Going through Global Entry is now easier than ever
This post contains references to products from one or more of our advertisers. We may receive compensation when you click on links to those products. Terms apply to the offers listed on this page. For an explanation of our Advertising Policy, visit this page.
The next time you arrive at a U.S. airport from abroad and approach a Global Entry kiosk, you might find the experience to be much smoother than before.
Gone are the days of desperately searching around the bottom of your bag or digging through your pockets for your passport. Now, Global Entry is making its kiosks even more efficient by eliminating passport and fingerprint scans, and relying instead on facial biometric authentication — similar to the technology used by Clear.
Passengers who have Global Entry and arrive at some airports from international destinations will no longer need to scan their passport, put their fingers on a fingerprint sensor or answer a questionnaire. They just need to have their picture taken and then collect a printed receipt from the Global Entry kiosk, which they then give to an officer. Then they can exit the airport immediately after baggage claim.
If for some reason the system cannot match the Global Entry member to an image on record, the system will simply revert to the former process. The traveler would be prompted to swipe their passport and submit their fingerprints.
Several TPG staffers have already experienced this simplified new procedure at airports across the country, including Miami (MIA), Dallas (DFW), Houston (IAH), New York-JFK and Newark (EWR). Just two weeks ago, The Points Guy himself, Brian Kelly, experienced it at JFK’s Terminal 4, arriving on an Emirates flight from Milan.
This spells good news for parents of children who have Global Entry, as fingerprints on kids — and especially babies — aren’t necessarily fully developed. Prior to this new rolled-out process, families with children who weren’t fingerprinted were required to see an officer prior to entry, which significantly slows down the process.
Now, facial recognition technology potentially eliminates these issues and allows those globetrotting children (and their parents) to enter the U.S. without a fuss.
While these systems have been implemented at many airports nationwide, it does seem that U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) is testing the new process at several large hubs first before expanding to all airports. Let’s hope it’s expanded quickly so using Global Entry gets that much easier for travelers all over the country.
If you don’t yet have Global Entry, consider using a card that offers a Global Entry fee credit (up to $100) when you pay your application fee, including:
- Capital One Venture Rewards Credit Card ($95 annual fee) — credit every four years
- United Explorer Card ($95 annual fee, waived the first year) — credit every four years
- IHG Rewards Club Premier Credit Card ($89 annual fee, waived for the first year) — credit every four years
- Bank of America® Premium Rewards® credit card ($95 annual fee) — credit every four years
- Chase Sapphire Reserve ($550 annual fee) — credit every four years
- The Platinum Card® from American Express ($695 annual fee see rates & fees) — credit every four years
- The Business Platinum Card® from American Express ($595 annual fee, see rates & fees) — credit every four years
- Citi® / AAdvantage® Executive World Elite Mastercard® ($450) — credit every five years
Additional reporting by Juan Ruiz.
Featured photo by PAUL J. RICHARDS/AFP/Getty Images.
Welcome to The Points Guy!
Earn 90,000 bonus miles and 10,000 Medallion® Qualification Miles (MQMs) after you spend $3,000 in purchases on your new card in the first three months of card membership. Offer ends 11/10/2021.
With Status Boost™, earn 10,000 Medallion Qualification Miles (MQMs) after you spend $25,000 in purchases on your Card in a calendar year, up to two times per year getting you closer to Medallion Status. Earn 3X Miles on Delta purchases and purchases made directly with hotels, 2X Miles at restaurants and at U.S. supermarkets and earn 1X Mile on all other eligible purchases. Terms Apply.
- Limited Time Offer: Earn 90,000 Bonus Miles and 10,000 Medallion® Qualification Miles (MQMs) after you spend $3,000 in purchases on your new Card in your first 3 months. Offer expires 11/10/2021.
- Earn up to 20,000 Medallion® Qualification Miles (MQMs) with Status Boost® per year. After you spend $25,000 in purchases on your Card in a calendar year, you can earn 10,000 MQMs two times per year, getting you closer to Medallion® Status. MQMs are used to determine Medallion® Status and are different than miles you earn toward flights.
- Earn 3X Miles on Delta purchases and purchases made directly with hotels.
- Earn 2X Miles at restaurants worldwide, including takeout and delivery and at U.S. supermarkets.
- Earn 1X Miles on all other eligible purchases.
- Receive a Domestic Main Cabin round-trip companion certificate each year upon renewal of your Card. *Payment of the government imposed taxes and fees of no more than $75 for roundtrip domestic flights (for itineraries with up to four flight segments) is required. Baggage charges and other restrictions apply. See terms and conditions for details.
- Enjoy your first checked bag free on Delta flights.
- Fee Credit for Global Entry or TSA Pre✓®.
- Enjoy an exclusive rate of $39 per person per visit to enter the Delta Sky Club® for you and up to two guests when traveling on a Delta flight.
- No Foreign Transaction Fees.
- $250 Annual Fee.
- Terms Apply.
- See Rates & Fees