03 November 2010

Global Entry's Charm offensive

For those of us who are world weary frequent road warriors - time is the most precious commodity.

So getting into the USA is obviously a great hassle even if you are a US Citizen. I have been signed up for Global Entry for over a year now and used it about 15 times. Its great. Currently available in 20 airports and allegedly expanding - its simple and straight forward ONCE you get it. The process is easy just time consuming. You have to apply (can do it online) but then gathering the paperwork and going for the interview is a bit of a pain. Once done - I am glad to say I did it.

Global Entry is now running a charm offensive. They have ads running on several international airlines (e.g. Delta I had a picture but cant find it). They have also been running other media campaign. They have even solicited the WSJ to run a piece in the Middle Seat Column.

If you do travel (and are not using MSP as the gateway where it is not currently available) then I can highly recommend it. Here is the currently list of airports:

* Boston-Logan International Airport (BOS)
* Chicago O'Hare International Airport (ORD)
* Dallas/Ft. Worth International Airport (DFW)
* Detroit Metropolitan Airport (DTW)
* Ft. Lauderdale/Hollywood International Airport (FLL)
* George Bush Intercontinental Airport, Houston (IAH)
* Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport (ATL)
* Honolulu International Airport (HNL)
* John F. Kennedy International Airport, New York (JFK)
* Los Angeles International Airport (LAX)
* McCarran International Airport, Las Vegas (LAS)
* Miami International Airport (MIA)
* Newark Liberty International Airport (EWR)
* Orlando International Airport (MCO)
* Orlando-Sanford International Airport (SFB)
* Philadelphia International Airport (PHL)
* San Francisco International Airport (SFO)
* San Juan-Luis Muñoz Marin International Airport (SJU)
* Seattle-Tacoma International Airport-SeaTac (SEA)
* Washington-Dulles International Airport (IAD)

Check on the website. http://www.globalentry.gov/


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