Do you love to travel, but the thought of the TSA security lines and the long waits at US Immigration and Customs are holding you back? I have a great tip to simplify your life – and it’s called Global Entry.
I recently enrolled myself and was amazed at how simple and efficient the process was. Now, whenever I travel by air, I can use the TSA PreCheck lines at security which move so much quicker because you are not required to strip (belts, jewelry, and even shoes can stay where they belong!) or remove your laptop and toiletry baggie from your carry-on luggage. Then, if I am traveling Internationally, I can bypass the long lines at passport control upon my return to the U.S. and simply scan my passport at a Global Entry kiosk, which also checks my fingerprints and takes a very flattering “selfie”. If I am cleared, a receipt prints, and I can simply flash it to an immigration officer as I walk briskly to claim my luggage and head home.
The application process is very easy and fast. I filled out the online application, paid the $100 fee (good for 5 years and reimbursed by some high-level credit cards) and within 3 days, I received an email telling me I was approved and invited to set up an appointment at the closest participating airport. I did have to wait about 1 week for a convenient appointment time at Gulfport-Biloxi Airport, but other airports will have different wait times. On the day of the appointment, you take your Passport, Driver’s License, and approval letter to the Global Entry office and have a 10-minute interview with an agent. He asked me a few questions about my past travels and fingerprinted me and then told me that I was approved. I received my official card in the mail within 5 days. SUPER EASY!
I have used my new “status” several times now and the perks have been amazing!
Are you ready to simplify YOUR life and become a member of the Global Entry elite? The link to get started is: http://www.globalentry.gov/howtoapply.html
We’d love to help you plan that first getaway to try out your new perks.0