All 80 TSA PreCheck Participating Airlines and Credit Cards That Reimburse the Application Fee

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No doubt that one of the least enjoyable parts of air travel is airport security. However, there's a straightforward way to speed your way through Transportation Security Administration (TSA) checkpoints: TSA PreCheck. And TSA PreCheck just got even more valuable. Breeze Airways — the new airline by the founder of JetBlue — launched on May 27, 2021 as a TSA PreCheck participating airline.

That makes now a great time to review why you should enroll in PreCheck, all 80 participating airlines, and the credit cards that will reimburse the cost of your application as a cardholder benefit.

What is TSA PreCheck?

By enrolling in TSA PreCheck, travelers get to skip the normal shoes-off liquids-out slow-moving standard airport security screening. Instead, you use a dedicated security lane where you just plop your bags on the belt and walk through a normal metal detector.

Clear Security in Under 5 Minutes

Almost all TSA PreCheck travelers clear through security in less than 5 minutes. In fact, during April 2021, 98% of PreCheck passengers waited less than 5 minutes to clear security. Even before the pandemic reduced travel, it was common for 95% of PreCheck passengers to wait less than 5 minutes.

Over 200 Airports with TSA PreCheck

There are more than 200 airports that participate in TSA PreCheck, including all major airports in the U.S. You can browse an interactive map with all participating airports on the TSA website.

How to Get TSA PreCheck

TSA PreCheck is available to U.S. citizens, nationals, and legal permanent residents. All you need to do to enroll is take 5 minutes to fill out and submit an online application. Then, you'll schedule a background check appointment at one of 380+ enrollment centers where you will be fingerprinted. Assuming you successfully complete your background check, you will be enrolled in the TSA PreCheck program within a couple of weeks.

Once you are enrolled, you will be assigned a Known Traveler Number, which can be added to your frequent flyer accounts and/or air travel reservations so that airlines are aware of your membership. This will allow participating airlines to add a TSA PreCheck indicator on your boarding pass. That will allow you to use the PreCheck security lines at participating airports.

TSA PreCheck Cost

What would you pay for 5 years of avoiding needing to remove your shoes, laptop, liquids, belts, and light jackets when going through TSA? The great news is that the application fee is quite reasonable: $85. That's just $17 per year.

Even better, you can get this application fee refunded if you charge the application fee to one of dozens of credit cards. We will show you how further down in this post. So, don't head over to the PreCheck application page quite yet!

Is Global Entry a Better Alternative?

Global Entry is a program that allows expedited clearance for pre-approved, low-risk travelers upon arrival in the United States. Global Entry membership includes enrollment in TSA PreCheck. At $100, the Global Entry application fee is only $15 higher than the TSA PreCheck application fee. The Global Entry membership period is also 5-years long.

If you fly internationally at least once within a 5-year period, Global Entry membership is likely the better choice. However, there are fewer Global Entry enrollment centers, so it can be harder for some travelers to enroll in Global Entry. If you're an infrequent international traveler, enrolling in TSA PreCheck may be the more practical option.

TSA PreCheck Participating Airlines

AirlineRegion
Aerolane Lineas Aereas Nacionales del EcuadorLatin America and the Caribbean
AeromexicoLatin America and the Caribbean
Air CanadaNorth America
Air Choice OneNorth America
Air FranceEurope
Air IndiaIndian Subcontinent
Air SerbiaEurope
Alaska AirlinesNorth America
AlitaliaEurope
All Nippon Airways (ANA)Asia
Allegiant AirNorth America
American AirlinesNorth America
Aruba AirlinesLatin America and the Caribbean
Asiana AirlinesAsia
Austrian AirlinesEurope
AviancaLatin America and the Caribbean
Azul AirlinesSouth America
Boutique AirlinesNorth America
Breeze AirwaysNorth America
British AirwaysEurope
Brussels AirlinesEurope
Cape AirNorth America
Cathay PacificAsia
China AirlinesAsia
Condor AirlinesEurope
Contour AviationNorth America
Copa AirlinesLatin America and the Caribbean
Delta Air LinesNorth America
Eastern AirlinesNorth America
Edelweiss AirEurope
Elite AirwaysNorth America
EmiratesMiddle East
Etihad AirwaysMiddle East
EVA AirAsia
FinnairEurope
FlycanaNorth America
Frontier AirlinesNorth America
Hawaiian AirlinesNorth America
IcelandairEurope
InterCaribbean AirwaysLatin America and the Caribbean
InterjetNorth America
Japan AirlinesAsia
JetBlue AirwaysNorth America
Key Lime AirNorth America
KLM Royal Dutch AirlinesEurope
Korean AirAsia
LATAM AirlinesSouth America
LAN Peru S.A.South America
LufthansaEurope
Norwegian AirEurope
Omni Air InternationalNorth America
PAL ExpressAsia
Philippine AirlinesAsia
Porter AirlinesNorth America
QantasAustralia
Qatar AirwaysMiddle East
Scandinavian Airlines (SAS)Europe
Seaborne AirlinesNorth America
Silver AirwaysNorth America
Singapore AirlinesAsia
Southern Airways ExpressNorth America
Southwest AirlinesNorth America
Spirit AirlinesNorth America
Sun Country AirlinesNorth America
SunclassEurope
Sunwing AirlinesNorth America
Swift AirNorth America
Swiss International Air LinesEurope
SwoopNorth America
TAM-Linhas Aereas S.A.South America
TAP Air PortugalEurope
Turkish AirlinesMiddle East
Ultimate Jet ChartersNorth America
United AirlinesNorth America
Virgin AtlanticEurope
VivaAerobusNorth America
VolarisNorth America
WestJetNorth America
World AtlanticNorth America
Xtra AirwaysNorth America

