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Search for flights with Alternative Airlines and add your Known Traveler Number to your flight booking to use your TSA PreCheck

Add your TSA PreCheck known traveler number to your flight reservation

 
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Add your known traveler number to your flight reservation and make a quick and easy flight booking with Alternative Airlines. Usually, to receive TSA Precheck when booking through a third-party website or travel agency, you'll have to call the airline after making your booking. Alternative Airlines allows you to add your known traveler number to your flight reservation online and at the time of booking. We'll do the rest so that you don't have to worry!

 


What is a TSA PreCheck?

A TSA PreCheck permits a number of low-risk travelers (and their children of 12 years and younger) to go through a more efficient and expedited screening process. The membership costs $85 USD and is valid for five years. Having a TSA PreCheck enables you to breeze through security for 56 airlines acrosss over 200 airports, with more being added to the scheme. The main reason people love using their TSA PreCheck is that airport wait time is 5 minutes or less 92% of the time. Plus, TSA Precheck members can keep liquids and laptops in their carry-on luggage and they do not have to remove the following items at security checkpoints:

-Shoes
- Belts
- Light jackets

 

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Who is eligible for TSA PreCheck

The TSA PreCheck program membership is only open to U.S. citizens and lawful permanent residents. If you're a US citizen and active elite member of any of the partner airlines' Frequent Flyer Programs, you may be invited to opt-in for TSA PreCheck. If you choose to do so, you'll only be eligible to go through TSA PreCheck when you're flying on that FFP's airline.

In order to be eligible for TSA PreCheck for all airlines that allow for the service, you must have a 'known traveler number' (KTN). You must be travelling on an airline that accepts TSA PreCheck as well as an airport that accepts TSA PreCheck.

At Alternative Airlines, we only show passengers buying domestic flights in the US the option of adding their TSA PreCheck Known Traveler Number to their flight reservation. For those wishing to buy TSA PreCheck eligible flights from the US to international destinations, please contact Alternative Airlines and we can assist you with this request.

Need to renew your TSA Precheck? Find out how.

Airlines that accept
TSA PreCheck

Aeromexico, Air Canada, Air France, Air Serbia, Alaska Airlines, All Nippon Airways, Allegiant Air, American Airlines, Aruba Airlines, Avianca, Boutique Airlines, British Airways, Brussels Airlines, Cape Air, Cathay Pacific, Condor Airlines, Contour Aviation, Copa Airlines, Delta Air Lines, Emirates, Etihad Airways, Finnair, Frontier Airlines, FlyCana (previously Dominican Wings) Hawaiian Airlines, Icelandair, InterCaribbean Airways, JetBlue Airways, Key Lime Air, KLM, Korean Air, Lufthansa, Miami Air International, Norwegian Air, Philippine Airlines, Porter Airlines, Scandinavian Airlines, Seaborne Airlines, Silver Airways, Singapore Airlines, Southern Airways Express, Southwest Airlines, Spirit Airlines, Sun Country Airlines, Sunwing Airlines, Swift Air, Swiss, Thomas Cook Scandinavia, Thomas Cook UK, Turkish Airlines, United Airlines, Virgin Atlantic, WestJet, World Atlantic, Xtra Airways

How to use TSA PreCheck on flights with Alternative Airlines

Please be aware that at Alternative Airlines, we only show passengers buying domestic flights in the US the option of adding their TSA PreCheck Known Traveler Number to their flight reservation. For those wishing to buy TSA PreCheck eligable flights from the US to international countries, please contact Alternative Airlines and we can assist you with this request.

STEP 1

If you're a US citizen wishing to buy a domestic flight, use the search form at the top of the page to search flights for your chosen domestic route on your chosen dates.

Alternative Airlines search bar with Chicago to San Francisco selected

STEP 2

Once you have selected the flight filters you want, choose the perfect flight for you.

Alternative Airlines flight search result from Chicago to San Francisco

STEP 3

When you reach the passenger details page, you select the option 'Seat, Meal, Special assistance, TSA and more'. This button will reveal multiple options, including a box in which you can enter your known traveler number in order to receive a boarding pass with your TSA PreCheck number on it.

Passenger details page for Alaska Airlines flight from Chicago to San Francisco

Renewing TSA Precheck

After five years of enrollment, you may be required to renew TSA PreCheck. TSA PreCheck can be renewed from 6 months before the expiry date and it costs $85 USD.

How do I renew TSA PreCheck?

Renewing TSA PreCheck is fairly straightforward. Go to the TSA PreCheck renewal page and enter your Known Traveler Number, date of birth and last name to log in to your account. From there, you'll just need to follow the instructions to renew.

How long will it take for me to get approved?

Once you've applied for renewal, you'll get an email confirming your application. If successful, it will take up to a few weeks for your application to be reviewed and for you to receive a confirmation of renewal.

What if my renewal is rejected?

In some cases, TSA might reject the renewal application and ask that you renew your TSA PreCheck at enrollment center and in person. Although most applications are accepted online, you might need to renew in person if:

  • You've changed your name and not updated it through TSA's data update process
  • The quality of the fingerprint that you provided when you first applied is of a low-quality

Will I need to provide a photo?

No, TSA doesn't require you to provide a new photo for your application. The same photo that you used when you first enrolled will be kept.

How do I pay for renewal?

You can pay for your renewal using any of the major credit or debit cards, including Visa, Mastercard, Discover and more. 

TSA PreCheck
FAQs

Which airports accept TSA PreCheck?

There are over 200 Airports that Accept TSA PreCheck across the entire United States. If you are not sure whether your local airport accepts TSA PreCheck, use the TSA PreCheck website to find out.

Can you use the TSA PreCheck lane when flying from a US airport to a foreign country?

TSA PreCheck is available when you depart from a U.S. airport to a foreign country, and for domestic, connecting flights after you return to the United States. If you travel to foreign countries even once a year, consider enrolling in Global Entry instead of TSA PreCheck. With Global Entry you’ll receive expedited customs processing when entering the United States, plus you’ll receive TSA PreCheck when flying from U.S. airports.

How do I apply for TSA PreCheck?

To apply for your TSA PreCheck membership, you first need to fill in an online application with your personal details. Ensure that the name that you write on this application form exactly matched the one on your passport and on the boarding pass you issue. Once you have applied online (the process takes around 5 minutes), you will be invited to a background check at your nearest enrollment centre. The in-person appointment usually takes no longer than 10 minutes. Find out where your nearest enrollment centre is located

What is a TSA PreCheck number?

The number linked to TSA PreCheck is called a CBP PASSID and is given to you when you're approved for membership in Global Entry, NEXUS, or SENTRI. This is a nine-digit number that is also known as a known traveler number. Your known traveler number can be found on the back of your NEXUS, SENTRI, or Global Entry card. A known traveler number is a nine-digit number that can be used to verify that you're accepted to use TSA precheck when you make a flight reservation. 

The TSA precheck number and NEXUS, SENTRI, or Global Entry card itself can not be used to access TSA PreCheck lanes, however, if you provide your TSA PreCheck to Alternative Airlines at the time of booking, we'll take care the rest and make sure that your known traveler number is linked to your flight and the TSA PreCheck indicator is embedded in the barcode of your boarding pass.