Which Credit Cards Offer In-Flight Wifi for Free? Stay Connected In The Air

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Which Credit Cards Offer In-Flight Wifi

Which Credit Cards Offer In-Flight Wifi for Free?

I am quite sad about the announcement that American Express  is cutting perks for GoGo and Boingo Wifi passes (not just from the American Express Business Platinum but from all of its cards). My immediate reaction was a question many others probably have: which credit cards offer in-flight wifi for free? There are still credit cards offering these perks, so let’s take a look at the remaining options.

Boingo vs Gogo

The 2 dominant players in this arena are Boingo Wireless and Gogo Inflight Internet. While they have differences, they’re quite similar for what we care about here. Boingo boasts a network of over 1 million wifi hotspots, which may include the plane you’re flying on plus numerous airport wifi networks. As its name implies, Gogo only does airplane wifi. Both sell passes by the hour, day, month, or subscription plans. Until recently, American Express offered access to both of these. Then we saw this the other day:

Effective January 1, 2020, the Boingo Preferred Plan will no longer be a benefit on the Consumer Centurion®, Goldman Sachs Centurion®, Business Platinum, Business Centurion®, Corporate Centurion®, Corporate Platinum, Corporate Gold Cards, Marriott Bonvoy Business™ American Express® Card, Marriott Bonvoy™ American Express® Card, and Marriott Bonvoy Brilliant™ American Express® Card.

Credit Cards Offering In-Flight Wifi

There are still cards that offer free internet during flights, but that number has been cut in half. These are also in the “less common” column for cards in this hobby, but they might get new looks for anyone looking to reclaim the in-flight wifi benefit.

Southwest Performance Business Credit Card

While the most limited of the cards, only offering free wifi on Southwest flights, the Southwest Performance Business credit card is the most generous of the bunch by far. You get 365 pass per year and you can use it on other people in your travel party too.  Free wifi for all!

Credit Cards Offer In-Flight Wifi

City National Bank Crystal Visa Infinite: 12 per year ($400 annual fee)

The CNB Crystal Visa Infinite comes with a $400 annual fee. Among the many perks, it has 12 passes per year for use on Gogo Inflight. This card is no longer worth getting or keeping though with their recent changes.  Be sure to use your available passes before closing your account.

Credit Cards Offer In-Flight Wifi

Expedia + Voyager Card from Citi

The Expedia+ Voyager Card from Citi comes with an annual $100 travel credit. While it doesn’t specifically come with a wifi perk in the terms, you can apply your travel credit to wifi purchases at airports or on flights. The card has a $95 annual fee. 

HSBC covers In-Flight Wifi

HSBC Premier World Mastercard

The HSBC Premier World Mastercard comes with unlimited Boingo access as an annual perk. The annual fee can be $0 or $95, depending on your other accounts with HSBC. There’s currently a welcome offer of 35,000 points on this card.

HSBC covers In-Flight Wifi

HSBC Premier World Elite Mastercard

The HSBC Premier World Elite Mastercard also offers unlimited Boingo each year. The card comes with a much heftier annual fee ($395). There’s a 50,000 points welcome offer on the card right now.

credit cards with In-Flight Wifi

UBS Visa Infinite

The UBS Visa Infinite card comes with 12 passes annually for use on Gogo Inflight. The card comes with a $495 annual fee.

US Bank Altitude Reserve covers in-flight wifi fees

U.S. Bank Altitude Reserve Visa Infinite Card

The U.S. Bank Altitude Reserve Visa Infinite Card comes with a $400 annual fee, and one of its perks is in-flight wifi. You get 12 passes per year to use GoGo Inflight. The current welcome bonus on the card is 50,000 points.

Other Ways to Get In-Flight Wifi

There’s another way to get wifi for free: the airline offers it. The policies on this couldn’t be more different, just as a heads up. Who gets it, and how much they get, vary by airline, booking method, and class of travel. You may also need to reserve it or get a code in advance, depending on the airline. These airlines offer some type of free wifi:

  • Aer Lingus
  • China Eastern
  • Emirates
  • Finnair
  • Icelandair
  • JetBlue
  • Norwegian
  • Philippine Airlines
  • Qantas
  • Qatar Airways
  • SAS
  • Singapore Airlines

If all else fails, and you really need to get online, there’s one remaining way to get wifi on the flight: buy the pass.

