When it comes to travel we all want to ease ourselves. In these circumstances we have some options and some of them are the Global Entry and TSA Pre✓®. They are pretty similar in terms of scope but let us break this down for you.
What is the TSA Pre✓® exactly?
It is an intelligence-driven risk based program managed by TSA that allows low-risk travelers to experience faster, more efficient screening at participating U.S. airport checkpoints for domestic and international travel. The Global Entry Program is in short an extended version of the TSA Pre✓®.
The main differences between them is that the Global Entry Card would allow not only U.S. citizens, U.S. lawful permanent residents but also citizens of certain other countries to apply whereas TSA is only available for U.S. citizens, U.S. lawful permanent residents and TSA Pre✓® requires no passport to apply. With that being said we should mention that application fee is almost the same- Global Entry Card is $100 and TSA Pre✓® is $85, both for a 5 year membership. Global Entry Card and TSA Pre✓® application processes are via an online form or visiting an enrollment center. Mind you that the estimated time for issuing both of the cards might hit the 6 months mark due to the in person interview. Discount wise, Global Entry Card wins in points- TSA Pre✓® does not offer any assistance with application fee costs. Depending on your credit card company and loyalty programs however you can score some deals.
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You should also note that Global Entry Card are not valid for entry into Canada via the NEXUS lanes and kiosks, also are not accepted at Global Entry kiosks, which require passports or U.S. lawful permanent resident cards but they do offer expedited processing through CBP at airports and land borders upon arrival in the U.S. while the TSA Pre✓® could not guarantee that.
Depending on how often you travel and whether domestic or international flights prevail, both, the Global Entry card and the TSA Pre✓® are a great option for the frequent traveler.
One this is sure though- they will both assure you that you get a good bang for your buck.