How to Get Wi-Fi for Less on Alaska Airlines
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, as of January 2017, also offers free inflight messaging.
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.
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.