Interviews Available Now! Trusted Traveler Enrollment Centers Reopening On August 10th

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Update: On July 1, 2020, Customs and Border Protection delayed the reopening to August 10, 2020. This post has been updated to reflect this change.

Since March 19th, Trusted Traveler Program enrollment centers have not conducted interviews for new applicants. But, now we have a reopening date. Enrollment centers are now scheduled to reopen on August 10, 2020 — which is a delay from the originally-announced reopening date of July 6. Extensive health regulations will be in place for both employees and applicants, but you can already schedule your appointment.

What Are Trusted Traveler Programs

Trusted Traveler Programs

Trusted Traveler Programs are programs of the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) agency and allow pre-screened travelers a quicker travel experience when entering and traveling through the United States. Programs include TSA PreCheck, Global Entry, NEXUS, SENTRI, US-Mexico FAST, and US-Canada FAST.

If you aren't sure which program is right for you, CBP offers an easy-to-fill survey at the bottom of the TTP homepage:

Interviews for most of these programs resume starting August 10th. Start here to check availability for a location near you. Some locations are wide-open.

Which Program is Right for You

TSA PreCheck

Launched in 2011, the TSA PreCheck is a screening program available to U.S. citizens, U.S. nationals, or lawful permanent residents. The program costs $85 and includes a background check and in-person interview. Once accepted, enter your Known Traveler Number in your airline reservation to get access to the TSA PreCheck screening lane. Membership lasts for 5 years, and you can renew it up to six months before the expiration date.

Perks of the TSA PreCheck screening lane include not having to remove your shoes, belt, or a light jacket when going through security. Plus, you can leave your laptop and liquids in your bag. Children under 12 can accompany you in the screening lane without their own membership.

TSA PreCheck is available in over 200 airports across the nation for eligible passengers of 73 airlines:

TSA Pre✓ Participating Airlines

AirlineRegion
AeromexicoLatin America and the Caribbean
Air CanadaNorth America
Air FranceEurope
Air IndiaIndian Subcontinent
Air SerbiaEurope
Alaska AirlinesNorth America
AlitaliaEurope
All Nippon Airways (ANA)Asia
Allegiant AirNorth America
American AirlinesNorth America
Aruba AirlinesLatin America and the Caribbean
Asiana AirlinesAsia
Austrian AirlinesEurope
AviancaLatin America and the Caribbean
Azul AirlinesSouth America
Boutique AirlinesNorth America
British AirwaysEurope
Brussels AirlinesEurope
Cape AirNorth America
Cathay PacificAsia
China AirlinesAsia
Condor AirlinesEurope
Contour AviationNorth America
Copa AirlinesLatin America and the Caribbean
Delta Air LinesNorth America
Eastern AirlinesNorth America
Edelweiss AirEurope
Elite AirwaysNorth America
EmiratesMiddle East
Etihad AirwaysMiddle East
EVA AirAsia
FinnairEurope
FlycanaNorth America
Frontier AirlinesNorth America
Hawaiian AirlinesNorth America
IcelandairEurope
InterCaribbean AirwaysLatin America and the Caribbean
InterjetNorth America
Japan AirlinesAsia
JetBlue AirwaysNorth America
Key Lime AirNorth America
KLM Royal Dutch AirlinesEurope
Korean AirAsia
LufthansaEurope
Miami Air InternationalNorth America
Norwegian AirEurope
PAL ExpressAsia
Philippine AirlinesAsia
Porter AirlinesNorth America
QantasAustralia
Qatar AirwaysMiddle East
Scandinavian Airlines (SAS)Europe
Seaborne AirlinesNorth America
Silver AirwaysNorth America
Singapore AirlinesAsia
Southern Airways ExpressNorth America
Southwest AirlinesNorth America
Spirit AirlinesNorth America
Sun Country AirlinesNorth America
SunclassEurope
Sunwing AirlinesNorth America
Swift AirNorth America
Swiss International Air LinesEurope
SwoopNorth America
TAP Air PortugalEurope
Turkish AirlinesMiddle East
United AirlinesNorth America
Virgin AtlanticEurope
VivaAerobusNorth America
VolarisNorth America
WestJetNorth America
World AtlanticNorth America
Xtra AirwaysNorth America

Global Entry

Global Entry is kinda like TSA PreCheck for international arrivals into the United States. Travelers arriving in the U.S. from abroad by air, land, or sea receive an expedited immigration and customs experience.

With your membership, you will gain access to automated kiosks to complete your arrival interview. This expedited arrivals process is available in 75 airports around the U.S. and in dozens of international airports around the world. Even better, Global Entry comes with TSA PreCheck. That makes it the preferred program to enroll in if you do any international travel.

