How to Get a Second Passport Based on Your Family's Roots
Your family ancestry could open the door to new places around the globe. So whether you want to jet off with fewer visa worries, take advantage of shorter customs lines, or simply feel more worldly the next time you’re at the airport, it may be worth your time to look into your right to claim a different passport.Below are seven countries in which you’re in luck if you have a grandparent — or in some cases, any ancestors — who came from there.
We know you have your sights set on some, and we know you’re excited to get going. But before you start packing your bags and , do yourself a favor and make sure all your ducks are in a row.
After all, is there anything worse than realizing your passport is about to expire — or worse, already expired — just days before a trip?
Should you get TSA PreCheck or CLEAR — or both?
With airports getting busier and security lines growing longer, it makes more sense than ever to join a program that gets you expedited screening at airports. In the U.S., that means joining either TSA PreCheck or CLEAR. Though many travelers confuse the two — how many times have you seen someone choose the wrong security lane …In the U.S., that means joining either TSA PreCheck or CLEAR. Though many travelers confuse the two — how many times have you seen someone choose the wrong security lane in the airport? — the programs are actually quite different.
No one likes scrambling to, and spending a full day in line at the closest passport center is one way to really put a damper on your vacation.
The good news, though, is that now may be the best time to. Why, you ask? Because, according to the State Department, demand is much lower than usual.
“If you’re a frequent [flyer] who doesn’t like waiting for your new passport, consider applying this winter to minimize downtime,” the State Department explained on Twitter. “Longer demand [equals] faster processing times,” they added.
Processing wait times usually last between six and eight weeks,. And expedited processing may still take between two and three weeks. Going to a passport agency may cut the wait down to eight days, although some restrictions apply. And, of course, you can always sweat it out for a same-day renewal if you have imminent travel plans.
While we’re on the subject, you’ll also want to make sure you’re not making any of these. Of course, you need valid travel documents any time you leave the country. But it’s also a good idea to make sure you’re taking advantage of all the programs that can make your journey a bit easier.
For example,can save you a ton of time — and spare you a lot of stress — at the airport. With it, you’ll be before you can blink. The normal rate for Clear membership is $179 per year. TPG readers, however, can use the promo code TPG149 to get a discounted membership for $149 for the first year, or can use the promo code TPG2M to get a two-month free trial membership. If you’re a Delta SkyMiles member or an elite, you can also get special pricing (read: discounts).
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If you travel internationally frequently, you’ll definitely want to make sure you have ain your back pocket. With it, you can clear U.S. Customs in minutes (and wave to all the people stuck on those enormous lines in the process). Better yet, depending on which credit card you have, you might be able to get it for free. The Chase Sapphire Reserve, The Platinum Card® from American Express and Capital One® Venture® Rewards Credit Card, just to name a few, all offer this benefit.
Have you applied for or renewed a passport this winter and received your passport faster than expected? Sound off in the comments below and let us know!
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