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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 airport about 30 minutes before my domestic flights because I have TSA PreCheck. Most days I am lucky enough to get from the drop-off curb and through security in under two minutes. This is why TSA PreCheck is one of my favorite travel enhancements along with Global Entry which allows me to bypass the immigration line when coming back to the US from abroad.
Unfortuntaely for TPG reader Kathi who opted to just get PreCheck and now wants to add on Global Entry, she did the process all wrong! Rather than paying $85 for TSA PreCheck, she should have gotten Global Entry for $100, which would have automatically gotten her PreCheck as well. Now she’ll have to go through the application and interview process all over again to tack on Global Entry. Having TSA PreCheck already will not get her any expedited service or a discount on the $100 fee, but at least she will be breezing through security during the months that lead up to her Global Entry interview, which can take some time to get.
If you didn’t already know, there are a bunch of ways to get the $100 Global Entry fee credited or refunded. The Platinum Card® from American Express (personal, The Business Platinum® Card from American Express and Merecedes-Benz Platinum versions as well) offers a statement credit for the fee and the good news is that this fee is even refunded to additional cardholders. Plus, additional cardmembers also get lounge access with Delta and Priority Pass Select, so this can be a screaming good deal. If you have the new Citi Prestige card, you can also get the Global Entry fee refunded, and if you are a United Global Services, Premier 1K or Platinum, United will also refund you.
So even though Kathi didn’t approach Global Entry and TSA PreCheck in the best way, I think it’s still worth it even if she has go through the application process all over again and doesn’t get the fee refunded. Spending $100 to save hours of time going through immigration for the next five years is quite a steal in my opinion.
For more information, read these related posts:
Is it Better to Pay $100 for Global Entry or $85 for TSA PreCheck?
Can I Use My Platinum Card Global Entry Benefit To Pay For Someone Else’s Application?
Seriously- Get Global Entry Already! FAQ & Ways to Get It For Free
United to Offer Global Entry for 1k and Platinum Elites
Getting Around The Global Entry Appointment Backlog
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