Tired of Long Security Lines? New TSA PreCheck Enrollment Centers, Get the Fee Refunded!

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Good news!  Via USA Today, United Airlines is teaming-up with the TSA to open more TSA PreCheck enrollment centers.  And soon, you’ll be able to pay for TSA PreCheck with United Airlines miles.

I’ll also show you how to get the $85 TSA PreCheck fee refunded!

Tired Of Long Security Lines New TSA PreCheck Enrollment Centers Get The Fee Refunded

Having TSA PreCheck on Your Boarding Pass Saves Time Going Through Security Lines

I’ll show you where a few of these new TSA PreCheck centers are opening.  And discuss whether it’s a good idea to pay for TSA PreCheck with your miles.

More TSA PreCheck Enrollment Centers & Paying for TSA PreCheck With United Airlines Miles

United Airlines will be partnering with the TSA to open more TSA PreCheck enrollment offices in convenient locations outside of airports.  Like at New York’s Penn Station and the Willis Tower in downtown Chicago.

Here’s the site to find the enrollment center nearest you.

But I’d still rather have Global Entry.  Because it nearly guarantees you TSA PreCheck on every flight with a participating airline.

And cards like the The Enhanced Business Platinum Card from American Express OPEN, Citi Prestige, and Ritz-Carlton Rewards card, give you a $100 statement credit for the $100 Global Entry application fee.

You can also use the statement credit from the AMEX Business Platinum card for the $85 TSA PreCheck fee.  And Orbitz platinum members can get a rebate code for the TSA PreCheck enrollment fee.

I’ve written about getting same-day walk-in appointments at certain Global Entry enrollment centers.

But if you don’t travel internationally that much, don’t qualify for Global Entry, or don’t want to wait for a Global Entry appointment, TSA PreCheck is still a good alternative.

Using Miles for TSA PreCheck

United Airlines also announced that later this summer, you’ll be able to use United Airlines miles to pay for the $85 TSA PreCheck application fee.  But they didn’t mention how many miles you’ll need.

Most likely, this will NOT be a good use of United Airlines miles.  Similar to how using Southwest points or Alaska Airlines miles for TSA PreCheck isn’t a good deal. 

And remember, if you have an award flight in Business Class or First Class, you will often qualify for a faster security screening lane.

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5 responses to “Tired of Long Security Lines? New TSA PreCheck Enrollment Centers, Get the Fee Refunded!

  1. Club Carlson charges 65K points for TSA pre-check! Yikes! 😮

  2. I just applied for PreCheck and have my interview on Friday. Anyone know what the current turn around time is to get approved?

  3. I had my TSA PreCheck interview on 7/15/2015 at 2pm. Received approval the next day (Saturday 7/16)at 7 a.m.. My wife had her interview at 1:40 pm on 7/15 and received her approval the morning of the 18th. Both interviews were completed in Fort Lauderdale.

  4. @Aaron – My husband had his interview last Wednesday, received email notification of approval last Friday. I had interview yesterday at 11:00 email notification of approval early this morning (before 6 am)!

  5. What kind of questions do they ask in the interview?