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I sound like a recording, but I can’t repeat enough how important I think it is for a traveling family to have PreCheck. Being able to take fewer things out and off, and having access to what is usually a shorter, or at least faster, security line is invaluable during peak airport travel times. If you will ever travel internationally, then I recommend going for Global Entry that is $15 more than PreCheck at $100 for five years, but either way, having PreCheck either by itself, or as a result of having Global Entry, is a family travel game changer. Children 12 and under can piggyback with an approved adult in the PreCheck line, but for Global Entry, they need their own approvals.
While PreCheck is worth its weight in gold, there are times when the PreCheck line is longer than you expect. Thankfully, the line usually moves quickly, but it can still be an unwelcome surprise when you hit a longer than normal PreCheck line.
2,500 Southwest Points for 11 Minute PreCheck Wait in Oakland
Believe it or not, family-friendly airline, Southwest, has found a way to make a longer than expected PreCheck wait almost…fun. To encourage travelers to get back to flying short-haul routes (as opposed to avoiding the airport and driving or using other transportation for those short trips), they are offering 2,500 Rapid Reward points if your PreCheck wait at Oakland is more than 10 minutes! This reminds me of the Alaska Airlines bag guarantee that provides you 2,500 miles if your checked bags take more than 20 minutes to appear at baggage claim.
To claim your 2,500 Southwest Rapid Reward points, simply let a Southwest supervisor know in the Oakland airport if you think your PreCheck wait was more than ten minutes and they will give you a voucher for the bonus points that you can then claim here. There is no specific proof of a 10+ minute PreCheck wait required. This is currently just a pilot program at Oakland that will run until June 29, 2018, but it could expand to other markets if the test is successful.
One thing somewhat unique to Oakland is that Terminal 2 is entirely occupied by Southwest, so this sort of operation may be a little more complicated at airports where multiple airlines are sharing the same terminal and PreCheck space.
I love this concept as it makes a slightly longer than normal wait fun as there is a reward waiting for you at the eleven-minute mark. I very much hope this test is deemed a success and we see it expand to some other markets that are big for short-haul travel on Southwest (like Texas).
Thanks to SFGATE for sharing the news of this fun new Southwest promotion!
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