Amex Business Platinum Lost Gogo Wi-Fi Passes
Historically the Amex Business Platinum offered 10 Gogo Wi-Fi passes per year. Each was valid for a flight on a Gogo equipped plane, and for many people this is a great alternative to outright buying a Gogo membership.
As of January 1, 2020, the Amex Business Platinum will no longer offer any Gogo Wi-Fi passes. This has been communicated in the statements to cardmembers.
Card members could continue to register through then, though note that Gogo will remove all passes from accounts as of the beginning of the following year.
American Express and Gogo launched this benefit back in 2014. I would imagine that for many of these Amex partnerships, they’re in fact paying a fraction of face value. The intent is for these partnerships to be mutually beneficial, though as is the case with any business, goals change over time.
While I have no inside info here, my guess is that Gogo just wasn’t seeing the upside to this — they were probably selling the passes to Amex at a huge discount, and decided that they were cannibalizing their own business by doing so.
I’m sad to see Amex drop the Gogo Wi-Fi passes on the Business Platinum Card. Ultimately benefits come and go, and I do hope they introduce something new, especially given that we’ve seen the annual fees on these cards increase in recent years. In the meantime, there are several other ways to save on inflight Wi-Fi purchases.
Will this benefit change impact whether or not you keep the Amex Business Platinum?
(Tip of the hat to View from the Wing)