Updated March 13, 2023 – The Chase Sapphire Preferred® Card does NOT cover costs or offer credits on fees from your Global Entry or TSA PreCheck application.
If that card benefit is important to you, Chase does offer a Global Entry or TSA PreCheck or NEXUS Fee Credit on the Chase Sapphire Reserve® card. That credit is up to $100 every four years as reimbursement for the application fee charged to your card.
While the Global Entry or TSA Pre credit is nice to have, the Chase Sapphire Preferred® Card does come with a more modest $95 annual fee versus the $550 annual fee on the Chase Sapphire Reserve®.
(On the other hand, the Chase Sapphire Reserve® offers a host of other perks in addition to Global Entry/TSA Pre credit, including a $300 annual travel credit, airport lounge access, more generous points rewards, and more.)
But if you’re not ready to jump in on a higher-end travel credit card, it might make more sense to get a card like the Chase Sapphire Preferred® Card and simply foot the bill yourself for Global Entry or other airport security programs, especially since the cost of these programs is modest on a per-year basis. (For example, TSA PreCheck has an $78 application fee, but, assuming you are approved for the program, membership is good for 5 years, which averages out to only $15.60 per year.)
Author: Adam Jusko