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Mobile Passport vs Global Entry: which one do I prefer?

I know it sounds cliche, but I’m going to say it anyway: it’s a glorious time to be alive! However, this is a travel blog and I *am* a frequent flyer after all, so let’s back up a sec and put put a travel-related twist on it: It’s a glorious time to be a frequent flyer!

This is especially true since there is so much great technology out there now which makes traveling through airports so much easier compared to the olden days (you know, like 10 years ago).

With that being said, let’s just jump into this with a comparison of my two favorite tech-based travel tools: Mobile Passport vs Global Entry. I’ll give you a rundown of what each of them are, how they are different from one another, and then I’ll let you know which one is my favorite (and why).

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What is Mobile Passport?

Mobile Passport is a phone-based app (available for both iOS and Android) that you use to pre-fill your arrival information before going though passport control after arriving at a US airport from abroad. It’s available for US citizens and Canadian visitors, and it’s completely free to download and use.

As a Mobile Passport app user, you will have access to dedicated (much shorter) lines at passport control, and the entire process is generally much faster than it would be using the normal queue like everyone else.

The process of using the Mobile Passport app goes like this:

  1. Download the app, and create a profile using your passport information.
  2. Upon arrival in the US from an international destination, fill in your flight and travel information in the “new trip” section.
  3. You will be prompted to take a selfie (yay!), and answer some basic questions.
  4. Submit the information and proceed to the dedicated lanes to wait for the next available CBP officer.
  5. Optional: look smug knowing that you just saved yourself a ton of valuable time.

What is Global Entry?

Warning: this is the part of the whole Mobile Passport vs Global Entry comparison where things start getting a little muddy. Why? Well, what I’m about to write is likely going to make you even more confused about which expedited passport control option is right for you. Global Entry sounds an awful like Mobile Passport IMHO – but there are key differences. Let’s start first with a brief overview, followed by a brief rundown of what the process of using Global Entry is like.

Global Entry is an expedited pre-clearance program for pre-approved (low risk) travelers entering the United States from abroad. There is an application process involved, as well as a fee which covers 5 years of enrollment.

The process of using Global Entry goes like this:

  1. Fill out an application online.
  2. Wait to be called for an interview (usually held at your nearest major airport). This waiting process can take weeks to months depending on how backlogged they are.
  3. Pay the fee (good for 5 years).
  4. Once you pass the application and interview process, you will be given a “Known Traveler” ID, which you must include on you airline reservations from that point forward (as long as you want the perks of Global Entry).
  5. Upon Arrival at a US airport from abroad, proceed directly to the dedicated Global Entry kiosks, answer a series of questions, and have your picture taken.
  6. Submit the information, and present your receipt to the next available CBP officer.
  7. Just as it is with using the Mobile Passport app, looking smug for saving yourself tons of time is perfectly acceptable.

While it’s still necessary to use the kiosks upon arrival in the US, the lines are usually much shorter than the general queue and the time savings are huge.

Mobile Passport vs Global Entry: the nitty gritty

Don’t worry. If you’re even more confused about the Mobile Passport app and Global Entry now (more than ever), this is the part of the comparison where it’ll start to make a little more sense. From here on out, my goal is to guide you towards picking which expedited passport control is right for you!

Here are the biggest differences between Mobile Passport and Global Entry:

  • Mobile Passport is free. Global Entry is not. At the time of this writing, the fee for a 5 year membership of Global Entry is $100.
  • There is no app associated with Global Entry. Your information is automatically included with your airline ticket (assuming you entered your Known Traveler ID at the time of booking).
  • You can bypass the kiosks completely using Mobile Passport.
  • There is an application process for Global Entry (which could take weeks – or even months).
  • Due to the above-mentioned application process, the requirements are far more strict. Basically, you need a squeaky-clean record. Want to know more? You can read all the details here.
  • Mobile passport is only eligible for US citizens and Canadian visitors. Global Entry is available for citizens of the US, Mexico, Germany, and Panama. Korean Smart Entry members and citizens of the Netherlands enrolled in FLUX/Privium may also apply.

Why would you choose Mobile Passport over Global Entry (and vise versa)?

