Global Entry Card With Travel Pre-Check
A Global Entry Card combined with Travel Pre-Check is an essential benefit for U.S. citizens flying fairly regularly overseas.
Carol and I flew into Phoenix from London’s Heathrow Airport last night. We flew with British Airways on a direct flight with 272 passengers onboard a Boeing 777-200.
We were beyond happy to see this new plane replace the much older 747s they’ve been using for years on this route.
Once we touched the ground, I guess that over 250 of the passengers had to stand in a lengthy custom line. And perhaps 20 of us who had our Global Entry Cards zipped through customs in less than 60-seconds.
We went to a Global Entry Kiosk; it recognized us with facial recognition, printed off a receipt, and off we went!
The card is part of the Trusted Traveler Network operated by the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP). It costs $100/person and requires a person-to-person interview with a customs agent available at many international airports around the United States.
PLUS, your $100 investment will also come with TSA Pre-Check, also speeding up your airport journey.
Please also know that this is a U.S. customs program. Therefore, it won’t help you overseas moving from country to country.
Carol and I have both been using our Global Entry Cards since 2014. I have to tell you; it’s a beautiful thing to get into the customs area and find that you don’t have to stand in a line of hundreds and hundreds of tired and cranky people.
I just received an email from the CBP telling me that I needed to renew my card. Further, they said that it could take 6-months to a year to process.
So, the moral to the story: apply now if you don’t have a Global Entry Card. You’ll thank me later.
UPDATE: I received my Global Entry renewal in one day. I don’t understand all of the fuss in their email to me. Nonetheless, get the Global Entry Card.
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