Global Entry – Ultimate Guide: How to Apply, Use and Get TSA PreCheck

Global Entry – Ultimate Guide:

How To Apply, Use, Get TSA PreCheck & More

The Global Entry application and “Trusted Traveler “program: Your ultimate ticket to saving time and becoming a better traveler.

Global Entry Logo - What are you waiting for?

You probably have heard about it from friends and family.

Or at least seen certain fellow flyers bypassing the Customs and Immigration officers when landing back in the U.S.

Or keeping their shoes on while darting pas TSA agents and airport security.

They are probably members of the great program: Global Entry.

Its benefits are simple to understand. Though when describing it’s shared benefits of the other Trusted Traveler programs things can get confusing.

Especially when discussing it’s most used feature: TSA PreCheck.

We’re going to clear it all up here

Below, we’ll go over all the areas so you’ll be well versed in everything regarding Global Entry.

Ready?

Ok…so what does Global Entry really do?

Its saves you time.

Lots of it.

Being a member of you can save 30 minuets to 3 HOURS of time waiting in lines.

Before and after your travels.

You’ll make your connecting flights because of the time your Global Entry card saves you..

Which lines?

Empty Global Entry Kiosks at an airport

  • Airport Security Screening lines at more than 130 airports, (TSA PreCheck)
  • Customs and Immigration lines at 46 airports when returning to the U.S. from international air travel.
  • Border crossing lines when traveling back to the US from Mexico at 11 locations
  • Border crossing lines when traveling back to the U.S. from Canada by land or sea at 25 locations

Trusted Traveler Programs?

Trusted Traveler Programs are measures put in place by the Customs and Border Protection office (Global Entry, SENTRI, NEXUS) and the Department of Homeland Security (TSA PreCheck) that save you from airline travel hassle and headaches involved with border crossings by allowing members to use faster, expedited lanes.

Called “Trusted Traveler Programs” they allow travelers to undergo an application and background check so that they may be called “Trusted Travelers” and have faster expedited access back into the United States when traveling by air or ground as well expedited security screening when flying domestically.

Airline travel made pleasurable again.

Border crossings a cinch.

Standard Airport Security lines
No more of this with Global Entry

It does not matter how you look at it. All the programs are the same and have the same benefits.

Only difference is the price of each program, where you can have your Interview for each program, and Who can apply for Each program.

Specific Programs Benefits

Global Entry

  • For international travelers
  • Expedited Customs and Immigration Screening
  • Includes benefits of the other programs
  • Includes TSA PreCheck

SENTRI Pass

  • For travel between Mexico and US
  • SENTRI: Expedited Border crossing from Mexico into the U.S. via SENTRI lanes
    • There are no SENTRI lanes going INTO Mexico, fyi)
  • Can use Global Entry Kiosks
  • Includeds TSA PreCheck

NEXUS

  • For travel between Canada and US
  • NEXUS: Expedited border crossing between the U.S. and Canada
    • There are NEXUS lanes going into Canada and returning to the U.S. from Canada
  • Can be used in SENTRI lanes
  • Can use Global Entry Kiosks
  • Includes TSA PreCheck

TSA PreCheck

  • Access to TSA PreCheck lanes when flying on one of 11 participating airlines only.

You can become a member of TSA PreCheck on its own, but you get NONE of the other benefits the other 3 offer.

TSA PreCheck Sign at airportMembers of the program can use Global Entry Customs Kiosks at more than 86 airports when returning to the U.S. from travel abroad.

This lets you avoid long customs and immigration lines and skip the completion of customs declaration forms.

In addition to a quick return from international air travel, Global Entry members get all the benefits of SENTRI and NEXUS.

We can’t say the above enough.

While membership is only $15 more over 5 years than becoming a member of TSA PreCheck alone, getting Global Entry instead of TSA PreCheck is a no-brainer.

