Having CLEAR can get you through airport security faster, but unlike TSA PreCheck, it isn't available at every airport. Yet you'll increasingly find these kiosks at airports big and small across the country.
CLEAR is now available at 51 airports across the U.S. after its most recent addition in Kansas City (MCI). This privately-run trusted traveler program has added more than a dozen airports to its roster in the last two years, allowing travelers to use fingerprints or iris scans to confirm their identity and cut to the front of either the standard or TSA PreCheck security line at the airport.
You'll mainly find CLEAR kiosks at major Delta and United hubs like Atlanta (ATL), Detroit (DTW), Newark (EWR), and Chicago-O'Hare (ORD). But CLEAR has increasingly looked to secondary hubs and even smaller regional airports. Here's a quick look at the airports that have launched CLEAR service in the last year:
- Boise (BOI)
- Greenville-Spartanburg (GSP)
- Kansas City (MCI)
- Long Beach (LGB)
- Milwaukee (MKE)
- Oklahoma City (OKC)
- San Juan (SJU) in Puerto Rico, CLEAR's first location outside the continental U.S.
CLEAR is rapidly expanding its footprint to include more airports – and more travelers are using these dedicated lanes, too. But compared to the 200 U.S. airports offering TSA PreCheck, it still has a long way to go before becoming a mainstay for travelers.
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It may seem odd that CLEAR would add smaller airports like Long Beach (LGB) and Greenville-Spartanburg (GSP) when it still lacks a presence at large airports like Charlotte (CLT), Philadelphia (PHL), and Dallas-Fort Worth (DFW), among others. There's a simple explanation for that.
CLEAR has partnered with both Delta and United, and both airlines have spearheaded expansions to their hubs and other important airports. But American Airlines has resisted pairing up with CLEAR, leading the program to turn its attention to smaller airports rather than expand into American hubs like Dallas and Charlotte.
Here's the list of all the airports where you can currently use CLEAR.
|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|
|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
|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 2, 3 & 4|
|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|
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After a recent price increase, annual membership in the CLEAR program is $189 a year. There's no denying that's a steep price to pay – and for many travelers, it doesn't make sense, especially since CLEAR services aren't widely available.
There are some ways to bring the CLEAR price down, most notably if you hold The Platinum Card® from American Express or the *Amex Green Card* which both offer credits of up to $189 to cover the entire cost. You'll also get a discount just for having a free Delta SkyMiles or United MileagePlus account, though that will only get you $10 off a year after a recent change.
Having status or a co-branded card from either United or Delta can bring the price down to $149 a year.
It's not everywhere yet – not even close – but CLEAR now has a presence at 51 airports across the continental U.S. and even Puerto Rico.
While CLEAR is starting to add smaller airports to its roster, there are still many major airports in the U.S. without CLEAR kiosks. And there's no guarantee that changes anytime soon.