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 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 people in, they recently announced they would be cracking down and cutting off people who haven’t actually applied for the program (via Global Entry or through TSA directly).

If you have access to both the Precheck line and the priority line, I would almost always say go with Precheck. Even if the Precheck line is a bit longer, it usually moves faster because you don’t have to take off your jacket or shoes. It will also help you to avoid the “nudescope” body scanner machines that let TSA see, well, everything that you’re offering.

Avoid these kinds of lines with TSA Precheck. Photo courtesy of Shutterstock.
Avoid these kinds of lines with TSA Precheck. Photo courtesy of Shutterstock.

In fact, just a few weeks ago two naughty TSA agents were caught using the scanners for inappropriate activity, so if you have Precheck you may be able to avoid this.

If you enjoy your privacy, then go in the TSA Precheck line. In fact, my suggestion would be to get Global Entry ($100) so you automatically get Precheck — you just have to enter your Known Traveler Number into your frequent flyer profile. There are many credit cards out there offering reimbursement for your Global Entry application fee, so it’s not hard to get. Make sure to check out my most recent post on tips for getting Global Entry and Precheck.

Here are the cards that currently offer Global Entry reimbursement:

If you have any other questions, please tweet me @thepointsguy, message me on Facebook, or send me an email at info@thepointsguy.com.

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Chase Sapphire Preferred® Card

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  • No foreign transaction fees
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Intro APR on Purchases
N/A
Regular APR
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Annual Fee
$0 Intro for the First Year, then $95
Balance Transfer Fee
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Recommended Credit
Excellent Credit

The best beginner points and miles card out there.
Chase Sapphire Preferred® Card

With great travel benefits, 2x points on travel & dining and a 50,000 point sign up bonus, the Chase Sapphire Preferred is a great card for those looking to get into the points and miles game. Here are the top 5 reasons it should be in your wallet, or read our definitive review for more details.

Apply Now
More Things to Know
  • Earn 50,000 bonus points after you spend $4,000 on purchases in the first 3 months from account opening. That's $625 toward travel when you redeem through Chase Ultimate Rewards®
  • Chase Sapphire Preferred® named a 'Best Travel Credit Card' by MONEY® Magazine, 2016-2017
  • 2X points on travel and dining at restaurants worldwide & 1 point per dollar spent on all other purchases.
  • Earn 5,000 bonus points after you add the first authorized user and make a purchase in the first 3 months from account opening
  • No foreign transaction fees
  • 1:1 point transfer to leading airline and hotel loyalty programs
  • Get 25% more value when you redeem for travel through Chase Ultimate Rewards. For example, 50,000 points are worth $625 toward travel.
  • No blackout dates or travel restrictions - as long as there's a seat on the flight, you can book it through Chase Ultimate Rewards
Intro APR on Purchases
N/A
Regular APR
17.49% - 24.49% Variable
Annual Fee
$0 Intro for the First Year, then $95
Balance Transfer Fee
Either $5 or 5% of the amount of each transfer, whichever is greater.
Recommended Credit
Excellent Credit

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