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How Can You Make Sure You Get TSA PreCheck with Global Entry?

March 30, 2014

TPG reader Jake recently sent me an email with a question about one of my favorite travel perks – Global Entry: “Now that I have Global Entry, I’m not sure what additional steps to take in order to get my full TSA PreCheck benefits. I occasionally get picked at security for TSA PreCheck, but only […]

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Is it Better to Pay $100 for Global Entry or $85 for TSA Precheck?

March 9, 2014

Update: The offer mentioned below for the Platinum Card from American Express has expired. View the current offer here. TPG reader Safwan posted a question on my Facebook page this week: ” Is it better to pay $100 for Global Entry or $85 for TSA Precheck? Thanks in advance.” Safwan is comparing the costs of getting Global […]

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Saturday Recap: 14% Discount on Frontier Airlines, Aeroplan Drastically Changes Their Program, Homeland Security Can Check Your Laptop, IHG Offers Free Internet Access For All Members, Win Cash Prizes For Travel Writing & More

January 4, 2014

Here’s a recap of the interesting points and miles news from this week: Get A 14% Discount On Frontier Airlines: Get a discount of 14% when you purchase Frontier Airlines flights by 11:59 pm EST on January 5, 2014. Travel must take place between January 6 – March 12, 2014. Caution: black out dates are: Jan. 31, […]

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TSA PreCheck Open Application and Enrollment Begins

December 6, 2013

Back in July, I reported that the TSA planned to open up applications to its PreCheck security clearance program to the general public – until now, you had to be nominated by an airline or part of a trusted traveler program like Global Entry. While that might seem like great news for the flying public […]

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Is TSA PreCheck the New Slow Lane?

October 24, 2013

Update: The offer mentioned below for the Platinum Card from American Express has expired. View the current offer here. One of the things I appreciate most about having Global Entry – which I got for free thanks to my Amex Platinum card – is the fact that it also automatically gets you access to TSA PreCheck […]

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Boy Takes Trip To Las Vegas On Delta Without Ticket – TSA Blames Government Shutdown

October 7, 2013

One of the big travel stories that came out this morning is about a 9-year-old Minnesota boy who got himself to Minneapolis-St. Paul airport on Thursday, through security, onto a Delta flight and all the way to Las Vegas…without a ticket! He was only caught mid-flight when crew members of Delta flight 1651 realized they […]

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News We Already Knew: TSA Gets Negative Reviews From Frequent Flyers

October 7, 2013

Update: The offer mentioned below for the Platinum Card from American Express has expired. View the current offer here. According to a recent poll in Frequent Business Traveler magazine that was conducted in partnership with FlyerTalk, an overwhelming 85% of frequent travelers give the TSA a big thumbs down. Well, to be specific, 85% of poll […]

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TSA PreCheck At 60 New Airports By End of 2013

September 5, 2013

Update: The offer mentioned below for the Platinum Card from American Express has expired. View the current offer here. TSA PreCheck just keeps getting bigger and better. Right now, the expedited airport security program is in 40 airports nationwide, but the TSA announced that it would soon be expanding to 60 more by the end […]

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TSA Launches Application Program for TSA Pre-Check

July 19, 2013

The TSA announced that it will launch an application program for those who want to sign up directly for TSA Pre-Check for $85. Currently travelers had to opt-in through an airline’s frequent flier program, or be enrolled in one of CBP’s Global Entry, SENTRI or NEXUS Trusted Traveler programs. Starting later this year, U.S. citizens will be able to apply […]

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American Airlines iPhone App Now Displays TSA PreCheck Indicator – So What?

June 10, 2013

One of the hot topics in airline travel these days is TSA PreCheck. I recently wrote about how Virgin America has joined the program and the fact that TSA PreCheck recently expanded to certain international itineraries as well. Personally I love the program since it can be a huge time saver at the airport, letting you […]

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TSA PreCheck Expands to Virgin America

June 3, 2013

Virgin America has become the 6th airline to partner with the TSA and the U.S. Customs and Border Protection to offer their customers TSA PreCheck. They join Delta Air Lines, Alaska, United, American, and US Airways, which allow trusted travelers to pre-screen and breeze through expedited security for domestic flights and select international flights. Virgin […]

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Saturday Recap: 15% Off Orbitz Hotel Stays, 5,000 Delta Miles for Donating to American Cancer Society, Linger Longer for Less with Langham, Starwood’s Pack Your Getaway Bag Contest, Southwest Airlines Porch Parties

