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DansDeals reader Steven K tipped me off to the fact that Chase Sapphire Reserve now covers the NEXUS fee, as an alternative to Global Entry or PreCheck, once every 4 years. You can view your card benefits and see when you last used your credit here.
I also see the NEXUS option listed under card benefits on the Chase United Explorer, Chase United Quest, and Chase United Club Infinite cards, so it appears that all Chase cards that offer Global Entry now allow the credit to be used on NEXUS! Other Chase cards with Global Entry benefits include the Chase IHG Premier and JPMorgan Ritz Carlton card.
That is fantastic news for people who travel to Canada!
It’s also great news for anyone with kids, as kids can apply for NEXUS with their parents for free and they will get Global Entry and PreCheck as well!
Here’s a breakdown of what each program offers:
- PreCheck costs $85 for 5 years and allows access to typically shorter PreCheck lines. You also get to keep your shoes, belt, hat, and jacket on and you can keep your laptop and small liquids inside your carry-on. You get to go through metal detectors rather than assuming the position in a body scanner. Adults that have PreCheck can also bring their kids 12 and under with them, even if their kids don’t have PreCheck. You can find PreCheck enrollment centers here.
- Global Entry costs $100 for 5 years and includes PreCheck. Global Entry has a new system where it now just scans your face and allows you to skip answering customs questions, filling out customs forms, and standing in long customs lines when you re-enter the US, which has saved countless tight connections for me. Kids need their own Global Entry membership to skip customs lines. Many credit cards cover the Global Entry fee. You can find Global Entry enrollment centers here.
- The fee for PreCheck or Global Entry is covered in full, typically once every 4 years, with cards like the Chase Sapphire Reserve, Chase United Explorer, Chase United Quest, Chase United Club Infinite Card, Capital One Spark Miles Business, Capital One Venture, Capital One Venture X, AMEX Business Platinum Card, AMEX Platinum Card, Citi Prestige, Citi Executive AAdvantage, Chase IHG Premier, Marriott Bonvoy Brilliant, JPMorgan Ritz Carlton Card, Delta Platinum Business AMEX, Delta Reserve Business AMEX, Delta Platinum AMEX, Delta Reserve AMEX, and more. On the AMEX Business Platinum Card and the AMEX Platinum Card you can even get the fee covered by free Green or Gold additional user cards.
- NEXUS costs $50 for 5 years and includes PreCheck and Global Entry. What, did you expect government pricing to make any sense? In addition to all of the Global Entry and PreCheck benefits, it also offers skip the line privileges when flying or driving into Canada via NEXUS kiosks in Canadian airports and dedicated NEXUS lanes when driving into Canada. Kids under 18 need their own NEXUS membership to use NEXUS lines, but they can apply for a membership together with their parents for free! Kids will also get Global Entry and PreCheck for free that way as well. You can find NEXUS enrollment centers in the US here and in Canada here. Locations are typically only found in border cities.
- Despite being cheaper than PreCheck and Global Entry, this fee is only covered by the Chase cards listed above. Previously, no cards covered the NEXUS fee.
- CLEAR officially costs $179 per year, but United and Delta non-elite members can enroll in CLEAR for $119/year and United and Delta cardholders and mid-tier elite members can enroll in CLEAR for $109/year. Top tier elites can enroll for free. A CLEAR member can add up to 3 adults for just $60 each. Kids under 18 can go with their parents for free without a membership.
- PreCheck is great, but CLEAR is amazing. Once upon a time, PreCheck lines were always short, but that’s no longer a guarantee. With PreCheck these days you may be able to walk right up to security or you may need to wait 20 minutes. CLEAR allows you to skip to the front of the line. If you have PreCheck you can skip to the front of the PreCheck line and if you don’t have PreCheck you can skip to the front of the regular line. You don’t need to take out your ID either, your fingerprint or eye act as your ID. The dependability that skipping the line gives you is simply amazing. It means I can leave my house just 55 minutes before a flight and know that I won’t miss my flight out of CLE. When I’m with my family I’ll leave plenty of time and enjoy the airport lounge, but if I’m solo, the less wasted time in the airport is always a win.
- A full list of CLEAR locations can be found here. You can signup online and then finish enrolling in CLEAR at those locations.
- CLEAR also works for sports stadiums. I’ve used it to skip the line at Progressive Field and Yankee Stadium, which is a nice bonus on top of skipping the lines at the airport.
- The AMEX Business Platinum Card and AMEX Platinum Card will cover $179 in CLEAR fees per calendar year. That means it will cover a member paying $119 and their spouse paying $60, every year!
- The AMEX Green Consumer Card will cover $100 in CLEAR fees per calendar year.
- If you have a Chase United Explorer card, Chase United Gateway, United Quest Card, United Business Card, Chase United Club Infinite Card Card, United Business Club Card, Delta Business Gold, Delta Business Platinum, Delta Business Reserve, Delta Consumer Gold, Delta Consumer Platinum, or Delta Consumer Reserve you can pay $109/year. CLEAR isn’t cheap, but if it helps you make a flight that you would otherwise miss due to a long line then it will be worth its weight in gold.
I have Global Entry and CLEAR and love them for making travel so much easier, but perhaps we’ll get NEXUS at the next renewal. Which memberships do you have?