This post contains references to products from one or more of our advertisers. We may receive compensation when you click on links to those products. For an explanation of our Advertising Policy, visit this page.

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 my favorite cities. In fact, I’m staying at a new hotel this time around (complete with misters, so don’t be alarmed if you see some water spritzing in the background). It’s the AC Santo Mauro, which is a Marriott Autograph Collection property, and it’s amazing! It’s like staying in an old Spanish palace (it actually was a duke’s estate back in the day) and the grounds are just stunning, so stay tuned for a review. Back to our Sunday questions …

Sarah, Delta probably pre-selected you from among its elite flyers. The Delta Reserve® Credit Card from American Express doesn’t include an application fee waiver for TSA PreCheck, but if you’re a Medallion member, Delta may have enrolled you. Selection can be random, and I’ve had friends traveling with me who have been selected even if they aren’t elite flyers.

Get through security lines faster with TSA PreCheck. Image courtesy of Shutterstock.

However, the TSA recently announced that it will limit PreCheck to those who are officially enrolled, so if you want to keep getting it, I recommend signing up. It only costs $85 and it can save you hours. Now that I’m used to flying with PreCheck, I can’t imagine traveling without it. I’m usually through security in about 90 seconds!

Remember that if you sign up for Global Entry (which costs $100) you get PreCheck as well. There are several credit cards that offer Global Entry application fee credits, including the Platinum Card® from American Express and The Business Platinum® Card from American Express OPEN, the Ritz-Carlton Rewards Credit Card, the Citi / AAdvantage Executive World Elite Mastercard and the Citi Prestige Card.

Also, if you have Delta Platinum or Diamond Medallion status, you can select a Global Entry application voucher as a choice benefit.

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

The Business Platinum® Card from American Express OPEN

LIMITED TIME OFFER. Aside from the 100,000 points welcome bonus (available until 8/8/18), Amex recently made huge improvements to the Business Platinum Card, including the fact that you will now earn 50% more points on purchases of $5,000 or more, earn 5x on flights and eligible hotels at Amextravel.com and cardholders will receive a $200 airline fee credit each year.

Apply Now
More Things to Know
  • Limited Time Offer: Earn up to 100,000 Membership Rewards® Points.
  • Earn 50,000 Membership Rewards® points after you spend $10,000 & an extra 50,000 points after you spend an additional $15,000 all on qualifying purchases within your first 3 months of Card Membership. Offer ends 8/8/18.†
  • Get 5X Membership Rewards® points on flights and prepaid hotels on amextravel.com.
  • Get 50% more Membership Rewards® points. That's 1.5 points per dollar, on each eligible purchase of $5,000 or more. You can get up to 1 million additional points per year.
  • 35% Airline Bonus: Use Membership Rewards® Pay with Points for all or part of a flight with your selected qualifying airline, and you can get 35% of the points back, up to 500,000 bonus points per calendar year.
  • You can also receive 35% points back on all First and Business class flights, with all airlines available through American Express Travel.
  • You can enjoy access to The American Express Global Lounge Collection℠ offering access to the most lounges across the globe, when compared with other U.S. credit card offerings. As of 11/2017
  • Terms Apply
  • See Rates & Fees
Intro APR on Purchases
N/A
Regular APR
N/A
Annual Fee
$450
Balance Transfer Fee
See Terms
Recommended Credit
Excellent Credit
Terms and restrictions apply. See rates & fees.

Editorial Disclaimer: Opinions expressed here are author’s alone, not those of any bank, credit card issuer, airlines or hotel chain, and have not been reviewed, approved or otherwise endorsed by any of these entities.

Disclaimer: The responses below are not provided or commissioned by the bank advertiser. Responses have not been reviewed, approved or otherwise endorsed by the bank advertiser. It is not the bank advertiser’s responsibility to ensure all posts and/or questions are answered.