CLEAR takes your finger prints and retina scan and lets you access airport security checkpoints without ID, and some other venues as well. There’s usually no line to use CLEAR, so you skip the security wait. At busy airports and peak times it can be much better than using PreCheck.
The service is offered by a private company, and you pay for it. However through December 31 you can sign up with six months free using promo code HOLIDAY6M and you can add family members to your account free, too. (They can of course set up their own accounts using this code if they prefer, but then they’ll be paying to renew separate accounts rather than an add-on.)
Here’s why you get CLEAR, PreCheck lines that look like this:
Delta took a stake in CLEAR, and so did United. CLEAR has offered discounts to members of both airline programs, and the airline partnerships made it possible to expand in terminals those carriers control (while American has blocked them from terminals they control).
If you’re already a CLEAR member don’t forget to ask for a free 3 month extension due to the pandemic, and ask a second time if you already asked once.
(HT: Map Happy)