Change in Global Entry benefit with Amex Platinum

Amex has recently changed the Global Entry benefit terms for Platinum card holders. While you used to be able to get reimbursed for your $100 Global Entry fee (and still will), Amex has also extended this benefit to your authorized Platinum cardholders, as long as their Global Entry charge is made on their authorized card.

This benefit only makes sense if you already have authorized cardholders under your account, or if you’re planning on adding them for other reasons, such as earning more points, controlling their spending, etc. Since additional cards for authorized users carry an annual fee of $175, it doesn’t make sense to add them just to get reimbursed for the $100 Global Entry fee.

We recently used our Global Entry benefit for the first time when returning from our trip to Peru, and the process was totally worth it being that we got the pass for free. We bypassed a 500 person line and walked right out of the terminal in a few minutes, so this is a great benefit.

In addition, to the entry benefits Global Entry also grants you access to the TSA Pre Check in airports that have the option.  Recently they further expanded the TSA Pre Check to international departing passengers as well.  This is a nice benefit to skip the long TSA lines.

So if you have the Amex Platinum card and have authorized users who do not have their Global Entry pass, consider setting them up with it for great time savings at the U.S. ports of entry. The Global Entry pass is effective for a total of 5 years.

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