  • Global Entry comes with TSA PreCheck – which is a huge perk if you travel frequently within the US.
  • Mobile Passport is completely free and you get nearly the same benefits of using Global Entry (minus the TSA PreCheck part).
  • Did I mention that Mobile Passport is free? Ha! I suspect this will be the one perk that will sway most everybody, so I figured it was worth mentioning again.
  • You get “head of the line” privileges with Global Entry. In other words, if you arrive at an airport where kiosks are in place (but not operational), you are eligible to be moved to the head of the line upon an officers discretion. Be prepared for tons of dirty looks from the masses however!
  • There’s no waiting involved to begin using the Mobile Passport app. Just download and go – no application process involved.
  • Mobile Passport is still new and relatively unknown, which means that the lines are short and the entire process is fast. For now. Once it catches on (and it will), Global Entry will have the advantage of being the fastest way through passport control once again.

Mobile passport vs Global Entry FAQs

  • Both Mobile Passport and Global Entry still require you to present your passport to a CBP officer upon arrival in the US (just as you normally would). There is no getting around this step!
  • Both programs are NOT intended as replacements for your passport. You are still required to present a valid passport to enter the United States.
  • You cannot bring family members with you through the queue if they are not a member of either of these programs.

So…which one do I prefer?

Unfortunately, I never even had the opportunity compare Mobile Passport vs Global Entry before going with the latter a short while back. I went through the application process and paid my fee for GE just before Mobile Passport became a thing, and if I had to do it all over again, I’d certainly have a lot to think about.

However, when it comes right down to it, Global Entry is the better option for me right now PRIMARILY because it comes with TSA PreCheck. I travel a lot, and having the ability to bypass long security lines without having to take off my belt and shoes every time is a huge plus.

Some of the other reasons for my choice:

  • As soon as the Mobile Passport option becomes more popular (and it will given it’s advantages), it’s not going to be the fastest way thorough passport control anymore. Too many people will be using it and clogging up the process IMHO.
  • Since TSA PreCheck is a necessity for me, I’m going to have to pay for it one way or another. The cost is $85 and it’s valid for 5 years. Conversely, Global Entry costs $100, it’s valid for 5 years, and it comes with TSA PreCheck. It behooves me to pay a just a little more and get a ton of other useful benefits!

What about using both Mobile Passport AND Global Entry? Is that possible?

Yes, it’s perfectly okay to have and use both programs – at least I assume it is since I’ve never heard anything which suggests otherwise. You can’t use both for a single entry however, so you’re going to have to pick one or the other each time you enter the US.

The best option is to wait until you reach the queue for passport control and to pick the option that will get you through the quickest (based on how long the queues are for Global Entry vs the dedicated lanes for Mobile Passport users).

Do you have any other tips for using either of these two programs? I’d love to read them in the comment section below!

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Standing in a long line at the airport is no way to start a vacation, particularly a well-earned trip after the past year. If you are vaccinated and ready to start traveling again, there are three programs -- TSA PreCheck, Global Entry and Clear -- that can help you get through airport security faster.

Before you book your next vacation, keep reading to learn about TSA PreCheck vs. Global Entry vs. Clear and the costs, application process and benefits of each.

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Detailed examinations of the services follow, but here's the express version of TSA PreCheck vs. Global Entry vs. Clear.

Global Entry is the best overall option. One CNET writer once called it "the best $100 I ever spent" -- and the first time you use it, you'll agree. Global Entry folds in all of the advantages of TSA Pre -- much faster and less invasive TSA security checks -- and adds an express line through customs and immigration on your way back to the US from international airports and destinations. If you have a passport, this is the one to get.

TSA Pre is the best option if you don't have a passport. If you only travel domestically, TSA Pre will make flying a far less onerous process. But if you take even one international trip or head to one international airport in the next five years, you'll kick yourself if you don't pay the extra $15 for Global Entry.

We don't recommend Clear at its current price. The base price of Clear just feels prohibitive. It's almost $200 a year, versus just $20 per year for Global Entry. And that application fee doesn't buy you the quicker TSA PreCheck security check, so you're probably still going to want to invest in Global Entry or TSA Pre as well anyway. Without a price drop or an expanded service tier, Clear just doesn't seem to be worth it. However...

