The best TSA PreCheck/Global Entry credit cards that pay cardholders’ application fees are Amex Platinum, Capital One Venture, Chase Sapphire Reserve and Citi Prestige. In addition to a rebate for Global Entry/TSA PreCheck application fees, worth $85 to $100 once every 4-5 years, those cards offer excellent travel rewards and various other benefits. Sapphire Reserve and Amex Platinum provide free airport lounge access, too, for example.
Global Entry and TSA PreCheck are both programs that speed up the airport security process. Global Entry makes it easy to re-enter the U.S. by airport, and TSA PreCheck is intended for domestic airport travel. The approval process for either program involves a rigorous background check, fingerprint logging, an in-person interview, and a fee every 5 years. If you’re a U.S. citizen, a lawful permanent U.S. resident, or a citizen of certain foreign countries, you’re eligible for Global Entry. With Global Entry, you get the benefits of TSA PreCheck, including expedited security screening at U.S. airports and the comfort of leaving your shoes on at the security checkpoint.
If you travel a lot, it’s a no-brainer to sign up for one of these programs. And if you’re already planning on signing up, it’s an excellent extra benefit to look for in a credit card.
List of Credit Cards That Pay for Global Entry or TSA Precheck Applications:
- Capital One Venture Rewards
- Capital One Spark Miles Business
- Amex Platinum
- Amex Centurion (Black Card)
- Marriott Bonvoy Brilliant
- Amex Business Platinum
- Chase Sapphire Reserve
- Bank of America Premium Rewards
- Mastercard Black Card
- Mastercard Gold Card
- SunTrust Travel Rewards
- U.S. Bank FlexPerks Gold
- U.S. Bank Altitude Reserve Visa Infinite
- Citi Prestige
- Citi AAdvantage Executive World Elite
- Expedia Rewards Voyager Card from Citi
- United Explorer Card
- IHG Rewards Club Premier
- Southwest Rapid Rewards Performance Business
- BB&T Spectrum Rewards
- Diners Club Carte Blanche Corporate Card
- Navy Federal Flagship Rewards Credit Card
It’s important to keep in mind that when your credit card offers Global Entry or TSA PreCheck, usually you will have to pick one or the other. Global Entry is best for people who plan to travel abroad, and TSA PreCheck is valuable for domestic flights. After you sign up through the Trusted Traveler Program website, pay the fee ($100 for Global Entry, $85 for TSA PreCheck) with your credit card, and you’ll be automatically reimbursed for the fee on your statement. Most credit cards that offer this benefit will only reimburse one fee every 5 years, so choose wisely. Because Global Entry includes TSA PreCheck, it’s often best to just get Global Entry to cover all bases.
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