The only reason to apply for TSA PreCheck by itself is if you can’t make it to one of the 95 Global Entry interview locations (conducted by a TSA Officer, not a CBP officer as it is for Global Entry, SENTRI or NEXUS).

So if you are in Indy and want to become a member of Global Entry…the closest place location for your interview is Chicago.

That is the only advantage of being a member the stand alone TSA PreCheck program: More interview locations.

Almost 2 million travelers have already joined and are enjoying shorter lines and less waiting. More airport terminals, and cities are being added every month.

Is it worth it?

Absolutely!

Not simply due to all the time you’ll save, but for your mental savings.

Forget the airport screening hassle. Skip the customs forms and immigration lines too.

Clear your mind and improve you mood. It’s the real benefit of these programs.

It’s a good way to begin and end any travel experience.

The main benefit of these programs: A better you.

Imagine that.

TSA PreCheck lanes at San Diego airport with Global Entry membership
TSA PreCheck comes with Global Entry

Use TSA PreCheck and go from checking your bags to arriving at your gate in less than 10 minuets without having to strip in front of strangers sound good?

Returning from a overseas trip? Want to breeze through Customs and Immigration? No need to fill out US immigration forms and be one of many in a traffic
jam of luggage carts and bags if you are a member of Global Entry, SENTRI or NEXUS.

You’ll get your own customs and immigration lines by way of “personal receipt” that you’ll get after using a Customs Kiosk.

Don’t believe the wait times can be that long? Check the CBP’s wait times website and see for yourself.

Simply get on with better things.

Which one should I get?

Global Entry every time.

If you are eligible and have a passport this is the way to go.

You will even get TSA PreCheck privileges with Global Entry. So if you are thinking of one or the other…get Global Entry.

You can also apply for SENTRI or NEXUS if you do not have a passport or are a Canadian citizen and meet each programs requirements.

NEXUS?
Hint.  U.S. Passport Holders can apply for a NEXUS card.

Receive the exact benefits of Global Entry (minus the international agreements) and pay $50 less.

Global Entry Requirements

Global Entry is available for:SENTRI card with Global Entry card. Both share each others benefits

  • U.S. citizens
  • Lawful permanent residents
  • Dutch citizens
  • South Korean citizens
  • German citizens
  • Panamanian citizens
  • Mexican citizens
  • Columbian citizens
  • Singapore citizens
  • U.K. citizens
  • Canadian citizens (residents may enjoy Global Entry benefits through membership in the NEXUS program)
Other Countries
Citizens of other countries my apply for SENTRI if they wish to become a member of a Trusted Traveler program.

After your Global Entry application is conditionally approved by the CBP, an in person interview with a Customs and Border Protection officer will be required.

There are 95 locations in the U.S. and abroad for your Global Entry Interview.

If you wish to utilize a vehicle for use in SENTRI lanes with your Global Entry membership you must get your vehicle inspected at one of the 11 SENTRI interview locations.

You may complete your Global Entry interview at these locations as well.

Global Entry Benefits

Less waiting – Less Headaches – More time – Better Experience

Here’s the quick list:

  • Shorter airport security screening with included TSA PreCheck
  • Use of SENTRI lanes when returning from Mexico
  • Use of NEXUS lanes when traveling to or from Canada.
  • Use of Customs Kiosks when returning from air travel abroad
    • No immigration form to fill out
    • No Customs line to stand in

At only slightly more than TSA PreCheck alone and even LESS that SENTRI program membership, it’s an easy choice when considering any Trusted Traveler program.

Along with the benefit of TSA PreCheck included in membership, there are other aspects of the Global Entry program that are helpful for frequent and especially, international travelers.

Customs and Immigration

Global Entry KiosksGlobal Entry members can use Customs Kiosks when entering back into the US from travel abroad.

By using the kiosk you do not have to fill out the Customs Declaration card upon landing back into the US and can skip the immigration line.

This is a massive time saver!

