Clear vs TSA PreCheck vs Global Entry: What's Worth Your Money?

Clear, TSA PreCheck and Global Entry are all competing for your time and money at airports.

Woman walking in airport rolling suitcase getting ready to travel on an airplane.
(Image credit: d3sign)

It all used to be so simple when you went to the airport. You'd just get there a bit ahead of time, make your way through security, board your flight and head to your destination. Now, though, we're constantly confronted with choices like airline points, rewards credit cards, and a whole mess of services to sign up for that are supposed to save you time at the airport, like TSA PreCheck, Clear and Global Entry. 

But what exactly are each of these services, what do they cost, and what do they actually save you? It's hard to keep track, especially when it feels like something new pops up every time you fly. 

Subscribe to Kiplinger’s Personal Finance

Be a smarter, better informed investor.

Save up to 74%

Sign up for Kiplinger’s Free E-Newsletters

Profit and prosper with the best of expert advice on investing, taxes, retirement, personal finance and more - straight to your e-mail.

Profit and prosper with the best of expert advice - straight to your e-mail.

Sign up

To continue reading this article
please register for free

This is different from signing in to your print subscription

Why am I seeing this? Find out more here

Alexandra Svokos
Senior Digital Editor

Alexandra Svokos is the senior digital editor of Kiplinger. She holds an MBA from NYU Stern in finance and management and a BA in economics and creative writing from Columbia University. Alexandra has a decade of experience in journalism and previously served as the senior editor of digital for ABC News, where she directed daily news coverage across topics through major events of the early 2020s for the network's website, including stock market trends, the remote and return-to-work revolutions, and the national economy. Before that, she pioneered politics and election coverage for Elite Daily and went on to serve as the senior news editor for that group. 

Alexandra was recognized with an "Up & Comer" award at the 2018 Folio: Top Women in Media awards, and she was asked twice by the Nieman Journalism Lab to contribute to their annual journalism predictions feature. She has also been asked to speak on panels and give presentations on the future of media and on business and media, including by the Center for Communication and Twipe.