Dan’s Deals reports on the fact that a number of Chase cards that previously covered Global Entry or PreCheck once every four years have quietly added reimbursement for the NEXUS fee as an alternative. While NEXUS is cheaper, it is arguably more valuable for many travelers.
I am admittedly less familiar with the various expedited-entry options for re-entering the US. I typically use Mobile Passport upon re-entry and haven’t felt a need to sign up for Global Entry or PreCheck despite having a wallet full of cards that cover the services (and cards that now cover CLEAR as well).
According to Dan’s Deals, the hierarchy is basically TSA PreCheck for $85 for 5 years (which doesn’t include other services), Global Entry (which costs $15 more and includes TSA PreCheck), and Nexus (which ironically costs only $50 for 5 years and includes both PreCheck and Global Entry as well as expedited entry to Canada). You can read more about the differences in Dan’s post.
Beyond the value of having all three services in one (cheaper) package, Dan notes that NEXUS allows kids under 18 to get a free membership when they apply together with their parents. In other words, your kids can apparently also get Global Entry and PreCheck for free.
The good news is that Dan also reports on several cards carrying the credit for NEXUS once every four years. In addition to the recently-launched Chase Air Canada Aeroplan Mastercard, he notes the Chase Sapphire Reserve, United Explorer, United Quest, and United Club Infinite cards all picking up NEXUS as a credit option. I would certainly expect the Chase Ritz-Carlton Visa Infinite will pick up the same here, though I don’t see either a Global Entry or Nexus benefit mentioned within my online benefits.
Overall, this is great news for those who prefer NEXUS. For those who don’t travel to Canada much anyway, this may not be a very consequential change. Also keep in mind that you’ll need to visit a NEXUS enrollment center, which may not be convenient for those who aren’t near the border already (with some exceptions).