Global Entry vs. TSA PreCheck for FLL Airport Travelers

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Security wait times aren’t getting any shorter at the airport and it can be a huge inconvenience for travelers. Global Entry and TSA PreCheck could save you a ton of time if you are a frequent flyer. Many of our FLL airport travelers have expressed interest in getting in the fast lane when it comes to security, but both programs cost time and money. Take a look at all of the differences here to find the best option for your travel needs.


Global Entry vs. TSA PreCheck

There are several factors that may influence your decision. While the TSA PreCheck application fee is only $15 less than Global Entry, you are required to have a valid U.S. passport. Getting a U.S. passport for the first time will cost you $135. It’s good for 10 years. If you need to renew your passport the fee is $110. If you have no plans to travel internationally and you don’t have a valid U.S. passport you may opt for the TSA PreCheck program. Remember that not all airports participate in the program, so you won’t be able to use your benefits everywhere. However, most of the major airports do offer the service and Ft. Lauderdale International is a TSA PreCheck airport.

For our FLL airport travelers that have one or more international trips scheduled, the Global Entry program will be the best value. Not only does it expedite you through customs it will almost always grant you TSA PreCheck benefits as well. Some people have reported that they haven’t been given TSA PreCheck when they’ve used their Known Traveler Number, but those occasions are few and far between. It’s so rare that we would never recommend applying for both programs.



Global Entry

TSA PreCheck

Eligibility U.S. citizens, lawful U.S. permanent residents, and citizens from select countries U.S. citizens and U.S. lawful permanent residents
Application Fee $100.00 $85.00
Membership Length 5 years 5 years
Passport Required Not Required
Application Process


Apply online, visit an

enrollment center, provide fingerprints and ID

Apply online, visit an

enrollment center, provide fingerprints and ID



Expedited processing through U.S. Customs and Border Protection upon U.S. arrival

* Usually includes TSA PreCheck

TSA PreCheck expedited screening at most airports


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