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Southwest Airline and TSA PreCheck - 9,000 for code

cvspharmtech 17 202 July 6, 2016 at 08:47 AM
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To help alleviate long TSA lines at the airport, for a limited time we are offering our Members the ability to bypass the $85 TSA Pre✔® application fee. Members can redeem 9,000 Rapid Rewards® points to receive an authorization code by mail.

TSA Pre✔® provides trusted travelers with an expedited and more efficient security screening process, and it's available at many Southwest® operated airports.

As a TSA Pre✔® traveler you can save time and avoid removing the following items:
• Shoes
• Laptops
• 3-1-1 liquids
• Belts
• Light jackets
Purchase TSA Pre✔ code to apply and enjoy a faster security checkpoint experience. Offer is limited to up to eight codes per Rapid Rewards Member. Offer valid from June 27 through August 22, 2016, 11:59 PM CST.

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This isn't a great deal. If you trade in 9000 points for the TSA Precheck that usually costs $85, then you are valuing your points at about 0.94 cents/point. Southwest points are generally worth about 1.5 cents/point. If you have some Chase Ultimate reward points banked, you'd be better off just paying for Precheck (and earning points on the purchase), then redeeming $85 in cash from Chase Ultimate Rewards. Or better yet, just transfer your points to Southwest and redeem them for flights to get the 1.5 cents/point value.

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Last edited by happy_camper1010 July 6, 2016 at 04:48 PM
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Southwest Business Select customers automatically receive priority boarding by skipping the pre check lane and going directly to the scanners. Also TSA Pre check is available only to those without a criminal conviction within the last seven years and requires a face to face interview as well as an FBI fingerprint check. You are not guaranteed approval just because you apply. FYI.
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This isn't a great deal. If you trade in 9000 points for the TSA Precheck that usually costs $85, then you are valuing your points at about 9.4 cents/point. Southwest points are generally worth about 1.5 cents/point. If you have some Chase Ultimate reward points banked, you'd be better off just paying for Precheck (and earning points on the purchase), then redeeming $85 in cash from Chase Ultimate Rewards. Or better yet, just transfer your points to Southwest and redeem them for flights to get the 1.5 cents/point value.
I think you mean 0.94 cents/point...
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Besides, real slickdealers already have global entry for free via one of the several credit cards that credits your fee back to you Smilie
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Nexus [cbp.gov] is better, since you can use at land and sea crossings, as well as TSA PreCheck line at the airport.
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Nexus [cbp.gov] is better, since you can use at land and sea crossings, as well as TSA PreCheck line at the airport.

Not really for most people though-certainly not most US citizens...

Amex doesn't reimburse for it-Neither does Citi- so it's not free- Global Entry is.


Nexus has VERY few enrollment centers- pretty much exclusively in Canada or a very few northern US states (WA, NY, MI, MT, ND, and MN)... and most of those are in smaller border towns at that... Because you have to be processed by both US and Canadian officials... Global Entry has centers at major airports all over the US though.


Now, if you happen to live (or plan to visit with time to spare) near one of those few centers, and don't mind it costing you $50 more (which would only be worth it if you specifically use land/sea crossings between the US and Canada decently often), knock yourself out.


But that's a pretty small number of people compared to the ones where getting GE is a lot more practical, plus, free after CC reimbursement, and only "losing" quicker land/sea crossing at one specific border (US/Canada- you still get quicker crossing via air there with either)
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Quote from Knightshade View Post :
Not really for most people though-certainly not most US citizens...

Amex doesn't reimburse for it-Neither does Citi- so it's not free- Global Entry is.


Nexus has VERY few enrollment centers- pretty much exclusively in Canada or a very few northern US states (WA, NY, MI, MT, ND, and MN)... and most of those are in smaller border towns at that... Because you have to be processed by both US and Canadian officials... Global Entry has centers at major airports all over the US though.


Now, if you happen to live (or plan to visit with time to spare) near one of those few centers, and don't mind it costing you $50 more (which would only be worth it if you specifically use land/sea crossings between the US and Canada decently often), knock yourself out.


But that's a pretty small number of people compared to the ones where getting GE is a lot more practical, plus, free after CC reimbursement, and only "losing" quicker land/sea crossing at one specific border (US/Canada- you still get quicker crossing via air there with either)

Does Global Entry allow to enter either country through Nexus only lanes at common crossings or through Nexus only crossings?

I've never heard of Global Entry until you mentioned, but can't see to find information as to whether it will allow you entry through Nexus only points? That would save us a ton of time, since we travel between Canada and US frequently.

There are times when the wait at the borders is an hour or two, but there is no one at the Nexus lanes or Nexus only crossings.

Thanks!
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Got this on email this morning so YMMV..

To help alleviate long TSA lines at the airport, for a limited time we are offering our Members the ability to bypass the $85 TSA Pre✔® application fee. Members can redeem 9,000 Rapid Rewards® points to receive an authorization code by mail.

TSA Pre✔® provides trusted travelers with an expedited and more efficient security screening process, and it's available at many Southwest® operated airports.

As a TSA Pre✔® traveler you can save time and avoid removing the following items:
• Shoes
• Laptops
• 3-1-1 liquids
• Belts
• Light jackets
Purchase TSA Pre✔ code to apply and enjoy a faster security checkpoint experience. Offer is limited to up to eight codes per Rapid Rewards Member. Offer valid from June 27 through August 22, 2016, 11:59 PM CST.
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If you only travel domestic then this could be a good deal. But I opt for the Global Entry which includes the TSA Pre for $100 for 5 years if you travel internationally. Global entry saves a lot of time when entering the US for custom and immigration. I literally saved 2 hours of wait time having Global entry!
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Pretty sure anyone can do it. After you sign in to the rapid rewards site, go to this link:

https://www.southwest.com/rapidre...re-rewards

Select the 'Explore Rewards' button and you should see the TSA offer about half way down the page.

With that said, I have TSA Precheck and love it, however if I had known Global Entry is only $15 more, I would have opted for that.
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Is this only valid for 1 year though?
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Quote from blueiedgod View Post :
Does Global Entry allow to enter either country through Nexus only lanes at common crossings or through Nexus only crossings?

I've never heard of Global Entry until you mentioned, but can't see to find information as to whether it will allow you entry through Nexus only points? That would save us a ton of time, since we travel between Canada and US frequently.

There are times when the wait at the borders is an hour or two, but there is no one at the Nexus lanes or Nexus only crossings.

Thanks!

Global Entry only works at airports- For example I just used it returning to the US from the airport in Toronto... about 5 minutes total, with NO line, to get through both security AND customs- rather than the hour line plus having to talk to someone for customs the regular folks went through...

Nexus is basically global entry PLUS works for land/sea crossings between US and Canada.

That's the upside to it over GE.



The downsides are as I mention- it's not reimbursed like GE is by the big credit cards, and enrollment is only possible in a very few number of US locations, all near the border with Canada (as well as Canadian locations near the border)


If you frequently land/sea cross then it's likely worth the extra time, cost, and effort to go with Nexus over GE... otherwise GE is the better deal for most folks.
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Is this only valid for 1 year though?
No, both precheck and global entry are 5 year memberships.
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Besides, real slickdealers already have global entry for free via one of the several credit cards that credits your fee back to you Smilie
Unless they got denied for having some BS misdemeanor from like a decade ago...wave
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