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[Expired] Kayak Users Can Get 3 Months of CLEAR Membership for Free

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Thanksgiving is typically the busiest travel time of the year, and airport security lines are accordingly long.

Kayak has partnered with security screening company CLEAR to help travelers expedite the security process and get on their way as seamlessly and stress-free as possible.

Here’s what you need to know about this new partnership.

Sign Up for a Free 3-Month Trial Before December 31

Kayak has announced that its users can sign up for a free 3-month trial membership to CLEAR from now through December 31, 2022.

This is expected to be the busiest Thanksgiving travel week since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic. Air travel this week has already eclipsed 2021 figures — nearly 2.3 million passengers passed through Transportation Security Administration (TSA) screening checkpoints on November 22.

The agency says the 3 busiest days during Thanksgiving week are typically the Tuesday and Wednesday before Thanksgiving and the Sunday after the holiday.

“Flying over the holidays this year is going to be busy and expensive, so we wanted to make it as easy and affordable as possible for travelers to get to their final destinations,” said Matt Clarke, VP of Marketing at KAYAK, North America, in a statement.

Other Complimentary and Discounted Options for Membership

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If you aren’t familiar, CLEAR is a program that utilizes biometrics to enter the security queues at airports and stadiums faster for a more seamless travel experience. The program has 1 membership type: the standard CLEAR membership, which costs $189 annually.

While a complimentary 3-month membership is a good thing, especially before the holidays, there are other ways to get a CLEAR membership at a discounted rate — or even complimentary.

Those who hold The Platinum Card® from American ExpressThe Business Platinum Card® from American Express, or the Centurion® Card from American Express can receive a statement credit of up to $189 that reimburses an annual CLEAR membership (upon enrollment).

Top-tier Delta SkyMiles and United MileagePlus members receive a complimentary membership, while all other tiers receive a discounted membership.

Students, active duty and retired military, and government employees can also get discounted membership.

Hot Tip: Thinking about signing up for CLEAR? Make sure to read our guide to the best credit cards for CLEAR membership to learn more about how to get a discounted or complimentary membership.

Final Thoughts

With Thanksgiving travel in full swing, Kayak partnering with CLEAR for free 3-month memberships is great news. But once your free trial is up, make sure you’re able to keep the service with a credit card that offers complimentary membership!


The information regarding the Centurion® Card from American Express was independently collected by Upgraded Points and was not provided nor reviewed by the issuer. 

For rates and fees of The Platinum Card® from American Express, click here.
For rates and fees of The Business Platinum Card® from American Express, click here.

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About Victoria M. Walker

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