CLEAR Heads to St. Louis (STL) Airport with Latest Expansion
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CLEAR Heads to St. Louis (STL) Airport with Latest Expansion

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CLEAR, the privately run expedited airport security program, can be a big time-saver at the airport.

And if you fly out of St. Louis (STL), we’ve got some good news. CLEAR announced on Monday that it’s up and running at St. Louis’s Terminal 2. And according to KMOV News, CLEAR will be up and running in Terminal 1 in early March.

Terminal 2 at St. Louis Airport (STL) is the main terminal where Southwest Airlines flies in and out. All other major domestic carriers fly out of Terminal 1.

The addition is CLEAR’s 34th U.S. airport – a rapid expansion over just the last two years. But one of the major knocks against CLEAR is that, unlike TSA PreCheck, it’s not available at every major airport. That is changing.

Here’s the full list of airports where you can find 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
Chicago-O'HareChicago, ILORDTerminal 1 & 2
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, TXIAHTerminals A, B, C and E
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
NewarkNewark, NJEWRTerminal C
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
St. LouisSt. Louis, MOSTLTerminal 2
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

 

What is CLEAR?

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.

It’s 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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So what’s stopping you? Likely the high price tag – a year’s worth of CLEAR starts at $179. Compared to the $85 you pay for five years of TSA PreCheck (or $100 for Global Entry), it doesn’t make sense for every traveler. Not to mention, a number of travel rewards credit cards offer TSA PreCheck & Global Entry for free.

Luckily, there are ways to drop the cost of CLEAR considerably. For starters, all Delta SkyMiles or United MileagePlus members can enroll in CLEAR for just $119. So even if you’re not flying Delta or United, you can quickly sign up for a SkyMiles or MileagePlus account to capitalize on this lower cost.

But if you’ve got status with either airline or hold one of the co-branded credit cards, that price drops to $109. And the lowest pricing of all is reserved for top-tier elite status holders, who can select an annual membership as a free perk.

Finally, you can get CLEAR for as low as $9 a year by holding the American Express Green Card. Amex recently overhauled this card, adding a $100 annual credit toward CLEAR membership – the first card to offer that perk.
 

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Click Here to learn more about the American Express Green Card.
 

Bottom Line

It’s great to see CLEAR’s footprint grow, but the addition of St. Louis (STL) marks only the 34th U.S. airport with CLEAR service. It’s one of the biggest reasons we don’t think it makes sense for every traveler. But adding more airport locations is always welcome news.

 

Lead photo courtesy of CLEAR

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