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We received an email from U.S. Customs and Border Protection that my son’s Global Entry membership will expire at the end of this month. In case you’re not familiar with Global Entry, it’s a program that facilitates expedited re-entry into the U.S. for low-risk travelers. The program also includes TSA Pre-check, which allows us to use the special (usually shorter) security line at domestic airports.
My family has grown quite fond of using the TSA Pre-check line. Since we fly several times a year, it really cuts down on the time and hassle of going through security.
Global Entry costs $100. However, there’s really no need to pay that amount if you own a credit card that offers a free credit for the program.
Renewing Global Entry
First, I had to create a new online account for my son since the government changed systems. Filling out his renewal application was very easy. I really just needed his passport plus a list of the countries he has visited in the past few years.
While I own several credit cards that offer a Global Entry credit, I paid with my Capital One Venture X card. I should see a statement credit for the amount in a few days.
After submitting his application, this message appeared:
However, literally one day later, he received a notice that his renewal was approved. He was instantly approved despite being born in Russia and traveling to several countries besides Canada and Mexico in the last few years. He was not required to have an in-person interview. Easy peasy! He should receive a new card in the next few days.
Anybody else renew Global Entry lately? Did you get a quick approval, or are you still waiting?
Nancy lives near Dallas, Texas, with her husband and three kids. Her favorite vacations include the beach, cruising and everything Disney.