I’m lucky that the hubby keeps up with passport and international travel news. We’ve had a Nexus card forever and it’s saved us hours going back and forth to see family in Canada. Recently he heard of the Global Entry program and it sounded like a great program to reduce time in airport lines when we travel internationally so we signed up. And on one especially magical day, he took the kids to get their fingerprints, while I spent a morning getting my nails done. (So I may already be biased about this thing. It was my ticket to a lovely day.)
The Global Entry is truly gold, especially when you travel a lot and even more so if you travel with kids. We used it for the first time in Atlanta when we were coming home from Mexico and it brought us to the front of a line that looked like it would take hours to go through. I was surprised at how few people were using this program, especially in a major hub like Atlanta. I was relieved because we only had a short time to connect between our flights and we even had time to grab food. This is definitely a great thing for family travelers.