Clear Sports is worthwhile for sports fans and concertgoers in select cities. No, this doesn't really have anything to do with airports or traveling. But the free tier of Clear, Clear Sports, will give you expedited entry into eight stadiums around the country. If you live in one of the cities in which it's offered -- and you're OK with the company Clear having your biometric data -- this free service is worth checking out. Clear has another free service called Health Pass that works as a vaccine passport, letting you gain entry into venues that require proof of vaccination.

And, as you might suspect: If you're a real stickler for privacy, you might want to skip all of these.

Want a deeper dive into each of these? Read on.

TSA PreCheck

With more than 7 million members, TSA PreCheck is the most popular of the expedited airport security screening programs. It's run by the Transportation Security Administration and lets you use special TSA PreCheck security lines at the airport instead of fighting your way through the main security lines with everyone else. In addition to the shorter security lines, the screening itself is expedited because you don't need to remove your shoes or laptop, among other items, when going through a TSA PreCheck checkpoint. According to the TSA, 92% of TSA PreCheck members waited less than five minutes for screening this past May.

Who's it for?

Any frequent flyer within the US. To be eligible, you need to be a US citizen or a lawful permanent resident. Also, TSA PreCheck members' kids 12 and under can go through the TSA PreCheck line with their parents.

What does it do?

Not only will the line at the TSA PreCheck likely be shorter than what you'll encounter at the regular airport security checkpoint, but you'll go through quicker because you won't need to remove your shoes, belt or light jacket, or take out your laptop or liquids.


Where can I use it?

At more than 200 participating US airports and 80 participating airlines across the US.

What's the cost?

TSA PreCheck status costs $85 for five years. You can pay for your PreCheck application with a credit card, debit card, money order, company check or certified/cashier's check. 

How do I apply?

It's a two-step process:

1. Fill out an online TSA PreCheck application and schedule an in-person appointment for a background check. There are more than 380 enrollment centers for the in-person interview. Unlike the early years of the program, they're not all located in airports anymore, either.

2. Go to the appointment to answer questions for the background check and get fingerprinted.

The TSA estimates the online application will take five minutes to fill out, and the in-person appointment will take 10 minutes.

How does it work?

Once you've been approved and paid your $85, you'll get a Known Traveler Number. When you book a flight, you must add your KTN to your reservation, which will allow you to use the TSA PreCheck lane at the airport.

Global Entry

Global Entry is a no-brainer if you like the idea of TSA PreCheck and travel internationally. Run by the US Customs and Border Protection, this program includes free TSA PreCheck and adds the ability to get through customs more quickly when entering the US from travel abroad.

Who's it for?

International travelers going by air, land or sea. To be eligible, you need to be a US citizen, a lawful permanent resident or a citizen of the following countries: Argentina, Colombia, Germany, India, Panama, Singapore, South Korea, Switzerland, Taiwan or the UK. Kids will need their own Global Entry membership at the same cost as adults.

What does it do?

It lets you skip the long line at customs as well as the paperwork and awkward interviews with a customs agent when returning to the US. In place of that unpleasant process, Global Entry members can skip through customs by using a self-serve kiosk. And on exit from the US, Global Entry also includes TSA PreCheck to get you through airport security faster.


Where can I use it?

You can use Global Entry at dozens of airports in the US, including Guam, Saipan and Puerto Rico. It's also available in some major Canadian airports (Calgary, Edmonton, Halifax, Montreal, Ottawa, Toronto and Winnipeg), as well as a handful of other international airports (Abu Dhabi, Aruba, Bermuda, Dublin, Grand Bahamas, Nassau). Again, that's in addition to the advantages of a full TSA Pre membership, which you can use at over 200 domestic US airports.

What's the cost?

Global Entry costs $100 for five years -- only $3 more per year than TSA PreCheck. You can pay by credit card or through an electronic bank transfer.

How do I apply?

Similar to TSA PreCheck, you need to fill out an online application. Start by creating a Trusted Traveler Program account. Then, complete the application for Global Entry (which includes the non-refundable $100 fee). Once you are conditionally accepted, schedule an in-person appointment at an enrollment center and pass a background check. For your in-person interview, you will need a valid passport and one other form of identification such as a driver's license or ID card. Lawful permanent residents must present their machine readable permanent resident card.

How does it work?

