When readers shared their own travel tips and several really stood out as worth highlighting.
This one simply amused me, I’ll explain why in a minute.
If you don’t have status flash expired airline status cards at security to go through elite lane
It brought back memories of perhaps the most controversial travel-related blog post I’ve ever seen, when Million Mile Secrets wrote about how to fake an entitlement to priority security lines.
In the US, I’ve been able to go through the airport elite status line just by showing a card – sometimes a regular frequent flyer card which I got for free just by signing up for a program – to the agent manning the shorter elite lines!…
Sometimes it is just a regular frequent flyer card for an obscure foreign airline which you can get for free, sometimes I show my Southwest Companion Pass card and get access to the shorter lines for Southwest business ticket holders and A-List members, and sometimes I show my American Airlines gold card and get access to the United (or other airline) elite lane!
Star Alliance member Asiana’s base program level is called ‘Silver’ but I do not believe that they issue cards to non-elites any longer.
I don’t recall the last time I wasn’t entitled to use an elite security line in the U.S. Internationally I’ve rarely ever experienced long lines. My favorite approach is at an airport like Singapore where security is done separately at each gate.
And increasingly I’ve had access to PreCheck, I’m even looking forward to the introduction of PreCheck on the American Airlines pier at my home airport Washington National (I’ll no longer have to clear security at the far pier and take US Airways’ airside shuttle across).
Clearly from the comments on that other blog’s post, this is a controversial topic but I don’t think I have a problem asking for access to an elite security line without an actual entitlement to do so.