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CLEAR is one of our favorite airport time-saving tools.

This privately-run trusted traveler program allows you to cut to the front of the security line. On its own, you can skip to the front of the standard line. In tandem with TSA PreCheck, you can skip to the front of that shorter, faster line, keeping your coat and shoes on and keeping electronics inside your bag.

Delta is a big partner with, helping build out CLEAR lanes at its hubs and offering discounted rates on the otherwise steep annual fee of $179 per year. And now we're seeing United join the fun.

United Airlines recently purchased an ownership stake in the program, CNBC reports. And as of Monday, United is partnering with CLEAR to offer discounted membership rates to United flyers.

All members of United's MileagePlus frequent flyer program can sign up for $119 a year. If you've got a United Explorer Card or another co-branded United card or status with United, you can drop that to $109 per year. And finally, the top-tier status holders with United Premier 1K can get CLEAR for free each year.


United CLEAR


That pricing is identical to what Delta SkyMiles members can get based on status or holding certain credit cards.

Though it's still not available at all major airports, CLEAR has grown fast. After building up its presence mainly at large Delta hubs like Atlanta (ATL), Minneapolis-St. Paul (MSP) and other massive airports, they've started to expand into smaller markets with recent additions in Birmingham (BHM) and Cincinnati (CVG).

Many of United's biggest hubs already have CLEAR: Denver (DEN), San Francisco (SFO), Houston-Intercontinental (IAH), and Washington-Dulles (IAD). Chicago-O'Hare (ORD) and Newark (EWR) are conspicuously absent from that list – though with this new partnership, that could change fast.


Atlanta (ATL)North & South Domestic Terminals
Austin (AUS)Checkpoints 1 & 2
Baltimore (BWI)Checkpoints A,B,C, D & E
Birmingham (BHM)Main Terminal
Boise (BOI)Main Terminal
Boston (BOS)Terminal A
Buffalo (BUF)Main Terminal
Chicago-Midway (MDW)Main Terminal
Chicago-O'Hare (ORD)Terminal 1 & 2
Cincinnati (CVG)Main Terminal
Cleveland (CLE)
Center & South Checkpoints
Columbus (CMH)Main Terminal
Dallas-Fort Worth (DFW)Terminal E
Dallas-Love Field (DAL)Terminal 1
Denver (DEN)North & South Entrances
Detroit (DTW)North & McNamara Terminals
Fort Lauderdale (FLL)Terminals 1 & 2
Greenville-Spartanburg (GSP)Main Terminal
Hartford (BDL)Terminal A
Houston-Intercontinental (IAH)Terminals A, B, C and E
Houston-Hobby (HOU)Main Terminal
Kansas City (MCI)Main Terminal
Las Vegas (LAS)Terminals 1 & 3
Long Beach (LGB)Main Terminal
Los Angeles (LAX)Terminals 1 - 7
Miami (MIA)Checkpoints E & H
Milwaukee (MKE)Main Terminal
Minneapolis−Saint Paul (MSP)Terminal 1
Nashville (BNA)Central Checkpoint
New Orleans (MSY)Concourse D
New York City-John F. Kennedy (JFK)Terminals 2 & 4
New York-LaGuardia (LGA)Terminals C & D
Newark (EWR)Terminal C
Oakland (OAK)Terminal 2
Oklahoma City (OKC)Main Terminal
Ontario (ONT)Terminal 2 & 4
Orlando (MCO)East & West Security
Palm Beach (PBI)Terminal A/B & C
Palm Springs (PSP)Main Terminal
Phoenix (PHX)Terminals 3 & 4
Pittsburgh (PIT)Main Terminal
Providence (PVD)Main Terminal
Raleigh-Durham (RDU)Terminals 1 & 2
Sacramento (SMF)Terminal A & B
Salt Lake City (SLC)Terminals 1 & 2
San Antonio (SAT)Terminals A & B
San Diego (SAN)Terminal 2
San Francisco (SFO)Terminals 1-3, International Terminals A & G
San Jose (SJC)Terminal A & B
San Juan (SJU(+)Terminals A, B & C
Seattle-Tacoma (SEA)Checkpoints 1-5
St. Louis (STL)Terminal 2
Tulsa (TUL)Main Terminal
Washington, D.C.-Dulles (IAD)
Main Terminal & East Security Checkpoint
Washington, D.C.-Reagan (DCA)
Terminals A, B & C
Westchester County (HPN)Main Terminal


Bottom Line

Delta's partnership with CLEAR has been lucrative for SkyMiles members and frequent flyers. This partnership with United should help expand its presence to more U.S. airports – but perhaps at the cost of recruiting new members in droves, leading to longer lines at some locations.


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