Hate to waste time picking up your rental car? Several rental car companies have programs that let you bypass the rental car counter so you can go directly to your car and get on your way in just a couple of minutes. Now Hertz is upping the ante with a biometric checkout that promises to speed you through the gate in 30 seconds or less.
Introducing Hertz Fast Lane Powered by CLEAR, a service that uses your biometric profile to fast forward the rental car process. The service is so fast, says Hertz, that you'll zoom through the rental car exit gate in a half a minute or less.
The program launched at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport (ATL) in December 2018, with plans to roll out to another 40-plus Hertz locations in 2019. Airports on this list include John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK), Los Angeles International Airport (LAX), and San Francisco International Airport (SFO).
How to Use Hertz Fast Lane Powered by CLEAR
Hertz is the first rental car company to offer a biometric checkout. To use Hertz Fast Lane, you need an active CLEAR account that is linked to your Hertz Gold Plus Rewards account.
Gold Plus Rewards members enrolling in CLEAR are also eligible for a complimentary airport membership trial and preferred pricing of $129 per year. Once you enroll, you'll receive an email with additional details about your free trial. (Note: Delta SkyMiles members can receive CLEAR for $99 or less, depending on membership status.)
Once you've signed up for both programs and linked accounts, you may choose a car at a participating Hertz location, then proceed directly to any exit gate.
At the exit gate, an automated CLEAR kiosk will be equipped with cameras and touchscreens to read your face or fingerprints. It will match your biometrics to your reservation before lifting the gate and allowing you to exit. Hertz will have at least one lane dedicated to CLEAR members at each location.
CLEAR was designed for airport security. Members bypass the TSA queue and to head straight to a designated kiosk where their boarding pass and iris are scanned. A CLEAR membership normally costs $179 per year with $50 per each additional family member (children under age 18 receive free access with members).