If you’ve been looking for an easier airport experience, you may be considering applying for TSA Pre-Check or global entry. But, which one is the best for your needs? Lucky for you, I’ve been comparing both options as my Chase Sapphire Reserve card offers me an $100 credit for one. Keep reading to learn more about the options as I’ve already done the research for you!
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Let’s start with the TSA Pre-Check. If you travel with in the US and do so often, this may be a great option for you to consider. Once approved, you will have the opportunity to be expedited through the TSA screening area at select airports. It’s important to note that not all airports will have this option available to you when traveling, but 180 airports do participate. Check out the participating airports and airlines. The good news is that the TSA Pre-Check is valid for 5 years! The application fee is $85.
To apply, you will need to submit an online application. You will then attend a scheduled interview at an enrollment center. If you’re looking to apply, here’s a list of enrollment centers!
Yet another option is Global Entry. This is a great choice for travelers who travel internationally. How does it work? Once approved, you’ll have the opportunity to get through customs a lot quicker. In most cases, this speeds up the entire customs process, but travelers may still be selected to go through further clearances, in some cases. Just like with TSA Pre-Check, the option is only available in select airports. Here are the airports that qualify. A Global Entry membership is valid for 5 years! The best part about having Global Entry is that you’ll also be eligible for TSA Pre-Check!
In order to apply, you’ll need to fill out an application form online. Each application must include an $100 application fee. Then, you’ll need to schedule an interview at an enrollment center. Here are the enrollment location centers.
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Whats the verdict?
If you travel within the United States and internationally, it’s worth it for you to pay the extra $15 ($100 instead of $85) to apply for Global Entry. This can allow you to speed up TSA screenings at select airports and can also make for a faster customs experience when entering the United States from abroad.
I personally plan to apply for Global Entry. I’ll be using my $100 credit (thanks to Chase!) within the next couple of months.
I hope this guide helps you better understand whether TSA Pre-Check or Global Entry are best for you. Don’t forget to look into your travel credit card benefits before applying — you may be able to get this for free!