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Business Class And Global Entry Program  
User currently offlinecosyr From United States of America, joined Jul 2012, 385 posts, RR: 0
Posted (1 year 9 months 1 week 2 days 17 hours ago) and read 3877 times:

I was considering joining the Global Entry Program as I am flying internationally a lot next year, but I will be flying Business Class for most of those flights, and on airlines that I have not arrived on an international route in J before. On other airlines, in J, I have been given a Customs pass to get through faster. In US airports like LAX and IAH, do many airlines offer these passes? If I'm flying J, is the Global Entry Program still as necessary?

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User currently offlinedeltairlines From United States of America, joined May 1999, 8897 posts, RR: 12
Reply 1, posted (1 year 9 months 1 week 2 days 17 hours ago) and read 3877 times:

There are no expedited customs lines at American airport port-of-entries, aside from Global Entry.

Being in J means you get off the plane first, which at a smaller FIS (such as MSP) means you'll get through first most likely, but at busy stations such as LAX and IAH, it just means you join the end of the line since there will likely be plenty of other flights arriving shortly before yours.

I fly TATL in J about 12 times a year and have Global Entry and it truly is a godsend - I don't think I've waited more than 5 minutes to go from plane to curb yet. It takes any guessing from long lines out of the picture.


User currently offlineBE77 From Canada, joined Nov 2007, 455 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (1 year 9 months 1 week 2 days 16 hours ago) and read 3877 times:

If you travel a lot, and are eligible for Global Entry, it is very definitely worth it!
My average time in an immigration hall in the US and Canada is measured in seconds...it hasn't been more than 90 seconds since I got my card. When I am traveling carry on (usually), then as Delta says it is 5 minutes gate to curb.

Additionally, where available Global Entry qualifies you for the expedited security lines that some airports and carriers offer, as long as you include your pass id in your booking information.
In Canada the Nexus card by itself gets you a priority security line at the larger airports, with no special airline participation, and, that line is normally a lot shorter than the AC priority lane as well!



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User currently offlineFI642 From Monaco, joined Mar 2005, 1079 posts, RR: 2
Reply 3, posted (1 year 9 months 1 week 2 days 16 hours ago) and read 3877 times:

Global Entry utilizes a kiosk, so no line. It's such an incredible time saver, and most folks don't have it- so it's very quick. Don't hesitate, go get Global Entry!


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User currently offlineCoal From United States of America, joined Aug 2006, 2016 posts, RR: 9
Reply 4, posted (1 year 9 months 1 week 2 days 6 hours ago) and read 3877 times:

Quoting FI642 (Reply 3):
Global Entry utilizes a kiosk, so no line. It's such an incredible time saver, and most folks don't have it- so it's very quick. Don't hesitate, go get Global Entry!

Too bad if you are a US citizen living outside the US it's nearly impossible to get it unless you go to the US and spend a month there waiting for an interview, plus you have to then travel to a city that has the program.

Good idea, but half-assed as usual. Why can't they do it like in HK? You just sign up at the airport and it takes about 5mins.

Cheers
Coal



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User currently offlinefbgdavidson From United Kingdom, joined Oct 2004, 3704 posts, RR: 28
Reply 5, posted (1 year 9 months 1 week 2 days 4 hours ago) and read 3877 times:

Quoting deltairlines (Reply 1):
There are no expedited customs lines at American airport port-of-entries, aside from Global Entry.

Global Entry doesn't cover customs, it's immigration.

Quoting deltairlines (Reply 1):
I fly TATL in J about 12 times a year

...yet you don't know the difference between immigration and customs, honestly!  



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User currently offlineLAXintl From United States of America, joined May 2000, 25052 posts, RR: 46
Reply 6, posted (1 year 9 months 1 week 2 days 2 hours ago) and read 3877 times:

We just had this discussion
Global Entry Worth Getting? (by DFWHeavy Oct 28 2012 in Aviation Polls)

If you travel enough, yes its worth it. However for those with only 3-4 annual trips probably not a worthwhile payback.

Quoting fbgdavidson (Reply 5):
Global Entry doesn't cover customs, it's immigration.

Sure it does. You take your print out and walk to the front of customs as well.

I've been to several airports such as SFO and LAX recently that had podiums or signage in customs with the Global Entry logo on them to expedite members.



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User currently offlineFI642 From Monaco, joined Mar 2005, 1079 posts, RR: 2
Reply 7, posted (1 year 9 months 1 week 1 day 6 hours ago) and read 3877 times:

BWI just set up their Global Entry kiosks this week. YEAH!


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User currently offlinefbgdavidson From United Kingdom, joined Oct 2004, 3704 posts, RR: 28
Reply 8, posted (1 year 9 months 1 week 1 day 4 hours ago) and read 3877 times:

Quoting LAXintl (Reply 6):
Sure it does. You take your print out and walk to the front of customs as well.

I've not arrived at LAX or SFO recently but I've not seen any indications that it speeds you faster through customs besides the little receipt you get at the kiosk.

There's rarely a line of any kind for customs when I arrive since the bottleneck is at immigration.



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User currently offlineLAXintl From United States of America, joined May 2000, 25052 posts, RR: 46
Reply 9, posted (1 year 9 months 1 week 1 day 3 hours ago) and read 3877 times:

Yup just walk to the front of the line. Matter of fact during a LAX arrival in the early part of this year, I witnessed a customs agents specifically tell a gentlemen there was no need for him to wait in the exit queue.

Lines can be quite long at customs depending on flight arrivals particularly those from Asia and Latin America as a good portion of the passengers have their bags x-ray'd

I've seen more and more global entry signage at the exit points last 6-months.



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User currently offlinedeltairlines From United States of America, joined May 1999, 8897 posts, RR: 12
Reply 10, posted (1 year 9 months 1 week 10 hours ago) and read 3877 times:

Quoting fbgdavidson (Reply 5):
Global Entry doesn't cover customs, it's immigration.

It does cover customs though as well.

Most of the airports I go through have a dedicated GE line at customs - walk up, hand my receipt, done. Some airports want to take a quick glance at the front page of my passport, but that's it.


User currently offlineusafret From United States of America, joined Mar 2009, 56 posts, RR: 0
Reply 11, posted (1 year 9 months 6 days 8 hours ago) and read 3877 times:

If you fly international at least 4 times a year it is definitely worth it, if you don't check your bag. Otherwise, you get the printout, but have to wait for your bag to show up. Of course most airlines expedite first and business, but sometimes even we have to wait a while for the bags to come off the carousel. I have Global Entry and it is great and yes, it takes you right to customs and you give the agent your print out and you are on your way. Also, if you have TSA Pre Check, I'm told and have experienced it, having Global Entry enhances your chance of getting the coveted Pre Check approved "ding ding ding" as well. Three dings on the scanner and your are permitted to go through the Pre Check line.

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