More and more people are flying and the lines at the TSA checkpoint are not getting any shorter. In fact, at some busier airports, a wait of 30 to 45 minutes is more usual than not, and wait times over 60+ minutes during holidays is not unheard of. But there are some ways that may help you avoid those long waits.
Happy Sunday to all of our travel friends, both near and far! Here are some articles we’ve read from other bloggers (and other sources) that we think you may like, as well, so we’re passing them along.
We’ve had access to TSA PreCheck lanes at the airport thru our Global Entry membership for over five years and it is one of the most wonderful things we’ve ever signed up for. It transforms the procedure of going through the security checkpoints from a cattle call to something closer to just a minor inconvenience. However we’ve noticed that while there never used to be any line at the PreCheck lanes, there now can be quite a wait just to get to the point to verify your ID. In Orlando, this is partially because of more people having PreCheck as well as people who don’t belong in the line (usually foreign tourists) waiting and then being told they’re in the wrong line and they have to go wait again in the standard line. At other airports, like LaGuardia in New York and O’Hare in Chicago, we’ve had to wait 10-15 minutes in the PreCheck line just because of the number of travelers and a limited number of check in lines available.
I’ve been going back and forth about enrolling in CLEAR. It’s a third party program that bypasses the normal check of your ID and Boarding Pass. You know, the part where you walk up to a TSA agent and hand them your ID and Boarding Pass and you awkwardly stand there while they look at the paper and look at you.
I love it when things I wanted to buy but just haven’t yet go on sale. I know I’m a sucker consumer for falling for these offers but if I was going to buy it anyway, doesn’t it make sense to buy when it’s less expensive?
Here’s the two emails I received today. You need to act fast, as one of the sales ends today.
Woo hoo, it’s finally the WEEKEND! Here are the articles we wrote this week, in one convenient place.
Joe wrote about:
- The launch of the annual Daily Getaways program.
- How no one is mentioning one important part of the change to redeeming SouthWest points.
- TSA checkpoint lines are getting even longer so he’s looking at CLEAR.
- Booking a flight on Frontier was different from what he expected.
- How bait & switch is alive and well in the travel world.
And Sharon wrote about:
- 2018 operation dates for The Land Of Oz, a Wizard of Oz themed theme park that opens seasonally.
- Walt Disney World hotels aren’t the only places where you now have to pay for parking.
- Some of the funniest flight attendant safety spiels ever.
- How to find out what you’ll pass along the way on a road trip.
- The fable of Finnair’s final Friday the 13th flight.
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