Final Thoughts

I’ve used my Gogo Inflight and Boingo passes a ton. I get close to running out on both accounts each year. They enable me to submit work during flights, so I see this as a big loss. My immediate reaction was to look up which credit cards offer in-flight wifi. What do you think? Is this a valuable perk for many, or am I alone on this? Are you considering a new card to retain this benefit? I am.

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Ryan S
Travel hacker in 2-player mode, intent on visiting every country in the world, and can say "hello" or "how much does this cost?" in a bunch of different languages.

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  1. It’s too bad that there doesn’t seem to be an active iPass avenue that supports direct customers. There used to be a deal with US Mobile (but not is now perpetually sold out), and then there was one with Flexinets.eu (but seems to be only for businesses now), and most recently there was a far more limited (no Gogo, but still AA and quite a few international players) promo from Luftansa’s Airlinecheckins.com but seems to be perpetually sold out. Anyone see any consumer-level opportunities from an ipass reseller that supports GoGo roaming?

  2. Get up to $25 back as statement credits on inflight Wi-Fi purchases every anniversary year on American Airlines operated flights when using the Barclays AAdvantage Aviator Red World Elite Mastercard.

    Anniversary $25 Wi-Fi Credit:

    You will qualify for Wi-Fi statement credits up to a maximum of $25 per Card Account each cardmembership year (each 12-month period through and including your Card Account anniversary month) towards in-flight Wi-Fi sessions purchased on your Card Account. Transaction dates for each Wi-Fi purchase will be used to determine the cardmembership year in which each Wi-Fi purchase applies. This benefit applies to cardmembers in Good Standing, and flights that are marketed and operated by American Airlines, or marketed by American Airlines and operated by Compass Airlines, LLC, Envoy Air Inc., Republic Airline Inc., SkyWest Airlines, Inc., Mesa Airlines, Inc., PSA Airlines, Inc., or Piedmont Airlines, Inc. This benefit will not be available for travel on codeshare flights booked with an American Airlines flight number but operated by another airline. You may not receive Wi-Fi statement credits unless your Card Account annual fee has been paid in full. Any outstanding Wi-Fi statement credits will be applied to your Card Account once you pay your Card Account annual fee in full. Wi-Fi statement credits will appear on your Card Account Billing statement up to 4 weeks after each eligible purchase and corresponding Wi-Fi statement credit are posted to your Card Account. If your Card Account is closed, any outstanding Wi-Fi statement credits will be forfeited. Wi-Fi usage is subject to the terms of usage and restrictions of the Wi-Fi service provider. Additional terms, conditions and restrictions may apply and are subject to change without notice. Please visit aa.com/wifi for additional details.

  3. The CitiBusiness AAdvantage Platinum Select World Mastercard provides a 25% savings on American Airlines inflight Wi-Fi purchases when the card is used.

    25% savings on inflight Wi-Fi purchases:
    Receive a 25% savings when you use your CitiBusiness AAdvantage Platinum Select credit card for the purchase of inflight Wi-Fi service from American Airline’s Wi-Fi merchants Gogo, Viasat, or Panasonic, and on American Airlines’ Wi-Fi Subscription Plan. This benefit applies to flights marketed and operated by American Airlines or on flights marketed by American Airlines and operated by Compass Airlines, LLC, Envoy Air Inc., ExpressJet Airlines, Inc., Republic Airline Inc., SkyWest Airlines, Inc., Air Wisconsin Airlines Corporation, Mesa Airlines, Inc., PSA Airlines, Inc., Piedmont Airlines, Inc., or Trans States Airlines, LLC. This benefit is not available on codeshare flights booked with an American Airlines flight number but operated by another airline. Savings will appear as a statement credit 8-10 weeks after the transaction is posted to the credit cardmember’s card account. Applicable terms and conditions are subject to change without notice.

    • Byron – there are a ton of cards with incidentals or travel credits etc. that could cover this, but I wanted to focus online on those specifically targeting wifi perks. If you’ve got a catch-all credit that can cover this, that’s a win.

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