I am starting to get excited about 2022. While my 2021 travel will be so limited that I will only reach Silver Medallion this year (to maximize my MQM rollover, FYI) I will be crushing travel in January to reach Diamond in just one month and have my Delta Diamond Medallion status for two full years!
With international travel back on my itinerary starting next year, it was time this month to renew my global entry. I used my trusty old Platinum Card® from American Express to pay for my renewal online and already have my credit for the charge (you get the credit 1x every 5 years from the Platinum card). I have a number of cards that offer this credit and in almost every situation you can pay for ANYONE’S Global Entry fee and get the credit (the credit card companies don’t care who – just that the charge is for global entry).
I have had Global Entry (that includes TSA PreCheck) for a long time now. This is, in fact, my second renewal and, boy, has the Trusted Traveler Program website changed. All my old login info was gone. But once inside all my info was still correct and current. I did not take screenshots but I updated all my info and was presented with:
COVID has impacted everything as we all well know and this is resulting in the above that a “grace period” is in effect for us who currently hold Global Entry and reapply. I would rather not fall into that group so I took advantage of now being less than 1 year out from my expiration date and began the renewal process.
Last time the renewal was reasonably quick and my guess is renewals will be much quicker than new applications – but who knows. Either way, I have the ball rolling in the right direction for 2022! Have you taken the step to renew your Global Entry yet? – René
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