The number of airlines participating in the TSA PreCheck program has grown significantly over the past few years. In May 2016, only 12 airlines participated in TSA PreCheck. Since then, we have seen a massive expansion:

  • January 2017: Aruba Airlines, Avianca, Boutique Airlines, Emirates, Key Lime Air, Miami Air International, Xtra Airways, Sunwing, Virgin Atlantic, Spirit Airlines, and Southern Airways Express
  • May 2017: Copa Airlines, Dominican Wings, InterCaribbean Airways, Silver Airways, Singapore Airlines, Swift Air, Turkish Airlines
  • October 2017: All Nippon Airways (ANA), Cathay Pacific Airways, Contour Aviation, Finnair, Korean Air
  • May 2018: Air Serbia, British Airways, Condor Airlines, Porter Airlines, Scandinavian Airlines, Thomas Cook Airlines (UK), Thomas Cook Airlines (Scandanavia)
  • August 2018: SWISS International Airlines
  • October 2018: Flycana, Icelandair, Norwegian Air, ViaAir
  • February 2019: Air India, Asiana Airlines, China Airlines, Eastern Airlines, Elite Airways, EVA Air, Japan Airlines, TAP Air Portugal, Volaris
  • April 2019: Edelweiss Air, Qatar Airways
  • August 2019: Austrian Airlines, Azul Airlines, Interjet, PAL Express, Swoop, VivaAerobus
  • December 2019: Alitalia Airlines, Qantas Airways, Sunclass
  • March 2021: Aerolane Lineas Aereas Nacionales del Ecuador, Air Choice One, LATAM Airlines, LAN Peru S.A., TAM-Linhas Aereas S.A., Omni Air International, Ultimate Jet Charters
  • May 2021: Breeze Airways

Credit Cards that Provide TSA PreCheck Enrollment or Renewal Fee Credit

Thanks to a large number of credit cards that provide credits in connection to applications or renewals for TSA PreCheck or Global Entry, you can enjoy all the advantages provided by either of these programs just by having the right card. These credit cards include the following:

CardCredit FrequencyAnnual Fee
The Platinum Card® from American Express4 years$695 (Rates & Fees)
The Business Platinum Card® from American Express4 years$595 (Rates & Fees)
Marriott Bonvoy Brilliant™ American Express® Card4 years$450 (Rates & Fees)
Delta SkyMiles® Platinum American Express Card4 years$250 (Rates & Fees)
Delta SkyMiles® Platinum Business American Express Card4 years$250 (Rates & Fees)
Delta SkyMiles® Reserve American Express Card4 years$550 (Rates & Fees)
Delta SkyMiles® Reserve Business American Express Card4 years$550 (Rates & Fees)
Chase Sapphire Reserve®4 years$550
The Ritz-Carlton™ Credit Card4 years$450
United Club℠ Infinite Card4 years$525
United℠ Explorer Card4 years$0 intro annual fee for the first year, then $95
Southwest Rapid Rewards® Performance Business Credit Card4 years$199
IHG® Rewards Club Premier Credit Card4 years$0 intro annual fee for the first year, then $89
Capital One Venture Rewards Credit Card4 years$95
Capital One Spark Miles for Business4 years$0 intro for first year; $95 after that
Citi® / AAdvantage® Executive World Elite Mastercard®5 years$450
Citi Prestige® Card5 years$495
U.S. Bank Altitude™ Reserve Visa Infinite® Card4 years$400
Bank of America® Premium Rewards® Credit Card4 years$95
HSBC Premier World Mastercard® credit card5 years (TSA PreCheck only)$0
HSBC Premier World Elite Mastercard® credit card5 years (TSA PreCheck only)$395

Enrollment is required for select Amex benefits.

Bottom Line

TSA PreCheck can be worth it for even the infrequent traveler. Sure, you need to fill out an application and go through a screening, but both should only take a few minutes. And the small amount of cost and effort can really pay off in time savings (and less frustration) at the airport.

If you travel internationally, you're likely better off enrolling in Global Entry. You'll get all of the benefits of TSA PreCheck along with being able to speed through immigration when re-entering the United States.

