With all the buzz about traveler satisfaction, here is another topic for consideration: TSA Pre?, which definitely goes hand in hand with traveler satisfaction.
Because I usually travel on one preferred airline, I’ve been accustom to receiving TSA Pre? on my boarding pass without ever having signed up for the trusted traveler program. However, as of late, I’ve noticed fewer occasions where I’m designated a TSA Pre? passenger on my boarding pass and with less consistency.
On my last trip, I again received no TSA Pre?. However, I did receive an email from the American Society of Travel Agents (ASTA) stating that TSA was diminishing Pre? for frequent flyer opt-ins and less-than-frequent flyers like myself, and that it might be beneficial to sign up for one of the Trusted Traveler programs other than those offered through the airlines (listed below). Those who don’t have a Known Traveler Number (KTN) through the four different TSA programs will see fewer automatic Pre?s on their boarding passes. (Those who are already enrolled in a Department of Homeland Security Trusted Traveler program and have a KTN will not be impacted.)
- TSA Pre?® application program: There are more than 330 application centers nationwide –> Find a location near you
- CBP’s Global Entry
- CBP’s NEXUS (Canada)
- CBP’s SENTRI (Mexico)
TSA recommends that travelers who “want to keep receiving TSA Pre? on a consistent/reliable basis for the next five years” should enroll in one of those four Trusted Traveler programs. To learn more about these programs including a comparison chart of the benefits, visit DHS.gov/tt.
I chose CBP’s Global Entry as it was worth the extra $15 for my yearly international travel. After my face-to-face interview, I am covered for both domestic and international travel for the next five years.
I encourage all travel managers to pass this TSA Pre? info along to your travelers so they are better informed about these benefits. Or better yet, you might consider paying for one of the four programs or splitting the cost with your not-so-frequent business travelers.