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#21
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I think it’s worth it. Depending on how often you travel over the next five years, having Global Entry will save you time going through security with TSA pre-check on domestic flights and expedite clearing customs internationally!!


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#22
Point Richmond CA
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Originally posted by Kate-AHF
Three hours up to Dulles, three hours back. Worth it?

Here in Northern California, folks sometimes do that length drive just to go to dinner.
BTW, you could set an appointment for a time around when you're flying in or out of any airport where CBP does the interviews. No extra driving that way.



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#23
United States
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Originally posted by Kate-AHF
Well, Dulles is our only option. Charlotte is 5 hours, so is Philly. Can anyone comment on how long it takes after the interview to get the status? We will be flying out of Dulles internationally twice next year, and we could arrange it on our first trip.

Somehow we got TSA Pre status in March this year for a Panama Canal cruise out of Florida. I didn't apply, it was just on our tickets. Because of it, the domestic airport experience was... really not awful. That's what started me down this path. We probably aren't making enough overseas trips, but I'm still thinking it I would like to have it.
Just because you got Pre-Check for one trip, does not mean you will get it every trip. Unless you apply for it.

And Global Entry is so much more convenient when returning to the US.

And to me it is a no brainer, $85 for Pre-Check or $100 for Global Entry, which includes Pre-Check.

BTW, Pre-Check is not just for domestic flights. It also works for international flights on US carriers, and some, but not all, foreign carriers.
#24
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I would wait until you are flying out of Dulles, or through an airport you can do the interview.
I live about 2 hours from Dulles, but fly out of there often. So I made my appointment for a day I was leaving, got the airport early, checked in, then went down for my interview.

BTW, in the DC there are a number of locations you can do it in the city, no need to do to Dulles airport. I did my renewal at the Reagan Building. Easy Metro access.
#25
Enosburg Falls, VT
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Originally posted by SRF
Just because you got Pre-Check for one trip, does not mean you will get it every trip. Unless you apply for it.

And Global Entry is so much more convenient when returning to the US.

And to me it is a no brainer, $85 for Pre-Check or $100 for Global Entry, which includes Pre-Check.

BTW, Pre-Check is not just for domestic flights. It also works for international flights on US carriers, and some, but not all, foreign carriers.
That last line is great info, thanks. If we continue to fly from Montreal to the states (which can save us a few hundred over flying from a US airport) we'll have to get Global entry since it would have reduced the amount of time for processing between connections, which can be tight.
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#26
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Originally posted by Kate-AHF
Three hours up to Dulles, three hours back. Worth it?
It is my understanding that you do not need to go to a "Global Entry Interview airport" to do the interview. When I renewed my TWIC (required for merchant mariners), the center there was also available to process TSA-Pre and Global Entry. From what I've seen of the GE website (I have TSA-Pre, not GE), you can go to any "enrollment center" for the interview. Not sure where you are in Virginia, but Richmond has an enrollment center as well:

Address:5707 Huntsman Road
Suite 104
Richmond, VA 23250
Hours of Operation:9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., Tuesday and Thursday
GRAND OPENING MARCH 1, 2017
Contact Information:(804) 226-9675

I'd call them to see if this helps.
#27
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Originally posted by sparks1093
That last line is great info, thanks. If we continue to fly from Montreal to the states (which can save us a few hundred over flying from a US airport) we'll have to get Global entry since it would have reduced the amount of time for processing between connections, which can be tight.
There are TWIC centers in Bennington, Portsmouth, and Portland if these are places you get to from the sticks.
#28
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Originally posted by chengkp75
There are TWIC centers in Bennington, Portsmouth, and Portland if these are places you get to from the sticks.
From what I can ascertain I have two places to be interviewed within an hour drive, no need for me to go down east (it only feels like I'm in the sticks but civilization isn't that far away).
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#29
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We got GE earlier this year. The interview was done at the port of Palm Beach, not the airport. There was no long wait for an appointment.
We cruised shortly after , and Isaw the sign for Mobile Passport and I loaded that on my phone and used that instead. We cruised out of Port Everglades, the only cruise port that it works at.
#30
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Originally posted by zqvol
Do you realize that you can get trusted traveler status without as many hoops to jump through? If you are not flying internationally that is really all you need. You get precheck all the time, and that is the key. With the new mobile passport app flying back into the country it's pretty easy to clear customs and immigration. Last time my wife and I flew home I cleared quicker than she did and she has global entry and I don't. This with through ATl, which can be bad, but not like at JFK.


Let's be clear: Mobile Passport has nothing to do with Trusted Traveler. It merely allows you to fill out your customs declaration on your mobile device and, if available, use the CBP kiosks.


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#31
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My DH doesn't travel that often but after having to wait like 40 minutes for him to get through the regular line on a trip, I asked him to get Global Entry. It is worth it to me - and even more so because our local airport isn't international so we usually have a flight after going through CBP.

When it was time to sign up for his interview, San Francisco airport (2.5 or more hours drive from us) was booked for many months out. We looked to find another airport that he could get to with a short flight. Las Vegas had availability and cheap flights so he went there.

I had the same problem back when I signed up for Global Entry. Found appointments available at O'Hare when I had a meeting in Chicago and was able to make my flight home a bit later to fit with an appointment there.
#32
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Originally posted by chengkp75
It is my understanding that you do not need to go to a "Global Entry Interview airport" to do the interview. ..............

DD has gone to the borders for both her interviews, Bellingham and Otay Mesa. Her last one at Otay Mesa was booked a month out, none of our local airports had anything closer than 3 months, LAX’s wasn’t available for 5 months. Bellingham became a long weekend and Otay Mesa was simply a long day trip.
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#34
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We are sold on the idea. We applied this morning, and will make the drive to Dulles. Richmond is only 20 minutes closer, and doesn't have as many escape routes if there is traffic trouble.
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#35
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We showed up early for our appointment in Miami and it didn't make any difference. We were called exactly at the appointment time. Is it worth it? For us, definitely. I stayed a day after completing a cruise just so we could do our interviews as the airports near us (Nashville etc. were not GE locations).
#36
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Originally posted by Kate-AHF
We are sold on the idea. We applied this morning, and will make the drive to Dulles. Richmond is only 20 minutes closer, and doesn't have as many escape routes if there is traffic trouble.
Considering that you are making a day of it with 6 hours of driving, if you have time I suggest that you also visit the Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center (the Smithsonian Air and Space Museum next to Dulles (https://airandspace.si.edu/udvar-hazy-center). It is a an excellent museum and will give you the opportunity to stretch your legs between the car rides.
#37
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Originally posted by Kate-AHF
We are sold on the idea. We applied this morning, and will make the drive to Dulles. Richmond is only 20 minutes closer, and doesn't have as many escape routes if there is traffic trouble.
Be sure to park in the Hourly parking lot ($6) which is closer than the daily lot but the same price since you won't be staying very long.
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Gdvmd;

TSA does do the screening interview in Nashville. They are not done in the airport proper, but in their offices which are on the commercial side of the airport complex.

We did ours there.
#39
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Originally posted by pinotlover
Gdvmd;

TSA does do the screening interview in Nashville. They are not done in the airport proper, but in their offices which are on the commercial side of the airport complex.

We did ours there.
Yes, they do it there now. They did not when we applied.
#40
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Originally posted by Honeybadger418
I think it’s worth it. Depending on how often you travel over the next five years, having Global Entry will save you time going through security with TSA pre-check on domestic flights and expedite clearing customs internationally!!


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You realize, of course, that when you encourage people to get GE you are working against your own self-interest: the more people who have it, the more the GE line will resemble the regular one.
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