TPG Readers Share Their Experiences with TSA’s SSSScarlet Letter

I’ve found myself in quite the predicament following my recent trip to Istanbul. After returning back home to the US and taking a week off from travel, I was back on the road — this time taking a short flight between New York and Nantucket. I was expecting an uneventful trip, but something unexpected happened. My boarding…

How CLEAR Expedited Security Is Moving Beyond Airports

Anything that makes air travel easier can be a godsend to frequent flyers. Today, TPG Senior Points & Miles Correspondent Jason Steele explains how one ID verification program is speeding up security lines at airports and beyond. Earlier this year, I looked at the latest iteration of the CLEAR airport security program, and found it to be a useful tool for expediting…

Do Delta Reserve Amex Cardholders Get Free TSA PreCheck?

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…

Fast-Track Arrival Options Around the World

We here at TPG love anything that speeds up the travel process, like Global Entry and TSA Precheck — and we want you to be aware that US citizens have similar options outside of the United States. TPG International Contributor Lori Zaino guides us through some ways to expedite security, immigration and customs when traveling abroad.   Global Entry — United States…

Major TSA Flaws Discovered during Airport Security Sting

After an internal TSA operation where undercover agents were able to successfully smuggle fake explosives and weapons through 67 out of 70 TSA security checkpoints around the country, it’s painfully clear that airport security methods need a serious revision. In the meantime, Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson has reassigned TSA’s acting administrator, Melvin Carraway, to…

Insider Series: What It’s Really Like to Be a TSA Officer

New to our Insider Series is TPG Contributor “Patrick Down,” presently employed as a TSA officer at a US airport, who’ll be giving us a peek behind the security line to see what it’s really like to do the often thankless job of screening passengers and their baggage before a flight. Three years ago, as a recent…

Is TSA Precheck Better than the First Class Security Line?

TPG reader Cameron tweeted me to ask @thepointsguy – “If I have access to both the first class priority and TSA Precheck security lines, which is usually better?” I love TSA Precheck. I’ve had it for several years now, and even though some airports are bad at policing the line and TSA often allows random…

Citi AAdvantage Executive Card Adds $100 Global Entry Credit

After launching an improved sign-up bonus for the Citi ThankYou Premier Card earlier this morning, Citi is making more good news by announcing a major improvement to one of its premium travel rewards cards. Starting today, the Citi AAdvantage Executive World Elite MasterCard will offer a statement credit of up to $100 to cover application fees for either Global Entry or…

Want Expedited Security? Time To Join TSA Precheck, Global Entry or CLEAR

There are currently one million Americans enrolled in TSA Precheck, so the program is making some changes that affect frequent flyers. If you’re a loyal customer of a domestic frequent flyer program and have opted in for the TSA Precheck lane through your program, it’s possible that you’ve already been notified by email that you’ll see a decline in how often you…