New travel trick: Clear launches free mobile app to simplify entry into the US

Feb 24, 2020

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Most of us here at TPG love Clear, the subscription service that can get you put in the front of the line for security screening at many U.S. airports. We wrote the definitive guide to Clear access here so be sure to check that out.

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Clear reached out to let us know they are launching a mobile app that could simplify members’ entry into the U.S. It can also save you some money on Mobile Passport even if you’re not a member of Clear.

Related: With Global Entry crackdown, it’s now more important than ever to have Mobile Passport

Leah Hollander is the general manager of travel at Clear. She said, “CLEAR Pass is providing free access to Mobile Passport Control as part of our commitment to continually innovate and improve the travel experience. Whether you are a Clear member or not, you can use this service at no cost to make returning home from an international trip safer and easier.”

CLEAR Mobile App. Image courtesy CLEAR.
CLEAR Mobile App. (Image courtesy of CLEAR.)

How it works

  • Download the Clear Pass app from Apple’s App Store.
  • Create a profile, including your passport information and a selfie
  • Just like Mobile Passport, after landing you create a new trip by choosing your arrival airport, airline and answering customs questions
  • Go to the Mobile Passport Control line and show the QR code and passport.
  • Clear Pass stores the profile and passport for free so you don’t need to repeat the initial steps

One of my favorite tips for travelers is to download the Mobile Passport Control app (MPC) which can literally save you hours at U.S. Customs stations at many U.S. airports. The Points Guy himself, Brian Kelly, wrote about it as far back as 2016. As we’ve reported, the Mobile Passport app requires an annual subscription to store your info, so this would be a good workaround if you don’t want to pay the $14.99 for Mobile Passport.

Clear app in Apple App Store.
Clear app in Apple App Store.

 

Related: Why Mobile Passport can be a better option than Global Entry

Here’s Brian Kelly’s conversation with CEO of Clear, Caryn Seidman-Becker. Seidman-Becker shares Clear’s expansion plans, and breaks down membership pricing:

 

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