Do you get value out of Clear (airport screening)?

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Do you get value out of Clear (airport screening)?

Post by Nearly A Moose » Wed Apr 24, 2019 9:38 am

Who has Clear (the expedited airport identity screening service), and do you find you get value out of it?

I can get it for $99 (Delta frequent flyer) and add wife for another $50. I already have TSA PreCheck. I fly once or twice a month on average, business and pleasure. I’d be paying this out of pocket.

Have folks found this useful, and if so, what airports? I mainly fly out of DCA and security usually isn’t bonkers. But sometimes ATL, LAX, etc are a pain. Wondering if it’s worth it for the handful of times a year it makes a meaningful difference. Curious as to others’ experience.
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Re: Do you get value out of Clear (airport screening)?

Post by bampf » Wed Apr 24, 2019 9:43 am

Yes. A lot.

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Re: Do you get value out of Clear (airport screening)?

Post by Luckywon » Wed Apr 24, 2019 9:48 am

Have been using Clear for 18 months now and to me, this service is too good to be true. I expect something to change soon.

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Re: Do you get value out of Clear (airport screening)?

Post by gtd98765 » Wed Apr 24, 2019 11:15 am

I don't have it, but I have noticed that at Dulles, the Clear people go into the same security area as TSA Pre Check. There is sometimes a relatively short line for Pre Check, but usually none for Clear.

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Re: Do you get value out of Clear (airport screening)?

Post by neurosphere » Wed Apr 24, 2019 11:23 am

I use clear at La Guardia. I fly out of LGA about 20 times per year out of terminals C and D (delta).

Clear usually saves me 1-5 minutes vs standard pre-check because pre-check lines are short or non-existent on the days/times I fly. But the other day the pre-check line was long and it saved me 10-15 minutes, on a day I was otherwise in a hurry and had arrived a little later to the airport than I intended. On that day, clear paid for itself for the year in the form of a little less anxiety about missing a flight.

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Re: Do you get value out of Clear (airport screening)?

Post by SRenaeP » Wed Apr 24, 2019 11:54 am

Yes. ATL is my home airport and even the PreCheck lines there are crazy. DH and I both travel frequently so it's worth ~$11/mo.

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Re: Do you get value out of Clear (airport screening)?

Post by TravelGeek » Wed Apr 24, 2019 11:58 am

I don't have it. My local airport doesn't have it. I do have PreCheck via Global Entry.

It has always struck me as strange that one could pay a private company for expedited access (line jumping) to a government service (security screening). Wonder if I could set up a similar service for my local DMV office. (I suppose the same could be said for airline elite status or premium cabin priority security lanes, which I have utilized)

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Post by Teague » Wed Apr 24, 2019 12:12 pm

TravelGeek wrote:
Wed Apr 24, 2019 11:58 am
I don't have it. My local airport doesn't have it. I do have PreCheck via Global Entry.

It has always struck me as strange that one could pay a private company for expedited access (line jumping) to a government service (security screening). Wonder if I could set up a similar service for my local DMV office. (I suppose the same could be said for airline elite status or premium cabin priority security lanes, which I have utilized)
There are services that, for a fee, will handle your DMV tasks for you, including visits to field offices.
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Re: Do you get value out of Clear (airport screening)?

Post by quantAndHold » Wed Apr 24, 2019 12:15 pm

Teague wrote:
Wed Apr 24, 2019 12:12 pm
TravelGeek wrote:
Wed Apr 24, 2019 11:58 am
I don't have it. My local airport doesn't have it. I do have PreCheck via Global Entry.

It has always struck me as strange that one could pay a private company for expedited access (line jumping) to a government service (security screening). Wonder if I could set up a similar service for my local DMV office. (I suppose the same could be said for airline elite status or premium cabin priority security lanes, which I have utilized)
There are services that, for a fee, will handle your DMV tasks for you, including visits to field offices.
In my area (Southern California), the AAA offices can do most of what the DMV offices can do.

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Re: Do you get value out of Clear (airport screening)?

Post by mariezzz » Wed Apr 24, 2019 12:33 pm

TravelGeek wrote:
Wed Apr 24, 2019 11:58 am
I don't have it. My local airport doesn't have it. I do have PreCheck via Global Entry.

It has always struck me as strange that one could pay a private company for expedited access (line jumping) to a government service (security screening). Wonder if I could set up a similar service for my local DMV office. (I suppose the same could be said for airline elite status or premium cabin priority security lanes, which I have utilized)
+1.

Additionally, since the TSA benefits financially from this arrangement, it decreases any incentive the TSA has to expedite processing for people who aren't paying for the service (and this would serve to drive more customers to the service, which further benefits the TSA).

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Re: Do you get value out of Clear (airport screening)?

