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Wi-Fi (Updated May 28, 2020)

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Everyone is so connected that it is hard to imagine not having access to the internet for a few hours. Some airlines have Wi-Fi available, but it comes at a cost and can be quite pricey. Take a look at the chart below to see which airlines offer internet.

1 Hour PassAll Day Pass
AmericanFrom $10From $19
DeltaFrom $7From $19
UnitedFrom $7From $19
AlaskaFrom $7From $19
SpiritNot AvailableN/A
FrontierNot AvailableN/A
AllegiantNot AvailableN/A
HawaiianNot AvailableN/A
Sun CountryNot AvailableN/A

American, Delta, United, and Alaska all use the Gogo Inflight internet service. Prices are listed on the Gogo website and prices seem to vary from $7 for 1 hour to $19 for a whole day. Gogo also offers monthly passes for frequent fliers. The prices listed reflect advance purchases and prices will be higher if you wait until you are up in the air to buy the internet.

I would like to point out that even though the airlines listed above have internet, not every airplane in their fleet is going to have it equipped. Often the smaller regional jets do not have internet. Also the internet speed can vary greatly depending on the system being used and the number of passengers using the system. Older systems will be too slow to support video streaming such as Netflix or YouTube.

JetBlue is the only airline that offers free Wi-Fi on their planes. Delta and Alaska Air offer free messaging if you use iMessage, Facebook Messenger, or Whatsapp. If you have a T-Mobile account you can sign in to Gogo and get 1 hour free internet, plus unlimited texting.

Spirit Airlines is the only discount carrier that has reported they are planning on adding internet to their aircraft. They said they are planing to start in November 2020 and their goal is to be completed by the end of 2021. Prices are said to start from $6.50.

Just remember that to use the internet you are going to need your own device. A smart phone, laptop computer or a tablet will enable you to get connected. Check your airline’s homepage for more information.

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Jay Muller

Author of The Flight Advisor