Global Entry

Benefit Details & Credit Cards That Offer It

Global Entry speeds up the process in which you re-enter the United States. Details on the benefit and a list of cards that offer it.


Global Entry offers expedited clearance for pre-approved, low-risk travelers upon arrival in the United States offered by U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP). This is done by visiting Global Entry kiosks at select airports.

Applying For Global Entry

Global Entry costs a non-refundable $100 to apply for. You'll need to create a Trusted Traveler Programs (TTP) account, complete the application, and pay the fee. Once that's done, CBP will review your application.

If your application is conditionally approved, you will be instructed to schedule an interview at a Global Entry Enrollment Center via your TTP account. Depending on the airport, finding interview slots can be challenging as most appointments will be booked out for months. Your best bet is to find a smaller, less buy Global Entry Enrollment Center or to try to do a walk-in if you happen to be traveling through an airport that has an enrollment center. Me and my wife drove 2 hours to an enrollment center that had fairly open availability, so it's worth considering possibility making a day trip to a center that isn't too far away.

Interview

The interview process itself is not anything to be worried about. They'll ask you a few questions, take a picture, a fingerprint, and you're on your way. Me and my wife went did our interviews at different times (like 2 months apart) and we both had the same experience. It was about a 5-minute process that was quick and easy.

Other Info

CBP will perform a rigorus background check on you. Remember that Global Entry is for low-risk travelers. Having a criminal history or other blemishes will more than likely disqualify you from being able to obtain Global Entry.

If you're big on travel and want to sign up multiple people for Global Entry, the AMEX Platinum Card is the way to go!

Global Entry Benefits

There's several benefits to Global Entry. The biggest benefit is the expedited access back into the United States. Global Entry has saved me and my wife countless hours of standing in line when returning to the states. If you're at an airport that has Global Entry, you'll see a bunch of signs telling you where you need to go. The whole process takes about 5 minutes (if even that) and you'll be walking towards baggage claim or onward to where you need to be quicker than ever.

Another plus that comes with Global Entry is that you'll automatically be given TSA PreCheck. TSA PreCheck expedites traveler screening through TSA security checkpoints. Basically this helps speed up the process on getting through security so that you can get to your flight.

Who Is Eligible For Global Entry

U.S. citizens, U.S. lawful permanent residents and citizens of the following countries are eligible for Global Entry membership:

  • Citizens of Argentina
  • Citizens of India
  • Citizens of Colombia
  • Citizens of United Kingdom
  • Citizens of Germany
  • Citizens of Panama
  • Citizens of Singapore
  • Citizens of South Korea
  • Citizens of Switzerland
  • Citizens of Taiwan
  • Mexican Nationals
  • Canadian Citizens w/ NEXUS

You can visit https://www.cbp.gov/travel/trusted-traveler-programs/global-entry/eligibility to learn more about eligibility.

Global Entry vs PreCheck vs CLEAR

People often ask which one is better: Global Entry, TSA PreCheck, or CLEAR? The answer is that they all have their benefits. Global Entry is great for those who want to re-enter the United States quickly, TSA PreCheck is great for speeding up the process of getting through screening (and saving the annoyance of taking off shoes, belts, electronics, etc.), and CLEAR is great for those who want to basically shortcut the TSA PreCheck or normal screening line. As someone who has all three and travel often, I find use in all of them.

Global Entry Info

Below are a few useful shortcuts to the U.S. Customs and Border Protection website. All links open in a new tab/window.

Credit Cards With Global Entry Fee Credit

Several credit cards offers a credit of up to $100 that can be used for either Global Entry or TSA PreCheck. To use the credit, all you have to do is use the credit card to pay for the application fee when you're applying through your TTP account.

Remember that Global Entry includes TSA PreCheck. Even if you don't plan on leaving the country any time soon, I recommend going for Global Entry just in case.

Bank (Holder)

The bank issuing the card.

Network

The network the card is tied to.

Card Type

The type of card such as co-branded airline cards, hotel cards, cruise line cards, and bank rewards cards.

Rewards Type

The type of rewards the card earns.

Personal/Business

Toggle the showing of personal/consumer and business credit cards.

Annual Fee (Range)

The range of fees you're willing to pay to wield such cards.

Foreign Transaction Fee

The percentage of fees you'll pay on the dollar when you use the card outside of it's region.
Do note that this list may take a few seconds to search the database. Once the results are listed, you can click on the Rewards Calculator to get more details and calculate rewards.
These results are meant to be used as a reference. Benefits and perks on some of the listed cards may change before I'm able to update them. You'll want to check the terms, conditions, and full summary of any rewards card that you apply for to make sure that it features the perks and benefits that you're looking for.
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FAQ

Whats the benefit of Global Entry?

Global Entry allows expedited clearance for pre-approved, low-risk travelers upon arrival in the United States. It can save you hours of standing in line.

How much is Global Entry?

The application fee for Global Entry is $100. There are many credit cards that offer up to $100 credit towards the fee.

Who is eligible for Global Entry?

U.S. citizens and U.S. lawful permanent residents and citizens are eligible. Canadians with NEXUS are also eligible as well as citizens of 10+ other countries including United Kingdom, Singapore, and Germany.

Is Global Entry better than TSA PreCheck and CLEAR?

It depends on how often you travel and which airports you frequent the most. As someone who has all three, they all have their benefits.


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