Thanks for helping to make 2013 CLEAR’s big year

January 6, 2014

As we start a new year, I want to thank our members for continuing to love CLEAR every time they fly.

2013 was a big year for CLEAR: we celebrated our millionth trip through the CLEARlane (closing in on our second million), brought CLEAR to more of your airports (added Houston just 2 weeks ago), and partnered with great companies like Visa and UBER. Even more, CLEARmembers who are PreCheck eligible get to keep their coat and shoes on during physical screening after they speed through the long lines with CLEAR.

Today, CLEAR is stronger and better than ever. We now have over 200 employees waiting to serve you in 22 lanes and 9 airports nationwide.

We wouldn’t be where we are (or where we’re going) without you. In 2014, we will remain focused on expanding our seamless checkpoint experience to more locations nationwide and even beyond the airport.

We are truly inspired by the passion and love for CLEAR that you share with us everyday on social media, via email, and in kind words to our CLEARteam at the airport. Thank you for sharing this incredible year with us.  Wishing you all the best in the new year.

Happy travels!

 

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CLEAR Travels: Top 5 Reasons I love Dublin

October 21, 2013

I just returned from my second trip to Dublin, and people keep asking me why I pick Ireland as a quick weekend getaway.

Dublin is the perfect long weekend – it’s as beautiful and historic as any European city but has a uniquely laid-back, friendly, and social vibe (not to mention your dollar will also go a bit further there than in other European cities).

5 Best parts of Dublin:

1.    Just Bring Jeans:  It’s a chic but casual city, so jeans are all that’s required. Leave your dresses and suits at home!  One carry-on is all you need for 4 to 5 days. You can go straight from walking the city to the hippest restaurant and never feeling underdressed.

2.    Drink and Be Merry:  Dubliners are friendly and fun.  There’s a pub every 2 feet and great food of all kinds (no reservations needed).  Jameson and Guinness have entertaining tours for experiencing the best of Irish brewing during the day.

3.    Closer than London:  Dublin is closer than London, so East Coasters can pop over to Dublin in the same time it takes to get to CA.

4.    Easy Day Trips:  Ireland is gorgeous and easy to get around. Dublin is a great starting point from where you can explore the country. You can take day trips to kiss the Blarney stone in Cork, see the Cliffs of Moher in Galway and even go to Belfast – for about $50 per person.

5.    Clear Customs Before You Leave:  Of course, as a CLEAR employee I am all about easy travel. Ireland and the US have a great partnership where you clear customs before you leave Ireland, making traveling home super fast.

Next time you’re thinking about where to spend a holiday weekend, you’ll know where to go!

Allison Romano, Vice President of Marketing

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San Jose CLEARlanes now open!

September 13, 2013

CLEAR members can now speed through airport security in both Terminal A and B at San Jose International Airport (SJC), serving all airlines. We are excited to bring the fastest, most predictable way through airport security to more Bay Area travelers.

The hours for Terminal A and Terminal B CLEARlanes are Monday-Friday 5am-8pm. PreCheck integration will be available in both terminals at San Jose International once PreCheck opens there next month. This means that if CLEAR members have PreCheck, they can use the CLEARlane as usual to avoid long lines and then use the PreCheck lane for physical screening (if qualified for that flight): the most efficient travel experience possible. The CLEAR PreCheck experience is currently available in Denver, Orlando, and San Francisco.

We are thrilled to be open in San Jose. CLEAR is growing fast and has already been used over 1.2 million times, saving our members over 36 million minutes. A huge “thank you” to our members for their continued loyalty and support.

 

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CLEAR is coming to San Jose!

August 20, 2013

Great news! CLEAR is coming to San Jose International Airport (SJC) this September. We are excited to bring CLEAR to Silicon Valley, an area that values cutting edge technology, and to serve more travelers in the Bay Area.

San Jose will be the 9th airport addition to our growing national network. Two of the most popular destinations from San Jose (Denver & Dallas) are already part of the CLEAR family!

Here are some facts about San Jose and its airport:

  • San Jose is the 3rd largest city in California and the 10th in the US
  • It’s known as the capital city of the Silicon Valley
  • The airport serves the tech and start-up community based in Northern California
  • SJC is growing – traffic through the airport is up nearly 6%!

San Jose here we come!

 

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Bigger, Better, Faster: CLEAR Announces Big Expansion to Houston, Texas

August 15, 2013

Exciting news! CLEAR is expanding to both George Bush Intercontinental Airport (IAH) and William P. Hobby Airport (HOU) in November 2013.

We are thrilled to expand our network and grow our footprint in Texas by bringing CLEAR to Houston. George Bush Intercontinental Airport and William P. Hobby airport serve over 50 million passengers every year, a number that will continue to grow, especially as Hobby expands into international flights in 2015. CLEAR and The Houston Airport System are similarly dedicated to creating the best possible experience for residents and visitors to the largest city in Texas. We look forward to welcoming Houston into the CLEAR network this year.

Three of the top ten most popular destinations from IAH (Denver, San Francisco & Dallas) and HOU (Dallas, Denver, Orlando) are already CLEAR airports. This, in addition to the launch of CLEAR at San Antonio International Airport this August, will further drive the powerful network effect for current and future CLEAR members.

Thanks to all of our loyal CLEAR members for sharing in our excitement – we couldn’t do what we do without your feedback, support, and loyalty.

See you in the CLEAR lane!

 

 

 

 

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CLEAR is now open in San Antonio!

August 15, 2013

CLEAR members can now speed through airport security in Terminal B at San Antonio International Airport (SAT). For now CLEAR is only in SAT’s Terminal B, but we will be expanding to Terminal A in late September 2013.

