Delta changed the wording on its SkyMiles News & Updates page to include a heavier discount on annual CLEAR memberships for Delta SkyMiles Credit Card Members.

Usually a CLEAR membership costs $179 per year. If you have one of the following Delta co-branded American Express cards (or the small business version) than you (the primary cardholder) get a $100 yearly discount, reducing the cost to $79 per year.

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What’s CLEAR?

CLEAR is a means of bypassing TSA security lines. The process for enrolling looks similar to that of Global Entry and involves an online application as well as an in-person meeting. Once you’re enrolled, you stop at a CLEAR kiosk located near airport security and the kiosk’s biometric technology scans your iris and fingerprint to confirm your identity as pre-checked. Then you get to bypass the normal security line.

CLEAR is available at 16 major airports.

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When CLEAR Is Worth It

For many people, Global Entry or TSA Pre✓ ® will be more advantageous for the cost, especially considering that:

  • you pay a $100 fee for Global Entry/TSA Pre✓ ® and the membership lasts for five years before you have to renew it
  • a Gobal Entry/TSA Pre✓ ® credit statement that negates the applicaiton fee is a common perk of premium credit cards like the Citi Prestige® Card , Chase Sapphire Reserve, and Platinum Card® from American Express
  • Gobal Entry/TSA Pre✓ ®  are more widespread in airports around the United States than CLEAR

The distinct advantage of CLEAR is the discount for family members.

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So if you travel with a pack and you highly value time, then CLEAR could be a great option for you.

It’s doubly as advantageous if you’re a family that frequently flies Delta. CLEAR is instituted in almost all Delta hubs.

Plain Old SkyMiles Members Get a CLEAR Discount Too

This might even be beneficial to you if all you are is a SkyMiles member.

All you need to be eligible for an $80 annual discount (not $100, like you get from being a Delta cardholder) on a CLEAR membership is to have a SkyMiles account. Register here for CLEAR at the SkyMiles discounted rate.

Bottom Line

Do you have a Delta Amex card and travel with your family often? Then it will probably interest you that Delta changed the wording on its SkyMiles News & Updates page. You are now eligible for a $100 discount off the yearly $179 membership fee for CLEAR, the security pre-check system that helps you skip normal TSA lines and offers cheap add-on memberships for other family members and free memberships for kids under 18 traveling with you.

Already have CLEAR? What are your experiences with the program?

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