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Trick to Using Faster TSA PreCheck Lane on Budget Airlines

Trick to Using Faster TSA PreCheck Lane on Budget Airlines

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TSA PreCheck makes getting through airport security easier.  But some budget airlines don’t participate.

Trick To Using Faster TSA PreCheck Lane On Budget Airlines
I’ll Explain How You Can Get Into the TSA PreCheck Lane, Even If You’re Flying on Budget Airlines That Don’t Participate in the Program

What’s TSA PreCheck?

Link:   How to Get Through Security Faster With TSA PreCheck

With TSA PreCheck you can go through a separate security lane.  This lane is faster because folks don’t have to remove items like belts, laptops, and shoes.

Check out this post for details on how you can get TSA PreCheck.

Participating airlines include:

Air CanadaAlaska AirlinesAllegiantAmerican AirlinesDelta
Hawaiian AirlinesJetBlueOneJetSouthwestSun Country Airlines
United AirlinesVirgin AmericaWestJet

So airlines such as Frontier Airlines and Spirit Airlines, as well as international flights on budget airlines such as WOW do NOT qualify.

Trick To Using Faster TSA PreCheck Lane On Budget Airlines
You Won’t Have TSA PreCheck Printed on Your Boarding Pass When You Fly Frontier Airlines and Other Budget Airlines

And you won’t have access to the faster TSA PreCheck lane.  But there may be a way around this!

How to Get TSA PreCheck If Your Flight Doesn’t Qualify

You may be able to show your Global Entry ID card at security to get into the fast lane.

Trick To Using Faster TSA PreCheck Lane On Budget Airlines
Flashing Your Global Entry Card May Get You TSA PreCheck Even When You’re Flying an Airline That Doesn’t Participate

One Mile at a Time reports this trick worked on his way to a WOW Air flight to Iceland.

There are NO guarantees this will work.  But it’s worth a try, especially if you’re in a hurry to catch your flight!

Don’t Have Global Entry?

You can apply and receive a reimbursement (up to $100 statement credit) with cards like:

Bottom Line

With TSA PreCheck you can speed past the long security lines at the airport.

But only some airlines participate.  So if you’re flying budget airlines like Spirit Airlines and Frontier Airlines, TSA PreCheck will NOT be printed on your boarding pass.

However, you may still be able to get into the TSA Precheck lane by showing your Global Entry ID card.

If you decide to give this a try, let us know your experience!

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Using global entry did not work going through wow airlines at Pittsburgh airport

Darn, I’m flying out of PIT on Wow Air tomorrow and was hoping that could work. I guess I’m arriving a little early to deal with the plebs in the regular line then.

BetterFasterStronger

You’re flying Wow Air… Did not know you were so far above others, Your Grace.

Joanna Bronowicka

I fly Spirit all the time and always have the tsa precheck printed on my boarding pass. I don’t understand why everyone says Spirit doesn’t qualify. I also do not have a global entry card??????

My grandson who travels even more than me and is a minor never gets it on his boarding pass and if I fly with him I can’t use mine??????? so confusing

Denied at Orlando International Airport MCO flying Copa airlines. Rude TSA agent said TSA Precheck must be stated on the boarding pass, move to the massive backed up regular line which took 36 minutes to get through.

This doesn’t work at LGA for Spirit. They won’t honor it at all. LGA’s security has gone through the roof (Armed National Guard in terminal), so don’t expect this to work anytime soon.

Was denied at LGA in a rude way.

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