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@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.
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:
- The Platinum Card from American Express
- Citi Prestige Card
- Advantage Aviator Silver Barclaycard
- Citi AAdvantage Executive World Elite Mastercard
- Ritz-Carlton Rewards Credit Card (credit is more general, but Global Entry explicitly qualifies)
If you have any other questions, please tweet me @thepointsguy, message me on Facebook, or send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org. The American Express Platinum card has some of the best perks out there: cardholders enjoy the best domestic lounge access (Delta SkyClubs, Centurion Lounges, and Priority Pass), a $200 annual airline fee credit as well as up to $200 in Uber credits, and mid-tier elite status at SPG, Marriott, and Hilton. Combined with the 60,000 point welcome offer -- worth $1,140 based on TPG's valuations -- this card is a no-brainer for frequent travelers. Here are 5 reasons you should consider this card, as well as how you can figure out if the $550 annual fee makes sense for you.
- Earn 60,000 Membership Rewards® points after you use your new Card to make $5,000 in purchases in your first 3 months.
- Enjoy Uber VIP status and free rides in the U.S. up to $15 each month, plus a bonus $20 in December. That can be up to $200 in annual Uber savings.
- 5X Membership Rewards® points on flights booked directly with airlines or with American Express Travel.
- 5X Membership Rewards points on prepaid hotels booked on amextravel.com.
- Enjoy access to the Global Lounge Collection, the only credit card airport lounge access program that includes proprietary lounge locations around the world.
- Receive complimentary benefits with an average total value of $550 with Fine Hotels & Resorts. Learn More.
- $200 Airline Fee Credit, up to $200 per calendar year in baggage fees and more at one qualifying airline.
- Get up to $100 in statement credits annually for purchases at Saks Fifth Avenue on your Platinum Card®. Enrollment required.
- $550 annual fee.
- Terms Apply.
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