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Being a NEXUS member is one of the best examples (among the many examples) of how there are such simple pro tips that almost all people unfortunately don’t even know about. You can avoid all wait lines so easily.

So I’m sharing another update on the NEXUS program as promised, with some reminders.

 

Update on the speed of the NEXUS process

Last week, we shared the incredible experience of one of our readers who was approved for NEXUS in less than 48 hours. That’s absolutely phenomenal!

Well since then, as we asked you, many of you have written to confirm that she wasn’t the only one with such a quick approval process in 2023.

That obviously doesn’t mean it’s going to be that quick for everyone, but it clearly seems like a great time to apply if you haven’t done so yet!

It’s so great to pass ahead of everyone in airports!

Don’t forget that several credit cards pay for your NEXUS membership for free, in addition to giving you hundreds of dollars in free travel as a welcome bonus too. You have to pay for NEXUS with the credit card in question to get NEXUS for free, so you have to start with that!

Best credit cards with
NEXUS credit
TD® Aeroplan® Visa Infinite* Card TD Aeroplan Visa Infinite Card
Card:
Bonus: spend $7.5k in 12 mos.
WELCOME BONUS
( VALUATION)
ends March 4th
Rewards: ≈ $630
Annual fee: $0 $139
NEXUS credit: C$100
and free bag on AC
$5k spend option also available
TD® Aeroplan® Visa* Infinite Privilege* Card TD Aeroplan Visa Infinite Privilege Card
Card:
Bonus: spend $15k in 12 mos.
WELCOME BONUS
( VALUATION)
ends March 4th
Rewards: ≈ $835
Annual fee: $599
NEXUS credit: C$100
and AC lounge
access (AC flights)
CIBC Aventura® Gold Visa* Card CIBC Aventura Gold Visa Card
Card:
Bonus: spend $3k in 4 mos.
WELCOME BONUS
( VALUATION)
Rewards: $485
Card fee:
NEXUS credit: C$100
and 4 lounge
passes (worldwide)
CIBC Aventura® Visa Infinite* Card CIBC Aventura Visa Infinite Card
Card:
Bonus: spend $3k in 4 mos.
WELCOME BONUS
( VALUATION)
Rewards: $485
Card fee:
NEXUS credit: C$100
and 4 lounge
passes (worldwide)
American Express® Aeroplan®* Reserve Card American Express Aeroplan Reserve Card
Card:
Bonus: spend $2k/mo for 6 mos.
WELCOME BONUS
( VALUATION)
Rewards: ≈ $900
Card fee: $599
NEXUS credit: C$100
and AC lounge
access (AC flights)
Platinum Card® from American Express Platinum Card from American Express
Card:
Bonus: spend $10k in 3 mos.
WELCOME BONUS
( VALUATION)
Rewards: ≈ $1600
Card fee: $799
NEXUS credit: C$100
and unlimited
lounge access
American Express® Gold Rewards Card American Express Gold Rewards Card
Card:
Bonus: spend $1k/mo for 12 mos.
WELCOME BONUS
( VALUATION)
Rewards: ≈ $1180
Card fee: $250
NEXUS credit: C$50
and 4 lounge
passes (Canada)
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Best credit cards with
NEXUS credit
WELCOME BONUS
( VALUATION)
NEXUS
credit
TD Aeroplan Visa Infinite Card
Card:
Bonus: spend $7.5k in 12 mos.
Rewards: ≈ $630
Annual fee: $0 $139
C$100
and free bag on AC
$5k spend option also available
ends March 4th
TD Aeroplan Visa Infinite Privilege Card
Card:
Bonus: spend $15k in 12 mos.
Rewards: ≈ $835
Annual fee: $599
C$100
and AC lounge
access (AC flights)
ends March 4th
CIBC Aventura Gold Visa Card
Card:
Bonus: spend $3k in 4 mos.
Rewards: $485
Card fee:
C$100
and 4 lounge
passes (worldwide)
CIBC Aventura Visa Infinite Card
Card:
Bonus: spend $3k in 4 mos.
Rewards: $485
Card fee:
C$100
and 4 lounge
passes (worldwide)
American Express Aeroplan Reserve Card
Card:
Bonus: spend $2k/mo for 6 mos.
Rewards: ≈ $900
Card fee: $599
C$100
and AC lounge
access (AC flights)
Platinum Card from American Express
Card:
Bonus: spend $10k in 3 mos.
Rewards: ≈ $1600
Card fee: $799
C$100
and unlimited
lounge access
American Express Gold Rewards Card
Card:
Bonus: spend $1k/mo for 12 mos.
Rewards: ≈ $1180
Card fee: $250
C$50
and 4 lounge
passes (Canada)
Terms and conditions apply. Flytrippers editorial opinion only. Financial institutions are not responsible for maintaining the content on this site. Please click "See More" to see most up-to-date information.

