CLEAR frequently has promotions for new members, and the latest such offer has just been rolled out. This one is especially lucrative.
Bonus United miles for joining CLEAR
CLEAR is a company that helps you get to the front of the ID check lines at dozens of major airports in the United States using your biometric data. While joining CLEAR usually costs $189 per year, savvy travelers shouldn’t be paying that much.
First of all, United MileagePlus and Delta SkyMiles members can receive a discount on a CLEAR membership (United owns a stake in CLEAR):
- United MileagePlus Premier elite members plus co-branded credit card holders, as well as Delta SkyMiles Medallion elite members plus co-branded credit card holders, pay just $109 per year
- All other United MileagePlus and Delta SkyMiles members pay just $119 per year
At the moment there’s a further promotion, valid for new enrollment at this link between May 27 and July 9, 2022:
- United MileagePlus Premier elite members can receive 15,000 bonus miles
- United MileagePlus non-elite members can receive 10,000 bonus miles
This is only valid for new CLEAR members, and bonus miles should post six to eight weeks after registering. This is an excellent offer — I value MileagePlus miles at ~1.3 cents each, so to me this bonus is worth ~$130-195.
This promo stacks with Amex CLEAR credits
There are currently three American Express cards offering CLEAR credits as annual perks:
- The Platinum Card® from American Express (review) offers up to a $189 annual CLEAR credit
- The Business Platinum Card® from American Express (review) offers up to a $189 annual CLEAR credit
- The American Express® Green Card (review) offers up to a $189 annual CLEAR credit
These promotions stack. In other words, you could enroll through the promotion link and charge the enrollment fee to your Amex, then you’d get that full amount reimbursed, and then you’d get 10,000 or 15,000 bonus miles. You’re basically being paid to join CLEAR. The major catch is that you need to be a new CLEAR member.
At the moment new CLEAR members can receive bonus United MileagePlus miles for enrolling. Non-elite members can earn 10,000 bonus miles, while elite members can earn 15,000 bonus miles. Best of all, you can pay with an Amex card, and potentially get your membership fee refunded. The significant restriction is that you need to be a new member, and obviously many in our community are already members.
Do you plan on taking advantage of this CLEAR & United promotion?
Has anyone received their 15,000 from this promotion? I haven't. I wish Lucky or some travel blogger would get to the bottom of this scam and get an official response from Clear or United, and recommend what we can do about being ripped off.
I signed up for this clear promotion on July 6.. my bonus miles posted yesterday, August 4.
I signed up for the clear promotion over two months ago and never received my miles. I've emailed and called but United customer service has been totally dismissive.
I canceled my CLEAR membership yesterday after I saw this deal through United. Do you think I will still be eligible for this promo? If so how long should I wait to reapply to hopefully be considered a new member?
You won't be able for this promotion, as you previously have had it
My AMEX everyday card (no annual fee) has this offer:
Get 50% back on purchases, up to a total of $95
I assume it stacks after you go through the United link, for example.
I think airline mile hackers have finally met their match. It seems like it would be hard to "game" this one since you can't sign up for 100 accounts. They have your biometric info to prevent that :)
I am a UA Gold member who purchased a CLEAR membership in March with my AMEX Platinum and have still not received the 15K bonus miles. From reading on some travel blogs, it looks like I am not the only one and so "buyer beware".
Same here, although on the plus side, I have been able to enjoy Clear several times since signing up.
The $100 United TravelBank offer I signed up Jan 24 posted Mar 25, so patience doesn’t hurt here.
Also really wish I waited for this way better offer.
I purchased the CLEAR membership in April. Thus far I have not received the 10,000 bonus miles or a $70 credit to my United Club Visa. I was charged the full $179.