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!
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
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.
There’s even a page where you can check their progress toward free Wi-Fi.
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!
Norwegian also offers free in-flight 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!
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.
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.
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, and Discover will match those miles after the 12th billing cycle for new cardmembers.
You’ll also get up to $30 per cardmember 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
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
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.
And note you can only use your passes on participating airlines for domestic flights:
- Alaska Airlines
- American Airlines
- 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.
There are a couple of ways to get free in-flight Wi-Fi:
- Fly on an airline that already offers it, like JetBlue or Norwegian
- Sign-up for a card with internet perks, like Discover it Miles, which offers up to $30 in statement credits for in-flight Wi-Fi each cardmember year, or The Business Platinum Card® from American Express OPEN that comes with 10 Gogo passes each year
Let me know your favorite way to get free in-flight Wi-Fi!