With security lines steadily creeping up exceeding hour long wait times and TSA PreCheck Lines growing as well due to random selection of passengers, CLEAR Security goes on expansion course.
The great part? Not only will additional CLEAR stations be added to Delta hubs (it hasn’t been specified where these will be but when talk about hubs one can assume at least Salt Lake City, Minneapolis, Detroit, New York JFK and Atlanta) but there are also discounts for Delta Skymiles members.
Delta published this on their website in the News Section (access here).
The fastest way through security is now available to U.S.-based SkyMiles members, thanks to Delta’s partnership with CLEAR. CLEAR is the leading U.S. biometric identity platform that utilizes fingerprint and iris identification technology to allow for the most predictable way through the document-check portion of airport security.
Because of your loyalty, SkyMiles now offers member-only rates off of the standard $179 annual membership to CLEAR’s biometric service.
How much of a discount you receive depends on your SkyMiles status:
- Diamond Medallion® members: Complimentary
- Platinum, Gold and Silver Medallion members: $79 per year
- General SkyMiles Members: $99 per year
Just signing up for Skymiles if you aren’t already a member will net you an 80$ discount. For status customers that discount even grows to 100$ off or the CLEAR Membership being completely complimentary for their top tier Diamond Medallion members.
You can sign up on the dedicated Clear/Delta landing page (see here).
What is CLEAR? It is an expedited screening process with pre-screened ‘trusted travelers’ who go through a short sign up procedure before being issued an active membership for the program.
Here is how it works:
Right now CLEAR is already present at a mix of smaller and larger airports. These include Dallas Ft Worth, Denver, Houston-IAH, Miami, Orlando, San Francisco and San Jose among others with Seattle coming live soon as well.
The signup process is supposedly easy, painless and straight forward. The restriction is that you require a U.S. issued ID Document to sign up for CLEAR. These include any of the following: Drivers License, Passport, Passport Card, Permanent Resident Card, State issued ID Card, U.S. Military ID.
I think it is probably worth signing up if you frequent the airports with CLEAR lanes every now and then. Especially if you can get the discount from Delta Airlines. At least the basic 80$ off is available to anybody just bu signing up for SkyMiles.