Credit Cards that give Free TSA PreCheck

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Having TSA Precheck is one of my top recommendations for families wanting to cut down on stress at the airport. Going through security may seem like a small part of your day, but it is hard to relax until you’ve gotten through and can go to your gate.

Benefits of TSA Precheck

We love having TSA Precheck because:

  • Lines are shorter
  • People in the TSA Precheck line move more quickly through the line because they know what they are doing
  • You don’t have to take off your shoes
  • You don’t have to remove liquids from your bag
  • You don’t have to remove laptops or devices

Any kids 12 and under can go through the TSA Precheck with an adult who has it — so you only need to get it for the adults in your family.

TSA Precheck or Global Entry?

Enrolling in TSA Precheck or Global Entry will give you access to the TSA Precheck lines at the airport. So which one should you sign up for?

TSA Precheck:

  • Cost: $85
  • Valid for: 5 years
  • Includes: TSA Precheck line at the airport for you and all kids 12 and under
  • Application process: 5 minute application online. 10 minute appointment to get fingerprinted and get a background check
  • More info here

Global Entry:

  • Cost: $100
  • Valid for: 5 years
  • Includes: TSA Precheck line at the airport for you and all kids 12 and under, expedited reentry into US after an international trip
  • Application process: Online application. Once conditionally approved, you will need to make an appointment at an enrollment center for finger printing and an interview. You can also complete the interview when returning to the US at a number of airports.
  • More info here

Important to note: There are fewer enrollment centers for Global Entry interviews so make sure there is one near you if you choose to apply for that program. Interviews are often scheduled farther out, even months in the future.

After approval, now what?

You will be issued a Known Traveler Number. You don’t get to automatically go through the TSA Precheck line at the airport!

First, you will need to be flying an airline that participates in the program. There are some international airlines who do not participate even through they depart from US airports. Check the list here.

  1. Add your Known Traveler Number to your flight reservation
  2. Make sure “TSA PRE” printed on your boarding pass
  3. Enjoy the shorter lines!

Which cards offer this benefit for free?

For a complete list, see the TSA website’s list here.

Cards with the annual fee waived the first year:

United Explorer CardEarn up to 70,000 bonus miles
  • $95 annual fee (often waived the first year)
  • 2 guest passes for the United Club lounge
  • Free checked bag for account holder and one companion on the same reservation
  • Free TSA Precheck or Global Entry credit

Cards with a $99 annual fee or less:

IHG One Rewards Premier Credit Card – see current offers
  • $99 annual fee
  • Reward Night after each account anniversary year at eligible IHG hotels worldwide (worth 40,000 points)
  • 4th night free when you redeem points for any stay of 4 or more nights
  • Earn 25 points total per $1 spent when you stay at an IHG hotel
  • Earn 2 points per $1 spent on purchases at gas stations, grocery stores, and restaurants. Earn 1 point per $1 spent on all other purchases
  • Platinum Elite status as long as you remain a Premier card member
  • Global Entry or TSA PreCheck Fee Credit of up to $100 every 4 years as reimbursement for the application fee charged to your card
IHG® One Rewards Premier Business Credit Card – see current offers
  • $99 annual fee
  • Reward Night after each account anniversary year at eligible IHG hotels worldwide (worth 40,000 points)
  • 4th night free when you redeem points for any stay of 4 or more nights
  • Earn 10 points total per $1 spent when you stay at an IHG hotel
  • Earn 5 points per $1 spent on purchases on travel, hotels (non-IHG), gas stations, dining, social media and search engine advertising, and office supply stores.
  • Earn 1 point per $1 spent on all other purchases
  • Platinum Elite status as long as you remain a Premier card member
  • Global Entry or TSA PreCheck Fee Credit of up to $100 every 4 years as reimbursement for the application fee charged to your card
Capital One Venture – Earn 75,000 bonus points
  • $95 annual fee
  • Miles can be redeemed to erase any travel purchase. 50,000 miles = $500
  • Can be transferred to a variety of partners like Jet Blue, Wyndham, Avianca, Turkish Airways and more
  • Also worth considering the Venture X which has more benefits and the same offer.

Bank of America Premium Rewards – $500 cash back
  • $95 annual fee
  • $100 annual airline incidental credit
Navy Federal’s Visa Signature Flagship Rewards Card 
  • Annual fee is $49.
PenFed Pathfinder Rewards Visa Signature? Card 
  • Annual fee is $95 but is waived for military members and veterans.
  • You also receive a $100 annual airline incidental credit.

Cards with an annual fee from $199-$250:

Delta SkyMiles Platinum American Express Card 
United QuestSM Card 
Southwest Rapid Rewards Performance Business Credit Card – 80,000 point bonus
  • $199 annual fee
  • TSA Precheck/Global Entry statement credit
  • 4 upgraded boardings per year
  • Free in-flight wifi
  • 1,500 Tier Qualifying Points for every $10,000 spent
  • 4x earning on Southwest flights; 2x on local transit, internet, cable, phone services, and select streaming
  • 9000 points per year on your card member anniversary

Premium Cards (annual fees $450+)

Capital One Venture X (see current offers)
  • $395 annual fee
  • $300 annual travel credit when booking through Capital One’s portal
  • 10,000 points every year on account anniversary (worth at least $100)
  • Easy airport lounge access for your whole family
  • Miles can be redeemed to erase any travel purchase. 50,000 miles = $500
  • Can be transferred to a variety of partners like Jet Blue, Wyndham, Avianca, Turkish Airways and more

Chase Sapphire Reserve
  • $550 annual fee
  • $300 travel reimbursement. This is automatic credit for any hotel, airfare, parking, car rental, etc — you can even buy electronic gift cars for airlines to use later
  • Fee reimbursement for Global Entry for 1 person (which is $100). Global Entry also gets you in the TSA precheck lines. A note if you travel with kids — every person in your family has to have Global Entry to be able to go through their lines when you get back to the US. BUT — if a parent has Global Entry (and therefore TSA Precheck) kids age 12 and under get to go through the TSA Precheck line, too. This benefit is available once every 4 years.
  • Airport lounge access for primary card user and 2 guests traveling with them through Priority Pass
  • Trip insurance: If your flight is delayed 6 hrs or more for any reason they will reimburse you up to $500 for hotels, food, etc. — as long as you pay for at least a portion of your fare with the card (like taxes).
Marriott Bonvoy Brilliant American Express Card (see current offers here)
  • $450 annual fee
  • $300 annual Marriott travel credit
  • Priority Pass airport lounge access for cardholder + 2 guests
  • 1 Free Night Award annually after your Card account anniversary (up to 50k)
Certain American Express Credit Cards, including the Platinum Card
Citi / AAdvantage Executive World EliteTM MasterCard
Citi Prestige Card (currently not open for applications)
Delta SkyMiles Reserve American Express Card
United ClubSM Infinite Card

Need help picking a travel rewards credit card? Send me an email at katie@katiestraveltricks.com – I’m happy to help!

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