Chris and I live in Los Angeles. It's been our main travel port now for nearly 4 years, but prior to that our main international travel port was JFK in New York City. Talk about two of the most populated and difficult airports in the world! Let's start with a couple images
Two years ago, Chris and I made the best decision ever. We applied for Global Entry. Now, Global Entry is not perfect. Some of the cons are:
Don't be afraid of these cons, because the pros outweigh the costs immensely, PLUS while these ARE cons, they also ended up not being an issue for us at all and we've used our passes a dozen times already. Consider the pros:
We've made it a new tradition to travel over the holidays, but it's no problem. The last two years we arrived to LAX on Christmas day and were in and out in minutes, even when I was pulled aside due to poor fingerprints. This reduces so much anxiety about getting through the airport, especially after a long trip when you're desperate just to get home!
The one set back right now is that it's predominantly just a U.S. benefit. Here is a list of other countries that allow you to use the service:
It's likely that the service will become more popular in other locations in the future. For now, having Global Entry upon our return and TSA Precheck for domestic flights and international flight check ins from the U.S. has been WELL worth the cost and time. Watch me breeze through customs and back to my dog like lightning!
*Wandering Sash has no direct affiliation with Global Entry and received no compensation for this review!