With how much I fly, wifi on planes is more or less a necessity. I wouldn’t be able to fly as much as I do if it weren’t for inflight wifi, and in many cases I plan my flights around the availability of it.
I have a Gogo monthly pass, which costs me $59.95. That gets me wifi on domestic flights on most airlines, including American (which is my primary domestic airline). While it’s not an insignificant amount to spend, it allows me to have one of the best office views out there, in my opinion. 😉
While I have a monthly wifi pass, I know many people don’t fly as often as I do. Some months even I have very limited domestic flying, and probably don’t get my money’s worth.
But wifi nowadays is expensive. For example, last night I took an American flight from New York to Los Angeles. Ford was flying with me, so we were looking at the most economical way to get wifi for him. A pass for just the New York to Los Angeles flight would have cost $33.95:
That’s insane! Checking the prices on my phone, a pass exclusively for a mobile device would have cost $26.95.
Gogo sure has been raising prices, despite the fact that the wifi speeds on American are horrendous (though that may soon be changing).
As I looked at the pricing I was reminded of something I often forget about, and that many people don’t seem to know about.
Gogo sells discounted wifi passes if you purchase them before your flight. For $16 you can purchase an all day pass, valid for 24 hours of domestic flying on a single airline.
That’s less than half the price of a single flight pass onboard our flight, and that’s not even accounting for the fact that the 24 hour pass is potentially valid for multiple flights.
I’d say that’s actually a very reasonable price. While many people might not be willing to pay ~$33 to use wifi on one flight, I think most would agree that $16 is a “fairer” price (whatever “fair” means in the context of the free market).
When you purchase the 24 hour pass it will be linked to your Gogo account, and then when you’re on your flight you can immediately log-in. Once you’re airborne the discounted pricing no longer works, as Gogo blocks the offer onboard. But you can purchase it anytime prior to departure, including on your phone while you’re waiting for the plane’s door to close.
Remember to use your Ink Business Preferred℠ Credit Card or Ink Business Cash℠ Credit Card for purchasing inflight wifi, as you’ll earn 5x points for telecommunication purchases (which Gogo counts as).
Also keep in mind that if you have The Business Platinum® Card from American Express you receive 10 free Gogo passes annually, which is another great way to save on wifi.
For those who don’t have a Gogo Unlimited membership, purchasing a Gogo pass in advance is a no brainer. $16 for 24 hours of Gogo wifi is a good deal, and will be cheaper than the individual flight pricing on just about any flight.
Does anyone regularly purchase Gogo wifi passes in advance to get the $16 pricing?
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