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Strapped for Time? New Extended Hours for TSA PreCheck Appointments!

Strapped for Time? New Extended Hours for TSA PreCheck Appointments!

Million Mile SecretsStrapped for Time? New Extended Hours for TSA PreCheck Appointments!Million Mile Secrets Team

I love using TSA PreCheck (I have it through the Global Entry program) because it gets me through the airport security line faster.

TSA PreCheck is expanding their hours and rolling out Saturday appointments.   This is very helpful for folks who work during the week and don’t have time to make an appointment during regular business hours!

Strapped For Time New Extended Hours For TSA PreCheck Appointments
Tied up at Work and Can’t Seem to Make It in for Your TSA PreCheck Appointment? They’re Adding More Hours So It’s Easier to Fit Into Your Schedule

But Global Entry is still a better choice for most.  I’ll let you know all the details!

What’s the Deal?

Link:   Apply for TSA PreCheck

Link:   How to Get Through Airport Security Faster With TSA PreCheck

With TSA PreCheck, you can avoid the long airport security lines in the US.  Plus, you don’t have to take off your shoes or remove your laptop from your luggage.

But to get approved for a membership you have to attend an in-person interview.  And for some folks, taking time out of their busy week for the interview is difficult.  So TSA PreCheck is adding more hours and Saturday appointments.

Strapped For Time New Extended Hours For TSA PreCheck Appointments
Do You Live Near an Airport Where TSA PreCheck Is Adding More Hours?

Global Entry Is Still Better!

Link:   Apply for Global Entry

Link:   How to Get a Quicker Global Entry Appointment

Link:   How to Save Time Getting To and From the Airport

Global Entry lets you speed through Immigration & Customs when you travel internationally.

And it’s smarter for most folks to sign-up for Global Entry instead of TSA PreCheck.  That’s because you’ll get TSA PreCheck on most domestic flights when you have Global Entry.  So it’s like getting 2 memberships for the price of one!

Strapped For Time New Extended Hours For TSA PreCheck Appointments
Folks With Global Entry Typically Get TSA PreCheck

Plus, certain Global Entry interview locations already have Saturday and even Sunday hours.

How to Get Reimbursed for Global Entry or TSA PreCheck

You’ll earn a statement credit to cover the cost of your Global Entry or TSA PreCheck application once every 5 years with:

And if you already have Global Entry you can use the credit to pay for a friend or family member’s membership.

Strapped For Time New Extended Hours For TSA PreCheck Appointments
You Can Get Global Entry or TSA PreCheck Without Spending a Dime!

Bottom Line

TSA PreCheck lets you skip the long lines at airport security within the US.  And they’re making it easier for folks to join by adding longer hours and testing Saturday appointments at certain locations.

However, I still recommend folks sign-up for Global Entry instead.  With Global Entry you can quickly get through Immigration & Customs.  And when you have Global Entry, you’ll typically also get approved for TSA PreCheck.  So you can get the benefits of both at the same time!

Plus, you can take care of your Global Entry appointment on Saturdays and Sundays at some airports.

If you’re interested in Global Entry or TSA PreCheck, you can get a statement credit for the application fee with the AMEX Platinum personal & business, AMEX Mercedes-Benz Platinum, and Orbitz Platinum membership (TSA PreCheck only).  Or get your Global Entry fee refunded with Citi Prestige.

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Nice write up. Global Entry is so much more than just TSA PreCheck along. You'll get access to TSA PreCheck More Often with Global Entry than with a stand along TSA PreCheck membership too. FYI.

TIP!!!!Active military members can use there DOD numbers as their KTN numbers when purchasing their tickets to get TSA PreCheck.

Nice writeup!

Not every airline participates in TSA Pre, which I found out this week when flying on Frontier. I had no idea an airline could opt out, but Frontier has. Not only did Frontier service people tell me this, so did the TSA screeners.

Patrick McClinchy

You can also get the $100 Global Entry Fee back as a statement credit once every 5 years on Barclays American Airlines Silver World Elite Mastercard as well. They apply the credit 2 -3 weeks after the charge appears. I just applied yesterday, just waiting for my appointment.