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CLEAR Heads to Cincinnati (CVG) for its 30th Airport

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CLEAR is one of the best airport timesavers out there, and it’s growing like a weed.

Just days after announcing its expansion to Boston (BOS), the lightning-fast security program has a new target: Cincinnati (CVG). The Ohio hub will be the 30th U.S. airport with CLEAR service. According to Delta, CLEAR lanes are now open at both CVG and BOS.

CLEAR works separately from TSA PreCheck. With PreCheck, you get a dedicated line at airport security, can keep liquids and electronics in your bags, and can keep a coat, belt, and shoes on. But think of CLEAR as a license to cut in line – you get whisked to the front of either the PreCheck line or standard security lane.

Here’s the full list of where you can use CLEAR:

 

AirportCityAirport CodeTerminal(s)
Atlanta Atlanta, GAATLNorth & South Domestic Terminals
AustinAustin, TXAUSCheckpoints 1 & 2
BaltimoreBaltimore, MDBWICheckpoints A,B,C, D & E
BirminghamBirmingham, ALBHMMain Terminal
Boston
Boston, MABOSTerminal A
CincinnatiCincinnati, OHCVGMain Terminal
Cleveland
Cleveland, OHCLECenter & South Checkpoints
Dallas-Fort WorthDallas, TXDFWTerminal E
Dallas-Love FieldDallas, TXDALTerminal 1
Denver Denver, CODENNorth & South Entrances
DetroitDetroit, MIDTWNorth & McNamara Terminals
Fort LauderdaleFt. Lauderdale, FLFLLTerminals 1 & 2
Houston-IntercontinentalHouston, TXIAHTerminal A, North & South
Houston-HobbyHouston, TXHOUMain Terminal
Las VegasLas Vegas, NVLASTerminals 1 & 3
Los Angeles Los Angeles, CALAXTerminals 1 - 7
Miami Miami, FLMIACheckpoints E & H
Minneapolis−Saint PaulMinneapolis, MNMSPTerminal 1
New OrleansNew Orleans, LAMSYConcourse D
New York City-John F. KennedyNew York, NYJFKTerminals 2 & 4
New York-LaGuardiaNew York, NYLGATerminals C & D
Westchester CountyNew York, NYHPNMain Terminal
OrlandoOrlando, FLMCOEast & West Security
PhoenixPhoenix, AZPHXTerminals 2,3 & 4
Salt Lake CitySalt Lake City, UTSLCTerminals 1 & 2
San AntonioSan Antonio, TXSATTerminals A & B
San Francisco San Francisco, CASFOTerminals 1-3, International Terminals A & G
San Jose San Jose, CASJCTerminal A & C
Seattle-TacomaSeattle, WASEACheckpoints 1-5
Washington, D.C. -Dulles International
Washington D.C.IADMain Terminal & East Security Checkpoint
Washington, D.C.-Ronald Reagan
Washington D.C.DCATerminals A, B & C

 

The Basics Behind CLEAR

CLEAR is a privately run trusted-traveler program that takes both your fingerprints and iris scans to confirm your identity before security screening. Once you’ve signed up (more on this shortly) and finalized your registration, you simply head to the CLEAR lane, confirm your identity at a kiosk, and get whisked away to the front of the TSA line by a CLEAR ambassador.

 

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The biggest hurdle for most people is the price. The sticker price of $179 annually can be hard to swallow. Luckily, there’s a way to cut that cost drastically.

CLEAR recently raised the price for new Delta SkyMiles members, but there are still significant savings. All Delta SkyMiles members can sign up for $119 a year. If you’ve got a Delta co-branded credit card, that drops to $109 per year. Delta flyers with Medallion Status of Silver, Gold, or Platinum can also sign up for $109 a year. And finally, top-tier Delta Diamond status holders can get a membership for free.

Those prices are still steep, especially considering you can get a five-year Global Entry membership (which includes TSA PreCheck) for $100 – or free with the right credit cards. But CLEAR and TSA PreCheck work well in tandem – they’re separate services. So if you travel enough, it could still be worth it.

 

Bottom Line

CLEAR’s footprint keeps growing, and that’s not a bad thing. The main drawback with CLEAR has been that it’s not available at every airport – but that’s starting to change.

 

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