 

Our monthly live video to present the best travel rewards deals of the month (with a live Q&A) will be Wednesday, March 15th, at 9 PM Eastern on Instagram.

In the meantime, the TD Aeroplan Visa Infinite Card has the highest welcome bonus of all credit cards in Canada right now, so you can’t really go wrong. That said, those rewards are slightly more complicated (and therefore more valuable).

If you want simpler points, the CIBC Aventura Visa Infinite Card (and the CIBC Aventura Gold Visa Card, the version for those who earn a lower annual income) have decent welcome bonuses and also come with 4 free passes for airport lounges.

If you want unlimited airport lounge access, the American Express Platinum Card gives you access to the most complete worldwide lounge network and hotel elite status (and Amex points can be either valuable or simple). The American Express Aeroplan Reserve Card and the TD Aeroplan Visa Infinite Privilege Card give you unlimited access to Air Canada Maple Leaf Lounges and plenty of other luxury benefits.

 

A reminder of the basics of NEXUS

In our articles, to keep them shorter, we always put a link with more info on every topic (like a link to part 1 of our guide to the NEXUS program in the article about getting NEXUS in 2 days).

But many don’t read carefully enough to see the links and ask questions that are answered in the more detailed article.

We happen to have this new little box to make the links even harder to miss.

Anyway, since we’ve received a lot of questions about NEXUS since the last article, I’ll remind you of the basics here, in both text and video format.

The short version is that being a NEXUS member is just great. 

As a government program for “trusted travelers,” it allows you to avoid completely (or almost) ALL the wait lines at:

  • Security checkpoints in Canadian airports
  • Security checkpoints in American airports
  • Canadian customs in airports
  • American customs in airports
  • Customs at major land border crossings

If you prefer, you can watch my short preview video.
 

 

Then as far as how to apply for NEXUS, it’s really quite simple. 

I’ll send you to our detailed section about that specifically in our NEXUS program guide.

To find an appointment quickly, I’ll send you to the section about this in our guide to the NEXUS program.

To read all the details of a recent NEXUS interview experience, Kevin, Flytrippers’ other co-founder, just did it in December and will do a detailed article about that very soon. I did my renewal in January, I’ll share that with you too, for those who have already had it for 5 years or who wonder what it will be like in 5 years.

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Examples of how to use NEXUS

Part 2 of our guide is another content piece coming soon, and it will contain the very detailed logistics of how to use each component of the NEXUS program.

In the meantime, I have already shared my most recent experience with 4 of the 5 NEXUS benefits in a recent article on the upcoming reopening of NEXUS interview centers in Canada.

 

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Summary

We’ll have more content on the NEXUS program very soon, but I wanted to at least follow up regarding the testimonials we’ve received about the current exceedingly short time frame to get NEXUS, and remind you of the basics if you missed it.

What would you like to know about the NEXUS program? Tell us in the comments below.

 

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Featured image: NEXUS line (photo credit: Andrew D’Amours/Flytrippers)

 

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Andrew D'Amours

Andrew is the co-founder of Flytrippers. He is passionate about traveling the world but also, as a former management consultant, about the travel industry itself. He shares his experiences to help you save money on travel. As a very cost-conscious traveler, he loves finding deals and getting free travel thanks to travel rewards points... to help him visit every country in the world (current count: 71/193 Countries, 47/50 US States & 9/10 Canadian Provinces).

This Post Has 7 Comments

  1. Hendrik

    I have discovered Canadians can also qualify for US domestic flights for the TSA PreCheck with your Nexus by entering your known traveler number (KTN) on the back of the Nexus card into your airline loyalty account profile and then later when you do your online check-in the TSA pre-check comes up on your boarding pass automatically.

  2. Frank

    I don’t see online in NEXUS ,where I would update my new car and new license plate number. Years back this was simple….is it no longer required ?

  3. Frank

    I applied sometime in July of 2021. It still shows pending.
    I thought they were behind by 100s of thousands?
    I’m in Vancouver.

    1. Andrew D'Amours

      Yes, that’s what we’re saying. To the surprise of absolutely no one who has ever followed anything managed by the government, they can’t even do something as simple as process applications in the order they received them. So some people have been waiting for over a year, yet some who apply now get approved in 2 days sadly.

  4. S Brussels

    hello, I applied for Nexus last year and my application is still showing pending. This this was a renewal even I had my Nexus expire recently is there anything that I could do would it be worth calling them to see if there’s an issue? I’m a Canadian resident if that changes anything

    1. Andrew D'Amours

      Hi, mine expired in December and I got my renewal approved in January so maybe they process renewals in the month following expiry, but this is just speculation as they don’t provide any information about the process at all unfortunately. If it just expired (you can still use your card by the way) I would wait a bit.

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