Global Entry, a Trusted Traveler Program, allows for expedited clearance for pre-approved, low-risk travelers upon arrival in the United States through the use of automatic kiosks at select airports. Upon arrival in the United States from a foreign country, Global Entry members can bypass regular custom lines, proceed to these kiosks, present their machine-readable passport or U.S. permanent resident card, have their fingerprints scanned for identity verification, and complete a customs declaration. Travelers will then get a receipt and be sent on their way to the baggage claim area. This can save valuable time when entering back into the United States after a presumably long and tiring flight.
One of the best perks about Global Entry membership is that it also includes membership to another popular Trusted Traveler Program, TSA PreCheck, which is available to eligible U.S. citizens and helps to expedite traveler screening through participating TSA security checkpoints. TSA PreCheck travelers do not have to take off shoes, belts, or jackets, or remove electronics or liquids from their bag at participating airports. Anyone who has ever been pressed for time while waiting in a lengthy airport security line knows how valuable TSA PreCheck membership can prove to be.
Global Entry membership cost $100 for five years of membership; however, with the right credit card, you can gain access to Global Entry (as well as TSA PreCheck) membership for free. That’s because select credit cards offer Global Entry/TSA PreCheck fee reimbursement as a perk of card membership. Terms vary slightly for each card, but the gist is the same: Use your eligible credit card to pay for your Global Entry or TSA PreCheck application fee and later receive an account credit to cover the cost.
Here are some of the top Global Entry and TSA PreCheck credit cards:
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