Which Credit Cards Reimburse for Global Entry?
If you often travel internationally, you may want to consider applying for Global Entry, which allows pre-approved, low-risk travelers expedited clearance when they land in the United States. In other words, Global Entry travelers will have access to special kiosks and can avoid long lines.
Global Entry costs $100 for a five-year membership, but some credit cards reimburse cardholders for this fee. Here are a number of cards that can help you save on this expense.
Mastercard® Black Card
Citi AAdvantage Executive World Elite Mastercard
The Citi AAdvantage Executive World Elite MasterCard offers 50,000 American AAdvantage bonus miles when cardholders make $5,000 in purchases within the first three months. The annual fee is $450. You receive access to more than 50 Admiral Club lounges for you and two guests or your immediate family. You’ll also receive a statement credit of up to $100 every five years as a reimbursement for your application fee for Global Entry or TSA Pre✓. You receive two points for every dollar spent on American Airlines, and one point every dollar spent on other transactions. You will earn 10,000 AAdvantage Elite Qualifying Miles after you spend $40,000 in purchases within the year. There are no foreign transaction fees on this card.
Chase Sapphire Reserve
The Chase Sapphire Reserve also offers cardholders 50,000 bonus points, which equates to $750 toward travel when redeemed through Chase Ultimate Rewards, but they must spend $4,000 within the first three months of opening their account. Cardholders will also receive three points for every dollar spent on travel and dining, and a $300 statement credit as reimbursement for travel purchases every anniversary year. The annual fee is $450, and $75 for every authorized user.
Diners Club Carte Blanche
The Diners Club Carte Blanche is a corporate card that gives cardholders a $100 credit towards airline fees, a $100 application fee towards Global Entry or TSA Pre✓ as well as a $100 credit toward in-flight Wi-Fi annually.
IHG® Rewards Club Premier Credit Card
IHG® hotels include Holiday Inn, Candlewood Suites and a number of other properties, and through Chase, IHG® offers a solid credit card for those who often stay in their hotels. Rewards can add up quickly, as cardholders earn 10 points per every dollar spent at an IHG® hotel. There is an $89 annual, but cardholders can also enjoy one free hotel stay every anniversary year and spend every fourth night free, which will easily compensate cardholders for this expense. The IHG® Rewards Club Premier Credit Card gives a statement credit to cardholders to pay for their Global Entry or TSA Pre✓® application fee every four years. Additionally, new cardholders will enjoy 80,000 bonus points when they spend $2,000 within the first three months of opening their account. All cardholders earn 10,000 bonus points when they spend $20,000 and make an additional purchase every year.
UnitedSM Explorer Card
The UnitedSM Explorer card was launched in June 2018, and it gives cardholders a statement credit for the Global Entry or TSA Pre✓® application fee every four years. There is a $95 annual fee, but it is waived for the first year. Another perk for new cardholders is the fact that they can earn 40,000 miles after spending $2,000 within the first three months of opening their account. All cardholders earn 2X miles on United purchases and at restaurants and hotels. All other purchases earn one mile per dollar. Miles never expire, and there are no blackout dates. If you often fly United, some of the additional perks of this card are hard to beat. Cardholders will get a free checked bag for themselves and a companion, priority boarding, two United ClubSM passes and 25% cash back on in-flight purchases.