Tip: Save Big by Buying Gogo Passes Before Your Flight

Jun 26, 2017

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Staying connected while soaring through the skies has become essential to more and more passengers. Wi-Fi providers are scrambling to upgrade their equipment and technology to meet the demand. In the meantime, we periodically have to put up with some terrible Wi-Fi speeds.

One thing is for sure if you’re flying on a Gogo-equipped aircraft: You don’t want to wait to get on board before figuring out how you’re going to connect. Gogo’s onboard prices can easily reach almost $30 for a flight, or $40 for a day pass, like this four-hour flight I recently took:

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Monthly passes: If you’re a frequent flier who needs to stay connected, purchasing a monthly pass is likely the way to go. If you only fly with one airline, you can subscribe to an American, Alaska, Delta or Virgin America monthly plan for $49.95/month for one device, or American, Delta and Virgin America offer a two-device plan for $59.95/month.

Day passes: If you don’t travel enough to justify a monthly pass, you can still save money by planning ahead. Rather than shelling out $30+ on board, you can pre-purchase passes online. The $7 one-hour pass probably isn’t going to save you enough to justify the hassle.

However, pre-purchasing day passes is where you can move the needle. You can pick up an all-day pass through Gogo’s website for $19 each. These passes get you up to 24 hours of continuous access — but access is limited to domestic flights and just one airline (i.e. you can’t use the same pass on American Airlines and then later that day on United).

Gogo Wifi day passes

If you don’t mind tying your pass to a particular airline, you can save a little more. Gogo sells an AA All-Day Pass for $16 each (for domestic travel) and Delta sells a Delta Global Day Pass for $28 each.

Free access: If you’re a T-Mobile customer, you can still get one hour of free Gogo Wi-Fi. Or, if you have certain credit cards, you can get free day passes. The Business Platinum Card® from American Express offers 10 free Gogo passes annually.

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