How to Get Global Entry | Tips & Tricks for Applying & Maximizing the Program

Hi there, it’s Ernest from Trip Astute. In
this video, we’re going to review the process for getting Global Entry and
give you some tips on maximizing the service. (light chiming music) Global Entry has been around for
several years and it basically gives you the ability to fast-track your entry
back into the US when traveling from abroad. It not only improves your
experience for international travel, but also for domestic trips too, since you
get TSA PreCheck with Global Entry. Once you’re approved,
your passport will be loaded into a database and you won’t have to fill out
those annoying blue forms on the plane when entering the US. Instead you’ll
answer all the questions via the Global Entry kiosk and use a separate line that
is typically less crowded than the normal line. In addition, you’ll get a
Global Entry card that you can use when entering the US via land or sea. This
doesn’t replace your passport, but can help expedite your entry back into the
US. The program is open to US citizens and some lawful permanent residents.
You’ll want to check the CBP website to see the full list of eligibility
requirements. There are many different visa classifications that will allow you
to get one if you’re not a US citizen. I’ve included a link below with more
details. To apply, you’ll need to create a Trusted Traveler Program account. Once you
complete the application, you’ll be asked to pay the $100 non-refundable fee. Once
your application and fee are submitted, CBP will review your application. Once
you’re conditionally approved, you’ll receive an email asking you to schedule
an interview at a Global Entry enrollment center, which are usually
located at major airports. You’ll then have to schedule your appointment online.
Once you pass the interview, you’ll get final approval. When you go to the
interview, you’ll need to bring your passport and one other form of official
identification, such as your driver’s license or state ID. Also, $100 seem like a
lot, but it lasts for five years. So essentially, you’re only paying $20 a year and you get TSA PreCheck, so I think it’s totally worth it. The
process is pretty straightforward, but I wanted to share some tips and tricks to
help you with the application process and with maximizing the Global Entry
benefit. Number 1: Check your credit card. Several premium travel credit cards
offer a reimbursement for Global Entry. This includes the Chase Sapphire Reserve,
American Express Platinum, and Citi Prestige. This can be a great way to offset the
cost of Global Entry. Number 2: Register your Known Traveler ID number. Once you
get approved for Global Entry, you want to make sure that you register your
Known Traveler ID number with all the airlines that you fly with. This will
make sure that you get TSA PreCheck when the airline issues you a boarding pass.
Otherwise, they probably won’t know that you’re enrolled in the program. Number
3: Keep checking available appointment times. When I applied for
Global Entry and was trying to schedule the interview, I noticed that the first
available appointment was four months away. However, I kept checking the site
and sure enough, slots kept opening up. I end up rebooking the interview a couple
of times until I finally got one the same week, which meant that I was able to
get approved and take advantage of the benefits sooner. So if you’re facing a
long wait time, keep checking the website for any
cancellations or additional openings. Number 4: Traveling with dependents. One
of the annoying things with Global Entry is that the benefit does not cover any
dependents traveling with you. Each person is supposed to get their own
Global Entry account, even if they are an infant. I’m really not sure how you’re
supposed to interview an infant, but if you have a family you may want to
reconsider getting Global Entry unless you often travel solo. Oddly enough
though, Fiona seems to get TSA PreCheck whenever she travels with me, even though
she doesn’t have Global Entry. It might be a coincidence, but I honestly think
that it’s because she’s on the same reservation with me. Number 5: Update
system with new passport and ID. One thing that is really easy to miss is to
update the system whenever you get a new passport. I only learned about this
recently, and since I got a new passport last year, I needed to log in to update
the information. This also applies to any updates to your issued IDs, like your
driver’s license. Number 6: Know your upcoming travel plans. A common question
that you’ll be asked during your interview is what is your next
international trip. The catch is that they actually
know if you have a trip booked in the future. While I haven’t heard of anyone
getting their application denied because they answered this question incorrectly,
it’s probably best to have a good idea of your upcoming travel plans to avoid
having any delays in your application approval. Number 7: Be prepared to
answer questions about your past. I have heard stories of officers asking about
unpaid parking tickets or citations during the interview. It’s definitely not
going to keep you from getting your Global Entry, but just remember to be
polite and try not to get too defensive. It’s easy to get annoyed or frustrated
with these sorts of questions. But just remember that the officer is just trying
to do his or her job. Number 8: Don’t forget to renew. Your Global Entry
benefit lasts for five years, so make sure you set a reminder to renew it. You
can actually submit a renewal within a year of your expiration date. It does
cost $100 again and you’ll have to submit updates to your profile like
where you live, where you work, and where you’ve traveled. Do you have Global Entry?
If so, let us know if you have any other tips on the program. Let us know too if you
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