How to Add TSA PreCheck to Your Airline Ticket

Find your flight reservation and add your TSA PreCheck number in the Known Traveler Number field.
Lee Huffman
By Lee Huffman 
Edited by June Casagrande

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Now that you've signed up for TSA PreCheck membership through the Transportation Security Administration, it's time to start taking advantage of your benefits.

Since airlines aren't automatically alerted that you're now a member of the pre-clearance security program, you'll have to make sure your TSA PreCheck membership information is added — and correct — on future travel bookings. Then, you can use the dedicated security lanes at the airport.

Here's how to add PreCheck to a ticket before your next flight, broken down by four major airlines.

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What is TSA PreCheck?

TSA PreCheck is a membership-based program that allows travelers to use expedited screening at airport security. You can keep your shoes, belts and light jackets on, plus laptops and 3-1-1 liquids can stay in your carry-on bags during screening at participating airports.

To apply, you'll pay a fee, submit personal information for a background check and go to an in-person interview. The application fee is $78, and membership is good for five years, which breaks down to $15.60 per year; however, many travel credit cards reimburse the application fee.

After the initial application fee, PreCheck renewal only costs $70 if finished online.

Each airline has its own process for adding TSA PreCheck to a ticket or to your frequent flyer profile. Adding it to a ticket won't guarantee that your PreCheck number will be automatically applied to your next reservation.

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The best choice is to add your TSA PreCheck information to your airline loyalty program profile. This will make it easier for your PreCheck number to be added when booking through your account or when attaching your loyalty number to a reservation.

How to add TSA PreCheck to a ticket by airline

Southwest Airlines

Southwest flyers can add their PreCheck membership info at several steps.

For new bookings

Enter your PreCheck number during the booking process. After you've chosen your flight dates and times, you'll enter your name in the "Who's Flying?" section. Below that, there is a dropdown menu for "Secure Traveler Information."

Click that button and then enter your PreCheck number in the "Known Traveler #" field. This will make sure that your PreCheck number will be submitted along with your information to TSA's Secure Flight system for processing.

For existing reservations

How do you add TSA PreCheck to a ticket on Southwest that is already booked? For existing reservations, you can manually edit each flight to add your PreCheck number before check-in or call customer service and ask that they do it for you.

You can also add your PreCheck number to your Southwest Rapid Rewards member profile. This allows your information to be automatically sent to the TSA when booking reservations when you're logged in to your account.

American Airlines

The easiest way to add PreCheck to a ticket on American Airlines is to update your AAdvantage profile with your number. Log in and go to "Your Account." Choose "Information and Password," and then add your PreCheck number in the Known Traveler Number field in the "Secure Traveler" section.

For new bookings

American Airlines also allows travelers to add their TSA PreCheck number during the booking process. After you've chosen your flight date and time, you'll enter your passenger details. If you're not logged in to your AAdvantage account, then you'll need to enter your PreCheck number manually in the Known Traveler Number field.

For existing reservations

For existing reservations on American Airlines, click on "Manage Trip" for each reservation. Then click on "Add/Edit Passenger Information" to add your PreCheck number. You can also call American Airlines customer service to have them update your information, but the online self-service option is generally much quicker.

Delta Air Lines

To add PreCheck to Delta, after your PreCheck application has been approved, log in to your Delta SkyMiles account to update your profile. The TSA PreCheck/Known Traveler ID field can be found under "Personal Details."

For new bookings

To add your PreCheck number to a new reservation, the best way is to first log in to your Delta SkyMiles account. This will automatically populate most of your personal information necessary to complete your purchase, including adding your PreCheck number to your reservation.

If you don't have a Delta SkyMiles account or are not logged in, you can add your Known Traveler Number manually during the booking process when entering your passenger info.

For existing reservations

Existing reservations can also be updated to add your PreCheck number. Find your reservation on Delta's website and then edit your passenger details to update your information.

United Airlines

Finally, here's how to add TSA PreCheck to a United ticket.

For new bookings

When booking a reservation, your PreCheck number will automatically populate when you're logged in to your United MileagePlus account. You can also manually add it to a reservation during the booking process. After entering your personal information, click on the "Known Traveler Number and Redress Number" drop-down menu.

Enter your PreCheck number in the "Known Traveler Number/PASS ID" field.

For existing reservations

You can also update existing reservations with your TSA PreCheck number. Go to "Edit Traveler Information" in the "Manage Reservations" section on the website, at an airport kiosk or in the United app.

To add your PreCheck number to your United MileagePlus profile, log in and view your personal information. Click on "Profile and Preferences" and find the "Saved Travel Documents and Numbers" section. You'll be able to update your profile with your PreCheck number here.

If you’re new to TSA PreCheck ...

Once you're approved for PreCheck, your benefits are not automatically applied to your flight reservations. You must update existing flights and your airline loyalty program profiles so that you'll be able to use the dedicated airport security lanes for PreCheck members.

Be sure to reprint boarding passes that do not have the "TSA PRE" stamp on them. If your boarding pass does not show your PreCheck status, you cannot use the TSA PreCheck security lanes.

For future reservations, log in to your airline account before booking your flight. Booking flights while logged in allows your PreCheck number to be added to reservations automatically. Or, you need to manually enter it yourself.

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