Good afternoon everyone. I just received an email from BART (Bay Area Rapid Transit) about a new pilot program that was just announced for BART passengers traveling to San Francisco International Airport (SFO). According to the announcement, passengers who take BART to SFO will have access to priority TSA security lines. This is kind of a goldilocks line between general TSA security lines and TSA PreCheck lines. I believe the screening process is the same as general TSA security, but with a shorter line. Since I have TSA PreCheck, I would probably never go through the priority TSA security line, but this is good news for passengers who do not have TSA PreCheck or are heading to SFO for an international flight.
Good morning everyone. A few years ago, I wrote how to sign up for Global Entry, and now I am writing about how to renew your Global Entry membership (most of the process is the same). I didn’t know my Global Entry membership was expiring in November 2019 until I received this email from Global Entry with the cryptic subject line “Program Expiry”. I have several credit cards that reimburse the $100 fee for Global Entry (including my Chase Sapphire Reserve Credit Card), so it was a no brainer to renew my Global Entry membership. To get started, I went to the Trusted Travel Program website.
Good morning everyone, I hope you had a great weekend. This past weekend, I was reminded how great TSA PreCheck is and how terribly regular airport security is. You are only as fast as your slowest non-TSA PreCheck traveler. For example, I sped through TSA PreCheck (barely slowing down to put my iPhone in my backpack, putting my backpack on the conveyor belt, putting my carry on bag on the conveyor belt, walking through the metal detector, and picking up my bags) then I waited 15-20 minutes on the other side of security for the non-TSA PreCheck travelers to go through security. In that 15-20 minute window of time, I realized how much I take for granted having TSA PreCheck. It is a total game changer for me, especially at SFO when I go through security twice, first to visit the SFO Centurion Lounge, and then again to get to my departure terminal.
Good afternoon everyone, happy Sunday. I recently signed my girlfriend up for Global Entry and she was conditionally approved shortly after that. Unfortunately, the soonest Global Entry interview time she can get for SFO is early December. This morning, she received an email from Global Entry (firstname.lastname@example.org) with the subject line: “Why Wait? Interview for Global Entry When You Arrive.” She sent the email to me, and since I had never heard of enrollment on arrival, I thought it might be useful for others who are considering applying for Global Entry soon or are waiting for their Global Entry interview.
Here is the entire email:
Dear Global Entry Applicant,
Starting today, you have the unique opportunity to interview for Global Entry when you return from your next international trip at Houston, Hobby, Austin, San Francisco, and Vancouver.
Quick question, do you know when your Global Entry card expires? A few months ago, I realized I hadn’t checked to see when mine expired. I’ve had it for years and yet couldn’t actually say for sure. So I took a look. Yikes, it expires in 2017! And as the idea of Global Entry has caught on, the numbers of people applying to the program has ballooned, and the turnaround time in getting both the new and renewed cards was SLOW! So I got on the ball and started the renewal process for my Global Entry card. You can renew your current card up to 1 year in advance, so it is best not to wait too long.
- Log onto GOES (click here).
- Select Manage membership – the Trusted Traveler Program Enrollment page will display.
- Select the blue Renew Application button – the Personal Information page will display.
- Use the Application Wizard to change your personal information by selecting the specific category(ies) hyperlinks.
- When complete, select U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Trusted Traveler Program List on the Application Wizard – the Trusted Traveler Program List will display.
- Click the box next to each program that you wish to renew.
- Select the enrollment center hyperlink to see a list of available enrollment centers.
- Select Next – the Trusted Traveler Program Application page will display.
- If a FIX Errors hyperlink displays, you must provide the information requested to proceed.
- To continue, select Update to go to the Program Application page.
- On the Program Application page, select Certify at the bottom of the page – the Certification page will display.
- Answer Yes or No to “Do you certify?”
- Select Next. The Final Review: Application Shopping Cart will display.
- Select the box next to Fees. Fees are for application processing and are non-refundable. To agree and proceed, click here. The Home button changes to a Make Payment button.
- Select Make Payment. The online payment page displays.