Delta is the first legacy carrier to team up with Clear. Clear members are pre-screened and provided with a high-tech card that allows them to access designated airport security fast lanes. Concierges are present to assist Clear members through security lanes. The Clear program will launch sometime this summer at Delta terminals in New York (JFK and La Guardia) and Los Angeles International. SkyMiles members can now enroll in Clear in select Delta Crown Room Clubs in Atlanta.
Through an ongoing offer, SkyMiles members will get 1,000 miles when first obtaining a Clear membership, which costs $100 per year, plus the TSA vetting fee of $28. Visit http://www.flyclear.com/delta
AirTran Airways is the only other U.S.-based airline that has partnered with Clear since July 2007. Hyatt Gold Passport Diamond and Platinum members and Marriott Platinum members have been offered a complimentary one-year Clear membership. Visit http://www.flyclear.com/hyatt or http://www.flyclear.com/marriottplatinum
A note about Clear — even with the dangling carrot of breezing through security, not everyone likes the idea of supplying biographic information to the government. Travel Weekly recently conducted a one-day poll: “Submitting fingerprints and iris scans to the government is worth access to airport fast lanes, 50 percent; a privacy risk to be avoided, 50 percent.” Clear members are asked to supply fingerprints, iris scans, driver’s license number, previous home address for the past five years, social security number or Alien registration number and a current credit card. More than one million travelers have joined Clear.