Without a doubt, Global Entry has been the best thing to happen to international travelers since, I don’t know … sliced bread?
“Global Entry is a U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) program that allows expedited clearance for pre-approved, low-risk travelers upon arrival in the United States. Members enter the United States through automatic kiosks at select airports.” All applicants undergo a rigorous background check and in-person interview before enrollment.
It only costs $100 and is valid for five years, allowing members to skip the long customs lines when returning from an international trip. It also gives members access to TSA PreCheck, allowing travelers to use the quicker, and usually much shorter, security lines when they first arrive at a U.S. airport. The icing on the cake? Select credit cards will also pay your application fee.
I’ve been a member of Global Entry since it came out and it used to be the best-kept secret. But the word is out and combine that with COVID-19 and it’s not easy to get an appointment after you’ve been pre-approved for your interview. In fact, in some locations it can take many months to find a time slot.
Well, thanks to a new service called Appointment Scanner, you can cut months off your Global Entry interview wait time and it only costs $29.
With Appointment Scanner, you get instant text message and email alerts that allow you to grab last-minute interview appointments. Here’s how it works:
1. Apply for Global Entry & get conditionally approved
You can apply for Global Entry on the Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) website. They’re not affiliated with the DHS or the Global Entry program, so this part of the process is on you!
2. Sign up for Appointment Scanner
Choose from over 100 enrollment centers, set a date limit, and customize your notification preferences to your liking.
3. Their software scans 24/7 for new appointments to open up
The average user gets 8-20 appointment alerts per day, meaning you’ll have a convenient appointment within no time.
Note: The Appointment Scanner cannot book interview appointments for you, or access any of your Global Entry account information. This service only monitors for open interview appointments that pop up due to last-minute cancellations. When they find an appointment that fits your requirements, you’ll receive a text message or email (or both – your choice). This alert has a link to the Global Entry scheduler website, where you can login and claim the appointment.
You can cancel the alerts anytime and they have a 100% money-back guarantee. “But, if for some reason, we can’t send you at least 10 appointment alerts, we will happily refund your purchase.”