cosyr From United States of America, joined Jul 2012, 582 posts, RR: 0 Posted (2 years 9 months 2 weeks 5 days 18 hours ago) and read 4796 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?
deltairlines From United States of America, joined May 1999, 8953 posts, RR: 11
Reply 1, posted (2 years 9 months 2 weeks 5 days 18 hours ago) and read 4796 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.
BE77 From Canada, joined Nov 2007, 455 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (2 years 9 months 2 weeks 5 days 17 hours ago) and read 4796 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!
Coal From United States of America, joined Aug 2006, 2265 posts, RR: 6
Reply 4, posted (2 years 9 months 2 weeks 5 days 7 hours ago) and read 4796 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.
LAXintl From United States of America, joined May 2000, 27435 posts, RR: 50
Reply 9, posted (2 years 9 months 2 weeks 4 days 4 hours ago) and read 4796 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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usafret From United States of America, joined Mar 2009, 56 posts, RR: 0
Reply 11, posted (2 years 9 months 2 weeks 2 days 9 hours ago) and read 4796 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.