Delta, United Reduce CLEAR Membership Discount on February 1, 2023 Delta, United Reduce CLEAR Membership Discount on February 1, 2023

Delta, United Reduce CLEAR Membership Discount on February 1, 2023

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Update 2/1/2023: Effective today, both United and Delta reduced their CLEAR membership discounts. As anticipated, Delta elites and cardholders now get a $40 discount ($149 per year), and Delta SkyMiles members only get a $10 discount ($179 per year). And United matched this change. United elites and cardholders also now get just a $40 discount ($149 per year), and general members get a $10 discount ($179 per year).

Delta elite status members have received an email notifying them about a reduction to the discount they get on a CLEAR membership. In other words, Delta SkyMiles members will soon have to pay up to $60 more for a CLEAR membership.

Delta Changing CLEAR Prices for SkyMiles Elite Status Members

Delta has been offering discounted CLEAR memberships to elite-status members and Delta SkyMiles cardholders for several years. General SkyMiles members get CLEAR for $119 a year (a $70 discount). Delta SkyMiles cardholders, and Platinum, Gold, and Silver Medallion members get CLEAR for $109 a year (an $80 discount).

Unfortunately, Delta SkyMiles members have received emails notifying them about an increase in CLEAR membership fees. Going forward, members won't get the same discount anymore. Instead of a $70 discount, general SkyMiles members will only get $10 off the usual $189 CLEAR membership fee. Delta SkyMiles cardholders and Platinum, Gold, and Silver Medallion members will get a $40 discount ($149 for a CLEAR membership) instead of the previous $80 discount.

Diamond Medallion members will still receive CLEAR for free (a $189 value).

Based on reports, this change is going into effect on February 1, 2023. That means travelers still have time to lock in the current discount.

Will United Ditch Its CLEAR Discount Too?

United also offers free or discounted CLEAR memberships. The discounts match Delta's current discounts — free for Premier 1K, $109 for lower elite status tiers and United cardholders, and $119 for general MileagePlus members. We'll have to see if United follows suit with a similar discount reduction this year.

Is CLEAR Still a Good Deal?

CLEAR allows you to get into a separate security line at airports and sports venues across the U.S. for an annual fee of $189. Note that it's a separate security line, not bypassing security, and the CLEAR line itself can occasionally be quite long.

Currently, there are over 50 locations for CLEAR kiosks; not all of them at airports:

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, CaliforniaCrypto.com 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

Our Take

Delta SkyMiles Diamond Medallion members aren't affected by this change. It's the rest of Delta members and cardholders that will have to pay $40-$60 more for a CLEAR membership. On the other hand, at least there's still a discount. The peace of mind CLEAR offers for getting through security lines is worth the $189 price for many travelers.

Remember that Amex cardholders can get a $189 statement credit for CLEAR. The The Platinum Card® from American Express, The Business Platinum Card® from American Express, and American Express® Green Card all offer a CLEAR statement credit.

Even after this CLEAR discount reduction, Delta members with these Amex cards can still cover the price of the membership. Plus, you'll still have enough credit left to cover most of the additional family member fee of $60.

Whether the changes in prices are due to inflation or an attempt to reduce the number of CLEAR members at the kiosks (like airlines are doing in airport lounges) is hard to tell.

If you're a SkyMiles member, will you continue to pay for a CLEAR membership with a reduced discount?

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  • I’m optimistic that American Express will adjust the credit (again) to fully cover the fee, although it’ll likely result in a slight annual fee bump on the Amex Green.

  • Is there a way to prepay membership? Otherwise what is the point? The price will go up anyway?

    • New members can sign up now to get the lower pricing for the next year. Perhaps there’s a way to prepay, but I’m not aware of it.

  • Lynn R Lott says:

    It was too good to be true. Glad I got it for free when I did. Not sure it’s worth it if I have to pay. The biometrics don’t seem to work too well.