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Delta SkyMiles Members No Longer Need to Scan Boarding Pass With CLEAR

March 05, 2019
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Customer using CLEAR at New York-JFK
Delta SkyMiles Members No Longer Need to Scan Boarding Pass With CLEAR
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CLEAR, the program long known for streamlining the security process at airports and beyond, is making that process even easier. On Tuesday, the biometrics company announced that some Delta SkyMiles flyers no longer have to reach for their boarding pass in order to use a CLEAR kiosk. Instead, their biometrics alone will be enough to grant them access through security.

At select airports, Delta SkyMiles members with CLEAR will be able to scan their fingerprint or use the blink of an eye to confirm their identity, as well as verify on which they're traveling. Previously, CLEAR members have had to scan their boarding pass. In theory, the time saved by not having to pull out a boarding pass could be exceptional.

The simplified biometric and boarding pass verification technology is available at the following 26 airports: Atlanta (ATL), Austin (AUS), Baltimore (BWI), Dallas Love Field (DAL), Reagan National Airport (DCA), Denver (DEN), Dallas/Fort Worth (DFW), Fort Lauderdale (FLL), Houston Hobby (HOU), Westchester County (HPN), Washington Dulles (IAD), Houston George Bush Intercontinental (IAH), New York (JFK), Las Vegas (LAS), Los Angeles (LAX), New York (LGA), Orlando (MCO), Miami (MIA), Minneapolis (MSP), New Orleans (MSY), Phoenix (PHX), San Antonio (SAT), Seattle (SEA), San Francisco (SFO), San Jose (SJC) and Salt Lake City (SLC).

CLEAR is a TPG favorite when it comes to making airport security a breeze. The membership-based service allows you to verify your identity via an iris scan or fingerprint. Then, you’ll be escorted to the front of the security lane — whether that’s the “standard” line or the PreCheck version. With CLEAR even more so simplifying the process by not requiring the scan of a boarding pass, the service could be even more valuable.

A CLEAR membership costs $179 annually. However, if you’re a Delta Diamond Medallion member, you can get your CLEAR membership for free. If you have Delta Platinum, Gold or Silver Medallion status or if you’re a cardholder of the Gold Delta SkyMiles® Credit Card from American Express, the Platinum Delta SkyMiles® Credit Card from American Express, the Delta Reserve® Credit Card from American Express or any of their business versions, you can get a discounted membership for $79 annually. If you’re a basic Delta SkyMiles member, you can get an annual rate of $99.

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Featured image by Customer using CLEAR at New York-JFK (Photo courtesy of Delta Air Lines)
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