Maximise your Avios, air miles and hotel points

British Airways has signed up to TSA pre-check

Links on Head for Points may pay us an affiliate commission. A list of partners is here.

British Airways has announced that the airline has signed up to TSA pre-check to speed up your experience when travelling from the US.

Passengers travelling on British Airways flights and codeshare partners who are Global Entry members will be able to:

  • use fast track security lines at 200 US airports
  • won’t need to remove anything from their hand luggage including liquids and
  • can keep belts and shoes on

British Airways joins TSA precheck

This can cut down the security check time to an alleged 5 minutes.

Initially TSA pre-check status will only be available if you select a printed boarding pass.  Mobile boarding passes will follow in the Summer.

The TSA pre-check lane at BA’s JFK Terminal 7 will launch in the Summer once construction in the security area has been completed.

UK citizen can apply for Global entry on the TSA website and need to attend an interview at an one of the 380+ enrollment centres in the US or at the US Embassy in London during their interview periods.  The last enrollment event in London ended early May but we will keep you posted on new appointment dates.

how to earn avios from credit cards

How to earn Avios from UK credit cards (July 2021)

As a reminder, there are various ways of earning Avios from UK credit cards.  Many cards also have generous sign-up bonuses!

There are two official British Airways American Express cards:

British Airways American Express card

British Airways American Express

5,000 Avios for signing up, no annual fee and a companion voucher for spending £20,000 Read our full review

BA Premium Plus American Express card BAPP

British Airways American Express Premium Plus

25,000 Avios and the UK’s most valuable credit card perk – the 2-4-1 companion voucher Read our full review

You can also get generous sign-up bonuses by applying for American Express cards which earn Membership Rewards points, such as:

Nectar American Express

American Express Preferred Rewards Gold

Your best beginner’s card – 20,000 points, FREE for a year & two airport lounge passes Read our full review

American Express Platinum card Amex

The Platinum Card from American Express

30,000 points and an unbeatable set of travel benefits – for a fee Read our full review

We also recommend Capital On Tap for limited companies. You earn 1 Avios per £1 which is impressive for a Visa card:

Capital On Tap Business Rewards Visa

The most generous Avios Visa or Mastercard for a limited company Read our full review

Click here to read our detailed summary of all UK credit cards which earn Avios. This includes both personal and small business cards.

(Want to earn more Avios?  Click here to visit our home page for our latest articles on earning and spending your Avios points and click here to see how to earn more Avios this month from offers and promotions.)

Comments (52)

  • KBuffett says:

    OT – I’m going to doing a few mattress runs to achieve my Marriott Platinum Challenge. However, does anyone know any good Marriotts in and around London/Surrey where my wife & I might enjoy a stay for a night or two?

    • Crafty says:

      Regents Park is quite nice, the lounge staff treated me well.

    • Cat says:

      I always really liked Hanbury Manor (although that’s a bit further out) – I spent most of my long teacher holiday there in the summer of 2012, as my other half was working at the lab there (keeping the Olympic athletes honest), and they gave him a rather lovely room to save him commuting from London on a daily basis. The pool is lovely, the gym is great (there’s a class timetable), the spa is fab, there’s golf if you’re into that sort of thing, the restaurant is great and the grounds are beautiful.

      • Jim says:

        “keeping the Olympic athletes honest”

        Not much hope of that. Drugs use is rife across many sports.

        • Cat says:

          OK, point taken, perhaps “keeping the Olympic athletes’ hormone-injecting doctors on their toes” would have been a more accurate description!

  • David says:

    The route this Mancunian expat has been waiting for!!

    Thanks Rob! Home to Home on one flight! Perfect!

  • IMH says:

    It’s true — I had TSA pre on a BA boarding pass for the first time coming out of IAH this weekend. There’s no actual pre-check line at Terminal D, however… We were allowed to keep our shoes on and most (possibly all) pre-check passengers were sent through the old-fashioned WMD rather than the nudie scanner.

  • Mark says:

    Hi Rob

    Have you any idea when the Virgin MAN to LAS flights will be available to book, I tried booking UC yesterday and they had no idea that the schedule had changed to 4 flights per week, let alone that the aircraft had changed from the 747 to the Airbus A330.

    • ChrisC says:

      VS starts to sell approx 11 months (I think actually 333 days) before departure so it’s a little early for the some of the new flights to be in the search engines.

  • Go says:

    I’m thinking of upgrading my gold charge card. Does the supplementary platinum holder get the same status benefits with hotel chains?

  • Nicky says:

    As mentioned above (unless I have read this wrong) you can do enrolment on arrival now. I am applying for global entry later today and will do enrolment on arrival in September when I fly to NY. Has anyone done this yet?

    • S says:

      At Nicky I have done this couple of months ago. It’s not always available and you need to be aware of the times. I was lucky kind immigration officer opened the booth for us. Thanks

      • Nicky says:

        Thanks for replying. I did contact border control at JFK and verified their opening times but think I may contact them again and give my flight details to let them know that I am planning to do enrolment on arrival. I also intend to book an interview at my departure airport for the day I leave just in case (and can cancel it if I am successful on arrival).

        • Nicola says:

          Hi. You can pre-book an appointment to suit your landing time. Details provided when you apply for Global Entry

  • Graham says:

    My wife and I flew PDX to LHR last week on Delta in business. We do not have Global Entry and have not applied for TSA Pre-check. But our boarding passes had TSA Pre-check printed on them. We took the Pre-check line through security and literally walked straight through. I’m struggling to understand why we got Pre-check. Was it just an error? Has anyone else had this experience?

    • Jonathan says:

      You often get this if over a certain age (?60) or travelling in a premium cabin ona US Airline. Theories are if you’re older you present a lower risk and for business class it’s a perk to tempt you to join GE/Pre or to keep flow through Pre line high enough to justify the staff allocated.

      As GE/Pre becomes more widely held they are apparently reducing/eliminating these extra passengers so don’t count on it regularly I’m afraid.

      If you do travel regularly to US then I’d highly recommend applying. My wife & I have it as leisure travellers & reckon we’ll get 6-8 trips out of our 5 year membership which works out at less than £10 for each Immigration queue jump and Security hassle.

      Ps. As a tip to anyone applying, the membership lasts till your 6th birthday after interview so if you can time it right you essentially get a year free. This would persist on renewal if you weren’t required to go for another interview.

  • Alan says:

    Yep, it’s been up and running for a few weeks now – as I mentioned in comments at the time you can add your KTN in MMB although at present you can’t put it in your profile. Glad to finally have this, makes a big difference. Annoyingly it looks like renewing GE requires repaying the UKBF fee as well as the GE one.

The UK's biggest frequent flyer website uses cookies, which you can block via your browser settings. Continuing implies your consent to this policy. Our privacy policy is here.