May 11, 2013

Here’s a recap of the interesting points and miles news from this week: Orbitz offering 15% off on Hotel Stays: Orbitz is offering customers 15% off their next hotel stay when they book through their site. All you have to do is head to the Orbitz site and enter promo code SUNFUN15 when searching for hotels. This will then […]

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TSA PreCheck Expands To Some International Itineraries

May 8, 2013

Although TSA PreCheck partners with five airlines in 40 airport locations to let trusted travelers through airport security without having to remove their shoes, laptops or liquids, until now, only travelers on domestic itineraries were eligible for it. However, the TSA announced yesterday that starting today, May 7, 2013: “In addition to domestic travel, TSA […]

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Airport Etiquette – Is It Okay To Ditch Your Companion For TSA PreCheck?

May 1, 2013

In the security line at JFK yesterday as my mother and I prepared to depart for Chile yesterday, I was told that my boarding pass was cleared for TSA PreCheck and I faced an airport etiquette conundrum – should I abandon my mom in the longer security line and go through the much quicker PreCheck […]

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Trusted Traveler Expedited Security Expands to 28 More Airports in 2012

February 11, 2012

Apparently the TSA’s trial Pre Check expedited security program went well enough at the seven test airports—Atlanta, Dallas, Detroit, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Miami and Minneapolis—that the TSA announced it will roll out the program to an additional 28 airports throughout 2012. Though it doesn’t give details on which airlines will be participating at each, […]

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Trusted Traveler Program Now Live – Sign up Today!

November 4, 2011

This week I flew out of Miami and saw something new – a Trusted Traveler security line that was completely empty and fully staffed. In my 20 minutes waiting in the “priority” security line, I didn’t see a single person use the line. Naively, I thought I might be eligible since I have Global Entry, […]

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Trusted Traveler Program Update

August 21, 2011

Just got this email from Homeland Security about their much anticipated Trusted Traveler Program, which should make airport security easier for those enrolled. This is great news – if you don’t already have Global Entry, you should (especially if you have an Amex Platinum card because the $100 fee is automatically refunded!) Global Entry has historically […]

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TSA Trusted Traveler Program On the Horizon

July 15, 2011

In May I wrote about TSA’s plans to implement a trusted traveler program – where verified travelers can get through security quicker. This program was widely applauded in the frequent flyer community and it now looks like it is one step closer to launching. Delta recently sent me the following email and based on reader […]

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TSA Considering Trusted Traveler Program

May 10, 2011

The Wall Street Journal’s Middle Seat column reported recently that the TSA is considering rolling out an expedited security program for frequent flyers. This was music to my ears because I think our current “one size fits all” security system is out-dated, over-worked and clunky. Allowing TSA members more time on higher-risk flyers, just makes […]

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My Thoughts on Domestic Air Travel in Spain

March 13, 2011

I’ve been in Spain for the past couple days and while this  isn’t my first time,  I have to say I’m pretty impressed with their style of travel. The facilities at  at Madrid’s new Terminal 4 and at Barcelona, were stunning. Spacious and well-designed with lots of nice shops and restaurants. In both airports, there […]

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My Birthday Wish List

March 7, 2011

Today is my birthday and while I’ve already gotten myself a gift (a $260 roundtrip ticket to Madrid which I splurged and upgraded both directions, an Air Europa ticket to Barcelona, one night at Le Meridien Barcelona on points and two nights at the Westin Palace Madrid on cash and points), I thought I’d create […]

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In-flight WiFi a Threat to National Security?

December 7, 2010

I mean, come on! Seriously? Apparently the Association of Flight Attendants has asked the government to ban in-flight wi-fi due to concerns that terrorists could use it to connect with bombs on an aircraft. Okay- shouldn’t we be focused on not allowing bombs on aircrafts to begin with? I love my in-flight wi-fi and I’m […]

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My First TSA “Opt Out” Grope Down

November 28, 2010

I’ve been successful at dodging the TSA nudey machine bullet recently, but my luck ran up tonight. I was going through security in Miami Terminal D and I thought I had chosen the correct security lane- the one where everyone was going through the metal detector. This method has worked pretty well in the past, […]

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TSA Full Body Scanners 411 (Including Images)

November 23, 2010

I haven’t had the pleasure of going through a full-body scanner yet (avoided them at Logan by using a non-elite security line- the horror!), but I know my time is limited. I wanted to see how bad they really were, so I stumbled into this Jaunted article, which did a pretty good job giving the […]

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