UK Citizens Can Now Sign Up for Global Entry

If you travel to or through the US on a regular basis, you’re probably already familiar with Global Entry, an expedited and automated method for passing through immigration whenever you enter the United States. With wait times at immigration sometimes reaching an hour or more, Global Entry can be a tremendous time saver — if you’re traveling with carry-on…

Update Your Airline Profiles with Your Known Traveler Number

You’ve gone through all of the steps to become a Trusted Traveler — the application, the fees and the interview — so don’t get stuck in the slow lane just because you forgot the last step of the process! TPG Contributor JT Genter shows you how to add your Known Traveler Number (KTN) to your traveler profile so…

State Department Launches “Apply Early” Passport Program

For any international traveler, from the occasional flyer to the busiest jetsetter, the most indispensable item to have on hand is a valid passport. Luckily for US citizens, those little blue books are good for 10 years, so you only have to spend time thinking about renewing them once a decade. However, the State Department is…

Can a Non-US Citizen Get Global Entry?

A reader sent this question via Facebook about expedited security options: “Can a non-US citizen get Global Entry?” Global Entry is a must-have if you’re an international traveler, and has saved me hours and hours of waiting in line when arriving in the US. Thanks to Global Entry, I’m usually in and out of customs in…

Can I Use a Global Entry Fee Credit to Pay for Someone Else?

Today’s first question comes from TPG reader Tim, who tweeted me to ask about using Global Entry application fee credits: @thepointsguy — “Can I get the Global Entry reimbursement on my Amex Platinum card for my spouse if I already have it?” I love Global Entry, and if you don’t have it, you should really look into getting…

How to Get a $100 Global Entry Application Fee Credit

As a frequent international traveler, I appreciate anything that helps me save time in the immigration line. Today, TPG Contributor Richard Kerr explains how you can enjoy the benefits of Global Entry expedited security without having to pay extra. A couple years ago, I arrived in Atlanta from Tokyo aboard a full Delta 747-400. As 375 of my fellow passengers and I…

How Does the Global Entry Renewal Process Work?

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…

9 Reasons I Love My Amex Business Platinum Card

As I was sitting in the American Express Centurion Lounge at LaGuardia the other day, Instagramming how much I was enjoying the fried chicken, I couldn’t help but think about how much I value the benefits of my Business Platinum Card offers, and to maximize them by being up-to-date on the perks and planning your travel…

Fast-Track Arrival Options Around the World

We here at TPG love anything that speeds up the travel process, like Global Entry and TSA Precheck — and we want you to be aware that US citizens have similar options outside of the United States. TPG International Contributor Lori Zaino guides us through some ways to expedite security, immigration and customs when traveling abroad.   Global Entry — United States…

Is TSA Precheck Better than the First Class Security Line?

TPG reader Cameron tweeted me to ask @thepointsguy – “If I have access to both the first class priority and TSA Precheck security lines, which is usually better?” I love TSA Precheck. I’ve had it for several years now, and even though some airports are bad at policing the line and TSA often allows random…