Post by Shackleton » Wed Apr 24, 2019 1:54 pm

I have it and love it. Once my travel decreases, I might let it lapse, but for now with approx. 10 flights per year I find it well worth the cost. I fly out of DEN to various locations and most places I fly to have it. If you ever fly out of SFO with Clear, you will be in for a treat. Clear began in SFO and they take it very seriously there to give you a great experience. You will almost feel like you are a celebrity or something as they escort you past the people, almost pushing people to the side. It always amuses me when I fly out of SFO.
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Re: Do you get value out of Clear (airport screening)?

Post by eucalyptus » Wed Apr 24, 2019 2:11 pm

Clear is horrible. A complete rip-off! Spread the word far and wide!*



*Those of us who are already loyal customers don’t want anyone else to sign up. We like it the way it is.

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Promos/Deals

Post by zeep » Wed Apr 24, 2019 3:39 pm

In the past I have seen various 1, 3, maybe even 6 month free trials or promos; Anyone know the best current promos or where to monitor for CLEAR deals?
Thx

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Re: Do you get value out of Clear (airport screening)?

Post by Nearly A Moose » Wed Apr 24, 2019 3:54 pm

Thanks, all. Due to getting to the airport a little early, I’m now a happy Clear member (sorry, eucalyptus). So far, saved about 10 minutes :)
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Re: Do you get value out of Clear (airport screening)?

Post by THY4373 » Wed Apr 24, 2019 4:01 pm

It seems like a good service but since they don't serve my local airport and I travel a lot internationally where I am not going to benefit from it obviously, I haven't joined. I do really like TSA Pre via Global Entry. I'd probably get Clear if they did serve my local airport.

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Re: Promos/Deals

Post by SRenaeP » Thu Apr 25, 2019 8:05 am

zeep wrote:
Wed Apr 24, 2019 3:39 pm
In the past I have seen various 1, 3, maybe even 6 month free trials or promos; Anyone know the best current promos or where to monitor for CLEAR deals?
Thx
I've found that a Google search will typically identify current deals. If you work for a MegaCorp, your travel department may have some sort of deal. Also, IIRC, a current member can refer you for a free trial.

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Re: Do you get value out of Clear (airport screening)?

Post by MotoTrojan » Thu Apr 25, 2019 6:18 pm

Maybe airports have adapted more but when I tried it at LAX 2 years ago I felt uncomfortable having a person with a badge simply walk me through the line cutting crowds of people and saying excuse me, then stopping me at the front of the line.

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Re: Do you get value out of Clear (airport screening)?

Post by j0nnyg1984 » Thu Apr 25, 2019 11:57 pm

MotoTrojan wrote:
Thu Apr 25, 2019 6:18 pm
Maybe airports have adapted more but when I tried it at LAX 2 years ago I felt uncomfortable having a person with a badge simply walk me through the line cutting crowds of people and saying excuse me, then stopping me at the front of the line.
Give it a few more years of business traveling. Pretty soon you’ll be an arrogant, entitled “DYKWIA” like the rest of us :mrgreen:

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Re: Do you get value out of Clear (airport screening)?

Post by j0nnyg1984 » Thu Apr 25, 2019 11:59 pm

I’ve only seen clear at two airports that I frequent, PHX and LAS. I’m glad I don’t have to deal with it more often because I think it’s total BS.

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Re: Do you get value out of Clear (airport screening)?

Post by SrGrumpy » Sat Aug 17, 2019 9:49 pm

Bit of a scam. I signed up for 2 free months at a kiosk outside a football stadium last week, and used it the next day at SEA. It didn't save me any time. A Clear functionary had to take my fingerprints and scan my boarding pass on 2 machines (the first one didn't work) before leading me to the TSA agent who was busy with regular pax. And then - like everyone else - I joined a long line at the x-ray machine. I now realize I can get Clear for free through United Airlines, which has a stake in Clear, but doubt I'll bother. I'm fine with the Premier Access non-line.
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Post by 02nz » Sat Aug 17, 2019 10:16 pm

I'm actually going to enroll tomorrow (already filled out the info online). I have PreCheck but this looks like a way to get to the front of that line - and since I get it free (thanks, United), why not?

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Re: Do you get value out of Clear (airport screening)?

Post by TravelforFun » Sat Aug 17, 2019 11:58 pm

I got a six-month free tryout and like it a lot but I'm not sure I want to pay for the service. Pre-check works good enough for me.

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Re: Do you get value out of Clear (airport screening)?

Post by Bfwolf » Sun Aug 18, 2019 1:33 am

I'm not a frequent flyer but have had TSA precheck for 5 years or so....I must have used it a few dozen times. I can't remember any instance when I've waited more than 10 minutes to get to the front of the line. 95% of the time, the time to get through security including the screening itself is under 5 minutes.

Because you don't have to take anything off for TSA precheck or take anything out of your bag, and because the line is filled with seasoned travelers, the line moves FAST. So even if it appears to be sort of long, the wait is usually quite short.

Based on all that, Clear has never interested me.

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Re: Do you get value out of Clear (airport screening)?

Post by ClaycordJCA » Sun Aug 18, 2019 11:58 am

DW has it. We will not renew now that she has Global Entry. Interestingly, Norwegian Airlines did not recognize her Clear number (computer and reservation clerk) when we made a reservation last fall.

