NEW YORK (AP) — Loews Hotels & Resorts is offering the top-tier members of its loyalty program free membership in U.S. Customs and Border Protection's expedited immigration program, Global Entry.
Members of the program can skip lines when flying back into the United States. Using an automated kiosk, travelers scan their passports and fingerprints, answer the customs declaration questions and proceed with a receipt to the exit.
Anybody in Global Entry also gets to participate in the Transportation Security Administration's PreCheck expedited screening program. Precheck allows travelers to pass through airport security without taking off their shoes, removing laptops and liquids from bags or taking off belts and light jackets.
Global Entry applicants must submit a detailed travel history and other personal information to the government online and then sit through an in-person interview with customs officials at an airport. The cost is normally $100, good for five years, but Loews announced Monday that it would refund that fee for platinum members of its YouFirst loyalty program. Hotel guests earn platinum status after 10 stays in a calendar year.