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Effortless Travel with Global Entry

Updated: Apr 21

Streamline Your Travel Experience with Global Entry, Clear, and Mobile Passport


Those headed to Trinidad Carnival 2024, take note!


Traveling the world is an exhilarating experience, but navigating through airport security and customs can often be a cumbersome process. That's where services like Global Entry, Clear, and Mobile Passport come to the rescue. These programs are designed to make your journey smoother and more efficient. In this blog, we'll take a closer look at each of these services and outline their key benefits, pricing, and approval times.


Traveler about to realize the benefits of Global Entry

GLOBAL ENTRY


Global Entry is a U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) program that allows pre-approved travelers to breeze through customs and immigration upon arrival in the United States. We love it! Everyone in my family has it, including my 2-year old daughter.


Here are the top 5 benefits of Global Entry:


1. Expedited Immigration

  • Skip the long immigration lines and proceed to a dedicated Global Entry kiosk.

2. TSA PreCheck Included

  • Enjoy expedited security screening at U.S. airports.

3. Global Access

  • Use Global Entry at major U.S. airports and when entering the U.S. by land and sea from Canada and Mexico.

4. Cost & Turnaround Time

  • The application fee is $100, and the approval process typically takes a few weeks.

5. Online Registration

  • Register for Global Entry through the official CBP website: Global Entry Application



Traveler about to realize the benefits of Global Entry

CLEAR


As an alternative, Clear is a private program that expedites your security screening process at participating airports and stadiums.


Here's what you need to know about Clear:


1. Biometric Authentication

  • Use your biometric data (fingerprint or eye scan) to verify your identity quickly.

2. No Need for ID or Boarding Pass

  • Clear members can move straight to security, bypassing the need to show IDs or boarding passes.

3. Wide Availability

4. Cost & Turnaround Time

  • The annual fee is $179, and approval is usually instant upon successful registration.

5. Online Registration

  • Sign up for Clear through their official website: Clear Membership


Point to Note

Clear will not be available in as many airports as Global Entry currently is. See list of available airports here.



GLobal Entry helps this travel expedite her screening process

MOBILE PASSPORT


As another alternative, Mobile Passport is a free app that enables U.S. citizens and Canadian visitors to submit their passport and customs declaration information digitally.


The benefits of Mobile Passport include:


1. Fast Entry

  • Bypass traditional customs lines by using the app to submit your information.

2. Free Service Option

  • There's a free version of Mobile Passport, but a paid version offers additional features.

3. Available at Many U.S. Airports

  • The app is accepted at major U.S. airports, making it widely accessible.

4. Cost & Turnaround Time

  • The free version of the app is, well, free. The paid version costs $14.99/year and offers additional features. Approval is instant upon registration.

5. Online Registration

  • Download the Mobile Passport app from your smartphone's app store and follow the in-app instructions.



Traveler purchasing global entry for upcoming travel


MY RECOMMENDATION

DEFINITELY GET GLOBAL ENTRY. If you can afford it, get all three.


These services can significantly enhance your travel experience by reducing wait times and simplifying the security and customs process. Depending on your travel frequency and preferences, one or more of these programs may be worth considering. Registering for Global Entry, Clear, or Mobile Passport can make your journeys more efficient and enjoyable, ensuring that your luxury travel experience is as seamless as possible.


Check if your credit cards offer free reimbursement

Check your credit card benefits! Some of them, including mine, do reimburse you for the membership fee once paid with the card! See Citi® / AAdvantage® Executive World Elite Mastercard.


Safe travels!



Do you have any of these travel enhancers?

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  • 0%CLEAR

  • 0%Mobile Passport

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