Website of the Week: Global Entry & Nexus


I can’t believe I waited so long to get my Global Entry and Nexus cards. I’ve only used each of them once and they are already worth the $100 fee for five years. Imagine not having to wait in a long line or fill out any handwritten forms after your flight to the United States. Just walk up to one of the kiosks, confirm your identity (photo and fingerprints for Global Entry and scanning your eyes for Nexus) and answer the standard immigration questions and go! To apply, all you need to do is fill out a 15-minute online questionnaire, accept a background check and go for a 30-minute interview. It’s good at 26 US airports and five in Canada. Global Entry membership is open to U.S. citizens and citizens of Mexico, Canada and the Netherlands. If you travel to Canada often, then apply for Nexus first since it’s only $50 for five years and it will automatically get you enrolled in Global Entry. I give it two HUGE thumbs up! TIP: If you have an American Express Platinum card they will pay the $100 fee.

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Comments

  1. I’d be more tempted by Global Entry and similar programs if they were truly global. Also, when I’ve checked a bag, I might as well stand in line at the immigration desk for 20 minutes as spend that time waiting impatiently at the baggage carousel.

  2. Agree with Durant. Great idea but “Global Entry” it ain’t. It’s unfortunately typical of the otherwise-much-admired US of A that the “World Series” is only for USA teams and various “International Federations of XYZ” only represent U.S. members. How the heck can they call it “Global” when it excludes approximately 5.5 billion people? Go figure.

  3. If you have an AMEX Platinum card or are a United Premier or Premier Plus member you can get the $100 fee reimbursed by using the card when signing up for global entry. See UA and AmEX websites. Also, I paid $170 to get 3 additional cards linked to our primary AmEX platinum card. I got the additional cards for myself and my kids so that we could get reimbursed the $100 fee (1 per card) for each person. Children must be at least 15 years old to qualify for the card (fyi). 4 global entry cards cost= $400…my cost $170!

    • Hi Karol… FYI they have now changed that 15 year old rule. I just got my 10 year old Global Entry. I was surprised. They have kept it quiet. BTW LAX has only a couple of machines so you might have to still wait in line but it REALLY beats the ‘regular’ line which looked like the line for the Matterhorn at Disneyland two days ago when I returned from Tokyo.

      • Hi Melanie,
        Thanks for the info! Just to clarify, I did get all my kids global entry cards no problem (ages 10,14,15). The 15 year old limit to qualify I was referring to in my post was with the Am Ex Platinum card, not the global entry card.

        In order to get additional platinum cards (to get the reimbursement for global entry fee) you must be 15 years old to hold the am ex platinum card. I ended up getting a few additional cards linked to my husband’s am ex platinum card, which I then used for each individual global entry fee. If that makes sense!? The global entry has been great for all of us! I am also zipping through the TSA precheck lines which has been wonderful. Happy Travels!

        TIP: If you are in the process of getting global entry, and the appointment times are booked way out, book yourself an apt, the recheck the website often throughout the day, as there are cancelations everyday. I was booked about 4 months out at LAX, then though checking the website several times a day, ended up with 4 apts within 2 weeks of signing up.

  4. Don’t you have to be a resident of Canada or since I am a registered non-resident Canadian,
    would it still be possible to get a GE card?
    Thanks!

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