(EXPIRED) 15K United miles for signing up for CLEAR for elite members

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United has sent an email to Premier members with an offer to earn 15,000 United Mileage Plus miles when they sign up for CLEAR between 3/17/22 and 4/1/22. This may finally be the incentive that pushes me over the edge to sign up given that my Amex Platinum card reimburses the fee for CLEAR, meaning that this is an opportunity to earn free miles.

The Deal

Key Terms

  • Valid March 7 through April 1, 2022

Quick Thoughts

I’ve not jumped on previous deals because I’m not a big fan of the biometrics trend, but maybe CLEAR has found my price. I recently booked tickets between New York and Hawaii for 12.5K United miles, so this would essentially pay me back for a ticket to Hawaii (that certainly isn’t a common price to Hawaii, it was a flash sale).

Like many readers, my United Premier Silver status comes via the partnership with Marriott Bonvoy since Marriott Titanium members get United Premier Silver status. I qualified for Marriott Titanium a couple of years ago and have enjoyed status extensions from both Marriott and United through the pandemic.

The “full” price for CLEAR is $179. United Premier members qualify for a discounted price of $109. The Amex Platinum card and Business Platinum card each offer a statement credit for CLEAR of up to $179. I believe that some readers with discounted CLEAR pricing have been able to add a second family member and get reimbursed for both people.

For those curious about the process, Stephen has written about how easy it was for him to get set up with CLEAR. I don’t have any immediate plans to be at an airport any time soon, but who wants to sweat the details?

Previous CLEAR offers included a $100 United Travel Bank credit, but I like the miles here both because they are worth more than the travel credit and because they won’t expire unused.

Each time I see one of these incentives, I wonder what’s in it for United. I suppose that CLEAR must be footing the bill for the miles as a marketing expense. I also wonder how fast CLEAR will be with so many potential new members, but I’ll just have to sign up and try it out myself to see.

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