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PreCheck is great, but CLEAR is amazing.
PreCheck costs $85 for 5 years (it’s included for free with the excellent Global Entry, which costs $100 for 5 years) and allows you to keep your shoes, belt, and jacket on, and your laptop in your bag. You get to go through metal detectors rather than assuming the position for the nude-o-scope. Adults that have PreCheck can also bring their kids with them, even if their kids don’t have PreCheck.
PreCheck and Global Entry are free with cards like the Chase Sapphire Reserve, Chase United Explorer, Capital One Spark Miles Business, AMEX Business Platinum Card, AMEX Platinum Card, Citi Prestige, Citi Executive AAdvantage, and more.
Once upon a time, PreCheck lines were always short, but that’s no longer a guarantee. With PreCheck these days you may be able to walk right up to security or you may need to wait 20 minutes.
CLEAR allows you to skip to the front of the line. If you have PreCheck you can skip to the front of the PreCheck line and if you don’t have PreCheck you can skip to the front of the regular line.
You don’t need to take out your ID either, your fingerprint or eye act as your ID.
The dependability that skipping the line gives you is simply amazing. It means I can leave my house 55 minutes before a flight and know that I won’t miss my flight out of CLE. When I’m with my family I’ll leave plenty of time and enjoy the airport lounge, but if I’m solo, the less wasted time in the airport is always a win.
CLEAR also works for sports stadiums. I’ve used it to skip the line at Progressive Field, which is a nice bonus on top of skipping the lines at the airport.
Delta has invested in CLEAR and has been the biggest airline proponent of CLEAR and now United is hopping onto that bandwagon.
The great news is that CLEAR will soon be available in Chicago, Houston, and Newark.
In NYC that means you will be able to use CLEAR at LaGuardia, JFK, Newark, Westchester County, Citi Field, Yankee Stadium, and Madison Square Garden.
Normal pricing for CLEAR is $179/year, but if you link your Delta or United mileage number you will pay $119/year.
If you have a Chase United Explorer card, Chase United Explorer Business Card, Delta Business Gold, Delta Business Platinum, Delta Business Reserve, Delta Consumer Gold, Delta Consumer Platinum, or Delta Consumer Reserve you can pay $109/year.
Delta and United Silver/Gold/Platinum elites also pay $109/year.
Delta Diamond/360 and United 1K/Global Services elites get CLEAR for free!
Kids under 18 can go with their parents for free without a membership or biometrics required.
A CLEAR member can add up to 3 adult family members for just $50 each.
- You can view the Delta CLEAR enrollment page here.
- You can view the United CLEAR enrollment page here
- You can link your United mileage number to an existing CLEAR account here.
- You can signup for CLEAR here and get a code for 2 months free.
CLEAR isn’t cheap, but if it helps you make a flight that you would otherwise miss due to a long line then it will be worth its weight in gold. Hopefully one day we’ll see a credit card that will reimburse the CLEAR fee in full.
Today’s move leaves American as the lone major US airline holdout. American blocks their fully controlled terminals, like in Miami, from having CLEAR as they hate their passengers. Hopefully they will see the light eventually.
Do you have CLEAR and how has your experience been with it?