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Is CLEAR Worth It? Here’s How to Try It for Less to Find Out

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If you’ve ever been curious if CLEAR is worth it, now’s the time to try it.

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If you’ve ever been curious if CLEAR is worth it, now’s the time to try it.

Delta SkyMiles and United MileagePlus members can save big on the airport checkpoint service.

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Even if you have TSA PreCheck, now might be the time to add CLEAR to your list of ways to get through airport security faster. Typically, the security checkpoint expediting service costs a whopping $179 for an annual membership, compared to $85 for a five-year membership with TSA PreCheck. But if you’re a Delta SkyMiles or United MileagePlus member, you can save money on the service.

Discounts for Delta SkyMiles members

Anyone with a SkyMiles account (which is free to sign up for) can pay $119 for an annual CLEAR membership—a savings of $60 off the full price. If you’re a Platinum, Gold, or Silver Medallion member on Delta, or have a Delta SkyMiles credit card, you’ll only pay $109. And if you hold Delta’s coveted Diamond Medallion status, you can get a CLEAR membership for free. To enroll, simply sign up on CLEAR’s website using your SkyMiles account number.

Discounts for United MileagePlus members

On July 29, United Airlines announced that it will also partner with CLEAR to offer similar discounts for its U.S.-based MileagePlus members. Effective immediately, United’s Global Services and Premier 1K members are eligible for a free CLEAR membership. Premier Platinum, Gold, Silver, and United U.S. credit card members can sign up for a $109 annual CLEAR membership. Even if you only have a basic free MileagePlus account, you still qualify for a discounted $119 annual CLEAR membership. To link your frequent flyer account with a membership, add your MileagePlus number when signing up on CLEAR’s website.

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The new partnership also means that CLEAR will finally open its first lanes at United hubs, including Newark Liberty International Airport and Chicago O’Hare, later this summer. CLEAR will also expand to serve United terminals at Houston George Bush Intercontinental Airport in 2019.

Once you sign up online, you must complete a short in-person biometric scan to verify your identity at any airport where there is a CLEAR kiosk before you can use the service.

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Is CLEAR worth it?

If you’re comfortable sharing your biometric information, there are a few other things you should consider before signing up for CLEAR. A membership is really only useful if you regularly fly through one of the 31 U.S. airports it currently serves, including JFK, LAX, and Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport. But if you’re a sports fan, your CLEAR membership also allows you to skip the line at 18 stadiums throughout the country, including Oracle Park in San Francisco and Denver’s Coors Field. 

While TSA PreCheck is in more than 200 airports compared to the few dozen CLEAR serves, several people on Twitter pointed out why having both memberships is actually worth the money if you fly often.

Sign up here to try it.

This article originally appeared online on July 31, 2018; it was updated on July 29, 2019, to include current information.

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