How to Maximize $179 CLEAR Statement Credits With American Express Platinum Card [2021]


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How to Maximize $179 CLEAR Statement Credits With American Express Platinum Card [2021]

The consumer American Express Platinum Card and American Express Business Platinum Card offer $179 CLEAR statement credit per calendar year. That’s enough to cover the annual CLEAR membership fee for one person. 

In this post, I am going to walk you through how to use the Amex Platinum Card CLEAR credit and how to maximize that credit. This is a great way to help lower your card's high annual fee, especially with these premium Platinum cards. 

If you are new to CLEAR, I suggest that you read our post CLEAR vs. TSA PreCheck to learn about the difference between the two programs and how to Enroll in CLEAR.

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    How Does Amex CLEAR Statement Credits Work

    • Enrollment with American Express is not required for this benefit. 
    • The benefit is available to you starting July 1st of 2021. 
    • The benefit is per calendar year (January -  December). 
    • To use the $179 CLEAR statement credit:
      • Simply pay for the CLEAR membership fee with your eligible American Express Platinum Card
      • Once the purchase is posted to your card's account, American Express will issue a statement credit reimbursement of up to $179 into your account. In other words, you do not need to spend $179 on one transaction. 

    Maximizing Amex $179 CLEAR Statement Credits

    There are a few ways to really maximize the $179 CLEAR statement credit benefit that comes with your American Express Platinum Card and American Express Business Platinum Card

    Please note that you must be 18 years of age and older to enroll in CLEAR. For more information on how to enroll in CLEAR, check out this post

    Use the Credit For 1 CLEAR Membership

    A full-price CLEAR annual membership costs $179 per person. Therefore, if you want CLEAR just for yourself, you can simply join CLEAR and pay the $179 membership fee.

    Use the Credit For CLEAR Membership Renewal

    CLEAR memberships automatically renew each year unless canceled. Existing CLEAR members simply log into your existing CLEAR account and make sure your Platinum Card is your payment method for your next renewal. 

    Use the Credit For 2 CLEAR Memberships

    CLEAR allows adding up to three (3) family members for $60 per family member. It's worth noting that children who are under 18 are not required to enroll in CLEAR and can use the CLEAR lane for free when traveling with a paid CLEAR family member. 

    The best way to maximize your Amex $179 CLEAR statement credit to include an additional one family member is to take advantage of the CLEAR partnership with Delta and United airlines. 

    Here's how you'd do this:
    • Join CLEAR as a primary member using Delta or United airlines offer link below. You only need to pay $119 for CLEAR membership if you do not have any elite status with either airline. 
    • Pay $119 for CLEAR membership with your Amex Platinum Card. 
    • Once you are a CLEAR member:
      • Log into your CLEAR account and select Add a family member
        • Remember children under 18 can go through the CLEAR lane for free when accompanied by a CLEAR family member.
      • Pay the $60 membership fee for your family member with your Platinum Card.
    • This will bring your total to $179 for 2 CLEAR memberships and you'll be reimbursed by American Express once both charges are posted to your Amex account. 

    Can you use Amex CLEAR credit for someone else? 

    Absolutely! You can maximize the Amex CLEAR statement credits further because you can use that credit for anybody not just you as the cardholder. 

    There are also a few discounts available out there to join CLEAR. These discounts may allow you to get CLEAR for multiple memberships by stacking with the $179 Amex CLEAR statement credit. 
    • Students can receive CLEAR membership for only $50 per year, up to 4 years. Must have a valid school email address and a student ID.
    • Save $30 and pay only $149 per year for CLEAR membership instead of $179. 
    • Save $50 and pay only $129 per year for CLEAR membership instead of $179.
      • You may receive an additional $15 Amazon Giftcard too. The offer page does not mention this, but $50 savings is still pretty good. 
      • Direct Link to the Offer
    • Get a 2-month free CLEAR membership trial that includes family. 
    • Discounts for select credit card members:

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