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Platinum Benefit: Global Entry Program

Postby 4Runner » Wed Mar 07, 2012 1:26 am

Does any one has use the Platinum card to pay for this specific benefit?


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Postby PlatinumAMEX94 » Wed Mar 07, 2012 11:46 am

Yes, It comes free with the Platinum Card travel benefits. You just apply online, and pay with your Platinum Card, then you go to your participating airport customs office, and American Express credits back the fee. The Global Entry card is valid for 5 years, and when it is up for renewal I just use my Platinum Card and it will be credited back, usually within the same billing cycle.
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Postby 4Runner » Wed Mar 07, 2012 1:56 pm

PlatinumAMEX94, thanks for the explanation about the benefit.

I am asking if someone actually has done it or use it. Like how fast does the global entry program works, is it a good benefit for the card, etc.

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Postby PlatinumAMEX94 » Wed Mar 07, 2012 9:34 pm

I have done it and use it. It works great. Rather than standing in line at customs you are expedited in your own lane. It's not a deal breaker if they took it away, but it is just one of those nice added amenities.
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Postby 4Runner » Thu Mar 08, 2012 1:02 am

Got it. Thanks!

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Postby DoingHomework » Thu Mar 08, 2012 10:17 am

I'm curious about this. I make 1 or 2 international trips a year but didn't do anything last year so I have not investigated Global Entry yet. I understand how it works and was about the sign up for it a week or so ago. But I saw that you need a "machine readable" passport. Does that mean you need one of the new RFID passports? I last renewed mine in 2007, just before they started putting those in. Since it is valid for another 5 years I am reluctant to renew now.

Do you know if it works with the older passports that are machine readable with magnetic ink like they have been for decades?

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Postby PlatinumAMEX94 » Thu Mar 08, 2012 12:00 pm

That is a really good question and the answer is, Yes, you need a newer US Passport that has that a special chip built into it. I was told that in addition to the actual Global Pass card that they give you, you also have to have the passport that they run through their machine. If you ever lose it you have to get an entire new passport. It needs to be able to scan through those machines to bypass customs.

The last time I flew international it was a HUGE benefit walking past hundreds of travelers waiting to get into the US. As they do full body scans on every person entering into the US, as well as fingerprinting it can dramatically slow things down, especially if you are making another connecting flight. I smiled as I walked past flashing my Global Pass. Not everyone is automatically approved for the program. Like, ex-cons cannot get a Global Pass.
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Postby Cwalina90 » Wed Apr 04, 2012 10:39 pm

I actually just went to my interview and was approved for the program today. The security agent giving the interview also told me that they are partnering with the TSA PREcheck program which makes the pre-flight screening procedure less of a hassle (no taking off your shoes, belt, or jacket etc.) So if you get approved for Global Entry you are automatically enrolled in this program as well.

Since you do not pay for the application fee, I think even traveling once or twice a year is a good enough reason to apply for the program as it will definitely save you time at the checkpoint.

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Postby JCarter » Fri Apr 13, 2012 4:19 am

DoingHomework wrote:I'm curious about this. I make 1 or 2 international trips a year but didn't do anything last year so I have not investigated Global Entry yet. I understand how it works and was about the sign up for it a week or so ago. But I saw that you need a "machine readable" passport. Does that mean you need one of the new RFID passports? I last renewed mine in 2007, just before they started putting those in. Since it is valid for another 5 years I am reluctant to renew now.

Do you know if it works with the older passports that are machine readable with magnetic ink like they have been for decades?


Machine readable and RFID are two different things. Yours is fine, as it has the code jumble at the bottom of the page.

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Postby JCarter » Fri Apr 13, 2012 4:21 am

PlatinumAMEX94 wrote:That is a really good question and the answer is, Yes, you need a newer US Passport that has that a special chip built into it. I was told that in addition to the actual Global Pass card that they give you, you also have to have the passport that they run through their machine. If you ever lose it you have to get an entire new passport. It needs to be able to scan through those machines to bypass customs.

The last time I flew international it was a HUGE benefit walking past hundreds of travelers waiting to get into the US. As they do full body scans on every person entering into the US, as well as fingerprinting it can dramatically slow things down, especially if you are making another connecting flight. I smiled as I walked past flashing my Global Pass. Not everyone is automatically approved for the program. Like, ex-cons cannot get a Global Pass.


Unless you're Michael Vick. I've seen him first hand at IAD with one.



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