How to Get Free In-Flight Wi-Fi!

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In-flight Wi-Fi is a nice perk to have if you want to catch up on work, or stay entertained during a long flight.  But it can be expensive!

How To Get Free In Flight Wi-Fi

There Are a Few Ways to Access In-Flight Wi-Fi for Free!

I’ll give you a few tips on how to get Wi-Fi on your next flight for free!

These Airlines Already Provide Free Internet

1.   JetBlue

Link:   JetBlue’s Wi-Fi Progress

JetBlue is on a mission to become the 1st US airline with free in-flight Wi-Fi in all of its planes.

How To Get Free In Flight Wi-Fi

Most Jet Blue Planes Already Have Free Wi-Fi. And Pretty Soon, All of Them Will!

There’s even a page where you can check their progress toward free Wi-Fi.

How To Get Free In Flight Wi-Fi

Easily Check What Type of Plane You’ll Fly Before You Purchase Your Ticket

So far, 100% of A321 and A320 airplanes have free Wi-Fi.  But their E190 planes don’t have it yet.

But, JetBlue makes it very easy to tell what type of plane they’ll fly on your route before you purchase a ticket.  So if Wi-Fi is important to you, you can select the planes that are 100% covered!

You’ll also get free snacks and drinks, and complimentary in-flight entertainment.  So JetBlue makes it very easy to stay connected or entertained on their planes.

And, if you have Amazon Prime, you can stream your choice of TV shows, movies, and music.  Or you can download them before your flight and watch them whenever you want!

2.   Norwegian

Link:   Norwegian In-Flight Wi-Fi Information

Norwegian also offers free in-flight Wi-Fi.

How To Get Free In Flight Wi-Fi

Look for the Wi-Fi Symbol to Check If Your Norwegian Flight Has Free Wi-Fi

It’s easy to tell if your flight has free Wi-Fi – just look for the Wi-Fi symbol when you buy your ticket.

Norwegian is a budget airline and charges lots of extra fees for baggage, booking, and online seat selection.  So always run the numbers to make sure you’re getting a good deal, even if the Wi-Fi is free!

3.   Emirates

Enjoy 10 MB of free data when you fly on Emirates.

How To Get Free In Flight Wi-Fi

When You Fly on Emirates, You’ll Get 10MB of Free Wi-Fi, and You Can Buy More for Only $1

Or, you can pay $1 for 500 MB of data in-flight, which is more than enough to send emails, update your social media, and catch up on Million Mile Secrets. 🙂

4.   Turkish Airlines and Others

These airlines also feature free in-flight Wi-Fi:

  • Air China
  • Hong Kong Airlines
  • Nok Air
  • Philippine Airlines
  • Turkish Airlines

This is a great start!  I hope more airlines will follow.

5.   Airlines With Free Wi-Fi in Business Class or First Class

Some airlines charge coach passengers for in-flight Wi-Fi, but give a voucher for free access for folks in Business Class or First Class, including:

These Cards Come With Free Wi-Fi As a Perk

The most popular service for in-flight Wi-Fi in the US is Gogo.

How To Get Free In Flight Wi-Fi

Gogo Is Available on Most US Airlines

You’ll find Gogo on most large US airlines.  They offer several packages, including a 1-hour pass, all-day pass, and a monthly pass.

How To Get Free In Flight Wi-Fi

Choose From Different Packages to Suit How Long You Want to Access the Internet

For folks who don’t travel often, the $16 1-day pass is plenty for a long flight, or for a couple of flights with a layover.

Let’s look at cards that’ll help offset your expenses.

1.   Discover it Miles

Link:   Discover it Miles

The Discover it Miles card comes with unlimited 1.5 miles per $1 you spend on all purchases, with double miles after the 12th billing cycle for new cardmembers, or folks who previously registered.

You’ll also get up to $30 per cardmember year for in-flight Wi-Fi!

How To Get Free In Flight Wi-Fi

The Discover it Miles Cards Comes With up to $30 in Statement Credits Each Year for In-Flight Wi-Fi

That’s a great perk!

You’ll also enjoy no foreign transaction fees, and no annual fee for the card.

