If your TSA Precheck is set to expire soon, renewing it might be a bit easier than you think. The TSA is now allowing fliers to renew their enrollment in the program online and up to six months before their current enrollment is set to expire. If everything goes according to plan, the renewal process should only take around five minutes.
If you’re somehow not familiar, TSA Precheck is a program that allows low-risk travelers to go through an expedited security line at the airport.
When you fly you don’t have to remove your shoes, belt, or jacket and you’re able to leave your liquids and laptop in your bag. Most of the time you also only have to walk through a metal detector rather than that massive body scanner.
It’s nice. Really nice if you travel frequently.
The service is currently accepted at 200 U.S. airports nationwide and used by 56 airlines.
The program costs $85 for the five years, which boils down to roughly $17 a year. That $85 will be worth it the first time you arrive at the airport late and need to zoom through the line in order to catch your flight. I was personally thankful for mine on Dec 26th when I arrived at the airport in Raleigh, NC at 5am for my 6:30am flight to find the traditional security line wrapped around the airport lobby and running out into the street. The TSA Precheck line was maybe 30 people long.
If it’s something you have, it’s definitely something you want to keep.
If you travel out of the country, then Global Entry is an even better idea. Hands down the best $100 I’ve ever spent, Global Entry comes with TSA Precheck and allows you to re-enter the United States through the same line that the airplane’s crew does.
I travel out of the country frequently, and after traveling with pals who don’t have the service can confidently say that my Global Entry saves me literal hours of time standing in the customs line when I return home jetlagged and longing for bed.
And if you don’t have TSA Precheck but are looking to enroll for the first time, you’ve got options. You can enroll in the program for the first time at one of 400 IndentoGO enrollments centers, many of which are located in airports around the country. There will also be mobile enrollment centers at all New York Jets and San Francisco 49ers home games, and enrollment centers at a number of Staples stores around the country (those are rolling out now). The RVs will also make appearances at music festivals and concerts.