Trusted Traveler Programs

Air travel today can be stressful, but programs like TSA PreCheck and Global Entry help streamline the process and ease the stress. To know which of these 2 programs might work best for your travel needs, here’s a quick comparison to help you decide.

TSA PreCheck

Overview: TSA PreCheck speeds up security screening at U.S. airports. Members use dedicated, quicker lanes and don’t need to remove shoes, laptops, liquids, belts, or light jackets. To me, this is a huge benefit.

Availability: Over 200 airports and 80 airlines.

Cost: $85 for five years.

Ideal For: Domestic travelers who want a quicker, easier security experience.

Application: Online form, background check, and brief in-person interview.

Global Entry

Overview: Global Entry offers expedited U.S. customs clearance for international travelers and includes TSA PreCheck benefits.

Includes TSA PreCheck: All PreCheck perks plus faster customs processing.

Expedited Customs: Use automated kiosks at select airports.

Cost: $100 for five years.

Ideal For: International travelers who also want TSA PreCheck benefits for domestic flights.

Application: Online form, background check, and in-depth interview at a Global Entry Enrollment Center.

In summary, choose TSA PreCheck for faster domestic security checks, or opt for Global Entry if you travel internationally and want expedited customs processing plus TSA PreCheck benefits. The choice depends on your travel habits—fly predominately in the USA, go with TSA PreCheck; fly internationally, choose Global Entry. Both are well worth the small investment and will definitely save you time as you travel.