TSA PreCheck Tips + Comedian Jim Gaffigan Explains Airport Security and International Travel

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I’m thankful I’ve got TSA PreCheck to help me get through airport security without having to unload my electronics and remove my shoes.  And I’m grateful for how stand-up comedian Jim Gaffigan tells it like it is! 🙂   Be sure to check out the video clip below!

My first TSA PreCheck tip is to NOT pay for TSA PreCheck.  Get the application fee reimbursed by your credit card.  Even better, apply for Global Entry.  Because when you’re approved, you’ll basically also always get stamped for TSA PreCheck.  That’s been my experience.

All of these travel credit cards will give you a statement credit to erase your Global Entry or TSA PreCheck fee:

  • Capital One® Venture® Rewards Credit Card 
  • Chase Sapphire Reserve® (better for folks who know they’ll be traveling a lot and will use the perks)
  • United℠ Explorer Card
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TSA PreCheck Adds Convenience at Airport Security.  And My Credit Card Reimbursed the Fee!

I’ve give you a few more of my TSA PreCheck tips after the Jim Gaffigan video clip!


TSA PreCheck Tips

Once you’re approved, you’ll get a fancy ID number called a Known Traveler Number.  Be sure to enter it when you book your ticket or when you check-in.  The site should remember it so you’ll only have to do this once.

Ensure You Get TSA PreCheck by Entering Your Known Traveler ID

Can you add TSA PreCheck after booking?

Embarrassing mistake:  One time I forgot to enter my Known Traveler ID.  And when I looked at my boarding pass… no TSA PreCheck stamp!  I learned that you can add it to your existing reservation online.  Or as in my case, I explained it to the gate agent, gave her my Known Traveler Number, and she was able to fix it, no problem.

How long is the TSA PreCheck good for?

5 years

How much does TSA PreCheck cost?

$85.  Global Entry is a better deal for $100 because it basically comes with TSA PreCheck.  I have Global Entry.  You can get either fee refunded by paying with credit cards such as:

  • Capital One® Venture® Rewards Credit Card 
  • Chase Sapphire Reserve® 
  • United℠ Explorer Card

More TSA PreCheck Tips

  • The TSA PreCheck site says you can bring children with you in the line if they are 12 years old or younger.
  • In the TSA PreCheck lane, don’t remove your shoes, laptops, or belt unless it’s got one of those big cowboy metal buckles that could double as a dinner plate.

Is TSA PreCheck Worth It?

In my opinion, YES!  It’s definitely not perfect, but it’s much better than the alternative.  I recommend Global Entry for most people because you’ll get stamped for TSA PreCheck anyhow, and Global Entry gets you back home to the US faster through customs.

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