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Update: Some offers mentioned below are no longer available. View the current offers here – The Platinum Card from American Express
As you know by now, one of my favorite travel programs is Global Entry, the US government’s expedited immigration program for frequent travelers. It costs $100 to apply, and is good for 5 years once you are accepted. When you have it, not only do you get to go through special lines at customs and immigration when entering the US, but it generates a Trusted Traveler number which you can use to qualify for TSA PreCheck.
One thing that seems to hold people back is that $100 application fee, but as I’ve written about before, one of the best benefits of the family of Platinum American Express cards – including the personal version, the The Enhanced Business Platinum Card from American Express OPEN and the Mercedes-Benz version, which I just got myself back in March – is that it will reimburse each cardholder, including additional cardholders, for the $100 Global Entry application fee when you use your Platinum card for the application charge.
That’s why for Father’s Day, I added my dad as an additional cardholder on my new Mercedes-Benz Platinum Amex so that he could not only get access to all the airline lounges cardholders can enter, but also because as an additional cardholder, he could apply for Global Entry for free himself.
Well, he didn’t waste time doing so, and I saw the $100 Global Entry fee reimbursement show up on my card statement correctly, but looking over my Membership Rewards account more carefully, I saw that I still earned 100 points for the transaction!
I’m not sure if it was a glitch or mistake on American Express’s part, but it’s basically like earning 100 free points. 100 free points isn’t that much in the grand scheme of things, but I’ll still take it!
I’m curious if any of you have noticed something similar on your statements, so report back in the comments if you can.
Otherwise, for more information on Global Entry and the American Express Platinum Card reimbursement benefit, check out these posts:
–Global Entry FAQ And Ways To Get It For Free While this premium card has one of the highest annual fees on the market, it has several valuable perks that could make it worthwhile, depending on your travel patterns. These include a $200 annual airline rebate, lounge access, free Hilton Gold status and free Starwood Preferred Guest Gold status.
–My Experience Getting Refunded for Global Entry Using My Amex Platinum Card
–Top 12 Things You Didn’t Know About Global Entry
–My Father’s Day Present – An Additional Amex Platinum Card For Dad
–Getting Around the Global Entry Appointment Backlog
–Global Entry Rocks My World
–Global Entry Fee Now Waived for Amex Platinum Card Members
While this premium card has one of the highest annual fees on the market, it has several valuable perks that could make it worthwhile, depending on your travel patterns. These include a $200 annual airline rebate, lounge access, free Hilton Gold status and free Starwood Preferred Guest Gold status.