Using a kiosk is a easy. Just make sure you push in your passport all the way into the the scanner.

The process involves scanning your passport, fingertips and answering a few customs questions, similar to what is on the declaration form.

Smile for the camera and you’ll get a “personal receipt” that you present to the immigration officer.

You are done and back on home soil without having to wait in line.

Global Entry Customs and Immigration Receipt

There are virtually no lines to access a kiosk and you can be through in moments.

Customs = Your Bags | Immigration = You

Though, folks have mentioned that everyone usually ends up waiting for their luggage anyway after passing immigration.

Global Entry Customs Baggage Check line is empty
Empty Customs line (left) for Global Entry members

True, in some cases. However, you’ll still need to lug your luggage through Customs.

This line is usually very long complete with people and all their gear.

Global Entry Customs and Immigration TicketGlobal Entry members have their own line (as the one on the right with NO ONE IN IT) for you to to clear customs and finally make it back to the US.

Take your “personal receipt” to the Customs officer in line and you’ll be waved on through. No questions asked.

You’re through in no time. No need to even show your Global Entry card either

You will make your flight connections because of this.

Global Entry: Mexico and Canada

SENTRI and NEXUS lanes

Preparing for a road trip across the border?

Global Entry members have access to SENTRI and NEXUS lanes when crossing back in the US at land or sea border crossings between Mexico and Canada respectively.

This can save you hours.

By having access to SENTRI lanes when returning from Mexico, Global Entry members wait less than 30 minuets when crossing back to the U.S.

NEW SENTRI LInes

 

Global Entry Cost

An application for Global Entry costs $100 for 5 years of membership.

The fee is paid online after the application is submitted and is non-refundable.

Application for the program does not guarantee admittance.

You could be denied by the CBP and loose your $100 application fee for incomplete or false information or prior marks on your record.

We personally have seen applicants be denied due to marks on their record 10 years in the past, DUI’s and more recently for quite a strange reason.

Do not worry about speeding tickets or traffic violations, they should not affect your application from being conditionally aprroved.

[green_box]Don’t let this deter you. The prices is very worth the time saved over 5 years of potential travel. If you want a simpler and refundable Global Entry Application we are here to help.[/green_box]

How much is your time worth?

Use your Global Entry membership to access SENTRI lanes ONCE and you have already “paid” for itself in the amount of time you get back.

Same is true for long Customs and Immigration lines. You can make your flights because of this.

 

Global Entry

SENTRI pass

NEXUS pass

TSA PreCheck

Cost

$100/ 5 years

Non-refundable application

$122.25/ 5 years

Non-refundable application

$50/ 5 years

Non-refundable application

$89/ 5 years

Non-refundable application

Interview Locations

89

11

27

200+

Included Benefits

TSA PreCheck

SENTRI

NEXUS

TSA PreCheck

Global Entry

NEXUS

TSA PreCheck

Global Entry

SENTRI

NO OTHER BENEFITS

Same SENTRI line
NOTE: Global Entry members may access SENTRI lanes but must go through the same vehicle inspection process at one of 11 SENTRI inspection locations.

Global Entry Application

The Global Entry application completed through an on-line application form and submitted to the CBP for review.

After your application is conditionally approved you must attend an in person interview with a Customs and Border Protection officer to complete you Global
Entry enrollment.

From the time you apply till you get your Global Entry card in had is 3 major steps.

We’ll go over each below:

1. How to apply for Global Entry

2. Attend CBP interview

3. Card Activation

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Complete your Global Entry application

Completing your Global Entry application online is a simple, but rather tedious task with the CBP.

It requires registering with the CBP’s GOES (Global Online Enrollment System) to complete your application and submit payment.

It’s straightforward but has a dated UI and is not mobile friendly.

We walk you though the GOES Global Entry application process here.

The Global Entry application fee ($100) is non-refundable, and you will submit payment after your online application is complete.

