Credit Cards With Global Entry & TSA PreCheck Credits

Credit Cards With Global Entry & TSA PreCheck Credits

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There are some fantastic programs that can save you a lot of time at the airport, including Global Entry and TSA PreCheck. While these programs have enrollment fees, one of the nice things is that there are many credit cards that offer credits that can help offset these.

In this post I wanted to share a consolidated list of the credit cards with the major issuers that offer credits that can be used for these programs.

Best credit cards for Global Entry & TSA PreCheck

I’ve written in the past about Global Entry and TSA PreCheck, so I won’t get into too much detail on the programs as such here. Let me just broadly recap a few points:

  • Global Entry gets you expedited immigration, whereby you can use a kiosk upon arrival in the United States, and generally don’t have to be interviewed by an immigration officer; then there’s also a special customs lane for those with Global Entry
  • TSA PreCheck gets you access to special security lanes at airports, whereby you don’t have to take off your shoes, can leave your laptop and liquids in your bags, and can go through an x-ray rather than a full body scanner
  • You can pay to register for either program individually, though in general your best bet is registering for Global Entry, as it also comes with TSA PreCheck (TSA PreCheck, on the other hand doesn’t come with Global Entry)

With that out of the way, let’s look at the credit cards with the four biggest card issuers in the points space, and which of their cards offer these credits.

Get reimbursed for TSA PreCheck

American Express cards with credits

Select American Express cards offer either a Global Entry or TSA PreCheck credit. American Express cards have the following terms associated with this:

  • The application fee must be paid with the card, though you can use your credit for someone else
  • The credit is valid every 4.5 years for TSA PreCheck, or every four years for Global Entry
  • The credit should post to your account within eight weeks of making an eligible purchase

The following American Express cards offer this perk:

Capital One cards with credits

Select Capital One cards offer either a Global Entry or TSA PreCheck credit. Capital One cards have the following terms associated with this:

  • The application fee must be paid with the card, though you can use your credit for someone else
  • The credit is valid every four years for TSA PreCheck or Global Entry
  • The credit should post to your account within two billing cycles of making an eligible purchase

The following Capital One cards offer this perk:

Chase cards with credits

Select Chase cards offer either a Global Entry, TSA PreCheck, or NEXUS credit (something that sets Chase apart is that you can use this credit toward NEXUS as well, which other card issuers don’t allow). Chase cards have the following terms associated with this:

  • The application fee must be paid with the card, though you can use your credit for someone else
  • The credit is valid every four years for TSA PreCheck, Global Entry, or NEXUS
  • The credit should post to your account within one to two billing cycles of making an eligible purchase

The following Chase cards offer this perk:

Citi cards with credits

Select Citi cards offer either a Global Entry or TSA PreCheck credit. Citi cards have the following terms associated with this:

  • The application fee must be paid with the card, though you can use your credit for someone else
  • The credit is valid every five years for TSA PreCheck or Global Entry
  • The credit should post to your account within one to two billing cycles of making an eligible purchase

The following Citi cards offer this perk:

Get reimbursed for Global Entry

Bottom line

TSA PreCheck, Global Entry, and NEXUS, are all incredibly useful programs for frequent travelers. While the enrollment fee isn’t unreasonable to begin with ($50-100 for a membership lasting five years), you can get the best value by using a credit card that reimburses this fee.

All major card issuers have some cards offering this feature, and Chase especially stands out for offering credits with NEXUS as well. Cards with these features aren’t just ultra-premium cards with high annual fees, but in some cases they’re also cards with annual fees of under $100.

Have you used a Global Entry fee credit from a credit card? If so, which one?

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  1. Phssthpok Guest

    I'd like to mention there are other cards that offer TSA Pre or Global Entry benefits like the PenFed Pathfinder and Navy Federal Flagship Rewards cards.

  2. DCS Diamond

    Renewed my NEXUS membership, which expired on 11/15, and had to travel to an enrollment center in Detroit for an in-person interview at 6pm on the day before Thanksgiving because it was the only appointment slot available. Access to NEXUS enrollment centers is quite tough these days, and that is something to keep in mind, especially since remote (Zoom) interview slots are virtually nonexistent...

    1. DCS Diamond

      BTW, it cost $50, which the CSR automatically recognized and gave me credit for. I am all set and good for another 5 years.

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Phssthpok Guest

I'd like to mention there are other cards that offer TSA Pre or Global Entry benefits like the PenFed Pathfinder and Navy Federal Flagship Rewards cards.

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DCS Diamond

BTW, it cost $50, which the CSR automatically recognized and gave me credit for. I am all set and good for another 5 years.

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DCS Diamond

Renewed my NEXUS membership, which expired on 11/15, and had to travel to an enrollment center in Detroit for an in-person interview at <b>6pm</b> on the <b>day before Thanksgiving</b> because it was the only appointment slot available. Access to NEXUS enrollment centers is quite tough these days, and that is something to keep in mind, especially since remote (Zoom) interview slots are virtually nonexistent...

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