Get Global Entry & TSA PreCheck Free With These Mainstream 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

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 (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 credit cards issued by American Express, Barclays, Capital One, Chase and Citi which offer a Global Entry rebate together with a few highlights of what the cards offer but be aware that I have only listed the credit cards which are still open to new applicants at the time of writing – cards like the Ritz-Carlton Rewards card from Chase offers a Global Entry credit but as that card is no longer available it’s not included in the list below.

American Express Cards

Personal Cards

Marriott Bonvoy Brilliant American Express Card

  • Annual Fee – $450
  • $100 rebate towards Global Entry or $85 rebate towards TSA PreCheck every 4 years
  • $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

Platinum Card from American Express

  • Annual Fee – $550
  • $100 rebate towards Global Entry or $85 rebate towards TSA PreCheck every 4 years
  • $200 airline fee credit per calendar year
  • $15/month credit towards Uber rides
  • Access to AMEX Centurion Lounges at select airports
  • Priority Pass Select membership
  • Marriott Bonvoy Gold status
  • Hilton Honors Gold Status
  • 5 Membership rewards points/dollar on flights booked directly with airlines
  • 1 Membership rewards point/dollar on all other spending

Business Cards

Business Platinum Card from American Express

  • Annual Fee – $595
  • $100 rebate towards Global Entry or $85 rebate towards TSA PreCheck every 4 years
  • $200 airline fee credit per calendar year
  • $200 Dell credit per calendar year
  • Access to AMEX Centurion Lounges at select airports
  • Marriott Bonvoy Gold status
  • Hilton Honors Gold Status
  • 5 Membership rewards points/dollar on flights booked directly with airlines
  • 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 Membership rewards point/dollar on all other spending
  • Get 35% points back when you book flights with points

Barclays Cards

Personal Cards

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 4 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

Business Cards

None


Capital One Cards

Personal Cards

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
  • 10 miles/dollar on all bookings made through Hotels.com (through January 2020)

Business Cards

Spark Miles from Capital One

  • 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

Chase Cards

Personal Cards

Chase Sapphire Reserve Card

  • Annual Fee – $450
  • $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
  • 3 points/dollar on travel spending
  • 3 points/dollar on spending at restaurants/dining establishments
  • 1 point/dollar on all other spending
  • Redeem points directly for travel at 1.5 cents/point

IHG Rewards Club Premier Card

  • Annual Fee – $89
  • $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.
  • 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
  • 2 points/dollar on spending at restaurants
  • 2 points/dollar on spending at gas stations
  • 2 points/dollar on spending at grocery stores
  • 1 point/dollar on all other spending

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 inflight purchases on United
  • $50 inflight American Airlines wi-fi credit per calendar year
  • 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

Business Cards

Southwest Rapid Rewards Performance Business Card

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

Citi Cards

Personal Cards

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

Citi Prestige Card

  • Annual Fee – $495
  • $100 rebate towards Global Entry or $85 rebate towards TSA PreCheck every 4 years
  • $250 statement credit per calendar for all travel spending made on the card
  • Complimentary
  • Priority Pass Select membership
  • 5 points/dollar spent at restaurants worldwide
  • 5 points/dollar spent on air travel
  • 3 points/dollar on spending with cruise lines
  • 3 points/dollar on spending with hotels
  • 1 point/dollar spent on all other purchases

Business Cards

None


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 sailed through immigration in Washington DC last week thanks to Global Entry while all other lines (including the crew and diplomatic lines) were longer than I’d seen in a long time – so you should seriously consider applying for the program if you don’t already have it.

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 then 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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