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Old Jan 11, 19, 8:58 am
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Now that the GE interview locations have been expanded to most (all?) of the places where Precheck interviews are held, there's really no reason not to get GE. They may ask you a few more questions...that's it.

All it takes is one arrival at a crowded immigration hall and whatever you paid for it ($100?) is completely worth it.

When I first got it, the interview locations were few and far between. I trekked out to JFK during a business trip to New York to get it done.
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Old Jan 11, 19, 9:25 am
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Global Entry requires a passport, while pre-check doesn't.
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Old Jan 11, 19, 9:57 am
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If you don't have a passport, you don't need GE !

GE costs $100 for 5 years, while Pre-Check costs $85 for the same time period. That is a $15 difference or $3 per year. If you take one overseas trip a year, it is costing you a $3 "premium" to have GE access.

Unless you have no projected need for international travel or have what one might nicely referred to as a checkered past which CBP, but not TSA, may find problematic, GE is a simple investment.
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Old Jan 11, 19, 10:11 am
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While you may not need GE now, a lot can change in 5 years. I also expect prices to go up before they stay the same.
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All,

so if I have precheck now and would like to also purchase GE, is that another $100 on top of the $85 I already paid for precheck 2 years ago?

Work will now take me to Asia 6-8 times annually so considering GE.

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Old Jan 11, 19, 10:35 am
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so if I have precheck now and would like to also purchase GE, is that another $100 on top of the $85 I already paid for precheck 2 years ago?

Work will now take me to Asia 6-8 times annually so considering GE.

thx in advance!
Yeah, I think you have to re-up - but then I assume you'll just be on a GE renewal cycle and won't have to pay any more $85's.

6-8 times a year? Yeah, no brainer, go get GE.

GE has not only saved me a huge amount of time standing in queues, it's actually helped me make connections that I wouldn't have made without it. Below-MCT connections that the airline won't sell you, so you'll need an airline status that permits you to standby, there have been trips where I've gotten home 4 hours early because I had GE and could make it from walking off my int'l flight to my domestic gate in 20-30 minutes, depending on the airport.
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Old Jan 11, 19, 11:09 am
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Originally Posted by Often1 View Post
If you don't have a passport, you don't need GE !

GE costs $100 for 5 years, while Pre-Check costs $85 for the same time period. That is a $15 difference or $3 per year. If you take one overseas trip a year, it is costing you a $3 "premium" to have GE access.

Unless you have no projected need for international travel or have what one might nicely referred to as a checkered past which CBP, but not TSA, may find problematic, GE is a simple investment.
It's easy for us on FT to forget, but less than half of the US population holds a passport. If you don't yet have one, and don't plan to need one, then GE isn't just $15 more. It's $15, plus $145 for the passport, plus photos.

I agree, though, if you have a passport and travel internationally even occasionally, the GE is easily worth it.
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Old Jan 11, 19, 11:12 am
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Originally Posted by pinniped View Post
Yeah, I think you have to re-up - but then I assume you'll just be on a GE renewal cycle and won't have to pay any more $85's.

6-8 times a year? Yeah, no brainer, go get GE.

GE has not only saved me a huge amount of time standing in queues, it's actually helped me make connections that I wouldn't have made without it. Below-MCT connections that the airline won't sell you, so you'll need an airline status that permits you to standby, there have been trips where I've gotten home 4 hours early because I had GE and could make it from walking off my int'l flight to my domestic gate in 20-30 minutes, depending on the airport.
Pre-Check and GE are separate programs. If you currently have Pre-Check and want GE, you will need to enroll in GE and pay the $100 fee. However, there is no benefit to membership in more than one program, so you may simply let your Pre-Check membership lapse.
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I would assume that anybody remotely considering whether or not to get GE already has a passport (or is already certain they will be getting one). If you are not traveling internationally and do not plan to, then there is no point.
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Old Jan 11, 19, 11:45 am
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Originally Posted by pinniped View Post
I would assume that anybody remotely considering whether or not to get GE already has a passport (or is already certain they will be getting one). If you are not traveling internationally and do not plan to, then there is no point.
More to the point, you can't get GE without a passport. Not only a question of future travel or whether you are considering obtaining a passport, but the simple fact that GE is tied to an existing passport.
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Old Jan 11, 19, 5:02 pm
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Originally Posted by swag View Post
It's easy for us on FT to forget, but less than half of the US population holds a passport. If you don't yet have one, and don't plan to need one, then GE isn't just $15 more. It's $15, plus $145 for the passport, plus photos.

I agree, though, if you have a passport and travel internationally even occasionally, the GE is easily worth it.
I have had my GE for over 10 years and have never renewed. It worked last week. Was the old program different (or does my secretary take care of me)
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Old Jan 11, 19, 7:25 pm
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I have had my GE for over 10 years and have never renewed. It worked last week. Was the old program different (or does my secretary take care of me)

Yes, she takes care of you and surprised you haven't been called for a second interview - not many have had 2 renewals yet. The renewal interview isn't absolute, it is random, but it most definitely expires.
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Old Jan 12, 19, 8:14 am
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Yes, she takes care of you and surprised you haven't been called for a second interview - not many have had 2 renewals yet. The renewal interview isn't absolute, it is random, but it most definitely expires.
+1 I am coming up on my 2nd renewal this fall and already have the calendar reminder set to apply for the renewal.

Also I would like to jump in on how GE has saved me on entering the US with a connecting flight. Making a relatively tight connection caused by a delayed incoming flight and getting time in the lounge and sitting in your preferred seat instead of running frantically to make it to the gate before it closes or scrambling to get a replacement flight and seat makes the $100 for GE completely justifiable (at least to me).
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