You might remember CLEAR as the security company that collected biometric data from over 200,000 members, ceased operations, then was sold and reorganized. The company still uses fingerprints and iris identification techniques at sporting events as well as airports. Now that Delta has purchased a 5% stake in CLEAR, they are promoting the benefits of using the expedited CLEAR security service in airports.
Sometime later this year, Delta will start offering Diamond Medallion members CLEAR memberships for free. All other Delta SkyMiles members will get a discount. CLEAR is currently offered at 13 airports throughout the US – Austin, Baltimore, Dallas, Denver, Houston, Las Vegas, Miami, New York, Orlando, San Antonio, San Francisco, and San Jose. Delta and CLEAR plan to add more access points at Delta hubs,
Interestingly, TSA PreCheck is $85 for 5 years, and Condé Nast Traveler quoted Delta CEO Ed Bastian as saying that Clear customers would get priority over PreCheck customers, essentially by cutting in front of them in the security line at the airport. This year, Delta and CLEAR plan to expand airport security line access points to Delta’s U.S. hub airports allowing registered customers to expedite the document check process at security screening checkpoints.
CLEAR membership is regularly $179 per year, with children under 18 free and additional family members added for $50-
No word yet on the preferential pricing or when it will be available but their press release says that Delta will be in touch with their members –
If you had a CLEAR account years ago when they shut down and didn’t get a refund, there’s good news for you. They’ll reactivate your account and honor any time left on your previous CLEAR account. All you need to do is update your information by calling (855) 253-2763 or fill out a form on their website.
How do you feel about the new CLEAR partnership with Delta? If you have TSA PreCheck, does it bother you that those with CLEAR will reportedly get priority in lines?