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12 Crazy Forms of ID To Get Through Airport Security

September 24, 2014

If you’ve ever arrived at the airport only to realize you’ve forgotten your driver’s license or passport – or worse, had either lost or stolen during your travels – there may be no reason for panic. As it turns out, the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) actually allows some flexibility when it comes to alternate forms of identification to green-light you through security. […]

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Is the Amex Centurion Card Worth The $2,500 Annual Fee?

May 22, 2014

With all the recent changes to the American Express Platinum Card, including the loss of American Admirals Club and US Airways Club access in March, and restrictions on Delta SkyClub access to the cardholder only (no guests) starting May 1, premium Amex cardholders might be looking for a new product. Some of you may even be considering Amex’s highly-touted […]

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How Can I Get Global Entry If I Already Have TSA Precheck?

May 18, 2014

TPG reader Kathi messaged me on Facebook this week asking: “I currently have TSA pre check. If I want to apply for Global Entry, do I have to start the process from the beginning and pay the $100? I may have done it backwards!” Lately, I’ve gotten into the habit of showing up at the […]

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Global Entry, Nexus and PreCheck: A Comprehensive Guide and FAQ

May 8, 2014

We get many reader questions about Global Entry. While it’s not a complicated program, there are a lot of ins and outs, tips, and sweet spots you should know about it. Now you can refer back to our TPG Offical Global Entry Guide for A to Z coverage of Global Entry, including information on Nexus […]

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How Can You Make Sure You Get TSA PreCheck with Global Entry?

March 30, 2014

TPG reader Jake recently sent me an email with a question about one of my favorite travel perks – Global Entry: “Now that I have Global Entry, I’m not sure what additional steps to take in order to get my full TSA PreCheck benefits. I occasionally get picked at security for TSA PreCheck, but only […]

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Can I Use My Platinum Card Global Entry Benefit To Pay For Someone Else’s Application?

March 16, 2014

TPG reader Rob tweeted me this week asking about a certain benefit of his Platinum Card from American Express: “@thepointsguy can I use my Platinum Card Global Entry benefit to pay for someone else’s application? Amex will just see a $100 charge, right?” Yes, you are 100% right. The good thing about the Global Entry […]

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Is it Better to Pay $100 for Global Entry or $85 for TSA Precheck?

March 9, 2014

Update: The offer mentioned below for the Platinum Card from American Express has expired. View the current offer here. TPG reader Safwan posted a question on my Facebook page this week: ” Is it better to pay $100 for Global Entry or $85 for TSA Precheck? Thanks in advance.” Safwan is comparing the costs of getting Global […]

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Cutting Connection Times in Australia With SmartGate

February 12, 2014

The last thing you want after a 15-hour flight across the Pacific is to have to sit around in another airport all day and wait for a connecting flight. Unfortunately, that can often be the case in a destination like Australia where there are only a certain number of flights to various destinations throughout the […]

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Government Shutdown Update – Most Global Entry Enrollment Offices Open

October 1, 2013

Update: The offer mentioned below for the Platinum Card from American Express has expired. View the current offer here.  Well, it happened. Congress was unable to reach a deal and the government shutdown went into effect overnight, furloughing nearly 2 million government employees, closing visa and passport offices and national parks and monuments. The good news […]

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Amex Platinum Global Entry Reimbursement + Point Accrual!

September 9, 2013

Update: The offer mentioned below for the Platinum Card from American Express has expired. View the current offer here. 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 […]

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Top 12 Things You Didn’t Know About Global Entry

August 13, 2013

Although the summer travel season is winding down, plenty of Americans are still traveling abroad on last-minute summer trips, so getting Global Entry is a time-saving tool no international traveler should be without. Global Entry is the US government’s expedited immigration program for frequent travelers and helps speed travelers through customs and immigration without having […]

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TSA Launches Application Program for TSA Pre-Check

July 19, 2013

The TSA announced that it will launch an application program for those who want to sign up directly for TSA Pre-Check for $85. Currently travelers had to opt-in through an airline’s frequent flier program, or be enrolled in one of CBP’s Global Entry, SENTRI or NEXUS Trusted Traveler programs. Starting later this year, U.S. citizens will be able to apply […]

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My Experience Getting Refunded for Global Entry Using My Amex Platinum Card

June 10, 2013

Update: The offer mentioned below for the Platinum Card from American Express has expired. View the current offer here. Update: The offer mentioned below for the Business Platinum Card from American Express has expired. View the current offer here. As I’ve written about before, one of the best benefits of the family of Platinum American Express […]

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Getting Around The Global Entry Appointment Backlog

June 6, 2013

Lately I’ve been covering Global Entry a lot since it’s such a great travel program that speeds you through customs and immigration as well as giving you a Trusted Traveler ID number that will qualify you for TSA PreCheck. Plus, if you have the Amex Platinum, Mercedex-Benz Platinum or Business Platinum (or Centurion) cards, the […]

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Seriously- Get Global Entry Already! FAQ & Ways to Get It For Free

May 24, 2013

While traveling to Chile with my mom last month, an airport etiquette question came up when I was given TSA PreCheck while she had to wait it out in the regular security line. At my mom’s urging, I went through the quicker line, but a similar conundrum came up on last week’s trip to Italy […]

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New Visa Signature Cardholder Benefit: CLEAR Expedited Airport Security

April 15, 2013

Visa Signature credit cards offer an array of valuable perks including auto rental collision damage waiver insurance, purchase and warranty protection, Visa Signature Hotels benefits and even free wine-tastings at various wineries in Sonoma County, and now Visa Signature has just started a partnership with CLEAR that provides cardholders with yet another perk: expedited airport […]

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Australia SmartGate Now Lets US Trusted Travelers Go Through Immigration Faster

November 9, 2012

One of the smartest things I’ve done as an international traveler is to join the US’s Global Entry program (which I got for free thanks to the $100 rebate my Amex Platinum gives me as one of the cardholder perks) for Trusted Travelers since it allows me to skip the sometimes hours-long lines at immigration […]

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Trusted Traveler Expedited Security Expands to 28 More Airports in 2012

February 11, 2012

Apparently the TSA’s trial Pre Check expedited security program went well enough at the seven test airports—Atlanta, Dallas, Detroit, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Miami and Minneapolis—that the TSA announced it will roll out the program to an additional 28 airports throughout 2012. Though it doesn’t give details on which airlines will be participating at each, […]

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United to Offer Global Entry for 1k and Platinum Elites

January 20, 2012

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 […]

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Reminder: Get Global Entry!

September 9, 2011

My experience on this week’s Star Mega Do 3 has been a whirlwind – a one day trip to Munich, which ended up being filled with airline delays and rushing through airports to events – but overall it’s been a great experience. I’ll write a summary post once I have time to breathe next week. We […]

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Trusted Traveler Program Update

August 21, 2011

Just got this email from Homeland Security about their much anticipated Trusted Traveler Program, which should make airport security easier for those enrolled. This is great news – if you don’t already have Global Entry, you should (especially if you have an Amex Platinum card because the $100 fee is automatically refunded!) Global Entry has historically […]

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Reader Tip: Get Global Entry and Nexus for Only $50

July 19, 2011

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 […]

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