The United States has several expedited screening programs for frequent fliers, and now’s the time to apply for one, says Zachary M. Seward, vice president of product and executive editor of Quartz. Check out the benefits of each of these four programs:
1. Global Entry. This program, at $100 for five years, gets you past the lines at passport control and customs when you enter the United States. You also get TSA PreCheck, Nexus and Sentri. It’s offered to U.S. citizens and permanent residents, and citizens of Germany, the Netherlands, Panama, South Korea and Mexico. Only Americans get PreCheck benefits.
2. TSA PreCheck. This costs $85 for five years and gives you access to a special security line in most U.S. airports on flights by most U.S. carriers. It’s only offered to U.S. citizens and permanent residents.
3. Nexus. This program costs $50 for five years and is designed for people frequently crossing the U.S.-Canadian border. It comes with the same benefits as Global Entry and PreCheck. The application process can only be completed in a few cities near the U.S.-Canada border. There are special lanes for cars and special kiosks at passport control in U.S. and Canadian airports. Global Entry will give you access to the Nexus benefits when crossing into the United States, but the full Nexus program includes benefits that also apply in Canadian airports. This program is offered to U.S. and Canadian citizens and permanent residents.
• Sentri. This program costs $122.25 for five years and expedites crossing from Mexico into the United States. It’s similar to Nexus, including the Global Entry, PreCheck and Nexus benefits, but it costs more. It’s offered to U.S. citizens and permanent residents.
— Adapted from “The Complete Guide to Getting Global Entry and TSA PreCheck,” Zachary M. Seward, Quartz.