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You Can Save a Friend or Family Member $100 With This Card Perk!

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Million Mile Secrets reader, Bob, commented:

I have several credit cards that will reimburse me for the Global Entry application fee.  Can I pay for a friend’s application fee using my card and still get the credit?

Excellent question, Bob!  You certainly can!

When you pay the $100 Global Entry fee with cards like the AMEX Platinum or Chase Sapphire Reserve, you’ll automatically get a credit for the charge once every 4 or 5 years (depending on the card).

This terrific perk is NOT linked to the cardholder.  So you can pay the fee for ANYONE and still get the credit.  This is great for folks who already have Global Entry.

If you have a Global Entry fee credit to spare, I’m sure your friends will appreciate you saving them time and money! 🙂

Global Entry Fee Credit
You Can Use Certain Credit Cards to Pay for Someone Else’s Global Entry Fee and Still Get a Credit!  Friends or Family Will Appreciate You Saving Them Money and Time at the Airport

I’ll remind y’all which cards come with the $100 Global Entry fee credit!  And how you can use it to pay the fee for a friend or family member.

Global Entry Fee Credit

Link:   Apply for Global Entry

Link:   How to Fill Out the Global Entry Application

Global Entry is fantastic because it can save you lots of time by getting you quickly through US Customs and Immigration when you return to the US from abroad.

And once you’re approved for Global Entry, you’ll usually get access to the TSA PreCheck security line when traveling domestically.

I’ve written about how to fill out the Global Entry application.  And how you can add your known traveler number to airline reservations.

Global Entry Fee Credit
When You Add Your Global Entry Known Traveler Number to Your Airline Account, You’ll Typically Get TSA PreCheck for Domestic Travel

Global Entry costs $100 and is valid for 5 years.  But the fee is refunded if you pay with one of these cards:

If you have more than one of these cards and already have Global Entry, you can use the benefit to pay someone else’s application fee.

For example, team member Keith already has Global Entry.  Instead of letting the credit on his AMEX Business Platinum card go to waste, he paid for a friend’s application fee.

After paying the $100 fee, he received a refund within 3 days.

Global Entry Fee Credit
Team Member Keith Paid for a Friend’s Global Entry Application Fee With the AMEX Business Platinum Card and Received a Credit Within a Few Days

Taking advantage of this benefit can be especially useful for families or groups of friends who travel together frequently.  Because it’s no fun speeding through immigration or security just to wait for everyone else you’re traveling with!

And not having to pay $100 should be an easy way to convince your friends or family to apply for Global Entry.

Remember, you have to complete an in-person interview after your Global Entry application is conditionally approved.  Here’s a list of all the enrollment centers and whether or not they will accept walk-in appointments.

And keep in mind, you can renew your Global Entry membership online up to 1 year before it expires.

Bottom Line

Global Entry saves you time going through immigration when you return to the US from overseas.  And it typically gets you access to the TSA PreCheck security line when traveling domestically.

If you already have Global Entry, you can pay for a friend or family member to apply and get a $100 credit with one of these cards:

These cards automatically get you a Global Entry fee credit once every 4 or 5 years (depending on the card).

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If I had the Amex Platinum (Ameriprise) three years ago and used the Global Entry credit, then, recently had the card again and used the credit again, does that trigger reimbursement? It has been three days and nothing yet…would be a good data point (same product, but two different cards issued with a two year gap in-between).

The credit posted on the fourth business day. Great data point for those who have had the card, canceled, then had it again (i.e. there is an apparent reset in the benefits).

All these cards have a hefty annual fee of $450 or more. How do you justify this expense? How does one offset this huge annual fee? I don’t get it?

It’s not for everyone. Opportunity cost is the smallest part (spending on this card vs another). For example, the Amex Platinum: If you’ll spend $200 on travel anyway with the same airline (as you have to commit to the same one each calendar year), will take advantage of the $100 GOES credit each year for you and others, the $50/6mo Sak’s credit, the monthly Uber credits, and will utilize the lounge access and various other “service” advantages (the Concierge service can be useful when you’re strapped for time and need research, purchases, reservations, deliveries, etc. to be done on your behalf)… For me, the card is only worth it if a couple years go by in between holding it. That way, I can take advantage of the $200/ calendar year travel benefit twice in a single card year.

Do any of these cards credit Nexus fees? It seems like logically they should, since the Nexus fee is only $50 compared to the Global Entry fee of $100, but I don’t know whether card issuers are that logical. From the user’s point of view, Nexus is superior because it automatically includes Global Entry as well as providing advantages when entering Canada. Of course, Nexus is far less available except to those living near the Canadian border…

All my family has global entry now. Do you know if paying for Nexus to get on the express lanes driving coming from Canada could be reimbursed? The Nexus add-on to the Global Entry card I think costs $50.

Thanks a lot for the prompt reply. The link gives info on Global entry.

What about TSA precheck when travelling locally within US with Kids, though?

According to the TSA website, children ages 12 and younger may use the TSA PreCheck line when traveling with a parent who has the designation on their boarding pass.

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