6 Months Free CLEAR Membership for SPG Gold and Platinum Members

by on June 6, 2012 · 3 comments

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Last week, several SPG Gold and Platinum members were reporting they received an email from Starwood Preferred Guest, offering them a free 6 month CLEAR membership. CLEAR is a program that issues biometric cards to airline passengers so they can get through security faster. However, I didn’t get an email, which I speculate is because I don’t live in a city where CLEAR operates, and that was part of the criteria to receive the email.

The offer states, “We’re always looking for ways to improve the travel experience for our elite members. That’s why SPG has formed an exclusive partnership with CLEAR, the innovative program that helps travelers zip through airport security using the biometric CLEARcard. We’re offering you a free six-month CLEAR membership to make air travel quicker and easier.” You must Register by July 31, 2012.

If you already have a paid CLEAR membership, they will upgrade you to a family membership for 1 year at no charge, which normally costs an extra $50. A one-year CLEAR Membership runs $179, so this is a nice offer especially if you fly through airports where CLEAR has facilities.

SPG Gold and Platinum Members can get a 6 month free CLEAR Membership.

While it seems that only SPG Gold and Platinum Members who reside in the cities where CLEAR operates received direct notice from Starwood according to this Flyertalk post, all US-based Gold and Platinum members are eligible and if you did not receive the email, you can contact SPG via chat, social media or by email and be given a code until this offer ends.

Anyone can go to and sign up, but it’s important to use the unique promotional code from the email or one obtained through SPG so you won’t be charged.

CLEAR currently has the following locations:

Orlando International Airport (MCO)
Main Terminal West: Daily 5 AM – 9 PM
Main Terminal East: Daily 5 AM – 9 PM

Denver International Airport (DEN)
Jeppesen Terminal South: Daily 5 AM – 9 PM
Jeppesen Terminal North: Daily 5 AM – 7 PM

San Francisco International Airport (SFO)
Terminal 1 (Area B): Daily 5AM – 10PM
Terminal 1 (Area C): Daily 5AM – 10PM
Terminal 2 (Area D):Daily 5AM – 10PM
Terminal 3 (Area F1) Daily: 5AM – 10PM
Int’l Terminal (Area A): Daily: 5AM – 10PM
Int’l Terminal (Area G): Daily: 5AM – 10PM

Coming Soon:

Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport (DFW)

I used to be a member of CLEAR but personally prefer the new TSA Pre-Check program since it has a lot more locations. Has anyone had much experience with CLEAR? Does it save you that much time?

Terms and Conditions

Valid for new CLEAR members only. SPG elite members who are already CLEAR members can email [email protected] to request a 1 year free upgrade to CLEAR’s Family Plan, which adds your spouse or partner to your CLEAR account. And your children under 18 get through the lane free when you accompany them — no enrollment necessary. Must be at least 18 years of age and be a U.S. citizen or legal, permanent resident of the U.S. Following your initial CLEAR trial period, your card will automatically be charged at an applicable membership annual rate for a 12-month paid membership. You will be notified 30 days before your card is charged. Refunds of your Annual Unlimited CLEAR membership commenced after your six-month membership will be pro-rated by CLEAR based on the time remaining in your membership. In-person verification is required at one of the Enrollment Centers prior to using the CLEARlanes; valid passport and driver’s license are required, or for other acceptable identification, visit See full list of enrollment locations at

See full Terms & Conditions at

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  • Gatorray

    I use Clear every week at Orlando and love it since that airport can be a pain. Still, Clear is just a front of the line benefit. With the new TSA program launching there recently, I am not sure it will be of use any longer. I have my appointment with Global Entry soon and will be able to compare the two. My Clear membership is left over from when I had quite a few months left over when they went out of business.

  • Brian(J)

    One of the weird things about Global Entry is that it costs $100, but if you go for the Nexus Card with Global Entry added you get it for $50 and you get a fancy government ID card (Nexus Card) as well. The card is used to zip across the Canadian border and back without waiting in line. I started using my Nexus card in the TSA line and recently a TSA person spotted it in my hand and put me right into the TSA Pre line, jumping the entire 1st class line and letting me go through with shoes on, liquids packed, belt on, X-ray but no scanner. It’s worked three times now but I haven’t seen any documentation approving the use of Nexus cards for TSA Pre. One difference with TSA Pre is their podium has a glass privacy screen top with a monitor behind it, somewhat like customs. They scan the Nexus card and get some sort of information on the screen about you. This is probably the future of travel at busy airports. Another aspect of the Global Entry program is that coming in from overseas or using the TSA Pre is that sometimes it doesn’t work, the network is down or for whatever reason the scanner doesn’t work, or maybe you are in the TSA Pre line and something isn’t quite right and you have to go through normal security. In every case I have had or seen, they feed you into the normal line at the head of the line, so even when the system isn’t working you get to skip most of the line.

  • Max Bloom

    I took advantage of this offer and used clear for the first time this morning as SFO. It was amazing. Both the normal and elite/first security lines were swarming with people and both promised long waits. Using CLEAR, I was through security in less than 3 minutes. I will be interested to see how it compares with TSA Pre-Check, once it’s introduced at SFO, but I suspect that CLEAR will still be of value. I think that the question of which is better fundamentally boils down to the size of the pool of people using the service. CLEAR will always have a small pool of users because it costs money, and smaller still because they only have operations in a handful of cities. Once Pre-Check becomes a mainstay of airport security, the number of Pre-Check users will swell significantly. Indeed, I think its current users are in the honeymoon phase. Just like CLEAR was tremendously speedier this morning than the elite line, I expect there will be many occasions on which it is also speedier than Pre-Check. It remains to be seen but I am hopeful.

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