TSA PreTSA Precheck logo® payment code FAQs

  • What is TSA Pre✓®?
  • TSA Pre✓® is an expedited security screening program managed and operated by the Transportation Security Administration (TSA). It allows certain travelers to move through security more quickly and easily when departing from participating airports in the U.S. You must be a U.S. citizen or lawful permanent resident to be eligible for TSA Pre✓® membership.


    For more information, go to our TSA Pre✓® Program page or the TSA’s website.



  • If I use my miles for a payment code to use to pay for TSA Pre✓®, how long does my TSA Pre✓® last?
  • If you’re approved for TSA Pre✓®, that approval lasts for a five-year period — it doesn’t matter if you used a payment code or money for the application fee.

  • Who is eligible to use miles for the payment code?
  • Only members who are located and have a MileagePlus account address in the 50 United States, District of Columbia, Puerto Rico or Guam are eligible to use miles for a payment code. (TSA Pre✓® program membership is only open to U.S. citizens and lawful permanent residents.) Please visit our Terms and Conditions for more information.

  • If I use MileagePlus miles for a payment code to use to pay the TSA Pre✓® application fee, can I use TSA Pre✓® when I travel on other airlines?
  • Approved TSA Pre✓® applicants are issued a Known Traveler Number (KTN) that can be added to reservations on all participating airlines. For the list of participating airlines, see the TSA’s website.

  • If I use my miles for a payment code, how soon will I receive the code?
  • After you submit your purchase, you’ll receive the code on the confirmation page within a few minutes. You’ll also receive an email confirmation with the code.

  • If I lost or never received the email with my payment code, how can I find my code?
  • Visit the TSA Pre✓® with miles page and sign in using the button in the upper right corner. Once you sign in, select the "My codes" link, also in the upper right corner. This will display all the codes you've purchased and you can either write them down or send another email with the codes in it.

  • How many codes should I buy? What if I frequently travel with family members?
  • Each code covers the TSA Pre✓® fee for one applicant of any age. Children ages 12 and under can travel with an eligible parent or guardian with TSA Pre✓®.

  • Can I give my payment code to someone else?
  • Yes, once miles are used for a code, any U.S. citizen or lawful permanent resident who is eligible to apply for TSA Pre✓® can use the code as payment for the application fee. It does not have to be the MileagePlus account holder who used miles for the code. Please be sure the person has the code to complete payment at the in-person interview.

  • How many codes can I purchase with miles?
  • Each MileagePlus member can use miles for up to 10 codes per calendar year. The code does not need to be used by the MileagePlus member who purchased it. It can be gifted and given to someone else, such as a friend, family member or employee. Codes may not be resold.

  • Do I need to bring the payment code confirmation page or email to my screening appointment?
  • You don’t need to print the confirmation page or email — just be sure you have the payment code written down somewhere so that you can show it as proof of payment.

  • Does my payment code expire? What happens if my payment code expires before I use it?
  • Your payment code expires six months after you receive it. You need to use your code at your screening appointment before it expires. There are no refunds for expired codes.

  • If my TSA Pre✓® application is denied, do I get my miles back?
  • The fee is used to process the application, so there is no mileage refund if your application is denied.

  • If my TSA Pre✓® application is denied, do I have to pay the application fee to apply again later?
  • Yes, you’ll need to pay the application fee each time you apply for TSA Pre✓®.

  • After I enroll in TSA Pre✓®, what do I have to do? How will I know if I’ve been granted TSA Pre✓®?
  • See the “How to participate” section on our TSA Pre✓® Program for complete details.

  • I have an issue related to the purchase or use of a payment code, and my question isn’t answered above. Who should I contact?
  • If you have a MileagePlus account issue related to payment codes, please contact the MileagePlus Service Center.

    If you need help with a question directly related to TSA Pre✓®, please contact the TSA.