As of October 2017 the CBP did away with the outdated GOES system. 

This is a good thing as this outdated GOES system was slow and not user friendly.

The CBP replaced the registration and log in process for all Global Entry, SENTRI and NEXUS members and applicants to the new Trusted Traveler Program website, or TTP, website. 

https://ttp.cbp.dhs.gov/

View the webpage and note that for added security measures you will now have to create a official login ID at www.login.gov to apply for and renew your membership.

It is a added step, but worth it for security purposes.

The completion of the applications has greatly improved.  No more need for assistance!

Check out our quick reference page for Login.gov as well our Trusted Traveler Program overview for a detailed description of the new application process.

Please keep in mind, that though the TTP site is new, if you complete your Global Entry application with erroneous information, your application could be denied and your fee will not be refunded.

If you wish to include a vehicle to use in SENTRI lanes you must enter your appropriate vehicle conveyance information (Make, Model, Year, VIN) at the end of your application.

Your vehicles conveyance information may be added at a later time after you are successfully admitted into the Global Entry program, though you will not be able to use that vehicle in SENTRI lanes until you do so.

Note that vehicles approved for use in SENTIR lanes must be driven by the person who submitted their SENTRI pass information and vehicle conveyance information.

For example: If Mike and Jill both have Global Entry passes and Mike registered his car to use in SENTRI lanes, then ONLY Mike may drive that vehicle when using in SENTRI lanes.

Jill may not, even though she has SENTRI.

Both Mike and Jill may cross together in the vehicle he registered of course, but Mike must be driving.

After your application is submitted in 1-3 weeks you will receive a email from the CBP informing you if your application is conditionally approved.

You will then need to log back into your GOES account and schedule a date to attend a in person interview with a Customs and Border Protection officer.

2: Schedule and attend your CBP Interview

There are a total of 95 locations for you to attend your Global Entry interview. More locations being added every month.

The majority of Global Entry enrollment centers are located at major airports or border crossing stations.

All SENTRI interview locations serve as Global Entry enrollment centers as well.

Global Entry Interview with passport
Global Entry interview in Washington D.C.

Dates for an interview can be up to 3 weeks to a few months at busier locations.  So apply as soon as your are ready and plan ahead as best you can.

Same Day Appointments
Impatient? You can walk into certain enrollment centers and see if there are available openings for that day! 

Just make sure you print out your “Conditional Approval” letter.

When you attend your Global Entry interview you will need to bring your:

  • Passport
  • Drivers license

 

is wise to also bring:

  • Valid drivers license (or state identification) issued in state where applicant lives
  • Any evidence of your employment or residence (tax return, pay stub, mortgage/rent payment receipts)

 

The interview with a CBP agent as actually pretty easy.

During the interview you will have your photograph taken for your identification card and your fingerprints will be scanned.

The CBP officer will also as basic questions concerning your application.

Questions could be:

  • “How often do you go to (said country in application)?”
  • “Do you or any friends or family travel to Mexico. If so, how often?”
  • “How often do you visit (said countries)?”

No personal questions are asked and the whole time in front of an officer is about 5 min.

It’s painless.

Los Angeles, LAX Global Entry Enrollment Center
LAX Global Entry Enrollment/Interview Location

If you are registering your vehicle for use in SENTRI lanes you will also need to provide:

  • Valid drivers license (or state identification)
  • Vehicle registration
  • Evidence of US automobile insurance
  • If the vehicle is not registered in the name of the applicant, a notarized letter authorizing its use by the applicant is required. A company
    vehicle requires written authorization on company letterhead

 

3: Card Activation and Use

Once your interview is complete and if you are deemed a Trusted Traveler you will receive your Global Entry card in mail in about one week.

Log back into your GOES account and active you card before use.

Once you active your Global Entry card that’s it. You’re done!

GOES Global Entry, SENTRI Pass or NEXUS card activation

You can now use your program’s benefits to cross the Mexican or Canadian border in less than 20min.

