Is Global Entry Worth the Money?
Updated: Sep 26, 2022
What initially comes to mind when you think of airport security? A long line and removal of shoes, belts, etc.? Travelers running to their flights and dragging bags and carry-on luggage? Which gate am I supposed to go to? Will I make my flight on time? Airport security rarely brings happy thoughts to travelers.
If you want a better experience, consider Global Entry. What if you could skip those lines and walk into the airport feeling relaxed and less stressed? It makes traveling even more fun, trust me!! So how can you relax at the airport without getting there 4 hours ahead of time? That's easy - Global Entry.
Often travelers ask, "What's the difference between Global Entry and TSA pre-check?"
TSA Precheck is easier to obtain and gives you fast pass-through security. Global Entry costs $15 more and also gets you a fast pass through security, AND (the best part) is it also drastically shortens the time you need to go through U.S. Customs when returning home from international travel. The TRUE value for Global Entry is the shortened line when returning to the U.S. If you have tight connections from an international trip, it takes the pressure off the journey home. You won't want to stand in long lines fretting about the connecting flights when taking a luxury travel vacation. After a fantastic VIP trip, standing in line at customs is the last thing you'll want to do.
"Global Entry is a U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) program that allows expedited clearance for pre-approved, low-risk travelers upon arrival in the United States. Members enter the United States through automatic kiosks at select airports." GLOBAL ENTRY
Imagine your next international trip, breezing through security in minutes instead of the hour-and-a-half wait other travelers experienced. If you've ever missed a flight, you'll appreciate the benefits of both TSA Precheck and the ease of return in customs that Global Entry provides.
So if you are now on board with applying for Global Entry, you may ask what the catch is for an exclusive fast pass—the primary issue...the waiting time once you’ve applied. It takes upwards of 6 months to get an appointment for people applying. So procrastinating is not ideal when trying to get Global Entry for a trip you have planned in the next few months.
But as your luxury travel concierge service, we’ve got a workaround for you! Enter Appointment Scanner - aka the golden ticket!!
What is “Appointment Scanner?” The best way to cut months off your Global Entry interview wait time.
How it works:
Apply for GlobalEntry & get conditionally approved
Sign up for Appointment Scanner - choose an enrollment center, set a date limit, and customize your notification preferences to your liking.
Get an alert when there are last-minute meeting times available so you can jump on the site to claim your spot as soon as you can!
They say on average Appointment Scanner users get between 10-25 alerts a day to give you plenty of opportunities to grab an appointment time that is convenient to you! One of our clients just last week put in 3 airports they were willing to go to for their interview appointment, they were notified, logged in to select the new time/location for their in-person appointment with this tool, and got their global entry today!!! Bye, bye long wait times hello stress-free traveling. (And no this is not sponsored this is just a true gem of a product that we couldn’t help but share with some of our favorite people, YOU!)
And if you’re questioning is it really that easy? The answer is yes, it’s really that simple! If you still have questions feel free to let us know and reach out to us. We’d be happy to help you navigate this fast pass when it comes to this aspect of your trip!
Pro Tip: Check with your credit card company; some credit cards may reimburse you for the application fee of Global Entry.
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