Easy Trick to Get a Quick Appointment for Your Global Entry Interview
Global Entry is a great program for frequent flyers. It is a U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) program that allows expedited clearance for pre-approved, low-risk travelers upon arrival in the United States. It is primarily aimed at travelers coming into the United States, but it’s also recognized at other participating countries such as Australia, Canada, Germany, Mexico, the Netherlands, New Zealand, South Korea, and the United Kingdom. It also includes TSA PreCheck. The membership costs $100 for five years, but you can usually get Global Entry for free if you have a premium travel credit card. You can read more about it and similar programs here.
The process for Global Entry starts with an online application. Once your application is conditionally approved, then you will need to schedule an Global Entry interview at a Global Entry Enrollment Center. Approvals have been taking longer that usual this year, so keep that in mind. Each applicant must schedule a separate interview.
There’s two option for an interview. The first one is Global Entry on Arrival. You can take advantage of a walk-in interview for Global Entry when you return from your next international trip at one of several international airports in the United States and Canada. With Enrollment on Arrival, Global Entry applicants who are conditionally approved can complete their interviews, the last step of the Global Entry process, while they are clearing through United States Customs and Border Protection or Preclearance.
If you need your Global Entry before your next flight, then scheduling an appointment is your only option. You can check times and locations here. But depending on your location, interviews might not be available for a few weeks or even months. One easy trick to get a quick appointment date is just to keep checking continuously throughout the day. The busiest locations will have the longest wait but there’s also more people canceling and rescheduling appointments, which means that a date could open up anytime. Here’s an example from a few days ago, where I was able to get an appointment at JFK within 24 hours, after seeing only option for almost a month out at first.
Even if you’re not sure if you can make an appointment that pops up, schedule it first. You can also continue to look for different times and dates and you can reschedule or cancel your current appointment. I saw more times open up as I kept refreshing throughout the day. It might be difficult to find the something for more than one person, but still worth it to keep trying if you need your Global Entry right away.
As for the interview, make sure to bring your passport, and your ID with you. At the JFK center, it was about a 10 minute wait, even though the waiting room had about 10 people. And the interview itself took about two minutes. The agent only asked for my passport, name, address and whether I’ve had customs issues or been arrested in the past. Once you complete your interview you will be approved within 24 to 48 hours.
Free Global Entry
These are the cards that will reimburse you $100 for paying for Global Entry, and most of them also give you $85 if you want to go for TSA PreCheck:
- Platinum Card From American Express ($550 Annual Fee – Free AUs also get the perk)
- Business Platinum Card From American Express ($550 AF – Free AUs also get the perk)
- American Express Corporate Platinum Card ($550 AF)
- Spark Miles Business Credit Card from Capital One ($95 AF)
- Citi Prestige
- AAdvantage Aviator Silver World Elite MasterCard
- Citi AAdvantage Executive World Elite Mastercard ($450 AF)
- Citi Expedia+ Voyager ($95 AF – No longer available)
- Chase Southwest Performance Business Credit Card ($199 AF)
- Chase United Explorer Card ($95 AF)
- Ritz-Carlton Visa Infinite ($450 AF – No longer available)
- Chase Sapphire Reserve ($450 AF)
- IHG Rewards Club Premier Credit Card ($89 AF)
- City National Crystal Visa Infinite ($400 AF)
- MasterCard Black Card ($495 AF)
- Suntrust Travel Rewards Credit Card ($89 AF)
- Amex U.S. Bank FlexPerks Gold ($85 AF)
- Capital One Venture ($95 AF)