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Chase, Citi Increasing Global Entry Credits to Cover Higher Fee

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With the cost to enroll in Global Entry increasing to $120 later this year, some of the biggest banks are raising the credits that cover Global Entry on their top travel cards to cover the higher cost. 

On Oct. 1, a five-year membership in Global Entry will increase from $100 to $120. At the same time, Chase will also increase the statement credit for Global Entry (or TSA PreCheck) to $120 – and not just on their flagship *chase sapphire reserve*, but on a slew of co-branded airline and hotel credit cards too, a spokesperson confirmed to Thrifty Traveler on Tuesday.

The following cards will soon have a $120 statement credit to cover the entire cost of Global Entry (or TSA PreCheck) once every four years: 


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Chase is the biggest bank to match Global Entry's looming price increase so far – but not the first. 

Citi, too, is upping the Global Entry credit offered on two of its cards to $120 beginning Oct. 1, a spokesperson previously confirmed.

A growing number of top travel credit cards, from top-dollar options like the *amex platinum* and the *venture x* to far cheaper alternatives, come with a credit of up to $100 to cover the cost of either Global Entry or TSA PreCheck enrollment. You can typically use these credits once every four (or five) years, which covers the entire cost of signing up for Global Entry.

Representatives from both American Express and Capital One did not immediately respond to a request for comment on whether they would match Chase and Citi's move and increase the Global Entry credits on their top travel cards.

The larger Global Entry credits are an even bigger win for Chase and Citi cardholders with children. U.S. Customs and Border Patrol also announced that as of Oct. 1, children under 18 will be able to use Global Entry for free if their parent or guardian is enrolled in the trusted traveler program. Previously, you needed to enroll each child in the program individually and pay the membership fee, even for newborns – and it still cost $100 for a five-year membership.

While minors will still have to apply and be approved separately for Global Entry to use the benefit, so long as their parent or guardian is already a part of Global Entry (or applies at the same time), the fee will be waived. 

That change means the Global Entry you get with these cards now essentially covers not only you, but your kids, too. 


Bottom Line

Chase is the latest bank to announce it will raise the Global Entry and TSA PreCheck credits that come with its top travel rewards cards to $120 to match the new $120 price for Global Entry taking effect Oct. 1. 

Citi had already announced it would do the same on its two cards that offer Global Entry (or TSA PreCheck) credits. Now the question remains: Will the other major banks like American Express and Capital One follow their lead? 


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