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Re: Do you get value out of Clear (airport screening)?

Post by 02nz » Sun Aug 18, 2019 12:12 pm

ClaycordJCA wrote:
Sun Aug 18, 2019 11:58 am
DW has it. We will not renew now that she has Global Entry. Interestingly, Norwegian Airlines did not recognize her Clear number (computer and reservation clerk) when we made a reservation last fall.
There is no reason Norwegian or any other airline would be able to recognize or otherwise do anything with your Clear number. The Known Traveler number that airlines accept is for Global Entry and PreCheck. Clear is a different system. It works at airports that are set up for it (and some sports venues), completely independent of what airline you are flying.

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Re: Do you get value out of Clear (airport screening)?

Post by ClaycordJCA » Sun Aug 18, 2019 12:19 pm

02nz wrote:
Sun Aug 18, 2019 12:12 pm
ClaycordJCA wrote:
Sun Aug 18, 2019 11:58 am
DW has it. We will not renew now that she has Global Entry. Interestingly, Norwegian Airlines did not recognize her Clear number (computer and reservation clerk) when we made a reservation last fall.
There is no reason Norwegian or any other airline would be able to recognize or otherwise do anything with your Clear number. The Known Traveler number that airlines accept is for Global Entry and PreCheck. Clear is a different system. It works at airports that are set up for it (and some sports venues), completely independent of what airline you are flying.
Southwest recognizes it, actually. At least they do in OAK.

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Re: Do you get value out of Clear (airport screening)?

Post by 02nz » Sun Aug 18, 2019 1:37 pm

ClaycordJCA wrote:
Sun Aug 18, 2019 12:19 pm
02nz wrote:
Sun Aug 18, 2019 12:12 pm
ClaycordJCA wrote:
Sun Aug 18, 2019 11:58 am
DW has it. We will not renew now that she has Global Entry. Interestingly, Norwegian Airlines did not recognize her Clear number (computer and reservation clerk) when we made a reservation last fall.
There is no reason Norwegian or any other airline would be able to recognize or otherwise do anything with your Clear number. The Known Traveler number that airlines accept is for Global Entry and PreCheck. Clear is a different system. It works at airports that are set up for it (and some sports venues), completely independent of what airline you are flying.
Southwest recognizes it, actually. At least they do in OAK.
I just enrolled at LAX, according to the staff the airlines don't do anything with the Clear number. What exactly did you do to give the number to Southwest and what did they do with this information?

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Re: Do you get value out of Clear (airport screening)?

Post by BuddyJet » Sun Aug 18, 2019 3:00 pm

The value depends on the airports used. Clear gives me real value at Den, mco, and Atl.

Even with clear, put the tsa-pre number in reservation so clear will put you at the front of the pre line.
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Re: Do you get value out of Clear (airport screening)?

Post by pkempfur » Sun Aug 18, 2019 3:18 pm

I'm curious - since Clear only gets one in front of the line, why do they need biometric data (fingerprints and iris scans)? Seems like a regular ID should suffice

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Post by BuddyJet » Sun Aug 18, 2019 3:31 pm

pkempfur wrote:
Sun Aug 18, 2019 3:18 pm
I'm curious - since Clear only gets one in front of the line, why do they need biometric data (fingerprints and iris scans)? Seems like a regular ID should suffice
When I said front of line, I should have been clearer. When clear takes you to the front, tsa agent does not check id, just waves you through.
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Re: Do you get value out of Clear (airport screening)?

Post by cherijoh » Sun Aug 18, 2019 3:44 pm

Bfwolf wrote:
Sun Aug 18, 2019 1:33 am
I'm not a frequent flyer but have had TSA precheck for 5 years or so....I must have used it a few dozen times. I can't remember any instance when I've waited more than 10 minutes to get to the front of the line. 95% of the time, the time to get through security including the screening itself is under 5 minutes.

Because you don't have to take anything off for TSA precheck or take anything out of your bag, and because the line is filled with seasoned travelers, the line moves FAST. So even if it appears to be sort of long, the wait is usually quite short.

Based on all that, Clear has never interested me.
Yes, TSA precheck tends to eliminate the people who must only fly once every decade and seem unaware that you need to remove keys and change from your pockets before getting scanned. Or that the amount of liquid is restricted in carry-ons... One problem passenger can really slow down the screening process in the regular screening line.

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Re: Do you get value out of Clear (airport screening)?

Post by SrGrumpy » Sun Aug 18, 2019 10:22 pm

pkempfur wrote:
Sun Aug 18, 2019 3:18 pm
I'm curious - since Clear only gets one in front of the line, why do they need biometric data (fingerprints and iris scans)? Seems like a regular ID should suffice
Exactly.

PS. Today at SJC (San Jose, CA), I did the fingerprints at the Clear station, and then the Clear lady had to show my ID to a TSA agent after I was "randomly selected" for an ID check. I passed a grand total of maybe 5 people in the regular line.

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