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No one enjoys taking off their shoes, jackets, and removing their toiletries and laptops from their carry-on luggage, did you know you can basically skip all of the hassles for free? Earlier this week I compared the most popular “Trusted Traveler Programs,” here I am going to introduce you to the best credit cards that offer a fee credit for these programs. Let’s begin.
Chase Sapphire Reserve
The Chase Sapphire Reserve offers fee credits for both TSA PreCheck and Global Entry. All you have to do is pay your eligible membership application fee with your Chase Sapphire Reserve card, and you’ll receive a statement credit just a few days later. Unfortunately, I am not eligible for the Chase Sapphire Reserve as I’m current way over 5/24. Besides the Trust Traveler Program credit, some other benefits and bonuses include:
- 50,000 Chase Ultimate Rewards points upon completion of minimum spend
- $300 Travel Credit
- 3x on Travel and Dining
- Priority Pass Membership
American Express Platinum
Both the personal and business Platinum cards include fee credit for either TSA PreCheck or Global Entry. Similar to the Chase Sapphire Reserve, you just have to pay your membership application fee with your Amex Platinum card, and you’ll be reimbursed. Also, you can add up to three authorized user cards for $175 and receive the fee credit for each user! I added my girlfriend as an authorized user on my personal Platinum, and she received Global Entry shortly after. Besides the Global Entry or TSA PreCheck credit, some other benefits and bonuses include:
- 40,000 Membership Rewards points (Personal) or 75,000 Membership Rewards points (Business) after completing minimum spend
- $200 Airline Travel Credit
- Lounge Access (Centurion and Priority Pass)
- 5X on airfare booked with Amex Travel (Personal Only)
- 50% Airline Bonus (Business Only)
- GoGo and Boingo Access (Business Only)
Citi AAdvantage Executive World Elite
Citi AAdvantage Executive World Elite also offers a fee credit for both TSA PreCheck or Global Entry. All you have to do is pay with the card and wait for 1-2 statement cycles for the credit to hit your account. Some other sweet benefits of the AAdvantage Executive World Elite include:
- 50,000 AAdvantage miles after completing minimum spend
- Admirals Lounge access
- 2x on AA purchases
- 10,000 EQM’s after $40,000 spend in a calendar year
Unlike the cards mentioned above, the Citi Prestige only offers a Global Entry credit. The fact that there is no TSA PreCheck credit shouldn’t be an issue as Global Entry is the superior option anyway. Per usual just pay with your Citi Prestige card, and you’ll receive a statement credit. I believe the application fee must be paid by the primary cardmember to receive the credit. Other benefits of the Citi Prestige include:
- 50,000 ThankYou Points after completing minimum spend
- $250 Air Travel Credit
- 3x on air travel and hotels
- Priority Pass Membership
- Complimentary fourth night at hotels
- Increased value when booking travel in Citi Travel Center
Ritz-Carlton Rewards Card
The Ritz-Carlton Rewards card doesn’t directly offer a credit for Global Entry or TSA Precheck; instead, they offer a $300 Travel Credit. A portion of this credit can be put towards Global Entry or TSA PreCheck along with other options such as lounge memberships and airline seat upgrades. Per the cards offer details, ” To request a statement credit to apply towards qualifying incidental airline purchase(s) made with your Ritz-Carlton Rewards Credit Card, you must contact J.P. Morgan Priority Services at the number on the back of your Ritz-Carlton Rewards Credit Card within four billing cycles of the purchase date.” Other sweet benefits and bonuses of the Ritz-Carlton Rewards card include:
- Two complimentary nights at tier 1-4 properties after completing minimum spend
- 5x at Ritz-Carlton, and SPG properties
- 2x on airfare, restaurants, and rental cars
- Priority Pass membership
The Bald Thoughts
All of these cards are great options for obtaining Global Entry or TSA PreCheck. All of these cards are considered “premium travel rewards” credit cards, annual fees for these cards will run you $450. I recommend the Amex Platinum over the competition because authorized users can also receive a Global Entry or TSA PreCheck credit! This benefit is extremely beneficial when it comes to family travel as you could add family members as authorized users and you all could breeze through security.
Pro Tip: If you already have Global Entry or PreCheck, you can use your fee credit for your wife, kid, etc.!
Which card do you think is best for Global Entry or PreCheck? Who has already taken “AAdvantage” of this benefit?
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