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My Vacation Lady got to use our Global Entry (or the Trusted Traveler Program) for the first time returning from a recent vacation to Cabo San Lucas, Mexico at Newark Airport.

So let me give you the rundown on it and whether or not it will be worthwhile for you.

  1. It costs $100 and is valid for 5 years
  2. You must be fill out the application and then appear in person at one of the global enrollment centers for an in person interview.
  3. Once you receive your Global Entry card and include the global entry # in your airline and flight profiles, you will be eligible for TSA pre-check (which is not guaranteed)

So what are the benefits?

When you get off the plane after returning from most foreign countries and BEFORE collecting your luggage, you will typically go through customs and immigration.  Depending upon how quickly you de-planed and how many other planes have landed at the same times, the lines can be pretty long.

What Global Entry does is allow you to bypass those lines and go directly to a kiosk to check in.

  • you will need to place your passport in the reader on the kiosk to be scanned
  • you will need to put your hand on the screen for it to read your finger prints.
  • you will need to answer a few questions
  • you will print a “receipt”
  • you are done!

You’ll head out to get your luggage and some airports even have expedited lines to hand in your immigration forms (that you need to hand in to an agent) before leaving the airport.

So far, these airports have the Global Entry Kiosks

  • Abu Dhabi International Airport (AUH)
  • Anchorage – Ted Stevens International Airport (ANC)
  • Aruba – Queen Beatrix International Airport (AUA)
  • Austin – Austin-Bergstrom International Airport (AUS)
  • Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport (BWI)
  • Boston-Logan International Airport (BOS)
  • Burlington International Airport (BTV)
  • Calgary International Airport (YYC)
  • Charlotte-Douglas International Airport (CLT)
  • Chicago Midway International Airport (MDW)
  • Chicago O’Hare International Airport (ORD)
  • Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport (CVG)
  • Cleveland Hopkins International Airport (CLE)
  • Dallas/Ft. Worth International Airport (DFW)
  • Denver International Airport (DEN)
  • Detroit Metropolitan Airport (DTW)
  • Dublin Airport (DUB)
  • Edmonton International Airport (YEG)
  • Fairbanks International Airport (FAI)
  • Ft. Lauderdale/Hollywood International Airport (FLL)
  • George Bush Intercontinental Airport, Houston (IAH)
  • Guam International Airport (GUM)
  • Halifax Stanfield International Airport (YHZ)
  • Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport (ATL)
  • Honolulu International Airport (HNL)
  • John F. Kennedy International Airport, New York (JFK)
  • John Wayne Airport (SNA)
  • Lambert – St. Louis International Airport (STL)
  • Los Angeles International Airport (LAX)
  • McCarran International Airport, Las Vegas (LAS)
  • Miami International Airport (MIA)
  • Milwaukee – General Mitchell International Airport (MKE)
  • Minneapolis/St. Paul International Airport (MSP)
  • Montreal Pierre Elliott Trudeau International Airport (YUL)
  • Nassau – Sir Lynden Pindling International Airport, Bahamas (NAS)
  • Newark Liberty International Airport (EWR)
  • Oakland International Airport (OAK)
  • Orlando International Airport (MCO)
  • Orlando-Sanford International Airport (SFB)
  • Ottawa Macdonald-Cartier International Airport (YOW)
  • Philadelphia International Airport (PHL)
  • Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport (PHX)
  • Pittsburgh International Airport (PIT)
  • Portland International Airport (PDX)
  • Raleigh-Durham International Airport (RDU)
  • Saipan International Airport (SPN)
  • Salt Lake City International Airport (SLC)
  • San Antonio International Airport (SAT)
  • San Diego International Airport (SAN)
  • San Francisco International Airport (SFO)
  • San Jose International Airport (SJC)*
  • San Juan-Luis Muñoz Marin International Airport (SJU)
  • Seattle-Tacoma International Airport-SeaTac (SEA)
  • Shannon Airport (SNN)
  • Tampa International Airport (TPA)
  • Toronto Pearson International Airport (YYZ)
  • Vancouver International Airport (YVR)
  • Washington-Dulles International Airport (IAD)
  • Winnipeg James Armstrong Richardson International Airport (YWG)

You may notice a few international airports like Aruba, Nassau, Abu Dhabi and a couple in Ireland and Canada.  These are airports that have US customs checks in the destination so you are already cleared when you land in the U.S.

So do we think it was worth it ?

  • We zipped in and out of the immigration area while others from our plane were standing in a long line
  • We were able to take advantage of the Global Entry line (which we didn’t even know about) after collecting our luggage vs. waiting in a long line to hand in our immigration forms.
  • Had our luggage been off the plane in a timely manner, we could have saved about 30 minutes of waiting in lines (but that is another matter 🙂 and we could have zipped in and out of the airport in no time.

So who should consider getting Global Entry?

  1. If you travel internationally more than 2x a year, this may be worthwhile for you.
  2. If you travel internationally with only a carry on piece of luggage- definitely
  3. If you travel internationally frequently with tight connections, it may be worthwhile for you.
  4. If you travel domestically very frequently and like the TSA pre-check benefit, you can apply for either Global Entry or the TSA pre-check card.

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