We are thrilled to bring CLEAR to one of the fastest growing cities in the US and a major hub for both business and leisure travelers. CLEAR and San Antonio International Airport are aligned in creating the best possible travel experience for San Antonio passengers.

Two of the most popular destinations from San Antonio (Dallas & Denver) are already CLEAR airports, further driving the powerful network effect for our members. Additionally, we will be launching in both Houston airports, George Bush Intercontinental Airport and William P. Hobby Airport. CLEAR is taking over Texas!

As always, many thanks to our members for your loyalty and support as CLEAR continues to grow. We look forward to seeing you in our newest CLEARlanes!

 

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Do Better than Flowers this Administrative Professionals’ Day

April 23, 2013

Did you know Administrative Professionals’ Day is April 24th? From juggling calendars to solving even the most abstract problem, let’s be honest, your admin is the one who keeps it all running. At our office, Lisha is the one who truly holds my world together.

Just like your admin does for you, for this Administrative Professionals’ Day, take a moment to consider what they love to do and give something they’ll actually use. They deserve more than the generic flower delivery, so we’ve made it easy for you with some links to our favorite gifts below.

The Fitness Buff

Does your admin come in with a gym bag everyday or use vacation days to go run races around the country? Feed their fitness frenzy with a gift certificate to LuLu Lemon, which has great gear for both men and women. Or help them put some personality into their workouts with a voucher for NikeId custom sneakers.

The Gourmet

If they’re the type to offer restaurant suggestions or share recipes, consider helping them beef up their kitchen with some supplies from Sur la Table.  Even better—give them the gift of not having to think about ‘what’s for dinner.’ Check out Plated, a new service that delivers pre-packaged ingredients for chef-designed recipes.  And, of course, good meals require good wine—NakedWines.com ships to most states and allows you put together an order full of unique wines from small producers.

The Movie Buff

Help your movie-obsessed admin unwind and catch up on their favorite flicks with a year’s subscription to Netflix or a Fandango gift certificate. Don’t forget to toss in a box of popcorn.

And if all else fails, an extra day off won’t cost you much, but it’s sure to be much appreciated.

See you in the CLEAR Lane,

Caryn

CLEAR CEO

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Can You Beat Tim Ferriss? Take the CLEAR Challenge to Find out and Win!

January 18, 2013

There’s one question on every traveler’s mind no matter where they’re headed—“how long will it take me to get through airport security?”

Ask your friends and they may answer anywhere between 5 minutes (if they’re a CLEAR member) and over an hour—it’s not easy to predict. But, we really wanted to know—just how long does it really take to get through airport security around the country?

So we devised the CLEAR challenge to find out. It’s simple: all you have to do is time yourself going through the security checkpoint, and then share your time with us on Facebook for a chance to win an incredible grand prize. Submit your time either on a mobile device or a computer as many times as you can before March 17th, and start trying to beat your own personal best time!

For an extra challenge, we went to the fastest and most efficient man we know, Tim Ferriss, to help us set the bar for speeding through airport security. He timed himself going through the lane, and we won’t lie to you, it’s fast, but we know you’re faster. All you have to do to enter is submit your time – racing Tim is just an added bonus!

So what do you win? 2 airline tickets to anywhere in the U.S. That’s right—just for sharing your time at airport security, we’re sending you on another trip. We’ll also be randomly selecting from the entries for smaller prizes throughout the Challenge.

So on your marks, get set, and GO take the CLEAR Challenge for a chance to win! See you in the CLEAR lane…

 

 


What Will Your Workplace Look Like in 2013?

January 17, 2013

 

We borrowed this article from our friends and partners over at Regus, who run a fantastic blog called Workplaces. This section was repurposed from the article titled 2013 Trends in the Workplace

As we head into 2013, what can businesses expect from the year ahead? With technology untethering the workforce from their desks, Gen X, Y and baby boomers work alongside one another, businesses large and small becoming increasingly global, and as we experience a surge in entrepreneurs and start-ups, business owners, managers and C-suite must be prepared.

1. Flexible work options: With options such as co-working, home-working and staggered working hours proven to reduce stressful commuting proven, improve morale and boost productivity, more businesses will offer their employees flexible work options.

2. Emphasis on disaster preparedness: The devastation wrought by superstorm Sandy was a wakeup call for HR executives and business owners.  In addition to backup technology plans, businesses will invest in workplace recovery plans in preparation for natural disasters.

3. Increase in virtual offices: Companies will begin to use virtual offices to expand into new areas with no upfront capital and minimal risk, while startup entrepreneurs, freelancers and at-home workers will use virtual offices to legitimize their businesses with a prestigious address.

4. Tech over travel: Businesses looking to cut unnecessary spending will turn to videoconferencing, Skype and online meetings to keep in touch with colleagues and clients without the hassle and expense of traveling.

5. Temporary workspace: Behind payroll, office space is the largest expenses for small businesses. Companies will increasingly enter into non-binding, flexible arrangements like drop-in lounges to reduce overhead and better suit the needs of an increasingly flexible workforce.

 


This Holiday, the Choice is CLEAR

December 14, 2012

You know the type—that person on your list who is impossible to shop for during the holidays, because they’ve already gifted themselves everything worth giving!  Well, this year CLEAR’s got you covered at the airport AND when you’re stumped for the perfect gift.

 

For a gift that’s truly timeless, check out the CLEAR Gift Card, and give SIX months of hassle-free travel to the luckiest person on your list for only $49 (a $79 value). Cards can be printed for those who like to watch the big reveal, or emailed to your loved ones who need a CLEAR membership today!

 

So this year, share your seamless travel secret with your friends and family: give the gift of CLEAR!

 


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