Or, use your KTN/PASS ID to enjoy TSA PreCheck benefits.

“What’s a KTN?” “Can’t I just show my card and be good to go?”

We wish it could be that easy.

Check out How to Use your Global Entry to access TSA PreCheck lanes as often as possible.

Don’t worry, it’s easy.

Global Entry For Children

All children, regardless of age, must apply for Global Entry and pay the appropriate fees to become a member.

This mainly applies for children and infants that will be returning to the U.S. with their parents or guardians from international air travel so that they may use Customs Kiosks and avoid Customs and Immigrations lines.

A great first hand experience from the blog Regional First gives specific information around applying for and using Global Entry with children.

Children
Children under the age of 13 DO NOT need to be a member of Global Entry, SENTRI, NEXUS or TSA PreCheck in order use TSA PreCheck lanes with their parent or guardian.

However, the parent or guardian must be a member of Global Entry, SENTRI, NEXUS or TSA PreCheck and must have been selected for TSA PreCheck upon check in. AA Bording pass with TSA PreCheck

Causes for Denial

Reasons for your Global Entry denial could include:

  • Incomplete application
  • False information on your application
  • Criminal record/Arrests
  • Customs violations/Illegal trade

Applicants have been know to be denied due to DUI arrests and other violations, even if more than 10 years prior.  Consult your fellow travelers on forums such as FlyerTalk for more personal experience other travelers may have had.

You may appeal

If you are denied or revoked from the Global Entry, SENTRI, NEXUS or Fast programs, the CBP states that you may be provided information in writing about the reason for this action.

If the CBP decided to give you this information it may take months to receive, with no clear explanation in the end.

If you feel the decision was based upon inaccurate information, you may send an email or write to the CBP Trusted Traveler Ombudsman at:  CBP.cbpvc@dhs.gov

Or in writing at:

US Customs and Border Protection

P.O. Box 946

Williston, VT 05495

Attn: CBP Ombudsman

Information to the Ombudsman should contain supporting information that can demonstrate the denial or revocation was based on inaccurate information.

As per the CBP help desk: “Having a criminal record or past violation of CBP laws/regulations/policies may render you ineligible for participation in all trusted traveler programs. These programs have strict criteria for participation.”

For more information as well as to submit additional complaints visit the CBP Help Desk.

Global Entry Renewal

Renewing your Global Entry membership is the same as the original application process.

To renew your Global Entry log into your GOES account 90 days before your membership expires, click the Renew Button and update all personal and legal information.

Following your update the non-refundable GOES application fees must be paid for another 5 years of membership.

If your Global Entry renewal application is “Conditionally Approved” you will receive an e-mail or letter stating such and then will have 30 days to schedule another CBP interview.

Please note that prior admittance to the program does not guarantee renewal.

Any new information or information falsely submitted may be cause for your Global Entry renewal to be denied.

How to use Global Entry

Now on to the good stuff.

All of the big 3 Traveler Programs share their benefits.

When you throw TSA PreCheck into the mix things it gets confusing

“What goes with what?” “I have Global Entry but am flying to Europe, can I still get PreCheck?”

Don’t worry, we’re going to clear it up for you.

We will go over using Global Entry with:

  • SENTRI lanes
  • NEXUS lanes when returning to the U.S. from Canada
  • TSA PreCheck when flying with more than 13 U.S. carriers
Everyone Gets PreCheck
Note that EVERYONE get’s access toTSA PreCheck!

Yet members to ONLY TSA PreCheck by applying through the TSA’s online application service get NONE of the benefits of Global Entry, SENTRI or NEXUS.

We can’t say that enough.

This is why we recommend ANY CBP managed (big 3) Traveler Program over TSA PreCheck.

Being granted TSA PreCheck at any point in time is STILL A RANDOM PROCESS

Even if you are a member of Global Entry or TSA PreCheck itself, being granted TSA PreCheck privileges upon checking in for a flight is still random.

