Want to skip the security line? TSA Pre-check tips.

You’re eligible for TSA’s pre-screening program if you’re an airline frequent flyer traveler with participating airlines. Once selected you walk right through security and don’t have to stand in line, remove any articles of clothing or be full-body screened/searched. TSA uses random and unpredictable security measures so you aren’t guaranteed expedited screening for every flight, even if you applied to the program.

 

Bypass customs with the Global Entry Program

The Global Entry Program is a must for the seasoned traveler. This program allows expedited clearance for pre-approved, low-risk travelers. Cost is a non-refundable application fee of $100. Often airlines will pay the application fee if you’re a constant traveler and a Premium Platinum Member or Premier 1K member, meaning your travel costs are or in excess of $100,000/year.

Hotel Deals in NYC and LA

Cheapest and best hotel in New York City — Soho Grand or Tribeca Grand.  If you know someone at Citibank that can help arrange your stay they get a great deal at the hotel, usually around $220 per night (versus $400 at comparable  hotels). In LA, the same Citibank deal exists at the Four Seasons Beverly Wilshire in Beverly Hills.