CLEAR Promotions: Free CLEAR Membership Via Kayak, Credit Cards, and Elite Status CLEAR Promotions: Free CLEAR Membership Via Kayak, Credit Cards, and Elite Status

CLEAR Promotions: Free CLEAR Membership Via Kayak, Credit Cards, and Elite Status

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For frequent travelers, CLEAR is an excellent way to save time when going through the airport. Plus, CLEAR often offers additional promotions to take advantage of when signing up for a CLEAR membership. Even better, travelers have several ways to claim a free CLEAR membership. The current promotion is from Kayak, offering anyone a free 3-month CLEAR membership to make their travels easier over the holiday season.

Here are all of the current ways that you can get CLEAR for free, plus ways to get a discount if you don't qualify for a free membership.

What is CLEAR?

If you're not already familiar with CLEAR, here's a synopsis. CLEAR is a service that has been around since 2010. CLEAR uses biometric data to verify your identity at airport security. Once confirmed — which takes as little as a few seconds — you're escorted to the front of the TSA security line. That means speeding through security without having to wait in the standard lines.

In rare cases, CLEAR lines are longer than the regular security line or TSA PreCheck. But, my own experiences with CLEAR at the Denver and Seattle airports were fantastic, as I was (somehow) the only person in the line both times.

Although CLEAR is only available within the United States, it includes more than just airports. In fact, it supports services at 50+ stadiums and event centers as well. Here's a full list of the locations where you can find a CLEAR kiosk:

CityAirport or Venue
Atlanta, GeorgiaHartsfield–Jackson Atlanta International Airport
Austin, TexasAustin–Bergstrom International Airport
Austin, TexasUniversity of Texas
Baltimore, MarylandBaltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport
Birmingham, AlabamaBirmingham-Shuttlesworth International Airport
Boston, MassachusettsBoston Logan International Airport
Chicago, IllinoisO'Hare International Airport
Chicago, IllinoisChicago Midway International Airport
Cincinnati, OhioCincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport
Cleveland, OhioCleveland Hopkins International Airport
Columbus, OhioJohn Glenn Columbus International Airport
Dallas, TexasDallas Love Field Airport
Dallas, TexasDallas/Fort Worth International Airport
Dallas, TexasGlobe Life Field
Denver, ColoradoCoors Field
Denver, ColoradoDenver International Airport
Detroit, MichiganDetroit Metro Airport
Fort Lauderdale, FloridaFort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport
Houston, TexasWilliam P. Hobby Airport
Houston, TexasGeorge Bush Intercontinental Airport
Las Vegas, NevadaMcCarran International Airport
Los Angeles, CaliforniaLos Angeles International Airport
Los Angeles, CaliforniaBanc of California Stadium
Los Angeles, Arena
Miami, FloridaMiami International Airport
Miami, FloridaFTX Arena
Minneapolis, MinnesotaMinneapolis−Saint Paul International Airport
Minneapolis, MinnesotaTarget Field
Nashville, TennesseeNashville International Airport
New Orleans, LouisianaLouis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport
New York, New YorkLaGuardia Airport
New York, New YorkYankee Stadium
New York, New YorkMadison Square Garden
New York, New YorkJohn F. Kennedy International Airport
New York, New YorkWestchester County Airport
Newark, New JerseyNewark Liberty International Airport
Oakland, CaliforniaOakland International Airport
Ontario, CaliforniaOntario International Airport
Orlando, FloridaOrlando International Airport
Palm Beach, FloridaPalm Beach International Airport
Palm Springs, CaliforniaPalm Springs International Airport
Phoenix, ArizonaPhoenix Sky Harbor International Airport
Sacramento, CaliforniaSacramento International Airport
Salt Lake City, UtahSalt Lake City International Airport
San Antonio, TexasSan Antonio International Airport
San Antonio, TexasAT&T Center
San Francisco Bay Area, CaliforniaSan Francisco International Airport
San Francisco Bay Area, CaliforniaOracle Park
San Jose, CaliforniaNorman Y. Mineta San Jose International Airport
San Jose, CaliforniaPayPal Park
Seattle, WashingtonSeattle-Tacoma International Airport
St Louis, MissouriSt. Louis Lambert International Airport
Washington D.C.Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport
Washington D.C.Capital One Arena
Washington D.C.Dulles International Airport

Make sure to check out this post in AwardTravel 101 — our official Facebook community — to read about members' experiences with CLEAR.

How to Get a CLEAR Membership for Free

The CLEAR membership usually costs $189 per year. However, there are various ways you can get your membership for free, or at least at a discounted rate.

First, here are all of the ways you can get CLEAR for free:

Discounted CLEAR Membership with Cards and Statuses

If you don't qualify for one of the free ways of getting CLEAR, there are also a couple of options to pay a reduced rate for your CLEAR membership.

  • United MileagePlus members can get an annual membership for $179. Even better, you can drop that price to $149 if you have a United credit card or United Premier Silver, Gold, or Platinum elite status.

United CLEAR membership rates by elite status level

  • Similarly, Delta SkyMiles members with Medallion elite status can get a discount on their CLEAR membership. Platinum, Gold, and Silver Medallion elite status members can get $40 off their CLEAR membership ($149 per year). Even general SkyMiles members can get $10 off their CLEAR membership ($179 per year).

CLEAR discounts for Delta SkyMiles members

[Expired] CLEAR Enrollment Promotions

Kayak and CLEAR Promo

The newest CLEAR partnership is with Kayak. Through December 31, 2022, Kayak users can claim a free 3-month CLEAR membership. This comes just in time for the 2022 holidays when airports are at their busiest.

Use this link to claim your free 3-month CLEAR membership.

What's great about this promotion is you don't need a premium credit card or elite status to claim it. Kayak is a platform for anyone, and they're just on a mission to make traveling easier this holiday season.

As always, don't forget to cancel your CLEAR membership at the end of the year if you don't want it to renew, or you will be charged the full annual rate of the membership.

Terms and Conditions

  • Only available to new CLEAR Plus members.
  • Must be 18+ and a US citizen.
  • You will be billed the annual rate of $189 at the end of your 3-month complimentary trial if you don't cancel before that.

Past CLEAR new membership promotions

Over the past few years, CLEAR has offered several membership promotions. For reference, here are some that we've seen:

  • Anyone could claim a free 6-month CLEAR membership in December 2020
  • 5,000 bonus United miles in November 2021
  • $100 United TravelBank credit in February 2022
  • Free 1-Year CLEAR Membership with $100 United Spend Promotion in April 2022
  • United MileagePlus Members Get up to 15,000 Miles with CLEAR Membership through July 2022
  • Up to 50% off CLEAR enrollment using a targeted Amex card through August 2022
  • $75 Uber Gift Card CLEAR Promotion

Our Take

The new Kayak promotion is great for anyone wanting to try out CLEAR who hasn't joined already. True, it's not as good as the 6-month free memberships that have been offered in the past, but who knows when we'll see those again.

Not everyone wants to release their biometric data when signing up for CLEAR. But for those who are considering getting a CLEAR membership, or already have one, these are certainly nice promotions to take advantage of, especially if you're claiming your membership with full credits. Everyone has their own opinions of CLEAR, but I found it quite useful the two times I used their security lines.

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