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Global Entry Worth Getting?

Sun Oct 28, 2012 3:58 pm

I am considering enrolling my girlfriend and myself in the Global Entry program, but wanted to get your thoughts on it first. We live in Dallas so we would have to schlepp over to DFW for an interview, which isn't that convenient considering we both work and they are only open 8-3 Monday thru Friday.

We travel abroad about 2-4 times a year. I notice that other posts are talking about how long immigration lines are becoming due to inadequate staffing.

Do you think getting into the program is worthwhile? Has it worked when you arrive back in the USA and saved you time?

Thanks for your opinions on the matter.

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RE: Global Entry Worth Getting?

Sun Oct 28, 2012 4:17 pm

For a frequent flier yes. (and assuming you primarily fly into airports that have the machines).

I guess in your case you need to weigh the benefits of saving a bit of time the 2 - 4 times per year with the cost and time loss involved of signing up now.

I've also heard - but can't confirm that CBP is looking to prune people out of the program that don't utilize it some minimum level annually. Be a shame to join, to be only thrown out in a year for not having flown enough.
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RE: Global Entry Worth Getting?

Sun Oct 28, 2012 6:23 pm

I've used it a few times now (got reimbursed for the fee as a benefit with my AMEX Platinum card). It is very convenient-no lines upon arrival, you don't have to fill out the blue customs form, but in all cases, I've never arrived in the city of my final destination. I was the first at the baggage belt, and even though my bags are some of the first out because of my elite status or cabin of travel, by the time the bags do arrive, most of the people from my flight have already made it through the normal lines. This has been the case when I've arrived in EWR, IAH and IAD. Exit from the customs hall is quicker, though, since there is a dedicated line in some airports. Then there is baggage recheck and a second security screening so I can make my connecting flight home.

If you're flying home nonstop and have carry on bags only, it is a no-brainer. If you are making a connection and you don't have elite status that will get your bags out on the carousel sooner than the other pax, the time savings is negligible.

One good thing, however, is that if you're a member of Global Entry, you can register your status in your Frequent Flyer account and for some domestic flights at certain airports, the TSA will recognize your Global Entry status and you can participate in their Pre√ program which will make security screening much less of a hassle.
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RE: Global Entry Worth Getting?

Mon Oct 29, 2012 12:54 am

Quoting DFWHeavy (Thread starter):
We travel abroad about 2-4 times a year.


Not sure if it is worth it for 2-4 times a year. IMO 4 times a year would be on the border in the amount of times I would say someone should look into it. If it was monthly travel I would recommend it.

But from what I have seen and heard about the program from people who use it and from CBP officers themselves the program works well.
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RE: Global Entry Worth Getting?

Mon Oct 29, 2012 2:14 am

As a crewmember who flies a lot of international routes... I haven't enrolled yet for Global Entry, and thus far I haven't regretted it. There are times when I'm through the line FASTER than my colleagues who have it. But it depends.

Of course, I'm opposed on principle of the idea of paying money to expedite passage. The American way! Instead of fixing a tedious or poorly functional system, just charge people money to circumvent it!

But more importantly:

Why is it called "Global Entry" when you can only use it to enter ONE country?

I think Global RE-entry" would be more appropriate.

Who comes up with these things!


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RE: Global Entry Worth Getting?

Mon Oct 29, 2012 4:04 am

Why not register for it on your next trip through/out of DFW? That way you're not making a special trip out there!

I can't see why someone wouldn't register for GE! It takes all the unpredictability out of the arrival process unless you're at an airport that sees very little immigration hold ups. The $100 fee doesn't bother me, if it puts some people off registering I'm all for that.
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RE: Global Entry Worth Getting?

Mon Oct 29, 2012 11:53 am

Quoting flymia (Reply 3):
Not sure if it is worth it for 2-4 times a year.


It is absolutely worth it in my mind, even if you only use it once a year. For example, we arrived EWR from MUC in August, flight was a few minutes early and when we got to to Customs the lines were huge, just about a full room. We walked right up to the Global Entry kiosk and were outside the secure area in less than 5 minutes headed from Terminal B to our connection in Terminal C. I offer this example as there was another couple sitting behind us on the EWR flight that was connecting to our flight to IAH, connection time was just about just under 2 hours. These folks arrived on-board the IAH flight midway through the boarding process, when asked how long it took them they said over an hour to clear customs. Global Entry if you have a connection when arriving from abroad is a thing of beauty if you can get it, sign up.

Quoting flyTPA (Reply 2):
One good thing, however, is that if you're a member of Global Entry, you can register your status in your Frequent Flyer account and for some domestic flights at certain airports, the TSA will recognize your Global Entry status and you can participate in their Pre√ program which will make security screening much less of a hassle.


You are eligible for Pre-Screening, but not always get it they will tell you. But you won't even be eligible without Global Entry or other CBP trusted traveler programs.
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RE: Global Entry Worth Getting?

Tue Oct 30, 2012 3:17 am

Quoting IAHFLYR (Reply 6):
For example, we arrived EWR from MUC in August, flight was a few minutes early and when we got to to Customs the lines were huge, just about a full room. We walked right up to the Global Entry kiosk

  Global Entry kiosks at customs? They're only at immigration. You get a slip from the kiosk to get by customs very quickly (in lieu of the blue forms) though.
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RE: Global Entry Worth Getting?

Tue Oct 30, 2012 11:38 am

Quoting fbgdavidson (Reply 7):
Global Entry kiosks at customs? They're only at immigration. You get a slip from the kiosk to get by customs very quickly (in lieu of the blue forms) though.



My mistake, Immigration is correct.....so sorry for using an incorrect term, I was using my own phrase for the entire process.   
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RE: Global Entry Worth Getting?

Thu Nov 01, 2012 7:00 pm

Global Entry is fab!

My last 2 trips into LAX (one on TK from IST and the other on LX from ZRH) I have been home with a cocktail in hand on my balcony 27 minutes and 34 minutes after touchdown respectively: it helps that we live in the Marina and fly with carry-on only!)

It really makes a difference after a long flight - if you're coming from Central America off a 3 hour flight, then an extra 45 minutes at CBP isn't too bad, but if you're coming from East Africa with 2 changes of plane and 33 hours traveling, then those 45 minutes saved are pure luxury!

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