2.   AMEX Platinum Business Card

Link:   The Enhanced Business Platinum Card® from American Express OPEN

The AMEX Platinum Business Card comes with free Boingo internet at places like airports, malls, and attractions, and 10 Gogo in-flight internet passes each year.

Other perks include:

  • $200 in statement credits per calendar year for airline incidentals (luggage fees, lounge day passes, etc)  on an airline you choose
  • Access to airport lounges (Delta, Priority Pass, Airspace, and American Express Centurion Lounges)
  • Statement credit for Global Entry or TSA PreCheck
  • Terms and conditions apply

There’s a $450 annual fee that’s NOT waived.  But the $200 statement credit makes the annual fee effectively $250.  The airline credit is per calendar year so you can use it in 2015 and again in 2016 before your annual fee is due.  And, you can get 10 Gogo internet passes in each year, too!

In-flight Wi-Fi does NOT count as airlines incidentals because it’s charged by a 3rd party company that isn’t an airline.  But it does cover checked bags and in-flight snacks.

3.   US Bank FlexPerks Travel Rewards Visa

Link:   U.S. Bank FlexPerks® Travel Rewards Visa Signature® Card

US Bank FlexPerks Travel Rewards Visa Signature cardholders can get 12 Gogo in-flight Wi-Fi passes per year.

They’re good for 1 flight segment each, so if you’re connecting you’ll have to use multiple passes.

To get your passes, you must register your card at this link.  Only cardholders who’ve made a purchase on their card in the past 12 months are eligible.

How To Get Free In Flight Wi-Fi

Register Your US Bank FlexPerks Travel Rewards Visa to Activate Your 12 Gogo Inflight Wi-Fi Passes

And note you can only use your passes on participating airlines for domestic flights:

  • Alaska Airlines
  • American Airlines
  • Delta
  • Virgin America

Note:   Your Gogo in-flight Wi-Fi passes are valid for 12 months from the date you register.  After that, you’ll receive an email inviting you to re-register to receive your next year of passes.

Bottom Line

There are a couple of ways to get free in-flight Wi-Fi:

Let me know your favorite way to get free in-flight Wi-Fi!

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11 responses to “How to Get Free In-Flight Wi-Fi!

  1. great post Daraius….. hadn’t known about the Discover perk.

    Much concur re. this being yet another superlative for JetBlue… When I’m flying markets where JetBlue and Southwest go head-to-head, this is a key reason why I prefer Blue — which not only gives me the free internet, they also give us generous, unlimited snacks, free Sat. TV, the option to watch movies (on screen on back of seat), and most importantly, at least on the JetBlue flights I’ve been trying, the leg room for everyone is so much better than the increasingly miserable Southwest cattlecars.

    May JetBlue’s lot increase…. (and may they fend off any and all takeover/ruination attempts)

  2. Hi,
    Very interesting post. Thanks for the information. Which of the American Airlines cards give you free access to gogo?

  3. Are you sure that Lufthansa offers free wifi for business/first class? If it is free, then how do I get one free voucher for wifi?

    Thank you!

  4. The Ritz visa T&Cs specifically say that the $300 airline credit can be used for in-flight entertainment. it is how I pay for 6 months of my monthly gogo fee.

  5. @will s – Thank you for sharing your thoughts! I have lots of friends who love JetBlue as well. And I agree there are lots of great perks on their flights!

    @Xfinity – None of them.

    @Gopal – Yes, I’m sure. I’ve verified it with friends that have enjoyed the perk. The flight attendants hand you a voucher when you take your seat.

  6. I just called to Lufthansa customer care, they said ” No Free wifi ” for business/first class passengers. Last year I was traveling from US to India in business class, no one gave me any wifi voucher. On return – India to US in first class, no wifi voucher was offered. Is this a new thing – like offering a free wifi voucher? so may be, customer service over the phone is not aware? Any input? Thank you!

  7. I’m flying LH long haul on Monday so i’ll check it out and report back. I could find absolutely no documentation online

  8. As expected, LH did not give free access codes to business class passengers.

  9. @MilMileSecrets do you ever circle back to fix your mistakes or just move on the the next (one)

  10. No free wifi code for LH FirstClass From JFK to Delhi, India. I was there last week.

  11. Thanks for the Lufthansa updates everyone! I’ve updated the post.