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…

5 Reasons to Get TSA PreCheck Now

You’ve probably seen TSA PreCheck lanes at several US airports, and you may be wondering if it’s worth the $85 fee to access the expedited program. Today, TPG Points & Miles Editor Sarah Silbert shares several reasons why it’s worth joining now. If you travel even infrequently, you know that long security lines at the…

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…

3x Miles, AA’s New Dining Room, Starwood Award Guide & More

Each Saturday, we round up news stories that you may have missed from the week before, including several that already appeared on The Points Guy, and some more that we haven’t covered yet. If you’re an avid TPG reader, scroll down for the new stuff. Here’s the top miles, points and travel news you may have missed this week:…

The SSSSaga is Finally Over!

You may already know that since my vacation to Turkey earlier this year, I’ve been struggling with a dreaded SSSS classification, which has marked me for enhanced airport security screening every time I travel domestically. SSSS stands for Secondary Security Screening Selection, and it means that I not only haven’t been able to check in to my flights prior to arriving at the airport,…

TSA Ends Precheck Managed Inclusion Program

The Transportation Security Administration finally finished phasing out its Managed Inclusion Program for Precheck this week. A TSA spokesperson told TPG, “I can confirm that Managed Inclusion ended nationwide as of the 13th [of September].” As experienced fliers know, TSA Precheck allows qualifying passengers to go through expedited security screening when traveling on one of 12…

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…

10 Tips for Coping with Extra Security Screening at Airports

If you’re a regular reader of this site, you’re by now aware that, following a trip to Istanbul for vacation, The Points Guy himself has been marked with a most insidious SSSScarlet letter. SSSS stands for Secondary Security Screening Selection, and he’s since had so many TSA pat-downs that he’s actually started to rank them — and TPG readers have chimed in with…