There is no additional paperwork needed beyond your otherwise unchanged US passport. Once you're accepted, just look for the dedicated Global Entry kiosks at customs when entering the US at participating airports. The ATM-style kiosk snaps a photo and asks you about five of the same sort of questions you'd get on hand-written immigration forms (are you bringing in fruit, are you carrying $10,000 in cash) that you answer on the touchscreen. If the answers to those questions is no, you can hand off the printed receipt to an immigration officer as he or she checks your passport. You can be on your way to the luggage carousels in as little as 2 minutes. 

You will also get a Global Entry ID card, but that's only needed for land and sea port entry from Mexico or Canada. (If you're not familiar with the SENTRI and NEXUS programs related to crossing to and from those respective countries, you probably don't need to worry about this.)


Unlike TSA PreCheck and Global Entry, Clear is run by a private company and not the government. It lets you jump right to the front of the main security line or the TSA PreCheck line at the airport. Instead of waiting in line to show your ID and boarding pass to the TSA agent, passengers can use a Clear kiosk to scan your eye and fingerprint and then be escorted directly to the front of the security line.

You still may want to use it along with TSA PreCheck or Global Entry because it only lets you skip the line -- you'll still need to go through security by removing your shoes, belt, laptops and liquids unless you also enjoy TSA PreCheck benefits.

Who's it for?

Air travelers with eyes and fingers who hate long lines. To be eligible, you must be at least 18 years old and have one of these types of photo ID: US Driver's License, US Passport, US Passport Card, US-issued Permanent Resident Card, State Issued ID or US Military ID.

What does it do?

Clear lets you skip the airport security line, but you'll still need to go through the regular security screening. It saves you from needing to present your ID and boarding pass to a TSA agent after standing in the security line to do so. Instead, you can use a Clear kiosk to scan your iris and fingerprints before a Clear employee then escorts you directly to the front of the line for security screening. You'll need to take off your shoes and belt and remove your laptop and liquids from your carry-on for screening, unless you also have TSA PreCheck that expedites the screening and boarding process.


Where can I use it?

Clear isn't as widespread as TSA PreCheck or Global Entry. It's available in a select number of airports as well as a handful of stadiums to get you through security and to the game or concert faster.

What's the cost?

Clear is pricier than TSA PreCheck or Global Entry. It has an annual fee of $179 per year, and you can add up to three family members for $50 each per year. Kids under 18 can use the Clear kiosk when traveling with a Clear family member. 

Clear is the priciest of the three programs, but it's the only one that offers a free trial. You can try the service free for two months.

Delta and United frequent flyers can get a deal on Clear. For Delta, it's free for Diamond Medallion members, $109 a year for Platinum, Gold and Silver Medallion members, and $119 a year for General SkyMiles members. For United, it's free for Premier 1K members, $109 a year for United credit cardmembers in the US and Platinum, Gold and Silver Premier members. And it's $119 a year for MileagePlus members.

What is Clear Sports?

For stadium-entry only, a Clear Sports membership is free and lets you bring one guest with you through the Clear security lane.

How do I apply?

Clear is the most expensive but easiest to join. You fill out an application online and then finish the process at an airport or stadium that offers Clear. No need for a separate trip to an enrollment center -- you can start using Clear on the same day you enroll.

How does it work?

Your iris and fingerprints are scanned when you enroll and linked to your account. You can then use those biometrics to zip through the Clear lane at an airport or stadium instead of the regular security line. With the Health Pass, you can add a digital vaccine card to prove your vaccination credentials.

Security and privacy concerns

Global Entry and TSA Pre are US government programs, while Clear is a private corporation. But if you use any of the services, you'll be surrendering quite a lot of personal information, including fingerprints -- and your face.

In the case of Clear, the company's website says: "We never sell or rent personal information. Personal information is only used to deliver a frictionless and secure experience with CLEAR."

For Global Entry and TSA Pre, you're surrendering that information to the federal government. That gives many people pause, especially since the government has shown it's no better than corporations at keeping data safe. From the SolarWinds breach to the US Treasury and Commerce departments getting hacked, the feds already had a pretty dismal reputation. And US Customs and Border Protection -- the very agency that administers Global Entry -- has admitted that traveler photos have been compromised in a cyberattack. 

