I am up for renewal on my Global Entry membership, so I decided to look up on the trusted traveler program to see what might have changed since I last applied about 5 years ago.

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) website has a good comparison chart on the four trusted traveler programs: TSA Pre-Check, Global Entry, Nexus, and SENTRI.  I won’t talk about the latter two since I don’t have any personal experience with them.  Instead, I’ll just focus on TSA Pre-Check and Global Entry.


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Screenshot of comparison chart on DHS website: https://www.dhs.gov/trusted-traveler-comparison-chart


Which is Better: TSA Pre-Check or Global Entry?

I’ll just come right out and say it.  Hands down, I think that Global Entry is the better program of the two since it includes “the TSA Pre-Check experience”.  For $15 USD more (over 5 years), you’d also get “expedited processing through CBP at airports and land borders upon arrival in the US”.

If you travel internationally, the Global Entry membership is well worth the investment.  Global Entry makes things fast and simple when returning home.  You scan your passport and your fingerprints at the Global Entry kiosk, answer a few questions on-screen, and you’re done.

TSA Pre-Check makes more sense if you have no plans to travel internationally over the next 5 years.

Up for Renewal

Looking through the comparison chart, the decision is simple for me:

I will be renewing my Global Entry membership.

Since I am renewing, I hope I don’t need to go back in for another interview.


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FAQ from CBP: https://www.cbp.gov/travel/trusted-traveler-programs/global-entry/frequently-asked-questions

I guess I will find out soon.


Are you weighing between the two trusted traveler program?  Which ones are you getting and why?