How to Get Wi-Fi for Less on Alaska Airlines

Alaskan Airlines and Wifi Costs
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Alaska Airlines provides Wi-Fi on most of its North American flights. Like Delta Airlines, American Airlines, Virgin America, and British Airways (among more than a dozen additional carriers), Alaska Airlines uses Gogo Inflight Internet for this paid service. Alaska Airlines also offers free inflight messaging.

Wi-Fi Coverage

Alaska Airlines' Boeing 737 and Embraer 175 jets are equipped for inflight Wi-Fi. Its 737-400C aircrafts — half-passenger, half-freighter planes used primarily for flights within Alaska — are the only exception. Alaska Airlines' Wi-Fi coverage extends to most intercontinental flights, but not on flights to Mexico, Hawaii, or Costa Rica.

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Buy Wi-Fi in Advance

Gogo offers several pricing packages that can be used for Wi-Fi on Alaska Airlines for advanced purchase online. (Wi-Fi cost can double in the air.) For $16, travelers can buy 24 hours of continuous Wi-Fi access on any Alaska Airlines plane with Gogo. For $36, travelers can buy a bundle of six passes for 45 minutes of continuous Wi-Fi access (where available) each, good for 60 days after purchase. For $49.95 per month, travelers can buy an unlimited subscription for use on any Alaska Airlines flight where coverage is available.

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And for $10 more, you can add a second device to the subscription plan. Service begins immediately upon signup, and subscribers can cancel anytime — but be aware of the monthly automatic renewal if you only want this service for a limited time. For the most frequent Alaska Airlines fliers, an annual plan is available for $599 per year.

Buy Wi-Fi on the Plane

On board, Gogo InFlight Internet prices go up: $7 for a one-hour pass, $19 for an all-day pass.

Free Inflight Messaging

Alaska Airlines provides a Free Chat service on all its flights equipped with Gogo Inflight Internet. No purchase required, no message or data charges either: just connect your smartphone to the Gogo Wi-Fi network, open a new page in your internet browser, and select the "Free Chat" option. Free Chat only works with iMessage, Facebook Messenger, and WhatsApp — not SMS. It supports text and emoji but not photos or videos.

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