Text Message: OMG! PreCheck Rocks!

Mrs MJ on Travel is in DC this weekend for a Party in Pink Zumbathon, so I am left alone to run amok all over Atlanta for a couple of days. You might remember that we both recently applied for Global Entry, and while we did our interviews separately, we have both benefited by having greater (but not 100 percent) assurance that we will be picked for TSA PreCheck. MrsMJ took her first flight yesterday afternoon since being approved for Global Entry. Prior to the flight, I dutifully entered her new known traveler number into her Delta.com profile

On travel day, I reminded her to proceed to the south checkpoint at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport (ATL), so far, the only checkpoint at ATL with PreCheck. She breezed through, and shortly thereafter, I received the following text message: “OMG! PreCheck Rocks! I did not know I could keep my shoes on!” And that, friends, sums it up. You can increase your chances of being selected for PreCheck if you are a participant in one of the Customs and Border Patrol “known traveler” programs like Global Entry. There is a $100 dollar processing fee per person. But if you carry the Platinum Card from American Express, your fee and that of additional Platinum cardholders (MrsMJ is one) is reimbursed by American Express.


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  1. I’ve had Global Pass for about six months now and I’ve yet to experience “OMG, PreCheck Rocks!” The central pier at DCA (AA’s pier) isn’t equipped for it, and PreCheck either wasn’t offered or wasn’t operating at my gates at MIA, DFW, LAX, or HNL when I’ve passed through recently. TSA wouldn’t even accept the darn thing as a Govt-issued photo ID! Keeping my shoes on is something to look forward to, I guess.

  2. Got my Global Entry two weeks ago as a benefit of being a United 1K. Ironically, they have changed the rules and are now allowing all acitive military to use Pre-Check also. I am going to get spoiled using this system and I expect a year from now will be rolling my eyes when I have to go through an airport without Pre-Check.

  3. I have preck since I’m platinum on American. My wife is Gold and has Global Entry how do we get her TSA preck?

  4. If she has global entry, you need to enter her # into her AA.com profile in the “known traveler” box. That should do the trick. Just remember, it’s not guaranteed…. but you’re likely to get it a high percentage of the time.

  5. I’ve been getting precheck on all my united travels where I am platinum, but no joy on American where I have no status. I do have global entry entered in both profiles. As for using my GE card as ID, I’ve had no issues so far at ohare. Just got it the other day, so this was my first opportunity to use it (twice, as my united flight last night was cancelled and I was rebooked onto American this morning). I’ll see how it goes on my return from MCI later this week.

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