If you often travel internationally, you may want to consider applying for Global Entry, which allows pre-approved, low-risk travelers expedited clearance when they land in the United States. In other words, Global Entry travelers will have access to special kiosks and can avoid long lines.
Global Entry costs $100 for a five-year membership, but some credit cards reimburse cardholders for this fee. Here are a number of cards that can help you save on this expense.
Capital One® Venture® Rewards Credit Card
The Capital One® Venture® Rewards Credit Card was named ‘The Best Travel Card’ by CNBC in 2018, in part because cardholders will receive up to a $100 application fee for Global Entry or TSA Pre✓®. Additionally, cardholders do not have to pay foreign transaction fees. While there is a $95 annual fee, the fee is waived for the first year, and cardholders can easily earn that much in travel rewards. New cardholders will be given a one-time 50,000 mile bonus when they spend $3,000 within the first three months of opening their account, which equates to $500 in travel costs. All cardholders earn 2X miles on every purchase and 10X miles on hotel stays when they book rooms through hotels.com/venture. Miles never expire, and there is no limit to how many cardholders can earn.
Bank of America® Premium Rewards®
The Bank of America® Premium Rewards® credit card gives up to $200 in combined airline incidental and TSA Pre✓®/ Global Entry statement credits. Cardholders receive 50,000 bonus points after making at least $3,000 in purchases in the first 90 days of opening an account which is a $500 value. Consumers earn two points for every $1 spent on travel and dining purchases, and an unlimited 1.5 points per $1 spent on all other purchases. There are no foreign transaction fees on this card which can result in significant savings when traveling to another country. There is a $95 annual fee on this card. The card has an 18.24% – 25.24% Variable APR on purchases.
Mastercard® Black Card
The Mastercard® Black card is made with a special brushed stainless steel front and a carbon back. This card gives one point for every dollar spent on the card, and gives a 2% value on airline redemptions and a 1.5% value when redeemed for for cash back. Cardholders are also given a $100 annual airline credit and a $100 Global Entry fee credit. The thing that differentiates Luxury Cards from all others on the market is the accessibility of a concierge or personal assistant around the clock and from anywhere in the world. The concierge is available via live chat 24/7 directly from the app. This is not your typical concierge found in a hotel lobby that is there to sell you a tour package in that area. This concierge is there at your disposal to help you with anything you might need: making a dinner reservation or checking wait times at a restaurant, purchasing a ticket to a special event, check on lounge rules for different airports, even finding if the parking garage has valet service. The card comes with baggage delay insurance, Mastercard ID theft protection, $0 fraud liability protection, and price protection. The card has an APR of 17.24%. If you want to transfer a balance, this card offers 0% APR for 15 billing cycles as long as the balance transfer posts within 45 days of opening your account. The card has an annual fee of $495; each additional user is $195.
Citi AAdvantage Executive World Elite Mastercard
The Citi AAdvantage Executive World Elite MasterCard offers 50,000 American AAdvantage bonus miles when cardholders make $5,000 in purchases within the first three months. The annual fee is $450. You receive access to more than 50 Admiral Club lounges for you and two guests or your immediate family. You’ll also receive a statement credit of up to $100 every five years as a reimbursement for your application fee for Global Entry or TSA Pre✓. You receive two points for every dollar spent on American Airlines, and one point every dollar spent on other transactions. You will earn 10,000 AAdvantage Elite Qualifying Miles after you spend $40,000 in purchases within the year. There are no foreign transaction fees on this card.
Chase Sapphire Reserve
The Chase Sapphire Reserve also offers cardholders 50,000 bonus points, which equates to $750 toward travel when redeemed through Chase Ultimate Rewards, but they must spend $4,000 within the first three months of opening their account. Cardholders will also receive three points for every dollar spent on travel and dining, and a $300 statement credit as reimbursement for travel purchases every anniversary year. The annual fee is $450, and $75 for every authorized user.
Diners Club Carte Blanche
The Diners Club Carte Blanche is a corporate card that gives cardholders a $100 credit towards airline fees, a $100 application fee towards Global Entry or TSA Pre✓ as well as a $100 credit toward in-flight Wi-Fi annually.
IHG® Rewards Club Premier Credit Card
IHG® hotels include Holiday Inn, Candlewood Suites and a number of other properties, and through Chase, IHG® offers a solid credit card for those who often stay in their hotels. Rewards can add up quickly, as cardholders earn 10 points per every dollar spent at an IHG® hotel. There is an $89 annual, but cardholders can also enjoy one free hotel stay every anniversary year and spend every fourth night free, which will easily compensate cardholders for this expense. The IHG® Rewards Club Premier Credit Card gives a statement credit to cardholders to pay for their Global Entry or TSA Pre✓® application fee every four years. Additionally, new cardholders will enjoy 80,000 bonus points when they spend $2,000 within the first three months of opening their account. All cardholders earn 10,000 bonus points when they spend $20,000 and make an additional purchase every year.
UnitedSM Explorer Card
The UnitedSM Explorer card was launched in June 2018, and it gives cardholders a statement credit for the Global Entry or TSA Pre✓® application fee every four years. There is a $95 annual fee, but it is waived for the first year. Another perk for new cardholders is the fact that they can earn 40,000 miles after spending $2,000 within the first three months of opening their account. All cardholders earn 2X miles on United purchases and at restaurants and hotels. All other purchases earn one mile per dollar. Miles never expire, and there are no blackout dates. If you often fly United, some of the additional perks of this card are hard to beat. Cardholders will get a free checked bag for themselves and a companion, priority boarding, two United ClubSM passes and 25% cash back on in-flight purchases.