I have just returned from my second Delta / AeroMexico partner elite mileage run and already, thanks to following my directions, seeing my points are pending posting. By tomorrow I should have full credit for run two and my wife will have shot from Silver to Platinum Medallion.
By midsummer I will have re-qualified for my Diamond status for 2019 and my wife will have hit that top level for the first time ever. Once that is done I am kicking around knocking out the ¼ Amex spend as well just to have done it since I am a blogger and love to test “what works”! No promises on this one but it may happen! But that is not what I am ranting about today. It is this:
I am sick of the TSA and their closing TSA PreCheck, that I am PAYING FOR EACH YEAR, at times we need it most. AeroMexcio flies out of Chicago O’Hare (ORD) airport Terminal 5 (T5). I have arrived at 7ish, and this week at 8ish, and they had closed PreCheck because “things were so slow”.
Wait – what – Really?
In my case the lines were out to the point where you entered the security section and took 20-30 minutes to get to the agents checking your documents and then even LONGER as the lines were long to clear the magnetometers etc. Oh, and clearly you have every non-frequent flyer from everywhere on the planet who does not get the simple bits about quickly getting through security.
Now there is possibly one tiny solution to this, if you are willing to spend your time shuttling at ORD. You can try to clear TSA PreCheck at T2 or T3 and go to gate G17 and between 10:30AM and 8:30PM take the shuttle that runs you to M14 but why? Why take all that time when TSA PreCheck should be open when we clearly need them to be.
And it is not just ORD that has the problem. There are many airports that have TSA PreCheck but close them and give you “PreCheck lite”. I am mostly OK with this if we can use a fast line, that is, still avoid the insanity of a half hour wait to get to the front of the line. The point is:
I am paying for TSA PreCheck every year! Open the darn lines!
Am I out of line (no pun intended) here? You tell me. Is it really too much to ask that when, clearly, there is a need for TSA PreCheck to be open that they have them open at airports around the country? Are there other airports you frequent that you have found they close the TSA PreCheck lines way too early? Shout out in the comments below! – René
PS – Come back to the blog this afternoon as SWAG Saturday will be back!