For quite a while now Delta elite medallion travelers have been enjoying the perks of TSA Pre✓® on a regular basis. But that will be changing next month. According to Delta.com we see that:
“Beginning April 7, 2015, the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) is implementing changes to TSA Pre✓®. If you’re not currently a member of a Trusted Traveler Program such as Global Entry, NEXUS, SENTRI or the TSA Pre✓® program, you’ll likely notice a decrease in the number of times you are selected for expedited screening.
This is due to an increase in the number of passengers who are eligible, as well as an increase in the number of passengers who pay to participate in Trusted Traveler Programs. With the current participating population, the TSA does not have immediate plans to expand the number of TSA Pre✓® lanes.
If you’re interested in receiving TSA Pre✓® on a regular basis, consider registering for a Trusted Traveler Program at www.dhs.gov/tt. And if you already have a Known Traveler Number, be sure to log in at delta.com and add it to “My Profile.” – Delta.com
Now once you have used TSA Pre✓® you never EVER want to go back to the old way of clearing security (or at least I don’t ever want to do so). So you need you own Known Traveler Number or KTN. Once you have it you enter it in My Profile on Delta.com or on your Fly Delta APP works just fine too.
So how do you get it? The best way, IMO, is to get Global Entry that also includes TSA Pre✓® and costs just $100 and is good for 5 years. $20 a year for this is truly a tremendous travel value even if you only use it a few times a year. Even better is to first get a non-Delta:
as if you pay for your Global Entry fee with either of these cards you can get the $100 fee credited back to you and get it basically free as a perk of being a card member.
The other perk of having your OWN KTN is that when you fly another airline other than Delta you can still enter in your KTN for TSA Pre✓®.
You may say all you need is TSA Pre✓® but for a few bucks more having Global Entry is so worth it. Each time I enter the USA I am stunned how quickly you can proceed through customs. It is simply worth it’s weight in GOLD. – René
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