11 travel rewards credit cards that will reimburse your Global Entry or TSA PreCheck application fee every 4 years

By Caroline Lupini

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Frequent travelers know that having TSA PreCheck or Global Entry makes your airport experience significantly more pleasant, especially during peak travel times.

Some of the top travel cards — include the Chase Sapphire Reserve® and The Platinum Card® from American Express — will reimburse you for the cost of the Global Entry application (which includes access to TSA PreCheck), or the TSA PreCheck application fee, up to $100.

Global Entry lasts approximately five years, and all the cards on this list cover the cost of your application when you need to renew.

Here are 11 of the best credit cards that cover Global Entry or TSA PreCheck.

Annual fee: $550 (See Rates)

Notable features: The Platinum Card® from American Express is consistently one of the top-ranking cards for air-travel rewards. Among the best bonuses is an annual airline incidental fee credit up to $200**, and extra points on flights booked directly with airlines or Amex Travel.

To start, you can earn 75,000 points after you spend at least $5,000 in your first 6 months of card membership. Though this is not an airline rewards card, Platinum Card cardholders have access to some of the best airport lounges in the world, including Delta Sky Clubs while flying with Delta Airlines, over 1,300 Priority Pass lounges around the world**, and American Express' own luxurious Centurion Lounges.

Read more: American Express Platinum card review

American Express gives a statement credit of up to $100 for Global Entry every four years, and you'll see the credit appear on your account within eight weeks of payment.

Annual fee: $95

Notable features: The Capital One Venture Rewards Credit Card is one of the best travel rewards cards available. The simple rewards structure means that it's easy to earn miles on all your everyday purchases — you'll earn 2 miles for every dollar spent. You can redeem miles toward travel at a flat rate of 1 cent each, or transfer them to Capital One's airline and hotel partners, including Air Canada Aeroplan, British Airways, and JetBlue.

With the Capital One Venture Rewards Credit Card, you can earn Earn 100,000 bonus miles once you spend $20,000 on purchases within the first 12 months from account opening (or 50,000 miles if you spend $3,000 on purchases within the first 3 months).

Read more: Capital One Venture Rewards Credit Card review

Capital One gives a statement credit up to $100 for Global Entry every four years, but you won't see the credit on your statement until two billing cycles after paying the application fee.

Annual fee: $550

Notable features: New cardholders can earn 60,000 points after spending $4,000 within the first three months of account opening.

The Chase Ultimate Rewards points you'll earn with the card are simple and lucrative, with 3x points earned on travel after your $300 annual travel credit is spent, as well as 3x points earned on dining. For booking travel, you can book flights, hotels, rental cars, and more through the Chase Ultimate Rewards travel portal, and redeem points for 1.5 cents each.

Read more: Chase Sapphire Reserve card review

The Chase Sapphire Reserve® offers a statement credit of up to $100 for Global Entry every four years, and you'll see the credit appear on your account 24 hours after paying the application fee.

Annual fee: $595 (See Rates)

Notable features: The Business Platinum Card® from American Express offers many enticing benefits, and takes rewards to the next level for qualifying cardholders. You can earn 100,000 Membership Rewards® points after you spend $15,000 on eligible purchases within your first 3 months of card membership, which more than offsets the annual fee.

Amex gives 5x points for booking prepaid hotel rooms and airfare through Amex Travel. The standard reward for spending with The Business Platinum Card® from American Express is 1 point per dollar spent, but this increases to 1.5 points per dollar for purchases of $5,000 and more.

Read more: American Express Business Platinum Card review

The best way to redeem points to get the most value is by transferring them to more than 20 partner airlines and hotels, and booking travel through Amex Travel.

All authorized users on the card are eligible for a Global Entry statement credit of up to $100 every four years, unlike most cards with this perk, where the statement credit is only good for one application fee.

Annual fee: $89 (waived the first year)

Notable features: IHG is an often-overlooked option, but its credit card is one of the best for hotel rewards; it's made for travel enthusiasts and making the most out of stays at IHG properties. Right now, the IHG® Rewards Club Premier Credit Card is offering an excellent sign-up bonus of 150,000 bonus points after spending $3,000 on purchases within the first three months of account opening.

The card's most significant reward is a reward anniversary night each year that is valid on hotels costing up to 40,000 points. Additionally, cardholders earn 10x points with IHG properties, though IHG points are nowhere near as valuable as others listed in this article.

This card also earns 2x points at restaurants, gas stations, and grocery stores, and 1x points on all other purchases. Cardholders are also eligible for a fourth reward night when using points to book a hotel stay of four or more consecutive nights at eligible properties.

Read more: IHG Rewards Club Premier card review

You're eligible for a Global Entry statement credit up to $100 every four years, and you'll see the statement credit on your account within 24 hours of making that payment.

