In a Game of Thrones world, I’d be the Queen of Misplacing Things.
Global Entry is valid for five years, but it does cost $25 to replace the card. There’s also the hassle of having to interviewing again with a Customs and Border Protection agent. However, most people forget Global Entry clearance is tied to the passport, so there’s no real need to replace the card. In almost all instances that I’ve ever used a Global Entry kiosk, I’ve only needed my passport and my fingerprints on hand. (Be sure you don’t lose those, too. According to FlyerTalk user Chapdaddy, the card is usually only needed at land North American border crossings.)
On my last trip, I procrastinated so much on replacing my Global Entry card that I decided to chance the kiosk anyways. Guess what? No problem breezing through JFK immigration, even if the prosciutto didn’t make it through.
In this Los Angeles Times article, travel editor Catharine Hamm documents her own experience:
However, having just undergone the Global Entry process, I remember the Customs and Border officer who interviewed me telling me not to bother to carry my card… When I re-entered the country recently, no one asked me for it. I needed only my passport and my fingerprints, both of which I carried with me, to avoid the long line.
In case anyone is wondering, this also applies to TSA PreCheck. PreCheck is tied to a traveler’s KTN (known traveler number), so as long as you’ve got that, it doesn’t matter either.
No need to pay up the extra $25 and having to haul ass up to the airport again, unless bragging (and card-carrying) rights are in order.
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