If you're a points and miles collector, it's likely that you already have a credit card that will refund the application fee. Just pay for your application or renewal fee with one of the credit cards mentioned above to receive a credit reimbursing you for the fee. And, if you already have TSA PreCheck or Global Entry, you can use your card to pay for someone else's application fee. Just make sure to carefully read the terms and limitations on your card before doing so.

For rates and fees of the cards mentioned in this post, please visit the following links: Delta SkyMiles® Reserve Business American Express Card (Rates & Fees), Delta SkyMiles® Reserve American Express Card (Rates & Fees), Delta SkyMiles® Platinum Business American Express Card (Rates & Fees), Delta SkyMiles® Platinum American Express Card (Rates & Fees), Marriott Bonvoy Brilliant™ American Express® Card (Rates & Fees), The Business Platinum Card® from American Express (Rates & Fees), and The Platinum Card® from American Express (Rates & Fees)

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  • Am I able to get statement credits for TSA Pre using Hilton Honors Aspire?

  • Thank you for this list, my TSA PreCheck is about to expire, and did not know my credit card reimburses the cost. Just in time for post COVID travel for this healthcare worker!!

  • Juan Ignacio says:

    Usually the TSA Precheck queue is the busiest one, for me is not an issue to remove my personal belongings

  • I was on the global entry web site and they said the cost is a $139 application fee and a $100 cost for a background check.

    Does TSA precheck charge a $100 background check in addition to the application fee?

  • Great! I saw that LATAM airlines is a participant of the program. i hope see a similar program for a better security in South América.

  • Great post; this is a handy list. I hope you’ll keep it up to date.

    I have a NEXUS card, which provides trusted traveler program privileges to enter Canada as well as the USA. Despite the fact that NEXUS includes both Global Entry and TSA Precheck privileges, it costs only $50 (in both US and Canadian Dollars). As far as I know, no USA credit card covers the NEXUS application fee unless a request to grant an exception is made (as Chase Sapphire Reserve did for me).

  • TSA precheck makes traveling thru certain airports bearable like DIA and it’s funneling all passengers thru a single checkpoint. Also, for Phx I prefer the food choices opposite of southwest so instead of that long walk I cut thru tsa

  • I have multiple cards that cover the fee and happily use TSA pre-check weekly and global entry every time I travel internationally (not for the past year but before that it was four or five times a year) this article made me realize that mine is probably coming up for renewal. How do we get notification?

    Or do we have to find the card and read the expiration date?

  • TSA precheck is the best credit card perk out there. This is great news!

  • How does it work with kids?

    • According to TSA: “Children 12 and under can accompany a parent or guardian who has TSA PreCheck on their boarding pass. Travelers 13 and older who do not have a TSA PreCheck boarding pass must go through standard security lanes or apply for TSA PreCheck.”

  • Miguel Angel Baltanas says:

    Extremely useful info. I am glad to learn that LATAM joined the initiative … and that my Citibank credit card will refund the annual fee!!

  • Ana Maria del Rosario Valencia says:

    This is wonderful news indeed! I am surprised no major european banks joined the fee refund initiative, though…
    Please follow-up on this matter if possible.

  • Wish Amex Gold would offer this, I already used up my once every 4 years time on United Explorer Card. Went for Global Entry, worth the extra $15.

  • The only question I have regarding this is what about people with counterfeit records, will the pre clearance actually catch these people.

  • I applied and received the Southwest rapid rewards performance business card. One of the perks of the card was free TSA pre-check. I applied for the TSA pre-check and received it immediately. Love TSA pre-check!

  • The IHG card with its low annual fee really stands out.

  • However is there a risk that TSA Pre-check will simply become too busy due to the expansion.

    Also need to remember that often TSA Pre-check is closed and only available at peak times.

  • I had Global Entry for years, let it lapse while I was in college, and then renewed it quickly and easily when I met my beautiful “Amex Platinum”, and redeemed the credit. lol The only reason to choose PreCheck over GE is if it’s a real hassle to get the interview, because saving $15 you aren’t being charged anyway…is pointless.

  • So these two are the only no AF cards?

    Capital One Spark Miles for Business 4 years $0 intro for first year; $95 after that

    HSBC Premier World Mastercard® credit card 5 years (TSA PreCheck only) $0

    I remember FNBO Amex had a no AF card too? gone?

  • TSA Pre-check and Global Entry are worth every penny…even better when your credit card covers the fee!

  • Bhikhu Shah says:

    I applied for Global Entry back in July 2019, because I’m British citizen it longer for the conditional approval to process, my wife who is US citizen was approved within 2 weeks, but I got approved in Feb 2020. I have only just managed to get an appointment to clear the final hurdle and today was approved for Global Entry. Took long enough but I think it will be worth once I start flying again.

  • So Precheck needs an appointment too? Ugh. I tried four years ago to get GE but there was zero availability before my move date which was still six months away at that point. Paid the fee but never got it.

  • How about Amex Platinum Delta cards (both personal and biz)? I think they both provide the GE/TSA credit every 4 years as well.