Should I Use Global Entry or the Mobile Passport App?

TPG reader Troy sent me a message on Facebook to ask about expedited security programs: “Do I need Global Entry if I have Mobile Passport?” If you’re looking for ways to get through airport checkpoints more quickly, you have some options. Global Entry is a great service for frequent flyers, and my membership has saved me from long lines…

How Do I Get Global Entry If I Can’t Schedule an Interview?

TPG reader Eric sent me a message on Facebook to ask about Global Entry enrollment: “My Global Entry application was conditionally approved last week. I’ve been trying to schedule an interview here in Austin, but there are none available. They say I have 30 days to schedule it, but I really don’t want to have to drive…

Will My Travel History Affect My Global Entry Application?

TPG reader Jaquelyn sent me a message on Facebook to ask about Global Entry: “The only thing that’s held me back from applying for Global Entry or TSA PreCheck is my travel patterns. I’ve been to the Middle East quite a few times in the past 10 years; will that affect my interview and my chances of being…

Can Someone Else Use My Global Entry Application Credit?

TPG reader Michael sent me a message on Facebook to ask about getting expedited security: “If I already have Global Entry, can I still use a statement credit to cover someone else’s application?” I love having access to expedited security programs, and I highly recommend signing up if you travel frequently. Global Entry membership (which includes TSA PreCheck) normally costs $100, but there are…

Tip: Sign up for Global Entry Free of Charge With Select Credit Cards

Ever since Global Entry and TSA PreCheck became an option, they’ve saved travelers valuable time at the airport. While you’ll use Global Entry to ease through US immigration upon returning from an international trip, you’ll also automatically receive TSA PreCheck when you sign up. For those who don’t venture abroad as much as traveling domestically, TSA PreCheck can be used at most…

US Customs Opens a Global Entry Enrollment Center in London

In 2015, the UK teamed up with the US to allow UK citizens to join Global Entry. The service, which was previously available to US citizens and permanent residents, along with citizens of Germany, Mexico, the Netherlands, Panama and South Korea, helps those entering the US get through immigration quicker. Whereas UK citizens used to have to…

One Last AA Mileage Run Before the Devaluation on August 1

TPG Contributor Eric Goldner just got back from an epic three-day adventure that earned him AA Platinum status. Here’s how he did it. A few weekends ago, I embarked on a mileage run that would take me from coast to coast, down to Miami and over to Panama for a grand total of $942.85. I was on a mission:…

US and Singapore Team Up for New Trusted Traveler Program

If you frequently travel to Singapore, this could be good news for you: Starting today, citizens of both the US and Singapore can apply online for a just-launched Trusted Traveler Program (TTP), which grants expedited immigration clearance at the countries’ respective checkpoints. This means if you qualify for the program, you’ll be able to use the…

6 Father’s Day Gift Ideas for the Dad Who Likes to Travel

I’ve looked up to my dad my entire life — well, until I was about 15 years old I surpassed him height-wise anyway. Even though I’m four inches taller than him now, I still look up to him in so many ways. My dad and I have a lot in common. Both of our names are Brian Kelly and…

Alaska is Offering PreCheck for 10k Miles: Here’s Why You Should Look Elsewhere

We often write about why you should get TSA PreCheck — the benefits of expedited security at 100-plus airports around the country are hard to deny, after all. If you haven’t yet joined the program, offers like this most recent one from Alaska Airlines may pique your interest. Currently, the carrier will let you redeem…