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TPG Reader Todd sends an interesting email:
“Hi Brian. Just finally got around to applying for the global entry, and since I travel to Canada a lot, I had to check the Nexus boxes. Apparently, for the next 2 days, if you apply for the Nexus you will get the global entry as well. Here’s the kicker, it only cost $50 for both. Although the price is going up to $100 this Wed. According to the Officer I spoke with in Seattle, this is a little known loophole that is being closed up. Hope your readers jump on this opportunity. Here’s hoping I get reimbursed the $50. Thanks!”
Per this page, Nexus only costs $50 and considering they allow Global Entry along with it, that’s a pretty good deal since Global Entry alone costs $100. For those who don’t know, Nexus is the expedited customs pr0gram for American travelers visiting Canada. I used to go to Montreal and Toronto for work and I can say that while their facilities are new and look nice – there can often be huge lines to get through immigration. I was always jealous at the people with Nexus who would save time by using the kiosks. (I had actually signed up and paid for Nexus at one point, but couldn’t make it to the airport for my appointment and never rescheduled). In fact once at the Montreal airport, I got to the customs areas just as several transatlantic jumbo jets had arrived and I had to snake through the line for over an hour. I was kicking myself for missing the Nexus appointment!
If you have been on the sidelines about Global Entry or Nexus, I highly recommend it – especially for only $50. I just used Global Entry yesterday returning home from Mauritius (via Paris and Amsterdam – more on that later) and it took me 25 seconds from the time I approached the kiosk (which had no line) to get my certificate to get through customs. See my original post on Global Entry for more information on the program.
However, if you have an Amex Platinum card, you can get the $100 fee refunded and apparently Amex will also refund the $50 Nexus fee as well (this is an update from a TPG reader- I have not done it myself).