6 Months Free CLEAR Membership for SPG Gold and Platinum Members

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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 www.clearme.com/spg 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 memberservices@clearme.com 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 clearme.com/how-to-join. See full list of enrollment locations at clearme.com/enrollment-centers.

See full Terms & Conditions at clearme.com/sites/default/files/pdf/clear_membership_terms.pdf.

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