TSA Pre Check vs Global Entry

If you are a frequent air traveler, you probably already have either TSA Pre-Check or Global Entry.  If not, let’s bring you up to speed on what they are all about.

In a nutshell TSA Precheck is designed to simplify and expedite the security screening process for people in U.S. Airports, while Global Entry is designed for international travelers entering through U.S. Customs.

These programs offer travel benefits to pre-screened members. Global Entry uses your membership number as a “known traveler number” in airline reservations to receive TSA Pre®.   So with Global Entry you get the best of both programs.

How to Sign Up

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TSA Pre✓ provides expedited security screening benefits for flights departing from U.S. Airports.

TSA Pre✓ costs $85 for a 5 year period

Application Process

  1. Apply
  2. Submit the initial application online.
  3. Enroll
  4. Schedule & attend your in-person appointment.
  5. Find an enrollment center near you.
  6. Membership
  7. Once accepted, your membership will last for 5 years.

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Global Entry provides the TSA Pre✓ benefits plus expedited US customs screening for international air travelers when entering the United States.

Global Entry costs $100 for a 5 year membership

 Eligibility

U.S. Citizens and U.S. Lawful Permanent Residents along with select other nationalities are eligible to apply.

Application Process

  1. Apply
  2. Submit the initial application online.
  3. Interview
  4. Schedule & attend your in-person interview.
  5. Find an enrollment center near you.
  6. Membership
  7. Once accepted, your membership will last for 5 years.

Helpful Information

If you are not sure which program is right for you, you can use this handy tool

Department of Homeland Security: Trusted Traveler Tool

Before Applying for either program, check to see if your travel credit card offers the benefit of refunding your application fee.   If not, it may be to your advantage to sign up for one.   I am including a link to the TSA list of known credit cards currently reimbursing for these application fees.

Link to known Credit Cards that Refund Application Fee

I hope I have successfully helped explain and differentiate these programs for you.

Wishing you Safe and Happy Travels in the New Year!