So, yes: None of these systems will be comfortable for folks who value privacy. And if any of that makes you uncomfortable, none of these services are for you. But while arguing for a higher level of travelers' rights is a worthy debate, it's not going to get you through the security line or boarding any faster for your next flight. For better or worse, increased convenience will mean sacrificing some degree of privacy, at least to the airlines, the governments of the nations you're traveling through, and their various subcontractors. 

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Here's why I plan to cancel my Chase Sapphire Reserve

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The Chase Sapphire Reserve® made headlines last week when Chase announced a $100 annual fee increase, from $450 to $550. The news had current and prospective applicants second-guessing whether the popular card was still worthwhile.

Potential cardholders had four days to apply for the card before the fee rose to $550 on January 12, 2020. Meanwhile existing cardholders are able to renew at $450 for another year if their renewal date is before April 1, 2020. Any renewals after that date incur the new $550 fee.

Chase added new DoorDash and Lyft benefits to help compensate for the fee hike, but many consumers were unsure if the new perks offset the fee. And if you don't frequently use either service, it may not be enough to offset the cost of the annual fee. That's the issue I'm personally running into.

Below, I explain why I plan to cancel my Chase Sapphire Reserve before I'm billed the increased annual fee next year.

Chase Sapphire Reserve®

  • Rewards

    Earn 5X total points on air travel and 10X total points on hotels and car rentals when you purchase travel through Chase Ultimate Rewards® immediately after the first $300 is spent on travel purchases annually. Earn 3X points on other travel and dining & 1 point per $1 spent on all other purchases plus, 10X points on Lyft rides through March 2022

  • Welcome bonus

    Earn 50,000 bonus points after you spend $4,000 on purchases in the first 3 months from account opening

  • Annual fee


  • Intro APR


  • Regular APR

    16.99% to 23.99% variable

  • Balance transfer fee

    5%, minimum $5

  • Foreign transaction fee


  • Credit needed


Terms apply.

Here's why I plan to cancel my Chase Sapphire Reserve

I had been contemplating opening the Chase Sapphire Reserve for at least a year before I submitted an application two weeks ago, before I learned the annual fee would increase.

Initially, I justified paying the $450 annual fee because I liked the card's generous welcome bonus, and I was planning to take full advantage of the annual $300 travel credit and $100 credit toward a Global Entry or TSA application fee. Combined those perks were more than worth $450. But after the annual fee increased, I wanted to crunch the numbers to find the card's long-term value, based on how I plan on using it.

Here's a breakdown of the approximate value of each benefit that could easily receive a dollar amount.

Welcome bonus

I qualified for a welcome bonus of 50,000 bonus points after I opened my card. The current welcome bonus is also 50,000 points when you spend $4,000 on purchases in the first three months. This is worth up to $750 toward travel when you redeem through Chase Ultimate Rewards® since points are worth 50% more when used that way.

Keep in mind that welcome bonuses are a one-time offer. So you can't count on this to offset the annual fee after the first year.

Cardholder value: Up to $900 in year one (with current bonus).

My value: $750 in year one, since I plan to redeem for the maximum value.

Annual travel credit

The Sapphire Reserve provides a generous annual travel credit that can be used to offset the cost of travel ranging from airfare and hotels to tolls and rental cars.

Cardholder value: Up to $300 a year.

My value: $300 each year, I plan on maxing out this credit to cover vacation costs, as well as everyday expenses like tolls.

Global Entry or TSA PreCheck credit

Cardholders receive an application fee credit for Global Entry ($100) or TSA PreCheck ($85) every four years. It's generally recommended that you apply for Global Entry rather than TSA PreCheck. For just $15 more, Global Entry grants you access to both.

Cardholder value: Up to $100 every four years.

My value: $100 every four years, I already have TSA PreCheck which doesn't expire for a few years, but will apply for Global Entry. But after year one, it will be another four years before I can take advantage of this credit again.

Priority Pass Select membership

This perk provides access over 1,000 airport lounges worldwide after a one-time enrollment.

Cardholder value: $429 a year.

My value: $0, since I only fly once or twice a year and often out of terminals that don't have Priority Pass lounges.

DoorDash benefits

The DoorDash benefits are worth up to a combined $320:

  • DoorDash credits: $120 statement credit ($60 in 2020 and $60 in 2021).
  • DashPass membership for a minimum of one year and up to two years: Up to $200, depending on when you activate (no later than Dec. 31, 2021).

