Long-time Austin resident and TPG contributor Katherine Fan shares insights gleaned from many years of personal experience attending the city’s annual South by Southwest…

5 Key Things to Know About Getting Global Entry

Here at TPG we love anything that makes international travel easier — meaning we’re all thrilled with Global Entry. Being able to fast-track through immigration can save international travelers so much time and hassle, not to mention that TSA PreCheck is a huge added bonus. Today, Madrid-based TPG Contributor Lori Zaino touches on some important things…

UK Citizens Can Now Sign Up for Global Entry

If you travel to or through the US on a regular basis, you’re probably already familiar with Global Entry, an expedited and automated method for passing through immigration whenever you enter the United States. With wait times at immigration sometimes reaching an hour or more, Global Entry can be a tremendous time saver — if you’re traveling with carry-on…

Update Your Airline Profiles with Your Known Traveler Number

You’ve gone through all of the steps to become a Trusted Traveler — the application, the fees and the interview — so don’t get stuck in the slow lane just because you forgot the last step of the process! TPG Contributor JT Genter shows you how to add your Known Traveler Number (KTN) to your traveler profile so…

State Department Launches “Apply Early” Passport Program

For any international traveler, from the occasional flyer to the busiest jetsetter, the most indispensable item to have on hand is a valid passport. Luckily for US citizens, those little blue books are good for 10 years, so you only have to spend time thinking about renewing them once a decade. However, the State Department is…

Can a Non-US Citizen Get Global Entry?

A reader sent this question via Facebook about expedited security options: “Can a non-US citizen get Global Entry?” Global Entry is a must-have if you’re an international traveler, and has saved me hours and hours of waiting in line when arriving in the US. Thanks to Global Entry, I’m usually in and out of customs in…

Can I Use a Global Entry Fee Credit to Pay for Someone Else?

Today’s first question comes from TPG reader Tim, who tweeted me to ask about using Global Entry application fee credits: @thepointsguy — “Can I get the Global Entry reimbursement on my Amex Platinum card for my spouse if I already have it?” I love Global Entry, and if you don’t have it, you should really look into getting…