Clear as an Amex platinum perk.

Old Aug 1, 19, 2:31 pm
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Clear as an Amex platinum perk.

Was recently reading a CNN article, where the article incorrectly stated that American express platinum comes with a free clear membership
Clear is offered as a Delta Medallion perk (frequent Delta Air Lines travelers earn different tiers of status), and if you're an American Express Platinum cardholder (as is this writer), Clear is gratis, though the card itself has an annual fee of $550, which includes a slew of benefits starting with $200 Uber credit and $200 airline credit.
(note: I tried to link to the article, but I supposedly can't post links until I have more posts, if you want to find the article, the title is "Move over TSA Precheck. Long Live Clear!" by CNN)

Obviously this article is wrong, but it got me thinking, this would be a pretty great perk if amex could offer this. With all the recent pullbacks in travel benefits (Priority pass restaurant use, amex centurion lounge changes, etc.), this would make up quite a bit for all the other recent losses it has had. Further, it would be quite the differentiator for them, as everyone offers a TSA precheck/global entry membership, but no credit card really offers a clear membership.

Any chance this would ever happen, or am I just dreaming?
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Old Aug 1, 19, 3:04 pm
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Yeah

I read the same article and thought it was suspect as well. Not sure how a writer can make up claims like that out of thin air.

https://www.cnn.com/travel/article/clear-airport-security/index.html

I would welcome the perk as I elect for Nexus and pay 50 bucks for GE privileges and precheck so I don't even use the 100.
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Old Aug 1, 19, 3:16 pm
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In addition to getting reduced or free Clear with Delta status and credit card, I got an email recently that I'm eligible for discounted Clear based on United silver status (via Marriott titanium).

Would love to have included Clear as a Plat benny!
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Old Aug 2, 19, 6:12 am
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I've used CLEAR, but the only problem I see is the fact it's only offered in select airports. So, most cardholders won't be able to access the benefit. The only time I've used it was from flights out of LAX which is not my hometown airport, which does not have clear.
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Old Aug 2, 19, 6:18 am
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USA based regular AmEx Plat charge cards do get the GE or PreCheck application fee refunded. Maybe the author was confused about the difference between CLEAR and PreCheck since they're both airport security lanes.
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Old Aug 2, 19, 6:27 am
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Originally Posted by MSPeconomist View Post
USA based regular AmEx Plat charge cards do get the GE or PreCheck application fee refunded. Maybe the author was confused about the difference between CLEAR and PreCheck since they're both airport security lanes.
In which case, that author should probably not be writing about the subject.
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Old Aug 2, 19, 6:32 am
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Think about all the travel writers (and travel bloggers) who don't understand the difference between a reservation/itinerary/PNR and a ticket or who refer to a boarding pass as a ticket. Then think of the ones who don't understand that transit without visa is not a visa. Etc.
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Old Aug 2, 19, 6:34 am
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The author seems to know the difference between PreCheck and Clear because the article explains how they interact. The reference to American Express Platinum has been removed:

https://www.cnn.com/travel/article/c...ity/index.html
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Old Oct 19, 19, 10:35 pm
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I got a letter on Friday about changes in the benefits for the Plat (I dont remember if it was the business or personal card, it could be either as I have both). I'm sure that it said that I would now get a $159 credit for joining clear. I tossed the letter because I assumed it would be discussed in more detail somewhere in FT. Now I'm surprised that this seems to be the only relevant thread.

Did anybody else get this letter?
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Old Oct 19, 19, 11:00 pm
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I heard a rumor there may be a Clear credit with the re-launch of the AMEX Green Card. Just a rumor. I haven’t gotten any communication around Clear in relation to my personal AMEX Platinum.

https://www.flyertalk.com/forum/31630360-post71.html
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Old Oct 19, 19, 11:02 pm
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Was the article referring to this?

I can't post links but if you search for:
business wire 20191017005513
  • CLEAR2: Through the Corporate Program’s new partnership with CLEAR, Corporate Platinum Card Members can enjoy up to $179 in statement credits towards CLEAR membership, which unlocks frictionless experiences at 60+ locations nationwide, including airports, arenas, stadiums, and Hertz rental car locations. This benefit, the equivalent value of an annual CLEAR membership, will be available starting in November.
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