5 ways to get CLEAR for less

CLEAR is a service that uses your eyes or fingerprints to confirm your identity.  This is used at many airport and some stadiums to help you speed through security checks.  CLEAR isn’t yet available at all airports in the US, but thanks to partnerships with Delta and United, CLEAR is rapidly expanding.

At supported airports, CLEAR makes it possible to skip the sometimes very long ID check lines (just before security).  Instead, of waiting to show your ID, you can go to the CLEAR aisle (where available) and simply scan your eyes or fingerprints.

This benefit is complementary to TSA PreCheck.  The main difference between CLEAR and TSA PreCheck is that CLEAR lets you breeze past the first line at security: the place you line up to show your ID.  TSA PreCheck then speeds up the second part because you don’t have to remove your shoes, laptops or liquids, and you usually go through a metal detector rather than a body scanner.  The best is to have both CLEAR and TSA PreCheck so that you can zoom through both parts of security every time.

5 ways to get CLEAR for less

By default, CLEAR costs $179 per year, but there are easy ways to reduce the price:

  1. Student Discount: $50 per year
  2. Delta & United members (both are free to join): $119 per year
  3. Delta & United credit card holders and elite members (not top tier): $109 per year
  4. Delta Diamond, United 1K, and United Global Services members: FREE
  5. Family Plan: Add up to 3 adults for $50 per person per year

How to sign up for discounted memberships:

You can also get CLEAR from Hertz for free, but this is a special Hertz-only version of CLEAR.  More about this can be found at the bottom of this post.

More about the Family Plan (it’s not just for family!)

The family plan isn’t limited to family members.  CLEAR’s website is clear about that.  Friends are welcome to be in your family plan.  They write:

Who can be on my Family Plan?
The Family Plan helps you and your loved ones enjoy CLEAR together, whether it’s your biological family, chosen family, or friends that feel like family. It’s totally up to you!

Individuals on your Family Plan do need to meet the enrollment requirements, which means that they must be 18 or older and have a valid US photo ID.

With an individual membership, there’s no reason to pay more than $119 per year since that’s the price for any Delta or United member.  So, if you get together with 3 friends and divide the fees evenly, the four of you would pay only $67.25 each.  Here’s the math:

  • Member 1: $119
  • Member 2: $50
  • Member 3: $50
  • Member 4: $50
  • Total: $269
  • Per Member Price: $269 / 4 = $67.25

If the primary member has elite status with Delta or United, the average drops to $64.75 each.  And of course a top tier elite with free CLEAR could let 3 friends have CLEAR for only $50 each.

Who can become a CLEAR member?

CLEAR is pretty clear about this, so I’ll just republish their words:

CLEAR welcomes individuals 18 years of age and older.

In order to enroll, you must have one of the following forms of photo identification: US Driver’s License, US Passport, US Passport Card, US-issued Permanent Resident Card, State Issued ID, US Military ID, or Global Entry Card.

All forms of identification must be valid, unexpired, not amended and have a photo.

Children under 18 can use the CLEAR Lane for free when accompanied by a CLEAR family member. No enrollment is required for the child.

What about kids?

CLEAR is only available to adults 18 and over.  Kids under 18 can go through the CLEAR lane when accompanied by a CLEAR member (the CLEAR member doesn’t have to be a family member).

If you are under 18 and traveling alone, you’re out of luck.

What about free CLEAR from Hertz?

Hertz advertises that you can get a free CLEAR membership just by joining Hertz’s free Gold Plus Rewards program.  Unfortunately, this is a Hertz-only version of CLEAR.  It won’t help you breeze through airports or stadiums.  To upgrade to full CLEAR from Hertz CLEAR, they offer a price of $129 per year.  Since that’s more than the cost to join with Delta or United membership, I didn’t list this option above.

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“one of the following forms of photo identification…”

What about US Driver’s License w/o being a Permanent Resident? Wife is in the process of changing status to PR.

YoniPDX
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YoniPDX

That’s an interesting question- as I know that a few states are operating under a final REAL ID act waiver- for state DL (in order to board a Plane or enter Federal facilities – REAL ID DL will have a star in upper right hand corner as as 10.2020)

I am curious how it works in states that currently offer REAL ID DL but if you haven’t renewed DL and been verified for a REAL ID.

More of a curiousity as it’s sad how many TSA screening test miss weapons and forbidden items.

YoniPDX
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YoniPDX

So let me be CLEAR…..

While I just missed out earlier this year on the shortlived promo.

@Greg
So does the AmEX Green reboot with CLEAR credit stack with UA or DL discount?

Albert
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Albert

is it possible to split the total fees among members so that we can fully use up the $100 amex green statement credit?

voyager
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voyager

Do you know if I can sign up as a student ($50), but then add family members for $50 each ?

garettg
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garettg

Also worth noting is you also get the $109 rate if you are a United or Delta credit card holder. The no annual fee versions of the cards work to get you the discount.

WR2
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WR2

The Amex Green and Amex Delta Gold combo turned out to be a nice little surprise. $9 for Clear? OK!

Do you know if I re-up after previously doing the 3 month trial, will I have to go through the whole registration process at the airport again, or will they still have my biometrics stored?

garettg
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garettg

They keep your biometrics, I did the trial and then didn’t register again until a year later. They still had all my stuff.

Ryan
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Ryan

Tripit Pro users also get a CLEAR offer, 4 months free, then $149/year.

Michael
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Michael

How many years is the fee good for?

Captain Greg
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Captain Greg

Is anyone else having the repeated problem of “Looks like we’re experiencing high volumes of traffic. Please try again?” I can’t even start my application. Tried a couple times yesterday and again this morning.

Captain Greg
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Captain Greg

I called. I was trying to apply through the student link, but I don’t think it works. I was told that I had to apply normally then would submit my student ID (etc) to get the student rate.

Captain Greg
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Captain Greg

Following up….I think the best deal (if you don’t have Delta Diamond, United 1K, or United Global Services) is to do the normal application but apply the promo code CLRSLCT for a 3 month free trial membership. Then, near the end of the 3 months, give CLEAR a call (855-253-2763) and have them switch your membership to the United/Delta/Student offer. That’s what they advised when I called, and the call was really quick and easy.

Ed
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what about signing up for the family plan. Can an account be opened up For a family plan with one Amex Green. Next have two other family members sign up at $50 fee using a different Amex green. This would put 3 people on board with total out of pocket at $19 using the delta link.

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what about signing up for the family plan. Can an account be opened up For a family plan with one Amex Green. Next have two other family members sign up at $50 fee using a different Amex green. This would put 3 people on board with total out of pocket at $19 using the delta link.