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Which Credit Cards Offer Global Entry Fee Credits?

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While many would argue that the airport experience keeps getting worse, there are a couple of programs which have become widespread over the past several years that have made it much more enjoyable. I’m talking about Global Entry and TSA Pre-Check :

  • Global Entry gets you expedited immigration, whereby you can use a kiosk upon arrival and don’t have to talk to an immigration officer; then there’s also a special customs lane for those with Global Entry. This has allowed me to consistently clear customs & immigration in a matter of minutes.
  • TSA Pre-Check gets you access to special security lanes at airports, whereby you don’t have to take off your shoes, and can leave your laptop and liquids in your bags. Really it’s the way that security should be for everyone, but I guess it works out in my advantage that not everyone has access to it.

You can pay to register for either program individually, though in general your best bet is registering for Global Entry, as it also comes with TSA Pre-Check (TSA Pre-Check, on the other hand doesn’t come with Global Entry).

I registered for Global Entry for the first time in mid-2011, and wrote about my experience at the time. Global Entry is valid for five years. meaning my current membership is valid through mid-2016.

Over the past few years several credit cards have added a Global Entry fee waiver as a benefit. It’s a nice perk, given that presumably many “premium” credit card members would benefit from it. In all cases, the Global Entry fee credit can actually be used for someone else. though I haven’t had the need to take advantage of it.

I recently discovered that my special-someone doesn’t have Global Entry, so I figured I might as well get him signed up. After all, it’s not just useful when traveling internationally, but is also useful when traveling domestically, for TSA Pre-Check.

So that made me look

at the various credit cards which offer a Global Entry fee waiver, and the terms of the offerings. Here are some of the major credit cards which offer Global Entry fee waivers:

American Express

The terms of the benefit on American Express cards is as follows:

  • The $100 Global Entry fee must be paid with an eligible card
  • The benefit is valid once every five years per card
  • Valid both for the primary card member as well as additional card members
  • The $100 credit should post 6-8 weeks after the eligible charge is made


Furthermore, the Expedia®+ Voyager Card from Citi  offers a $100 annual air travel credit, which can be applied towards airline incidentals or the Global Entry application fee. So it’s not explicitly a Global Entry fee credit, but it can be applied towards it.

The terms of the benefit on Citi cards is as follows:

  • The $100 Global Entry fee must be paid with an eligible card
  • The benefit is valid once every five years per card
  • Valid just for the primary card member, and not for additional card members
  • The $100 credit should post 4-6 weeks after the eligible charge is made

Bottom line

The major distinction to note is that American Express applies this benefit both to the primary card member, as well as additional card members. That means if you have The Business Platinum Card® from American Express OPEN  with three additional card members, you can potentially get four Global Entry fee credits.

Meanwhile for Citi, only the primary card member is eligible for the perk. I ended up using the Global Entry benefit on the Citi Prestige® Card . and the $100 statement credit posted less than two weeks after the $100 fee was charged to the card. Impressive!

While a Global Entry statement credit in and of itself isn’t a reason to pick up one of these “premium” credit cards, it’s a further nice benefit to factor in, especially given all the other benefits offered by some of these cards. For example, on the Citi Prestige® Card  you also get the following benefits:

That’s a pretty compelling suite of benefits. I’d say I’ve utilized the perks of the card quite nicely at this point!

Have you used a Global Entry fee credit from a credit card? If so, which one?

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