United to Offer Global Entry for 1k and Platinum Elites

by on January 20, 2012 · 14 comments

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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

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  • Dan

    I believe they announced this at the same time as they announced the 2012 elite levels.

  • Brent

    Downside of global entry… sometimes I get to the baggage claim to0 quickly and have to wait around a bit in order to get my bag to recheck it.

  • Anonymous

    I feel your pain!

  • Anonymous

    Was it? I don’t remember it being announced.. either way its a great benefit

  • Nick E

    Here’s hoping Delta will follow United’s lead!

  • Anonymous

    Same thing happened to me… after driving to NOGALES, AZ to get my Global Entry finalized, I flew to Tokyo with my boyfriend who does not have GLOBAL Re-Entry.

    When we returned to LAX he was through customs and retrieved his luggage about 30 minutes faster than myself. I had to wait for my baggage. He was waived through. I had to stop and answer questions even though my printed receipt from GLOBAL did not indicate an interview was necessary.

  • Anonymous

    I just got word from one of my additional cardholders that my entire AMEX PLATINUM card balance is now showing on his credit report?!

    I ordered the card for him so he could apply for GLOBAL (which he has) and be re-imbursed for the application fee $100. It worked but AMEX came back asking for his SS Number.

    And now we are sharing my credit report?

  • PJ

    “I just got word from one of my additional cardholders that my entire AMEX PLATINUM card balance is now showing on his credit report?!”
    I have seeing this since 1st day I signed up Credit Sesame. My credit card balances ALL show up on AUs’ credit reports. I am an AU on my wife’s solo Amex GRP , the snew year suurpise was her one in the blue moom big time share purchase ( was cancelled next day) on AMEX caught the statement cutoff and showed up on my credit report as well. In between 2 monthly reports, I was in Mexcio with no activities to trigger hard enquires. My credit score took a ~20 points tumble from ~787.

    This is the mystery I would love to solve : Basically the only negative thing in my wife’s credit report is a $120 billing dispute with Verizon. Why is her credi sesame (=Espirian- chase Bof A credit guide) score hovering ~730 to 740 on credit while mine 764 lowest to ~810. Why does creditkarma show 634 on her credit ? Obviouly Amex refused her SPG application on the same bad score (a fico score?) Things go wackier: We bought a new house in CA . She had hard time getting water gas electricity etc; one utility company even quoted her credit score is in 300′s . It seems my wife’s reply to credit card reporting agency is going nowhere.

    Anyboby can chime in for similar experience ?

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  • Alex

    I learned to travel internationally now with just my roller lol. It took a lot of time to learn to roll just the right way :) but its better than waiting at baggage claim now!

  • Dalong402

    Do we think this will be stackable with the Amex Platinum benefit?

  • Lilywong427

    Has there been updates as to how the compensation process works with United?

  • Andyjohnson123

    Yup – just got the $100 credit on united and reimbursement on amex plat. Great deal!

  • Luke Bornheimer

    I understand United says the $100 credit is only for the Premier Member who received it; I’m hoping to use my fiancé’s $100 credit for my Global Entry application fee. Anyone have experience doing this, or heard of someone who successfully used their United $100 credit for someone else’s Entry application?

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