Free Global Entry & TSA PreCheck with these credit cards


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Global Entry is the US CBP program that is open to US citizens, legal residents of the US, and citizens of select nations around the world. The program gives members expedited entry into the United States via kiosks stationed at major points of entry and removes the need for passengers to stand in seemingly endless immigration lines as they wait to enter the country.

Check here to see if you’re eligible for Global Entry

Travelers who qualify for the Global Entry program are automatically enrolled in the TSA PreCheck program which offers expedited screening at domestic US TSA checkpoints. Passengers using the TSA PreCheck lanes don’t need to remove laptops or toiletries from their bags as they pass through airport security, nor do they need to remove shoes, belts, or lightweight jackets as they pass through the body scanners – Global Entry and TSA PreCheck can be godsends if you’re a frequent flyer.

5-year membership of the Global Entry program costs $100 (the fee may go up to $120 once the world goes back to normal) and standalone TSA PreCheck costs $85 but if you have the right credit card(s) in your wallet you can actually get the cost of Global Entry refunded as part of the benefits that these credit cards come with.

In the post below I’ve listed out the mainstream personal and business credit cards issued by various US banks which offer a Global Entry rebate alongside a few key highlights of what each of the cards offers. Be aware that I have only listed the credit cards which are still open to new applicants at the time of writing, so cards like the Ritz-Carlton™ Credit Card from Chase and the Citi Prestige® Card are not included in the list below even though they continue to offer existing cardholders a Global Entry rebate.

Consumer Cards

Chase Sapphire Reserve®

  • Annual Fee – $550
  • $100 rebate towards Global Entry or $85 rebate towards TSA PreCheck every 4 years
  • $300 statement credit per calendar for all travel spending made on the card
  • Priority Pass Select membership
  • 10 points/dollar on hotels and car rentals booked through Chase Ultimate Rewards*
  • 10 points/dollar on Lyft rides through 22 March 2022
  • 5 points/dollar on flights booked through Chase Ultimate Rewards*
  • 3 points/dollar for spending on travel that isn’t made through Chase*
  • 3 points/dollar for spending on dining worldwide
  • 1 point/dollar for spending in all other categories
  • Redeem points directly for travel at 1.5 cents/point

*After the first $300 is spent on travel purchases annually

Link to more details


IHG® Rewards Premier Credit Card

  • Annual Fee – $99
  • $100 rebate towards Global Entry or $85 rebate towards TSA PreCheck every 4 years
  • 1 free night award every year valid at properties costing up to 40,000 points per night (can be topped up with points for more expensive bookings)
  • Get the 4th night free on award bookings of 4 nights or more
  • IHG Rewards Platinum status
  • 10 points/dollar on spending at IHG properties worldwide
  • 5 points/dollar on spending at restaurants
  • 5 points/dollar on spending at gas stations
  • 5 points/dollar on travel spending
  • 3 points/dollar on spending in all other categories

Link to more details


United℠ Explorer Card

  • Annual Fee – $95 (waived for the first year)
  • $100 rebate towards Global Entry or $85 rebate towards TSA PreCheck every 4 years
  • 2 United Club single-entry passes every card anniversary.
  • 25% rebate on select inflight purchases on United
  • Priority boarding
  • 2 miles/dollar on United Airlines spending
  • 2 miles/dollar on spending at hotels
  • 2 miles/dollar on spending at restaurants
  • 1 mile/dollar on all other spending

Link to more details


United Club℠ Infinite Card

  • Annual Fee – $525
  • $100 rebate towards Global Entry or $85 rebate towards TSA PreCheck every 4 years
  • United Club Membership (worth up to $650/year)
  • 25% rebate on purchases of food, beverages, and Wi-Fi onboard United-operated flights
  • 1st and 2nd checked bags are free for the primary cardmember and a companion on the same reservation.
  • Premier access – priority check-in, security screening, priority boarding, priority baggage handling*
  • Hertz Gold Plus Rewards President’s Circle membership
  • 4 miles/dollar on United Airlines spending
  • 2 miles/dollar on spending at restaurants & on eligible deliveries
  • 2 miles/dollar on all other travel spending
  • 1 mile/dollar on all other spending

Link to more details

*Where available


Marriott Bonvoy Brilliant™ American Express® Card

  • Annual Fee – $450 (rates & fees)
  • $100 rebate towards Global Entry or $85 rebate towards TSA PreCheck every 4 years (terms apply & enrollment required)
  • $300 statement credit per calendar year for spending at Marriott properties
  • 1 free night award every year valid at properties costing up to 50,000 points per night.
  • Marriott Bonvoy Gold status for the cardholder
  • 6 Bonvoy points/dollar on Marriott spending
  • 3 Bonvoy points/dollar on spending at US restaurants
  • 3 Bonvoy points/dollar on flights booked directly with airlines
  • 2 Bonvoy points/dollar on all other spending

Link to more details


The Platinum Card® From American Express

  • Annual Fee – $695 (rates & fees)
  • $100 rebate towards Global Entry or $85 rebate towards TSA PreCheck every 4 years (terms apply & enrollment required)
  • $200 airline fee credit per calendar year (enrollment required)
  • $175 CLEAR® membership credit (enrollment required)
  • $15/month credit towards Uber rides (enrollment required)
  • Access to AMEX Centurion Lounges
  • Priority Pass Select membership (enrollment required)
  • Marriott Bonvoy Gold status (enrollment required)
  • Hilton Honors Gold Status(enrollment required)
  • 5 Membership Rewards points/dollar on flights booked directly with airlines
  • 1 Membership Rewards point/dollar on all other spending

