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SFO Global Entry Enrollment Office to Open 24/7 for 60-Day Trial

June 08, 2016
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SFO Global Entry Enrollment Office to Open 24/7 for 60-Day Trial
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If you've been tuned in to the news during the past few weeks, chances are you're well aware of the TSA's issues with security checkpoint wait times at airports across the country. People have been waiting in lines for longer-than-usual periods, sometimes more than several hours, to the point where American, Delta and United have all stepped in to offer help at speeding up the process. Travelers have been encouraged to sign up for TSA PreCheck or Global Entry as a means to get through the checkpoint faster, but it appears that the influx of travelers signing up might have been more than US Customs & Border Protection was able to handle.

In an effort to curb the nearly six-month wait time for a Global Entry interview at San Francisco (SFO), the CBP is launching a 60-day pilot program to test out a new initiative. The new program, which will start on June 12, will keep the Global Entry enrollment office at SFO open 24 hours a day, seven days a week. The extended hours are expected to offer an additional 826 appointment slots, which will help clear the backlog of applicants waiting for interviews.

Global Entry comes with TSA PreCheck to get through security checkpoints faster.
Global Entry comes with TSA PreCheck to get through security checkpoints faster.

It's not yet clear if this program will expand to other Global Entry enrollment offices. The facility at SFO is currently open from 7:00am-11:00pm, however, for 60 days (starting June 12), the location will be open 24/7. Following the trial period, the program will be evaluated.

If you don't yet already have Global Entry, don't forget there are several cards that offer a fee credit for the five-year, $100 membership, such as the Citi Prestige, The Platinum Card from American Express and Ritz-Carlton Rewards Credit Card. If you travel even a few times a year, Global Entry (and therefore, TSA PreCheck) can be extremely valuable in the time you save and well worth the cost.

H/T: Travel Skills

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