Get Global Entry (yes, finally!)
“Not having Global Entry” – which provides expedited clearance at customs and border-protection lines at most U.S (and select international) airports – “is like not having access to Google,” says Michael Holtz, an advisor based in New York City. But he cautions, “Be a good citizen: If you get caught smuggling in an undeclared Chanel bag, you can lose the privileges for life!” Five-year memberships run $100 and include TSA PreCheck. Begin the application process through the Department of Homeland Security.
Buy Travel Insurance
“Travel insurance provides peace of mind and is always highly recommended,” notes Albuquerque-based advisor Alfred Volden. Plans can include coverage for trip delay or cancellation, missed cruise connections, even medical expenses and evacuation. Providers such as MedjetAssist, Travelex Insurance Services, and Allianz Global Assistance offer varying coverage “at tremendous value,” says Volden. On certain family policies, he adds, children can be included for free. Consult with your travel advisor regarding which insurance plan is right for you.
Shed Your Baggage
“Any traveler who wants to save time and headaches should consider using a guaranteed luggage-shipping service,” says Stacy Small, a Los Angeles-based advisor whose clients have had great success with the company Luggage Free. The service is ideal for multidestination trips and also active vacations that require traveling with bulky items such as skis and golf clubs, she adds. “It also works well for travelers who just don’t want to worry about their bags ‘missing a connection’ or being delayed if there are issues with their flights.”
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