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Travel Tip Tuesday: The Unadvertised Way To Get Global Entry For $50

If you read my last post about my experience applying for Global Entry, you’ll know that the Global Entry application fee costs $100.  There are ways around that fee either via status with United Airlines or credit cards like the Platinum American Express which will reimburse you for the fee.  For the rest of us, it’s pretty much $100 – or is it?

If you live somewhat close to the following cities OR if you plan to visit one of the cities below, you should consider applying for the NEXUS card instead.

US Cities:

  • Blaine, WA
  • Seattle, WA
  • Sweetgrass, MT
  • Pembina, ND
  • Warroad, MN
  • Detroit, MI
  • Port Huron, MI
  • Sault Ste. Marie, MI
  • Niagara Falls, NY
  • Champlain, NY
  • Calais, ME

Canadian Cities:

  • Vancouver, British Columbia
  • Fort Frances, Ontario
  • Lansdowne, Ontario
  • Halifax, Nova Scotia
  • Montreal, Quebec
  • Ottawa, Ontario
  • Toronto, Ontario
  • Winnipeg, Manitoba
  • Edmonton, Alberta

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The NEXUS card is an alternative to the passport for land, air, and sea travel between the US and Canada.  Similar to Global Entry, it provides expedited border crossings for trusted travelers after an application and an interview and is good for 5 years.   The big differences are that the interview includes both US and Canadian officials, background checks are done for both countries, an iris scan is involved (necessary to fast track customs and passport control at the airport), and the interviews take place at locations close to the US/Canada border.

What is interesting (and totally NOT advertised), however, is that NEXUS cardholders also get a “trusted traveler” number which gives you access to TSA Pre-Check and drum-roll please…Global Entry!  NEXUS cardholders can use their NEXUS card at the Global Entry kiosks for expedited entry into the US regardless of whether you’re coming back to the US from Canada or any other country.  In other words, NEXUS includes Global Entry and NEXUS is only $50 to apply – that breaks out to a measly $10/year.  Would you be willing to pay $10/year to get TSA Pre-Check and Global Entry?  I totally would.

The only problem, of course, is that if you don’t live near any of the above cities or have plans to visit any of them, paying the full $100 for Global Entry is the best way to go.  But for those who are close to the cities above, NEXUS is a no-brainer.

Special thanks to NEXUS cardholder, Mark, for sharing this tip!

Help me keep this series going!  If you have any travel tips, please email me at diana@justwanderlustblog.com and your tip may end up in a future post!

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