Though Global Entry members have been seen to be granted TSA PreCheck MORE than members of other programs, even members of stand along TSA PreCheck.

Global Entry card in SENTRI lanes

For many who live in the southern states, real reason to apply for Global Entry.

These other two programs (developed specifically for each border SENTRI for Mexico and NEXUS for Canada) are included.

At the busiest port of entry in the United States and the World (San Diego’s San Ysidro crossing) standard wait times are on average 2-3+ hours.

Friends of EasySentri have had to wait 7 hours while crossing on foot.

SENTRI lanes get you back to the U.S. faster

There are more than 47 land border crossings between the two countries with only 11 of them having dedicated SENTRI lanes.

Don’t worry, these lanes are located at the crossings you would typically cross at anyway.

SENTRI lane at Juarez Lincoln Bridge Laredo Texas

Though be aware, some SENTRI lanes such as those in Mexicali are closed at certain hours and then re-open in the morning.

At the busiest port of entry in the United States and the World (San Diego’s San Ysidro crossing) standard wait times are on average 2-3+ hours.

Friends of EasySentri have had to wait 7 hours while crossing on foot.

By having access to SENTRI lanes when returning from Mexico, Global Entry members wait less than 30 minuets when crossing back to the U.S.

SENTRI lanes for walking across the border in San Diego
SENTRI walking lanes in San Ysidro

Skipping this step of registering your car, truck or motorcycle and attempting to access these lanes could cause your Global Entry privileges could be revoked!

There is NO FEE associated with registering your vehicle if you are applying for Global Entry, but you must bring your vehicle to a SENTRI enrollment center to do so.

It would be best to make your Global Entry interview at a enrollment center so are able to complete both at once. This usually consists of opening up the hood and general inspections of the interior, trunk, truck bed and window tint.

No More Inspections
As of November 2015 there are no more vehicle inspections required by the CBP if you wish to register a car, truck or motorcycle for use in SENTRI lanes! 

It may sound like a lot, but the interview is easy and straightforward.

Everyone a member
Tip!! Everyone in the vehicle must be a member of Global Entry, SENTRI or NEXUS to utilize these lanes. You will be shuttled into secondary screening if not.

No worries though, passengers can always get out and walk across the border and meet you on the other side while the ownerWalking across the border from Mexico to the U.S.Walking across the border from Mexico to the U.S. (the driver and Global Entry member) drive through with your Global Entry.

 

Using Global Entry card in SENTRI lanes in San Diego
Show your Global Entry or SENTRI card to the scanner when crossing back to the U.S.
Your own car
Tip!! You can not drive someone else’s car across the border in a SENTRI lane. The vehicle must be driven by the person whois a member of the Trusted Traveler program. The driver must have their Global Entry Card, SENTRI Card, or NEXUS Card must be in hand.

Global Entry in NEXUS lanes

Same principle as above. Pretty easy.

Note that Global Entry members may only access NEXUS lanes when Returning To the U.S. from Canada at land border crossings.

Global Entry members may NOT access NEXUS lanes when Entering Into Canada from the U.S.

How to use Global Entry for TSA PreCheck

TSA PreCheck signs in Indianapolis AirportYou received Trusted Traveler card (Global Entry, SENTRI or NEXUX).

Now it’s off to hassle free airline travel!

Hold on. Not so fast.

While crossing the U.S. border in your car is quite easy (Line up and flash you Global Entry, SENTRI or NEXUS card), getting access to TSA PreCheck lanes with your Trusted Traveler membership is a tad different.

But not hard.

First, TSA PreCheck is only available to passengers of 13 U.S. carriers:

Aeromexico Hawaiian Airways
Air Canada JetBlue Airways
Alaska Airlines Seaborne Airlines
Allegiant Airlines Southwest Airlines
American Airlines Sun Country Airlines
Cape Air United Airlines
Delta Airlines Virgin America
Etihad Airways WestJet
Lufthansa (Aug 31st, 2016)

It would be great if you could show your membership card at PreCheck lines and pass on through, but you can’t.

