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…

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…

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…