Last week was a flurry of new news that came out of Delta. One of the things you may have missed was the announcement that soon (we just don’t know when yet) Delta Diamonds will get the “free” perk (and discounted for other SkyMiles members) of CLEAR or CLEARME membership to be able to get faster access through security at airports (and some other places too). What airports you ask?
Now you may notice a slight problem with this current map. There are no airports included that are Delta hubs. There is one that WAS a Delta hub, that is, DFW, but no current Delta hubs. The only hub-ish city is SFO but I have never had to wait for TSA PRE Check for very long at that airport, but maybe that is different for you as an SFO traveler (see my review of the new SFO Sky Club here btw)
So when will we see CLEAR at Delta hubs? The PR release says:
“Delta Air Lines and CLEAR are partnering to bring CLEAR’s expedited security experience to more major airports across the country, ultimately reducing the time spent by customers in security lines.” – Bold Mine
That sounds good but not any kind of firm dates have come forth on just how long it will “ultimately” take to A) Give SkyMiles members this perk and more importantly B) when we will see CLEAR at an airport you fly Delta out of.
What we will have to enjoy very soon is a bunch of “CLEAR-name” stuff to learn like our current “SKY-name” words that Delta comes up with. Take a look at a short list:
Oh and I am sure they will be coming out with CLEARsky or SKYclear or a bunch of other new fun ones to brand and market to us.
OK enough with the funny stuff. Once this is up and running it will be great. Bio-metrics removes the need for fumbling for your ID because the site says: “Just scan your boarding pass, tap your finger and we’ll escort you straight to physical screening.”
I love the idea of this program. I love that if this, and FREE programs like the “Mobile Passport” were at tons of locations we could have some real competition to TSA PRE Check that sometimes can be closed or not up and running (or understaffed etc.).
For now, as they roll out more and more of both of these technologies there is a positive slant to them both. “Most” travelers are not going to have them or use them. That means we can take advantage of them and have REALLY fast access where they are in place. Think of the first days of TSA PRE Check when “we” were the only ones who had it. Remember how much fun that was?
So what are your thoughts on CLEAR? Are you excited about this new Delta tie-in and Medallion and SkyMiles member perk? – René