The Verdict: Global Entry over TSA PreCheck
Overall, Global Entry seems like a smarter investment than TSA PreCheck. For just $15 extra, you receive more privileges and will save hours of security wait time over the five-year membership.
If you don’t have a passport, you should stick to TSA PreCheck as you need one to apply for Global Entry. Plus, chances are if you don’t already have one, you’re not planning on leaving the country in the near future and that is the only time Global Entry comes in handy.
Before enrolling in TSA PreCheck, consider how often you travel and at which airports, as some, such as Boston Logan, haven’t had issues with long security lines. In this case, PreCheck is more of a perk than a time saver and I’d suggest holding out until you need Global Entry.
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Shannon McMahon, SmarterTravel | June 14, 2016