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Platinum USA Clear membership fee reimbursement. [Consolidated]

Platinum USA Clear membership fee reimbursement. [Consolidated]

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Effective May 19, 2022 Platinum Card Members can now earn up to $189 (increased from $179) in statement
credits per calendar year when they use their Platinum Cards to pay for the annual CLEAR membership.
Purchases by both the Basic Card Member and any Additional Card Members on the Card Account are eligible
for statement credits. However, the total amount of statement credits for eligible purchases will not exceed $189
on the Card Account per calendar year. We are also changing the Benefit Name to $189 CLEAR Credit.
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Old May 3, 22, 9:36 pm
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No one should every pay the $189 when you can get it for $119 by just being a DL or UA FF member--although I wonder if that price will be going up as well....
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Old May 3, 22, 9:48 pm
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Originally Posted by Spanish View Post
CMH has had Clear now at the B terminal for some time... At this airport, I fail to see how a membership would improve my experience. With Precheck, I'm 40min door-to-gate. 50min with checked luggages. I'm never behind more than 1 or 2 people in the Precheck lane, usually the only one.

I suppose if you're based at a hub airport, per some reports, it may be useful.

For someone who spends ~$20k+ on airfare annually, I would have trouble justifying $100/yr let alone $200/yr.

Am I just being cheap???
Clear at CMH is a joke. Precheck at CMH is often a joke... I've had Clear be beneficial at larger airports like LAX or JFK, but I personally wouldn't have it if I had to actually pay for it. Though if I can get if for "free" through AMEX I don't see a downside.
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Old May 3, 22, 11:37 pm
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Realize that CLEAR's business model *relies* on their customer base being small. If the CLEAR line backs up worse than the regular line, then there's no longer a benefit, and the negative press/customer sentiment will harm the business more than if they pruned their customer base themselves.
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Old May 4, 22, 12:38 am
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Originally Posted by diburning View Post
Realize that CLEAR's business model *relies* on their customer base being small. If the CLEAR line backs up worse than the regular line, then there's no longer a benefit, and the negative press/customer sentiment will harm the business more than if they pruned their customer base themselves.
Then they will invent Clear Plus that gets you to the front of the Clear line. For only $20 dollars extra per month.
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Old May 4, 22, 2:15 am
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Originally Posted by Spanish View Post
CMH has had Clear now at the B terminal for some time... At this airport, I fail to see how a membership would improve my experience. With Precheck, I'm 40min door-to-gate. 50min with checked luggages. I'm never behind more than 1 or 2 people in the Precheck lane, usually the only one.

I suppose if you're based at a hub airport, per some reports, it may be useful.

For someone who spends ~$20k+ on airfare annually, I would have trouble justifying $100/yr let alone $200/yr.

Am I just being cheap???
The real premium flyers (i.e. congressmen/women, celebrities) go to private security lines at the airport, or they simply fly private jets. Mike Tyson flies JetBlue Mint class but I don't think he would stand in CLEAR or Pre-check lines.

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Old May 4, 22, 6:13 am
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Originally Posted by Spanish View Post
CMH has had Clear now at the B terminal for some time... At this airport, I fail to see how a membership would improve my experience. With Precheck, I'm 40min door-to-gate. 50min with checked luggages. I'm never behind more than 1 or 2 people in the Precheck lane, usually the only one.

I suppose if you're based at a hub airport, per some reports, it may be useful.

For someone who spends ~$20k+ on airfare annually, I would have trouble justifying $100/yr let alone $200/yr.

Am I just being cheap???
I'm also CMH-based, was excited when it first went in (BTW, it's also in the C concourse as well with DL and AS). But yeah, I fail to see how it's useful at all. Usually at either B or C I'm the first or second one in the pre-check lane. I'm almost positive CLEAR takes even longer than normal pre-check at CMH. I'm already through TSA while people in CLEAR are still staring at the box trying to get the retinal scanners to work.

At SEA, where I fly about every other week, CLEAR at checkpoint 5 is always mobbed, and I just walk into pre check-only checkpoint 4 and never take longer than 5 minutes. Even in a much bigger and busier airport like SEA, I really don't see the advantage of CLEAR at all.
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Old May 4, 22, 9:43 am
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When it comes to the financials for Clear's service at airports for the at-airport passenger screening process, Clear's counterparts for the screening process are the airport/airport authority and/or the airline, depending on the specific circumstances applicable to a location.

While TSA has gotten into a financial arrangement with Clear, its financial relationship with the TSA at this point is not generally relevant to the passenger screening security lines that Clear members and other travelers see at the airports.
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Old May 5, 22, 7:38 am
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As a weekly flyer, Clear saves me a bunch of time. There are often long Pre lines at large airports, including my two regulars, SFO and PHX, and you skip ahead of all that. It's also particularly valuable at JFK T4.
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Old May 5, 22, 8:21 am
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Dallas Love is a zoo in the morning, Clear is definitely worth it. Plus it is nice not to have to get or keep your ID out.
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Old May 5, 22, 9:59 am
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It's been hit-or-miss for me. A couple of weeks ago, there was a back-up of people at the Clear line at T5 at LAX. I just walked up to the TSA Pre-Check person. I think the Clear folks were busy with new people or helping people scan their eyes, or whatever. On the other hand, coming home from MCO last week, Clear was a great benefit.

It's definitely nice to have but if I had to shell out my own $189, I'd totally take a pass
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Old May 5, 22, 10:20 am
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Originally Posted by rthib View Post
Dallas Love is a zoo in the morning, Clear is definitely worth it. Plus it is nice not to have to get or keep your ID out.
That's reason one that I use it, even if the Pre line is very short. I can have everything except my BP in my bag. And every rare once in a while, one doesn't get the TSA Precheck showing up on the BP.
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Old May 5, 22, 7:16 pm
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I totally understand why some people would say Clear isn't worth it. But I've had it since their only airport was MCO, and in all those years there are two times I know for a fact that I only made a flight because I had Clear. There are countless other times where I bypassed a long PreCheck line, which both fed the ego and allowed me to be productive in the terminal rather than wasting time standing in a line. Clear is free to me now because of United, but I'd absolutely pay $189 a year if I had to.
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Old May 6, 22, 4:01 pm
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so will the clear credit go up along with this hike? I just got the Amex plat and it still only lists that it covers 179. My membership should renew in July.
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Old May 7, 22, 4:40 am
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The Clear Precheck line in ATL is frequently slower than the regular precheck line. I've found Clear to be useful precisely once: in ORD.
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Old May 7, 22, 12:09 pm
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Those who say CLEAR is not a time saver should try DFW and DAL.
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