United Airlines Partners with Clear to Speed up Your Travels

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United Airlines is partnering up with CLEAR! If you're a member of MileagePlus, now's your chance to get your skip-the-queue ticket at airports and stadiums across the country.

What is CLEAR?

CLEAR is a biometric screening company founded in 2010. Using proprietary software approved by the DHS, CLEAR allows you to scan your iris and/or fingerprints at over 60 airports and stadiums across the U.S. in order to skip the security line.

CLEAR has already partnered up with Delta, Alaska Airlines and Hertz. Until recently, Delta only offered a CLEAR discount to flyers with at least Silver Medallion status. As we were working on this post, we noticed that now even Delta non-elites get a discount matching those being offered by United.

You can take advantage of the United-CLEAR partnership by signing up here.

SkyMiles members can sign up here.

What Get with Your United Membership

Using CLEAR comes with an annual cost. Full price is $179 a year ($15/month). Depending on your United membership plan, you can get one of the following options:

  • All basic MileagePlus members – $119 for the annual CLEAR membership
  • Premier Platinum, Gold, and Silver members, as well as most United credit card members – $109 for a CLEAR membership
  • Global Services and Premier 1K members – A Completely Free Clear membership!

It's not guaranteed that the CLEAR lines will be the fastest at airports and stadiums, especially now that more and more companies are partnering with them. On the other hand, it does offer the peace of mind that you'll almost never get stuck in an absurdly long queue frantically hoping you don't miss your flight or the opening play.

Currently, American Airlines has resisted working with CLEAR, making it the only one of the big three U.S. carriers not to work with CLEAR. Again, with more partnerships comes more CLEAR members, so we can only hope to see more CLEAR stations installed at existing and new airports and stadiums across the country.

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  • Any CLEAR discount for United Explorer Plus cardholders?

  • Even though the home airport I use the most (ONT) does not have Clear, I could not recommend it more, especially at the discount United is offering. Since Clear is mostly in busier airports, it really does save a tremendous amount of time, especially, if, you also have pre-check.

  • It’s nice that United is giving a free or discounted membership.

  • I wish one of the premium cards would include clear. Having multiple premium cards and nothing to do with all the GE credits is a bummer!

  • This is good news obviously. But I swear one day the other programs (Pre, GE, Clear) will eventually be as crowded as the standard lines. Though obviously even then there are perks that make it faster, I know.

  • Hmm I’m not sure why anyone would use CLEAR when TSA-Pre sounds so much better.
    Am I missing something?

  • CLEAR has definitely made our way through the security lines much faster! Glad to see more ways to get free/discounted memberships.

  • Awesome! I love anything that would help ease the hassle of flying!

  • Very creative… to copy Delta about 2-3 years later.
    Why don’t United just do the mile bonus with both Lyft and Uber instead? I would use that promo more.

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