Many travel credit cards offer statement credits for enrollment and renewal fees of both Global Entry and TSA Precheck. At last check, there were over 30 cards ranging from those with no-annual-fee to luxury cards costing over $500 per year that offered some reimbursement.
While getting a statement credit is great, the value of the benefit isn’t much because you only redeem it every five years. It also leaves out the cheapest way to enroll in Global Entry & TSA Precheck.
TSA Precheck costs $85 for a five-year enrollment. Global Entry, which includes TSA Precheck, costs $100 every 5 years. But there’s another way to get Global Entry and TSA Precheck that only costs $50 every 5 years, AND it comes with additional benefits.
NEXUS is jointly run by the Canadian and U.S. border agencies.
The NEXUS program allows pre-screened travelers expedited processing when entering the United States and Canada. Program members use dedicated processing lanes at designated northern border ports of entry, NEXUS kiosks when entering Canada by air and Global Entry kiosks when entering the United States via Canadian Preclearance airports. NEXUS members also receive expedited processing at marine reporting locations.
If you travel to Canada often, NEXUS is a great way to make your life easier when crossing the border. The addition of getting TSA Precheck & Global Entry makes it a great deal. Everyone does not apply for this instead of paying for Global Entry because you need to finish your application at an enrollment center, most of which are in Canada or near the Canadian border.
Until now, people who wanted NEXUS had to pay the $50 themselves. However, several credit cards have added NEXUS to Global Entry and TSA Precheck as being eligible for a statement credit.
Here’s the benefit listed for my Sapphire Reserve card which includes NEXUS:
The benefit is also listed for the Chase Aeroplan card, which makes sense since this is the co-brand card for Air Canada’s loyalty program. The same is true when I checked my IHG Premier card.
Landing pages for Chase cards, like the United Infinite, Quest and Explorer cards, still show only Global Entry and TSA Precheck credits but I’ve read if you have the card and check the benefits from inside the account, NEXUS is listed. No report on the Ritz Carlton Rewards card but if the Sapphire Reserve has the benefit, I’d think the Ritz card would too.
I’m sure there are many people who were paying the $50 for NEXUS even though they could get Global Entry for free. It’s great that those who need the service to travel to Canada no longer are excluded from getting reimbursed from their Chase cards.
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