Global Entry is open to U.S. citizens, U.S. national or lawful permanent resident, as well as passport holders from Argentina, Colombia, Germany, India, Mexico, Panama, South Korea, Singapore, Switzerland, Taiwan, and the United Kingdom.

Global Entry has a $100 application fee, although you're not guaranteed membership if you don't pass the screening process. If accepted, your membership will last 5 years.

Credit Cards That Reimburse TSA PreCheck or Global Entry Application Fees

Spending $85 or $100 on a Trusted Traveler Program might not seem like a great deal, especially if you don't travel regularly. However, there are dozens of credit cards that will reimburse the fee for your TSA PreCheck or Global Entry application. Some of the cards offering this deal are as follows:

CardCredit Frequency
The Platinum Card® from American Express4 years
The Business Platinum Card® from American Express4 years
Marriott Bonvoy Brilliant™ American Express® Card4 years
Chase Sapphire Reserve®4 years
The Ritz-Carlton™ Credit Card4 years
United℠ Explorer Card4 years
Southwest Rapid Rewards® Performance Business Credit Card4 years
IHG® Rewards Club Premier Credit Card4 years
Capital One® Venture® Rewards Credit Card4 years
Capital One® Spark® Miles for Business4 years
Citi® / AAdvantage® Executive World Elite Mastercard®5 years
Citi Prestige® Card5 years
U.S. Bank Altitude™ Reserve Visa Infinite® Card4 years
TravElite American Express® Card5 years
Bank of America® Premium Rewards® Credit Card4 years
PenFed Pathfinder Rewards American Express® Card5 years
HSBC Premier World Mastercard® credit card5 years (TSA Pre✓® only)
HSBC Premier World Elite Mastercard® credit card5 years (TSA Pre✓® only)

Our Take On Using Trusted Traveler Programs

With travel at a standstill, it might be a hard sell to pay the enrollment fee for one of the Trusted Traveler Programs. However, you might as well take advantage of this opportunity if you have one of the many credit cards that reimburse the Global Entry or TSA PreCheck fee.

If you're considering paying the application fee anyways, it could actually be cheaper to sign up for low annual fee credit card that comes with this perk. For example, the Capital One® Venture® Rewards Credit Card charges an annual fee of $0 for the first year; $95 after that. Plus, you can earn a 50,000-mile signup bonus after spending $3,000 on purchases within 3 months from account opening.

Worst case, these Trusted Traveler Programs might only knock a few minutes off your wait at security. But once travel returns to normal, Global Entry might save you as much as a couple of hours. Plus, it makes the screening process a lot more pleasant. I can't tell you how many times I've had my laptop and tablet swabbed when going through security at the airport, or arguing whether a couple of small packets of mayonnaise for my sandwich lunch counted as a liquid.

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Comments

  • Awesome news ! mine is coming up for renewal in next couple of weeks.

  • lorem ipsum says:

    Great table listing cards that reimburse GE or PreCheck. Might a column listing the annual fee be possible? I’m not familiar with all these cards, but there’s a huge range in AF, from zero to at least $595.

    • JT Genter says:

      There sure is a big range! We should be able to add the annual fees to that chart. Let me see what we can do!

  • Awesome…thanks for the heads-up!

  • Great News for those wanting to sign up. I have to figure out my renewal date but I don’t think I have to re-interview.

  • This is a timely update. Was just wondering whether the re-opening date would be pushed out again. Presumably a backlog of applications and renewals will have formed. I wonder if that will change the number of people they will select for interviews.

  • Thank for the reminder. I can only hope with forlorn that that we could freely travel soon.

  • I love my Global Entry card. Definitely works.

  • Thank God that they have started doing this again!

  • Geoffrey says:

    Ive been waiting a couple weeks to get this scheduled.

  • Thanks for the tip! Trusted Traveler Programs fees are not ideal, but it’s for sure a good thing to have.

  • Carlos Levin says:

    I would like AAdvantage to eliminate miles expiration for everybody.

  • Steven William Van Meter says:

    Finally open again! I had my wife and daughter’s appointment scheduled but they cancelled on us due to the silly covid over reaction. Its a nursing home killer. Huge mistake.

  • Anybody know if there’s been any movement on either side in the last 5 months regarding NYS residents’ ability to renew/enroll in Trusted Traveler/Global Entry? (It had been blocked because of the NYS’ new “Green Light Law” protecting undocumented immigrants.

  • Farid Kassam says:

    good thing mine is coming up for renewal in few days.

  • Great! Trusted traveler memberships make great gifts,

  • Great, I can finally apply for GE now.

  • This is a good reminder that my Global Entry might be getting ready to expire. I need to check on the date and get ready to go through the renewal process. Of course also to figure out to which credit card to charge it so I am reimbursed.

  • Global Entry is fantastic for international travel. Many credit cards will cover the cost of it too!

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