I love Global Entry. There, I said it. I’ve had it for about a year now and it’s saved me hours of time having to wait in immigration lines upon returning to the United States from my foreign trips.
The American Express Platinum card currently reimburses the $100 Global Entry enrollment fee as part of their benefits and United just announced they’d be footing the bill for their 1k and Platinum members. Details to come, but it looks like all $100 will be refunded, which is a nice enhancement to the MileagePlus program.
Beginning in the second quarter of 2012, MileagePlus will compensate Global Services, Premier 1K and Premier Platinum members for their Global Entry application. Global Entry is a U.S. Customs and Border Protection program that allows expedited clearance for pre-approved, low-risk travelers upon arrival in the United States. Later this year we’ll provide details about how the compensation process will work.
The Global Entry compensation benefit will apply to new applications only and will have a maximum value of $100 USD every five years. Members with an existing Global Entry membership can take advantage of this benefit during their next renewal. The Global Entry program is currently available to U.S. citizens and lawful permanent residents, citizens of Canada as well as citizens of Mexico who hold a valid U.S. visa, and citizens of the Netherlands who are enrolled in Privium.
For detailed information on the Global Entry program, please visit the U.S. Customs and Border Protection website at www.globalentry.gov.