To even be able to get into TSA PreCheck lanes you’ll need to know your “KTN”.

This stands for your Known Traveler Number or PASS ID.

You have to make sure you use your KTN correctly.

This would be your “Known Traveler Number” or PASS ID numbers.

What are KTN and PASS ID?

These are numbers assigned to your Global Entry, SENTRI or NEXUS membership that you will need in order to be granted access to TSA PreCheck.

When you receive your Global Entry card you will see a 9 digit number on the back usually beginning with 98. This number is your PASS ID and is labeled as such.

KTN or PASS ID on Global Entry cardThis serves as your KTN

Your PassID or KTN is on the back of your Trusted Traveler card.

If you only have TSA PreCheck you will not have a PASS ID. You will receive your KTN in the post or via e-mail.

[warning_box]Access to TSA PreCheck lines are still “random”, even with membership into Global Entry, SENTRI or NEXUS.

However, EasySenti employees (Global Entry members) have ALWAYS received access to TSA PreCheck lines. Membership into a CBP issued Trusted Traveler Program is far superior than TSA PreCheck alone.[/warning_box]

These ID’s or “passwords” are what you will need in order to gain access to expedited PreCheck lanes.

When purchasing airline tickets online, right before you finalize your purchase, you will will see a field asking you to enter need your “KTN”, “Known Traveler ID” or other identifier.

Enter your PASS ID or KTN here.

Really…they are the same thing.

KTN = PASS ID

The reason for the difference is that Active Military Members do not need to apply for TSA PreCheck.

Active military may use their DoD numbers to access TSA PreCheck. These DoD numbers serve as the soldiers’ KTN when purchasing airline tickets. If you are in the military and want more detailed specifics look here.

Clear as mud?

Your KTN/PASS ID lets online ticketing registers recognize you as a Trusted Traveler and set your tickets up for receiving TSA PreCheck.

Active military may use DoD ID numbers as their KTN.

How to use your KTN

11 airlines participate in TSA PreCheck and have fields for you to enter your KTN when purchasing tickets online.

The field is usually located on the final checkout page before credit card submittal. JetBlue provides an excellent example.

After you enter your KTN and purchase your ticket…that’s it. You’re done!

TSA PreCheck on Boarding Pass

Your Known Traveler Number is entered into your reservation and you will have a very high chance of being selected for TSA PreCheck. Even more so if you
are a Global Entry member.

Did you forgot to enter your number or find a site without a KTN field? Worry not. You can always call your airline’s help center and have them double check if your KTN was entered correctly. Your KTN can be entered into your reservation after ticket purchase as well.

A simple call to their customer service and a representative can enter in your KTN into your reservation on your behalf.

[yellow_box]Family members over the age of 13 must have their own KTN/PASS ID. Kiddos under 12 do not, and can access PreCheck with you.[/yellow_box]

KTN and Frequent Flyers

If you are a member of a participating airlines’ Frequent Flyer program you can also enter and save your KTN into your online profile.

When signed into your frequent flyer account while purchasing tickets your KTN should transfer over to you reservation.

There are risks to this option, however.

There have been cases of KTN’s not being transferred consistently and folks not receiving PreCheck after checking in. If this happens, call the appropriate
frequent flyer representative to see if they can enter in your KTN for the reservation. If successful, try and get a ticking agent at the airport to
re-issue your boarding pass, hopefully with TSA PreCheck printed on the top this time.

To avoid this all together we recommend a quick call or desktop chat with a frequent flyer rep to verify if your KTN has been assigned to your reservation.

[warning_box]
Be careful when purchasing tickets as a couple or family. Everyone over 13 will have to be a member of a Trusted Traveler program and there must be appropriate fields to enter each person’s KTN when purchasing tickets as a group.

