Next time you see a fast track or priority lane at the airport, don’t grumble, enter it. Time spent waiting in line at the airport is not only wasted time, it’s just flat out frustrating and boring. If you could spend more time at home, more time in the lounge or just more time relaxing, why would’t you? After all, there are things that anyone can do to fast track their way through those special airport lanes. Yes, even you flying in economy…

Departure

Elite Frequent Flyers Get It Free…

If you’re an elite frequent flyer, of a middle to high tier, you most likely get some sort of fast track for free, allowing you expedited check in, fast track security and boarding. That’s a near priceless benefit. Enjoy it. If you’re not, don’t fret, we’ll cover how you can enjoy the same privileges below…

If You’re Not An Elite Frequent Flyer, You Can Buy Fast Track…

If you want the benefits of being a road warrior, without actually hitting the skies too often, you can almost always purchase what you’re looking for. Airlines, especially budget airlines will sell you fast tracking privileges when booking your ticket. At busy airports it can absolutely be worth it, getting you through the airport in a fraction of the time. If your airline doesn’t sell it, don’t worry, there’s another option…

Even If The Airline Doesn’t Sell Fast Track, Another Company Will…

Providing fast tracking and time saving solutions for travelers is big business. Though celebrities and politicians are the most common clients, anyone can purchase VIP services, ranging from a guide to fast track you through to your gate, all the way to a private customs screening. 

Arrival + Immigration

Global Entry, Nexus, SENTRI, Registered Traveller, EasyPass, Privium

If you travel internationally, frequently, you want to get your hands on as many of these programs as possible. Virtually all of these fast trackers will allow you to bypass the general line for customs and immigration, skip filling out forms and get you through immigration in minutes. Global Entry is the US program, which is worth every penny and last five years, and the UK, Germany, Netherlands, Mexico, Canada, Australia and others each offer meaningful programs as well. Look into it.

Electronic Passports REALLY Help…

Many countries now offer automated kiosks and separate speedier lanes for those with up to date, electronic passports. If you’ve gotten a passport in the last five years, there’s a very high chance that yours is already electronic. If you you’re still unsure if your passport is electronic, look at the universal symbol for electronic passport, just below where it says United States Of America. If you have it, you’re good!

Fly Business or First Class

Excluding the United States, many countries offer fast track programs for business and first class passengers coming off most airlines. If you have miles to use for a free flight up front, or an upgrade to the god life, you may find yourself being handed a fast track card, ensuring a timely arrival. These offerings vary by country, so consider tweeting or calling your airline to enquire about what they offer for your destination…

Book VIP Services

Again, the ability to do this varies by country, but most countries excluding the US will allow you to pay for anything ranging from access to a fast track lane, to being transferred to a private lounge, where an immigration official will conduct their examination in private, while you’re served food and drinks. It really can range from inexpensive and worth it to very expensive and…. you be the judge.