Posted by: pizzainmotion | December 7, 2011

NEXUS/Global Entry-Now A Member

What is NEXUS/Global Entry you ask?

NEXUS is a program that aids people in crossing the US/Canada border, whether by boat, plane or car.

Global Entry is a way to expedite your return to the US through 20 gateways via plane.  Kind of an international “trusted traveler” program.

I recently took a trip overseas as part of StarMegaDO, and I’m getting ready for another overseas trip as an organizer of the oneWorld MegaDO.  On our return from Germany, we were bogged down in customs for over 90 minutes.  Additionally, our trip to Montreal the next day saw a 45-minute delay.

No, thanks.  I got smart.  I have some family in Canada that we visit, and I’ve got the occasional personal trip to other parts of Canada, so choosing NEXUS seemed logical.  And, as NEXUS and Global Entry work more on integrating, they are granting Global Entry privileges to people who are approved for NEXUS.

I had to fly to Detroit for my interview after completing the online application.  There are a number of NEXUS interview spots around the country at various border crossings. The one in Detroit is on the US side of the Ambassador Bridge.  It took all of about 30 minutes to complete the interview and get briefed on how the program worked.  With a huge assist from Hertz Platinum on the way back to the airport, I was able to do the whole thing in under 3 hours and catch an earlier flight home.  Can’t wait to use the new status!  Links to both below:

NEXUS Link

Global Entry Link


Responses

  1. […] couple of tips from Ben, I took off like a bat out of hell.  This would be my first time using my NEXUS card, which proved to be a huge time-saver.  One of the tips from Ben was to take a quick shortcut […]

  2. […] you qualify by being an elite with one of the legacy airlines or by applying for (and getting) Global Entry (also a great service), it can cost you anywhere from zero to $100 to be able to use the Pre-Check lanes.  What are you […]

  3. […] of the Pre-Check process is worth paying for.  And, although you can’t pay for it directly, you can sign up for Global Entry which gives you access to Pre-Check.  I think of it like the roll-out for EZ Pass in NYC. The […]

  4. […] to the $450 you’re paying AMEX.  This card will also grant you a $100 credit towards your Global Entry fee, essentially making it free.  If you’re traveling internationally, I highly recommend […]

  5. […] we arrived in SFO, Global Entry made clearing customs a cinch.  Global Entry and TSA Pre-Check are two of the most significant improvements to my travel pattern over the past […]

  6. […] a frequent traveler, you can likely sign up with your primary airline.  You can also sign up for Global Entry, which also gives you access to […]

  7. […] Then, they added the ability to qualify for Pre-Check if you we’re a Global Entry/Nexus member. […]


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