Annual fee: $95, waived the first year

Notable features: The United℠ Explorer Card comes with a welcome bonus of 40,000 bonus miles after you spend $2,000 on purchases in the first 3 months your account is open, plus 25,000 bonus miles after you spend $10,000 in the first 6 months. Cardholders earn 2x miles for every dollar spent on United purchases and at restaurants and on hotel stays and 25% back on inflight purchases.

To sweeten your airline experience, you and one companion on the same reservation can check your first bag for free when you use your United℠ Explorer Card to book your ticket (a savings of up to $140 per round trip), and you'll get two one-time passes for the United Club on your cardholder anniversary.

Read more: United Explorer card review

You're eligible for a Global Entry statement credit up to $100 every four years, and the credit will post to your account 24 hours after making the payment.

The premium United credit cards — New United Quest℠ Card and United Club℠ Infinite Card — also offer a Global Entry fee reimbursement, but their annual fees are much higher.

Annual fee: $199

Notable features: This is Southwest's top-of-the-line business credit card, with benefits including four upgraded boardings per year when available, inflight Wi-Fi credits, and 9,000 points every year on your cardmember anniversary.

The Southwest Rapid Rewards® Performance Business Credit Card earns 3 points per dollar on Southwest Airlines purchases and 2 points per dollar on social media and search engine advertising, and internet, cable, and phone services (and 1 point per dollar on everything else).

Read more: Southwest Performance Business card review

You're eligible for the Global Entry/TSA PreCheck application fee credit once every four years. The statement credit should appear within 24 hours of the application fee posting to your credit card account.

Annual fee: $450

Notable features: The Citi® / AAdvantage® Executive World Elite Mastercard® is American Airlines' top-of-the-line co-branded option, with full Admirals Club access for cardholders and immediate family members or up to two guests. Buying an Admirals Club membership would cost you $550, so if you really want to access American's airport lounges, this card can be a good deal.

Other benefits include a first bag checked for free on domestic AA itineraries, priority boarding on American flights, and the ability to earn 10,000 Elite-Qualifying Miles (EQMs) toward American elite status after spending $40,000 on the card in a calendar year.

Read more: Citi AAdvantage Executive card review

The Global Entry/TSA PreCheck application fee credit is available once every five years.

Annual fee: $250 (See Rates)

Notable features: The Delta SkyMiles® Platinum American Express Card offers a bonus of 50,000 bonus miles and and 5,000 Medallion® Qualification Miles (MQMs) after you spend $2,000 in purchases (plus up to $100 back in statement credits for eligible purchases at US restaurants) in your first 3 months of card membership. It earns 3x miles on eligible Delta purchases and on purchases made directly with hotels, in addition to 2x miles at restaurants including takeout and delivery and US supermarkets. 

The Delta SkyMiles® Platinum American Express Card also offers a companion certificate each year upon renewal. This lets you bring along someone on a domestic itinerary in the main cabin — they'll just pay taxes and fees that max out at $75.

Read more: Delta SkyMiles Platinum American Express card review

Another benefit is a statement credit of up to $100 for Global Entry or TSA PreCheck, which the Delta SkyMiles® Platinum American Express Card offers once every four years. This perk is available on the business version of this card as well.

Annual fee: $550 (See Rates)

The Delta SkyMiles® Reserve American Express Card offers 3x miles on eligible Delta purchases, and in addition to Delta Sky Club access when you fly Delta, you'll get access to Amex Centurion lounges.

Like the Delta SkyMiles® Platinum American Express Card, the Delta SkyMiles® Reserve American Express Card offers a companion certificate each year after you renew your card — but in this case, it's valid for first-class and Delta Comfort+ as well as the main cabin.

If you want to earn Medallion Qualification Miles (MQMs) toward Delta Medallion status and you can meet high spending thresholds, the Delta Reserve gives you plenty of opportunities to rack up the MQMs. You'll earn 15,000 MQMs after you spend $30,000 in a calendar year, up to four times per year. Plus, throughout 2021 earn an additional 3,750 MQMs after making $30,000 in purchases, up to 4x. That's in addition to the 15,000 MQMs that you would earn with Status Boost.

Every four years, you'll get up to $100 back in the form of a statement credit to cover the cost of Global Entry or TSA PreCheck. This is also available on the business version of this card.

Annual fee: $95

Notable features: The Bank of America® Premium Rewards® Visa® credit card is designed to make the most on travel, dining, and more. You can earn 50,000 points after you spend at least $3,000 in the first 90 days, and also get up to a $100 annual statement credit for airline fees.

The card earns 2x points on travel and dining purchases, 2x points on grocery store purchases (through December 31, 2021), as well as 1.5x points spent on all other purchases. Points can be used with an exchange rate of 1 cent per point on a range of gift cards, or the same rate for cash back, travel, or a statement credit.

Read more: Bank of America Premium Rewards credit card review

This card offers a Global Entry statement credit of up to $100 every four years.