This morning we learned that along with the new $695 fee, consumer Platinum cards gained a number of perks. One of these perks is up to $179 in statement credits when paying for CLEAR. It turns out that Business Platinum cards have gained this benefit too while maintaining (for now) the $595 annual fee.
CLEAR is a service that uses your eyes or fingerprints to confirm your identity. This is used at many airport and some stadiums to help you speed through security checks. CLEAR isn’t yet available at all airports in the US, but thanks to partnerships with Delta and United, CLEAR is rapidly expanding.
At supported airports, CLEAR makes it possible to skip the sometimes very long ID check lines (just before security). Instead, of waiting to show your ID, you can go to the CLEAR aisle (where available) and simply scan your eyes or fingerprints.
CLEAR’s public rate is $179 per year, but it’s very easy to get CLEAR for less. For example, anyone with a Delta or United loyalty account can sign up for $119 per year.
Therefore, while this CLEAR credit is definitely useful for those who want CLEAR, it doesn’t make sense to value it at its full face value of $179. Reader BB312 points out that a way to play this is to sign up one family member for $119 and then add another for $50. You should then get your $169 reimbursed each year.
For more options for CLEAR membership rates, see: 5 ways to get CLEAR for less.