Global Entry – An introduction to the program and how to bypass the $100 fee

Posted on November 2, 2014 by in Travel Deals

What is Global Entry?

The US Customs and Border Protection piloted the Global Entry Trusted Traveler program to allow pre-approved, low-risk travelers into the United States with expedited advance clearance. It was initially intended to speed frequent international travelers through the border-crossing process.

Applicants for Global Entry have to undergo a background check and an interview. Once approved, your Global Entry lasts 5 years.

What are the benefits of Global Entry?

A pre-screened Global Entry-holder saves time by avoiding immigration lines and paperwork on arrival to major US airports. You can also get access to expedited entry benefits in other countries such as the Netherlands.

How much does Global Entry cost?

There's a $100 non-refundable application fee for Global Entry. You can pay by credit card or through an electronic bank transfer. Even if the application is denied, the fee is non-refundable.

Where are the Global Entry locations?

How do I enroll for the Global Entry program?

US residents need to apply for Global Entry online through the Global Online Enrollment System.

An interview is then scheduled at one of the Global Entry Enrollment Centers. There are Enrollment Centers all over the country, from Albuquerque to Winnipeg. You need to take valid ID and be prepared for a rigorous interview and for biometric information to be collected.

What else do I need to know?

Each individual needs to create a Global Online Enrollment System account, including children. Each application costs $100.

Are there ways to avoid the Global Entry fee?

Some programs and credit cards will refund your Global Entry application fee:

United offers eligible loyalty program members $100 compensation towards the fee.

– AmEx Platinum, Mercedes-Benz Platinum, Business Platinum, Citi Prestige, Virgin Atlantic MasterCard and Centurion cardholders all get the $100 fee refunded as a statement credit.

You can start the process for Global Entry here.

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