If you use delivery services like DoorDash, a complimentary DashPass membership may be a nice perk, providing free delivery and lower service fees from hundreds of restaurants on orders of $12 or more. And if you currently use a competitor, like Seamless, GrubHub or Postmates, this may be enough to convince you to switch services.

But that's not the case for me. I don't use food delivery services so this benefit isn't one I'm particularly excited about. Granted, I won't turn down 'free' money, so I already signed up and used about $20 of the DoorDash credit on an ice cream order. I'll likely spend up to the $60 credit to take full advantage of this perk and only use restaurants that are eligible for DashPass to minimize fees.

It's also important to note that these benefits are for up to two years — there's currently no indication they'll be renewed. That means you shouldn't bank on these perks to offset the annual fee every year since, as of now, they're temporary.

Cardholder value: Up to $320, which works out to up to $160 in 2020 and $160 in 2021.

My value: $320, which is $160 in 2020 and $160 in 2021.

Lyft benefits

Cardholders can earn 10X points on Lyft purchases through March 2022 and can also benefit from a year of complimentary Lyft Pink membership. Lyft Pink is worth $19.99 per month and includes 15% off car rides, relaxed cancellations, priority airport pickups, up to three free 30-minute bike and scooter rides per month and more.

Just like the DoorDash benefits, the Lyft Pink membership is only for a limited time, so you shouldn't bank on it offsetting the annual fee long-term.

Cardholder value: $239 for a year.

My value: $0 since I rarely use rideshares. I'll sign up, but don't plan on using this service.

Bottom line

Cardholder's total value: Up to $2,128 in year one, assuming you earn the welcome bonus; up to $889 in year two; and up to $729 in other years (not including the Global Entry/TSA PreCheck credit every four years worth $100).

My total value: $1,310 year one; $460 year two; and $300 in other years (not including the Global Entry credit every four years worth $100).

Cardholders who take full advantage of all the card benefits can more than offset the annual fee, however when I crunch the numbers it's clear I'm $90 to $250 short of recouping the fee after my first year of account opening. And when I consider how much I'll use the card (approximately $4,000 annually), that only equates to about $180 in rewards when redeemed through the Ultimate Rewards portal.

If you fit my profile, then you may feel the same and contemplate canceling your Chase Sapphire Reserve. Experts generally don't recommend canceling your credit card since it can have a negative affect on your credit score. But paying a high annual fee that's not worthwhile can be an exception. (Learn how to cancel a credit card.)

However, you can also consider downgrading your Sapphire Reserve to another Chase card, such as the Chase Sapphire Preferred® Card, which has a lower $95 annual fee, or the no annual feeChase Freedom Unlimited®.

Alternatives to the Chase Sapphire Reserve

If you're considering opening a different travel card, consider these alternatives which have annual fees of $95, $250 or $695.

Similar card with an annual fee under $100

Chase Sapphire Preferred® Card

  • Rewards

    $50 annual Ultimate Rewards Hotel Credit, 5X points on travel purchased through Chase Ultimate Rewards®, 3X points on dining, 2X points on all other travel purchases, 5X points on Lyft rides through March 2022, and 1X points on all other purchases

  • Welcome bonus

    Earn 60,000 bonus points after you spend $4,000 on purchases in the first 3 months from account opening

  • Annual fee


  • Intro APR


  • Regular APR

    15.99% to 22.99% variable on purchases and balance transfers

  • Balance transfer fee

    Either $5 or 5% of the amount of each transfer, whichever is greater

  • Foreign transaction fee


  • Credit needed


Terms apply.

Premium rewards card with a lower fee

American Express® Gold Card

  • Rewards

    4X Membership Rewards® points on restaurants (including takeout and delivery, plus, Uber Eats purchases) and at U.S. supermarkets (on up to $25,000 per calendar year in purchases, then 1X), 3X points on flights booked directly with airlines or on, 1X points on all other purchases

  • Welcome bonus

    60,000 Membership Rewards® points after you spend $4,000 on eligible purchases within the first 6 months from account opening

  • Annual fee


  • Intro APR

    Not applicable

  • Regular APR

    See Pay Over Time APR

  • Balance transfer fee


  • Foreign transaction fee


  • Credit needed


See rates and fees, terms apply.

