TSA's Trusted Traveler Program

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jeffysdad
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TSA's Trusted Traveler Program

Postby jeffysdad » Wed Jul 25, 2012 12:43 pm

This morning I filled out the lengthy online application and paid 100 bucks to apply for TSA's Trusted Traveler Program.

From what I've gathered, it enables a U.S. traveler to re-enter the Land of the Free with a minimum of molestation by security. I understand that I'll have to go to the airport, Houston Intercontinental in my case, for an interview.

I found the information on the TSA site to be completely confusing and unhelpful. I decided to just go ahead with this thing before I knew that it would be 100 bucks. By the time I got to the end of the app. I wasn't willing to just let it go.

What I'm hoping is that getting a TTP card, or whatever it is, will eventually let me get through security more easily for domestic travel, too as the program expands.

Has anyone read all the crap on the TSA site, or do you know more about this thing that I just spent 100 bucks on than I do?
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Postby jeffysdad » Wed Jul 25, 2012 2:17 pm

OK. So I went back and read some more. I guess what I have to do is first qualify for the Trusted Traveler Program and that will enable me to participate in TSA Precheck as long as the airline I'm flying is participating. Hopefully that won't cost anything else.
American Express: Blue Cash Preferred (groceries, 6%; gas, department store, 3%); Gold Delta SkyMiles (Delta Air Lines, 2 miles/dollar, free checked bag).
US Bank: Cash+ (utilities, phone, internet, restaurant, 5%; drugstores, 2%).
FIA Card Services: Fidelity Amex (everything, 2%); Fidelity Visa (everything, 1.5%).
Chase: Freedom (rotating, 5%); Amazon (Amazon.com, 3%); PriorityClub (IHG hotels, 5 points/dollar); Sapphire (not in use).

*All cards are registered with PriorityClub IDine program for 8 points/dollar at participating restaurants.

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Postby agp » Wed Jul 25, 2012 2:46 pm

$100??? TSA can check me all they want, they won't find Al Qaeda in my private areas.

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Postby DoingHomework » Wed Jul 25, 2012 5:36 pm

I'd be interested in hearing your experience. I've thought about doing this since AMEX or United will pay my fee. But I have gone through IAH twice this summer and both time customs has been ultra smooth. There was absolutely no line at passport control and it took less than a minute each time. After that you still have to go through customs with everyone else but even that was smooth. The few folks who went to the kiosks did not get through any faster than me.

The truth is, while it sounds like a great program, I have not had any delay in customs for at least 10 years. Prior to 9/11 and them getting their act together to actually have criteria they use to decide who to check, I would regularly get pulled aside for additional screening. So basically, it seems like a good program but I just have not had any problem at all for a long time so I'm not sure it would even be worth the time to apply.

If they get domestic precheck working well that could be of interest but I doubt my local airport will ever be part of it.

Anyway, let us know how everything goes

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Postby DavidNY » Thu Jul 26, 2012 3:09 pm

My last few times coming into the US was very simple, so I don't see a need for it. If I was constantly traveling in and out it might be something to consider.



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