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Citi Updates Global Entry Credit to $120 Following Recent Application Fee Hike

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With the Global Entry application fee increasing to $120 effective October 1, 2024, there is a growing curiosity surrounding the future of the $100 Global Entry statement credit offered by several popular travel rewards cards.

Will cardholders be on the hook for the remaining amount or will issuers adjust the statement credit to cover the new cost of $120?

Now, Citi, 1 of the major credit card issuers, has provided an answer regarding the Global Entry benefit on a couple of its popular travel cards. Here’s what you should know.

Citi Raises Global Entry Statement Credit to $120

Citi stepped up to address the recent announcement by U.S. Customs and Border Protection regarding the fee increase for the Global Entry application.

Effective October 1, 2024, Citi®/AAdvantage® Executive World Elite Mastercard® and Citi Prestige® Card (no longer available for new applicants) will now offer a credit of up to $120 for Global Entry every 4 years. This update is in line with the most recent increase that U.S. Customs and Border Protection announced. Cardmembers now have the opportunity to easily renew their Global Entry and receive complete credit for the application fee.

TSA PreCheck and CLEAR at CMH
If approved, you’ll get TSA PreCheck benefits with Global Entry membership. Image Credit: Katie Seemann

With Citi’s recent announcement, we’re likely to see other credit issuers follow suit and increase the statement credit they issue to cardholders on their Global Entry application fee. Capital One, American Express, and Chase are among the issuers that offer cards with a TSA PreCheck or Global Entry statement credit as a perk on certain cards.

Hot Tip:

Considering that Global Entry already includes TSA PreCheck, there is no need to separately apply for TSA PreCheck and pay the $78 application fee. Consider using one of the many travel cards that provides a statement credit for the Global Entry application fee. This way, you can get reimbursed for your Global Entry membership, which includes TSA PreCheck.

Final Thoughts

Citi led the response to the Global Entry application fee rise, assuring customers that they will raise the statement credit on eligible cards. It will be interesting to see whether other issuers follow Citi’s lead and increase their Global Entry statement credits to account for the program’s increased cost.

The information regarding the Citi®/AAdvantage® Executive World Elite Mastercard® was independently collected by Upgraded Points and not provided nor reviewed by the issuer.
The information for the Citi Prestige® Card has been collected independently by Upgraded Points and not provided nor reviewed by the issuer.

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