Competing luxury travel card with a higher fee

The Platinum Card® from American Express

  • Rewards

    Earn 10X points on eligible purchases on the card at restaurants worldwide and when you shop small in the U.S., on up to $25,000 in combined purchases, during your first 6 months of card membership, 5X points on flights booked directly with airlines or with American Express Travel (starting January 1, 2021, this applies on up to $500,000 per calendar year), 5X points on prepaid hotels booked with American Express Travel, 1X points on all other purchases

  • Welcome bonus

    100,000 Membership Rewards® points after spending $6,000 within 6 months of account opening

  • Annual fee


  • Intro APR


  • Regular APR

    See Pay Over Time APR

  • Balance transfer fee


  • Foreign transaction fee


  • Credit Needed


See rates and fees, terms apply.

Editorial Note: Opinions, analyses, reviews or recommendations expressed in this article are those of the Select editorial staff’s alone, and have not been reviewed, approved or otherwise endorsed by any third party.

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If your parents are Bangladeshi, local authorities may consider you a Bangladeshi citizen, regardless of your place of birth or if you have formally obtained Bangladeshi citizenship. 


The workweek in Bangladesh is from Sunday to Thursday.

In 2022, the lunar month of Ramadan is expected to begin on or around April 2.

In public, between sunrise and sunset, be discreet when :

  • drinking
  • eating
  • smoking Business transactions are considerably slower during this period.

Local laws reflect the fact that Bangladesh has strongly conservative social norms.

Dress conservatively, behave discreetly and respect religious and social traditions to avoid offending local sensitivities. Women in particular should avoid wearing shorts and sleeveless garments.

Public displays of affection are not socially acceptable.

Property disputes

Property disputes, including those between family members, are common and can turn violent. You should contact a local lawyer if you find yourself in such a situation.


The currency is the taka (BDT).

Credit cards are widely accepted; however, exercise caution when using them.

ATMs are available in larger urban areas and at some major hotels.

There are import and export restrictions on local currency. It is illegal to import more than 5,000 taka and export more than 500 taka.

Global Entry - What to Expect Upon International Arrival

Your application may be denied if you have a criminal record; provide false or incomplete information on your application; have pending criminal charges; have violated customs, immigration, or agricultural laws in any country; are currently being investigated by any local, state, or federal agency; are inadmissible to the U.S. under immigration regulation, including applicants with approved waivers of inadmissibility or parole documentation; cannot satisfy CBP of your low-risk status; or fail to meet other program requirements. For questions about eligibility, contact the Global Entry Enrollment Center nearest you.

However, Lawson notes that if your application is denied, “you do have the option of requesting a reconsideration.” (Luckily, you won’t have to pay the fee again.)

Create an account online

All applicants, regardless of age, have to create an account within the Trusted Traveler Program Systems. This is where you can submit your online application, along with payment.

Understandably, the application is extensive: In addition to personal information—name, email address, gender, eye color, height, language preference—it requires you to fill in your employment, address history, and travel over the past five years.

It also asks if you've violated any customs or immigration laws, or if you have been convicted of a crime. Fill out the application and submit the $100 fee—which will likely increase to $120 when the CBP completes its review of public comment about the price increase (so take advantage of the lower rate while you can). Once approved, the fee will cover a five-year Global Entry membership—but note that the cost is non-refundable, even if your application is rejected.

You can pay the fee by credit card or electronic bank transfer. In addition, many travel credit cards offer reimbursement of the Global Entry application fee as a benefit.

Getting an interview appointment

At the height of the pandemic, the Global Entry program experienced a major backlog of applications because of closed enrollment centers and limited appointments, which caused months-long delays in processing new applications and approving renewals. However, the agency has now worked through most of those backlogs, and about 60 percent of applications are conditionally approved within 15 days, according to Lawson. Applications that require a more detailed review can take up to four months.

Once your application is conditionally approved, you'll receive an email that there's a message in your Trusted Traveler account. You'll then be asked to schedule an in-person interview at a Global Entry Enrollment Center, which can be found all over the country. With the lingering scheduling and backlog delays from the pandemic, it’s difficult to estimate how long it will take to secure an interview, but you do have up to 730 days after your conditional approval to complete the enrollment process. If you're having trouble securing an interview slot, check back often—people sometimes cancel their appointments, opening up earlier slots.


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