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Signing-up for Global Entry can save you a LOT of time in airports if you travel frequently. That’s because it’s designed to help you speed through international customs when you return home. And it often helps domestically by clearing you to use the PreCheck lane.
But first things first, you must apply for Global Entry!
I’ll show you how. And remind you which cards come with a credit for free Global Entry!
Submit Your Global Entry Application
Link: Sign-Up for Global Entry
Step 1 – Create an Account
To get started, pull up the Global Entry application page.
Near the bottom right, find and click the “Apply Now!” button.
If this is your first application, click “Register” to create an account.
Next, you’ll answer if you’ve ever applied for the following programs:
- Global Entry
- US/Mexico FAST
- US/Canada FAST
Click “Yes” or “No” to proceed. For most new users, you’ll click “No.”
Then, enter your name, birth information, and email address and click “Next.”
Afterward, you’ll be asked to create a user ID, password, and set up security questions. Then press “Next.”
Step 2 – Log Into Your Account
You’ll be directed to log into your newly created account. Then you’ll see this screen:
To access the Global Entry application, click “Apply for a Trusted Traveler Program.”
You’ll see a list of programs to apply for. In this case, choose “Global Entry” and click “Next.”
Then, you’ll see a message that says:
If your application is conditionally approved, you will be required to travel to one of the enrollment centers listed below, for your interview.
Here’s a list of all the centers and whether or not they will accept walk-in appointments.
You must confirm you’re willing to visit an enrollment center before you can continue the application.
Step 3 – Apply!
There are 16 screens of information. Most of them are short, but plan to spend at least 30 minutes filling it out.
For example, you’ll need your drivers license, citizenship, and basic information.
But there are a few spots where you might get stuck. Because you’ll be asked for the past 5 years of your:
- Address history
- Employment history
- Travel history
Depending on your situation, the application can be quite the walk down memory lane!
Again, be as honest as possible. If you’ve had the same address and job for the last 5 years, this part will be easy. But if not, take some time to find the necessary addresses and list of countries you’ve visited.
Million Mile Secrets team member Scott found that his Amazon.com account shipping history came in handy with this step. So get creative!
Use old IDs, letters, emails, tax returns, or whatever else you can find to patch this information together. And it’s best to find it before you sit down to begin the application.
Once it’s complete, submit your application for initial enrollment.
Step 4 – Make an In-Person Appointment at an Enrollment Center
You’ll usually hear back within ~3 to ~5 business days whether or not you’re conditionally approved. If you are, you’ll be invited to make an appointment at an enrollment center to complete your application and finalize your application.
If there are no appointments available, you can book at a different center and change your appointment date later.
Your Global Entry, if approved, will be valid for 5 years. And will expire on your birthday of the 5th year.
The time you’ll save is well worth it to apply and complete the in-person appointment. Because you’ll have 5 years of less stressful travel ahead!
Cards That Offer Free Global Entry
Global Entry costs $100 and is valid for 5 years. But the fee is refunded if you pay with one of these cards:
- The Platinum Card® from American Express
- The Business Platinum® Card from American Express OPEN
- The Platinum Card® from American Express Exclusively for Mercedes-Benz
- Chase Sapphire Reserve
- Ritz-Carlton Rewards® Credit Card
- Citi® / AAdvantage® Executive World Elite™ Mastercard®
- Citi Prestige® Card
With these cards, you’re eligible for the fee reimbursement once every 5 years.
More About Global Entry
- Get a Same-Day Walk-In Appointment at These Global Entry Enrollment Centers!
- Save Time, Renew Your Global Entry Membership Online
- Can You Use the Global Entry Statement Credit You Get With Certain Cards for Someone Else’s Application?
It’s worth it to sign-up for Global Entry membership. Especially if you have a card that comes with a statement credit for free enrollment!
Has Global Entry changed the way you travel? Did you find the application process was easy?