Amex Business Platinum 2019 Gogo Wifi Passes Deposited

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The Business Platinum® Card from American Express is a fantastic card that I consider to be well worth it for all the perks that if offers.

The card comes with tons of perks that potentially make it worthwhile, including:


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While many of the benefits of The Platinum Card® from American Express and the business version of the card overlap, one of the unique features of the business version is that it offers 10 Gogo wifi passes per calendar year.

When you apply for the card you have to activate the passes through this website, which is an easy process. Assuming you already have a Gogo account, they’ll simply deposit the wifi passes in your account, and they’ll be there to use instantly.

Historically you get the passes as soon as you sign up for the card, and then again at the beginning of the following year. However, for the past couple of years they’ve deposited them a bit early, including this year.

Those with the Amex Business Platinum Card should have received an email informing them that their 10 Gogo wifi passes for 2019 have already been deposited in their accounts, and are valid through December 31, 2019. This is great if you’ve used all of your 2018 passes and have upcoming holiday travel, as you’ll be able to use them early.

This is a benefit that I find to be immensely valuable. Gogo’s cheapest all day passes sell for $19 each, so personally I value this benefit at ~$190 or so. On the down side, each of these is only valid for one segment. On the plus side, they’re even valid for international longhaul segments, where the cost of Gogo may otherwise be higher if paying cash.

However, for those who don’t plan well in advance, this could be worth even more. For example, sometimes I’ve seen Gogo try to charge $40 for a wifi pass for a single flight when not purchased online.

Bottom line

The Amex Business Platinum Card is incredibly valuable all around, and a card that I’ve found to be well worth it. One of the features that differentiates the business version of the card is the 10 Gogo wifi passes it offers each year, which should now be in your account for 2019, assuming you have the card and have registered.

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Comments

  1. One problem I encountered this year is that the passes are only valid on some planes with Gogo. (I don’t remember the details, but just seeing Gogo show up on your browser wasn’t enough — it had to be Gogo equipment on the plane, or some annoying nuance like that.) And it seems that more and more planes don’t qualify, making this benefit less valuable.

    Do you have any information on that?

  2. These used to be valuable for me as I mostly fly American Airlines but AA has changed their Internet provider and I can’t use these passes anymore. Which airlines still use Gogo?

  3. For those of use wavering on Plat AMEX OR Chase Sapphire Reserve, how about a side by side comparison of benefits?

  4. I tried to use the pass on a flight last week. They can’t be used until 2019. I asked gogo why they “add” the passes when you can’t use them? In other words, they might as well put them in on Dec 31 because, at least in my case, my account shows the passes but they aren’t “available.”

  5. @GL – I know Air Canada’s 777-300 Fleet has gogo international wifi (but not their 787s). I redeemed a pass from YYZ-HND last month and it worked great.

  6. Is there an option for using these Gogo passes on American with Viasat equip. These passes are becoming less valuable and starting to question the $595 annual fee

  7. Hi Giles,

    I couldn’t. On American the other day it had some option that said if you were a Gogo member or Boingo to click on link but it never worked. I didn’t know if it would give some option to log into Gogo and redeem but it didn’t work. I’d also appreciate someone that knows if this works.

  8. It only allows you to login if you have a monthly Gogo subscription, which, of course, does not allow you you to use the AMEX passes.

  9. Agree with others that the value of the Gogo passes is very much diminished now that most of the flights I’m on no longer have it. Viasat passes would be much more valuable. Another Amex Platinum perk that I used to use to rationalize the annual fee that no longer conveys much value.

  10. I mostly fly AA and the passes don’t currently work on planes with Viasat, which include transcons where i need them most. Not sure I’m going to be able to justify the annual fee hike.

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