How to Renew Your TSA PreCheck for Free

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Remember when deciding whether or not to fly somewhere for work, a family visit, or a vacation wasn’t a moral dilemma, or a choice that could end up having a profound impact on your life and health? And remember how so many other people were traveling within the United States that there was a special line for those who wanted to pay more to make the process go faster?

That may seem like it was all a dream, but it was—and still is—very real. And it’s called TSA PreCheck. The program launched in 2013, and provides those considered “low-risk” passengers with five-year memberships.

Now, many people are at the point where they’re deciding whether to renew their membership, and the TSA is trying to make that decision easier, by dropping the price on PreCheck renewals. Better yet, Jason Cochran at Frommer’s has found a way to renew your PreCheck membership for free. Here’s what to know.

How to renew your TSA PreCheck membership at a lower cost

Because your initial appointment to apply for TSA PreCheck involves a short interview and being fingerprinted, it must be done in-person. But after that, you can renew your membership online—currently the renewal method of choice for more than 95 percent of PreCheck members, according to the TSA. But now, instead of the previous fee of $85, the cost is now $70.

How to renew your TSA PreCheck membership for free

What’s better than a drop in cost? That’s right—no cost at all. And that’s where Cochran’s method comes in. If you plan (or at least hope) to travel internationally more frequently, you may already be considering applying for PreCheck’s cousin from abroad: Global Entry. precheck-renewal-fee-but-here-s-how-to-get-it-for-free”According to Cochran, if you pay for the $100

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Is TSA PreCheck Worth It?


Have you approached the security lines at an airport and seen a separate entrance for people with a TSA PreCheck boarding pass?


This dedicated line for TSA PreCheck members often offers a faster and smoother security screening process at TSA checkpoints. If you want to help avoid a wait in long airport lines, you might consider becoming a member. But be aware that you have to apply for a membership and pay an application fee.


In many cases, paying the fee to become a member is worth it for the occasional or frequent traveler. And if you have a credit card that reimburses your TSA PreCheck application fee, it’s likely a no-brainer to apply. Let’s see how the program works and explore a few situations to see whether TSA PreCheck is worth it for you.

What is TSA PreCheck?


TSA PreCheck is a trusted traveler program offered by the Transportation Security Administration (TSA), which is part of the Department of Homeland Security. The purpose of this program is to help expedite the entry of pre-approved and low-risk travelers through TSA security checkpoints.


If you have TSA PreCheck on your boarding pass, you can enter the TSA PreCheck line rather than the general screening line. This isn’t always the fastest option, but it will typically help speed things up. According to the TSA, 94% of TSA PreCheck passengers waited less than five minutes in December 2021.


Additionally, TSA PreCheck members don’t have to remove these items during the screening process:

  • Shoes
  • Belts
  • 3-1-1 liquids in a compliant bag
  • Light jacket/outerwear
  • Laptop from bag


Since you don’t have to remove certain articles of clothing or items from your carry-on bag, TSA PreCheck can help make the process easier and

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