Link to more details


Barclays AAdvantage Aviator Silver Card

Note: This card can only be obtained by upgrading from the Barclays AAdvantage Aviator Red Card

  • Annual Fee – $199
  • $100 rebate towards Global Entry or $85 rebate towards TSA PreCheck every 5 years
  • 2 companion certificates earned after $20,000 of spending is put on the card in a calendar year.
  • $25 credit per day for inflight food and drinks on American Airlines
  • $50 inflight American Airlines wi-fi credit per calendar year
  • Get 5,000 Elite Qualifying Miles for every $20,000 you spend in a year (up to a maximum of 10,000 EQM each year)
  • Earn 3,000 Elite Qualifying Dollars after spending $50,000 on purchases each calendar year
  • First checked bag is free for the cardholder and up to 8 companions on the same reservation.
  • 3 AAdvantage miles/dollar on American Airlines spending
  • 2 AAdvantage miles/dollar on spending at hotels and with rental car companies
  • 1 AAdvantage mile/dollar on all other spending

Citi®/AAdvantage® Executive World Elite™ Mastercard®

Citi Credit Cards

  • Annual Fee – $450
  • $100 rebate towards Global Entry or $85 rebate towards TSA PreCheck every 5 years
  • Admirals Club membership
  • 25% savings on inflight food and drinks on American Airlines
  • Get 10,000 Elite Qualifying Miles after you spend $40,000 in a year
  • First checked bag is free for the cardholder and up to 8 companions on the same reservation.
  • Priority check-in and boarding
  • 2 AAdvantage miles/dollar on American Airlines spending
  • 2 AAdvantage miles/dollar on spending at hotels and with rental car companies
  • 1 AAdvantage mile/dollar on all other spending

Link to more details


Capital One Venture Rewards Credit Card

  • Annual Fee – $95 (waived for the first year)
  • $100 rebate towards Global Entry or $85 rebate towards TSA PreCheck every 4 years
  • 2 miles/dollar on all purchases with no cap

Link to more details


Business Cards

The Business Platinum Card® from American Express

  • Annual Fee – $595 through 12 January 2022 then $695 (rates & fees)
  • $100 rebate towards Global Entry or $85 rebate towards TSA PreCheck every 4 years (terms apply & enrollment required)
  • $200 airline fee credit per calendar year (enrollment required)
  • $400 Dell credit per calendar year (enrollment required)
  • $150 annual statement credit for select purchases made with Adobe (enrollment required)
  • $90/quarter credit on all Indeed hiring and recruiting products and services (enrollment required)
  • $10/month credit for purchases made directly from any US wireless telephone (enrollment required) provider
  • An annual credit of up to $179 to cover the cost of CLEAR® membership (enrollment required)
  • Access to AMEX Centurion Lounges
  • Marriott Bonvoy Gold status (enrollment required)
  • Hilton Honors Gold Status (enrollment required)
  • 5 Membership rewards points/dollar on flights booked directly with Amex Travel
  • 5 Membership rewards points/dollar on hotels booked through Amex Travel
  • 1.5 Membership rewards points/dollar on purchases of $5,000 or more
  • 1.5 Membership rewards points/dollar on up to $2m of combined spending in the following business categories (terms apply):
    • Construction material and hardware suppliers
    • Electronic goods retailers and software & cloud system providers
    • Shipping providers
  • 1 Membership rewards point/dollar on all other spending
  • Get 35% points back when you book flights with points

Link to more details


Southwest® Rapid Rewards® Performance Business Credit Card

  • Annual Fee – $199
  • $100 rebate towards Global Entry or $85 rebate towards TSA PreCheck every 4 years
  • 4 upgraded boardings per year (where available)
  • Up to 365 $8 Southwest wi-fi credits per year
  • 4 points/dollar on Southwest purchases
  • 3 points/dollar on Rapid Rewards hotel and car partners
  • 2 points/dollar on social media and search engine advertising
  • 2 points/dollar on internet, cable, and phone services
  • 2 points/dollar on rideshare services
  • 1 point/dollar on all other spending
  • 9,000 bonus points on every cardmember anniversary

Link to more details


Capital One® Spark® Miles for Business

  • Annual Fee – $95 (waived for the first year)
  • $100 rebate towards Global Entry or $85 rebate towards TSA PreCheck every 4 years
  • 2 miles/dollar on all purchases with no cap

Link to more details


Bottom Line

This is not an exhaustive list of all the credit cards that offer a rebate of the Global Entry/TSA PreCheck fees but it represents most of the mainstream credit cards that come with this benefit.

If you travel to/from the United States with any kind of frequency Global Entry will enhance your trips by more than you may imagine – I frequently sail through immigration in a matter of minutes while I see others in lines that seem to snake all the way out of the immigration hall (Miami can be particularly terrible for this).

Likewise, TSA PreCheck can be a good time saver at airports and it’s nice not to have to unpack laptops and toiletries when passing through TSA checkpoints. Personally, I think that the extra $15 that it costs to get Global Entry (as well as TSA PreCheck) is money well spent but if you’d rather not go through the longer process that Global Entry requires, perhaps just a TSA PreCheck application will suffice.

Link to more details on Global Entry
Link to more details on TSA PreCheck

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