Delta will provide CLEAR for free to a lucky few elites (Image: CLEAR)
Today Delta and CLEAR announced a partnership to bring the expedited security lanes to “more airports across the country.” The company’s biometric service will be offered free of charge to SkyMiles Diamond members while Delta elites will get “preferential pricing.”
Given all the grave warnings about extra long security lines at airports this summer due to TSA staffing issues, the announcement is well-timed.
The announcement also states that Delta and CLEAR plan to expand security line access points to Delta’s U.S. hub airports. While neither company is commenting on specifics today, I assume that this means that those special fast lanes will soon be in New York airports (JFK and La Guardia). This would be a coup for the company which has had difficulty achieving the critical mass of airports necessary to make the service worth its $179 annual fee.
Currently, the service is available at only 13 airports, but few Delta hubs such as Atlanta, Los Angeles, Salt Lake City, Detroit or Minneapolis.
“Our customers tell us their time is valuable, as is having a consistent, enjoyable airport experience with reduced hassle,” said Ed Bastian, Delta’s incoming CEO. “We look forward to what this partnership will bring to our customers.”
CLEAR currently operates at San Francisco, San Jose, Denver, Dallas-Fort Worth,Houston Bush, Houston Hobby, San Antonio, Austin, Orlando, Miami, Las Vegas, Baltimore-Washington, and Westchester County Airport in New York. Additionally, its biometric service can be found at Yankee Stadium in New York, Coors Field in Denver, Marlins Park in Miami and AT&T Park in San Francisco.
Sooo whaddya think? Have you used CLEAR in the past? If Delta can get the service into its hubs, would you be willing to pay for it? Please leave your comments below.
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