Credit cards with a TSA PreCheck benefit allow U.S. travelers to travel domestically without having to spend excessive time in security lines. With PreCheck, you don’t have to take off your shoes or dump out certain things from your luggage. It costs $85 for 5 years, which is worth it if you travel a lot – and it’s especially worth it if your credit card pays for it anyway. All you have to do to get it is pay the fee and submit to an in-person interview, background check, and fingerprinting.
Just make sure to charge the TSA PreCheck application fee to your credit card. The card issuer will automatically give you a statement credit for the fee after it’s charged to your card.
Global Entry and TSA PreCheck are both programs that speed up the airport security process. Global Entry makes it easy to re-enter the U.S. by airport, and TSA PreCheck is intended for domestic airport travel.
If you travel a lot, it’s a no-brainer to sign up for one of these programs. And if you’re already planning on signing up, it’s an excellent extra benefit to look for in a credit card.
Here’s a list of credit cards that pay for Global Entry or TSA Precheck applications:
It’s important to keep in mind that when your credit card offers Global Entry or TSA PreCheck, usually you will have to pick one or the other. After you sign up through the Trusted Traveler Program website, pay the fee ($100 for Global Entry, $85 for TSA PreCheck) with your credit card, and you’ll be automatically reimbursed for the fee on your statement. Most credit cards that offer this benefit will only reimburse one fee every 5 years, so choose wisely. Because Global Entry includes TSA PreCheck, it’s often best to just get Global Entry to cover all bases.
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