If only one KTN is entered, only one will receive TSA PreCheck.[/warning_box]

At the gate

After checking in with your airline you will see TSA PreCheck printed on the top of your boarding pass if you were selected.

Remember, being a member of a Trusted Traveler program does not guarantee you will be granted access.

It only improves your chances.

The TSA still have Trusted Travelers pass through normal security to keep them honest.

Recently, it seems that Global Entry members are being granted access to TSA PreCheck more often than those with TSA PreCheck’s stand alone program. This is something to consider.

Things to remember

Everyone in your family will need to be a member of Global Entry another Traveler Program or TSA PreCheck in order to receive it’s benefits.

Members of Global Entry, SENTRI or NEXUS will have access to Customs Kiosks every time.

Folks enrolled only in TSA PreCheck may NOT use Customs kiosks.

Still have follow up questions? Shoot us a text, comment or call. Get in touch with Twitter or Facebook too!

International Arrangements

Global Entry members get the added and oven overlooked benefit of being included into other countries’ participating “expedited” traveler programs.

These agreements allow Global Entry members to enter into the respective countries quickly using their respective expiditing process.

Some require no additional fee to join the program, such as Germany and New Zealand.

Others requires an additional payment to join.

Below is the full list of current countries that accept Global Entry card holders as trusted travelers into their programs:

 

How to get Global Entry for Free

There is a way to get Global Entry for free.

It surrounds the use of credit card, usually with a annual free, that give you a “application credit” or reimburse you the $100 application fee after you have been approved to use the card.

Some of the annual fees of these credit cards may seem quite high, usually over $100 and for some close to $500.

But when taking into account the reimbursement and any additional perk it may offer, applying for one of the cards can make a lot of sense.

Cards Include:

  • Chase-Ritz-Carlton Rewards Credit Card
  • Delta’s choice benefits-Delta Platinum Medallion members
  • Citi Prestige Card
  • Citi/AAdvantage Executive World Elite MasterCard
  • Barclaycard-AAdvantage Aviator Silver World Elite MasterCard
  • The Platinum Card from American Express
  • The Business Platinum Card from American Express OPEN

 

Helpful Sites and Resources

To aid you in your travels across the border as well in the airport there are a few websites and apps that will aid you in your time management.

The website: CBP Border Wait Times is extremely valuable to check current and past border delays by the hour at both the U.S./Canadian and U.S./Mexican border.

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Lists include SENTRI lanes as well as FAST lanes.

A simple search at your desired crossing location could show you that crossing back to the U.S. from Mexicali on a Sunday at 6:00pm is not such a good
idea.

Next, there are two free apps that are also available and give the same information and are easy to use on the fly.

CBP Wait timesThe University of California’s: “Best Time To Cross the Border”

The CBP’s: “Border Wait Times”

Both these Apps list border crossing wait times (between the US-Mexico & US- Canada) amongst Standard, Ready Lane, and SENTRI lanes for Mexico and
NEXUS lanes for Canada.

With the University of California’s there is even a graphical representation of the amount of traffic per border location, time of day and day of week.

The CBP app is a tad newer and works great.

The “Best Time To Cross The Border” offered by the University of California San Diego has a slick interphase…but has been a tad buggy.

Download both free from your App store.

Conclusion

So…that’s it!

A bit overwhelmed?

It’s ok. We were too.

But after using Global Entry just once, you’ll wonder why you didn’t apply sooner.

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Is Global Entry or any program worth it?

Yes.

Every week we at EasySetnri save Hours waiting in lines at the border and from coming home from international air travel.

You’ll become a better traveler and easier going flyer because of it.

Your fellow flyers will thank you.

Have a unique experience using your Global Entry membership that would be valuable to others?  Let us know!

Have questions concerning the Global Entry application, best use or how to apply with GOES? Let us know.