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TPG reader Donald wrote to ask me about Global Entry renewals:

“My five year membership in Global Entry ends in two months. Do you know anything about the renewal process? Do I have to go back to the airport for another interview?”

I’ve had Global Entry for years, and I can’t count how many hours of waiting time it has saved me whenever I’ve returned to the US — and now there’s pre-clearance even in destinations like Dublin and Abu Dhabi. It allows you to zip through Customs and Immigration much more quickly than waiting in line.

Global Entry can save you a massive amount of time when you’re re-entering the US from abroad.

You become eligible to renew your Global Entry membership one year before expiration. It’s at their discretion whether you need to go in for another interview. TPG Editor-in-Chief Zach Honig had to go in for an interview to renew his membership, but they didn’t ask much of anything at all, and he was re-approved quickly.

I would recommend renewing your membership as soon as possible; getting an appointment for Global Entry can take a while, and you don’t want your membership to lapse if you can avoid it. Also, keep in mind that you’re going to have to pay another $100 to renew, but there are plenty of credit cards that will waive this fee, and you can even use Elite status perks to waive it.

The Citi AAdvantage Executive World MasterCard and the Barclaycard Aviator Silver offer free rebates, while the Platinum Card from American Express waives the fee even for additional cardholders. So if you pay that $175 standard fee for three authorized users, they can all get rebates for their own Global Entry memberships.

Also, most of the credit cards that offer an application fee waiver allow you to buy Global Entry for someone else. So if you know someone with an unused credit on their Amex Platinum, for example, they can charge the fee for your Global Entry renewal and it will be rebated onto their account.

If you have any other questions, please tweet me @thepointsguy, message me on Facebook or send me an email at info@thepointsguy.com.

The Platinum Card® from American Express

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.

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  • Earn 40,000 Membership Rewards® points after you use your new Card to make $3,000 in purchases in your first 3 months.
  • 5X points for flights booked directly with airlines or with American Express Travel.
  • $200 Airline Fee Credit, up to $200 a year for baggage fees and more at one airline. Terms Apply.
  • As a Platinum Card Member, you can enjoy access to the Global Lounge Collection, the only credit card airport lounge access program that includes proprietary lounge locations worldwide. Terms Apply.
  • Enroll to enjoy the benefits of complimentary Hilton HHonors™ Gold Status with your Platinum Card.®
  • No interest charges because you pay your balance in full each month.
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