American Airlines Wifi Widget

by on January 30, 2012 · 11 comments

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This month, I will have flown over 32,000 “butt in seat” miles on American Airlines. I officially made Executive Platinum a couple weeks ago and I’m knee deep in figuring out the ins and outs of their elite program (more on that later).

However, one of my biggest pet peeves is the lack of wifi on flights. I have a monthly Gogo pass, because nearly every single Delta flight has wifi and I really value being able to be productive while in the air – especially on trans-continental flights, which I take often.

American does have wifi on some of their 767-200, 737 and MD-80 aircraft, but it’s really luck of the draw – and I’ve been drawing short this month. However, you can use this handy website “widget” to tell if your flight will have wifi within 24 hours of departure. I just did it for my Los Angeles to JFK flight today and…

AA Wifi widget success

It looks like I’m in luck! Now let’s just hope my upgrade from a regular coach seat to business class clears (I booked late so I’m a little nervous about it).

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  • Carberrie

    Good luck getting upgraded! I just flew in upgraded business class LAX-JFK last night, and I actually like these domestic business class seats. Meanwhile, this coach cabin is just awful… Only 4 exit row seats and only 4 bulk head seats.

  • will show a Wi-Fi logo (this one: ) for wi-fi enabled flights; same on the mobile site and in the downloadable apps.

  • Anonymous

    No luck on the upgrade, but I at least snagged 17H (aisle bulkhead) and the flight does have wifi- how in writing right now!

  • Anonymous

    If you’re flying LAX-JFK, you should always have wi-fi, since you will be flying a 767-200. All of those planes are wi-fi equipped.

    If you are flying SFO-JFK, then chances are you will be flying a 767-200, unless you’re on the 767-300 service. One gets wi-fi, one gets the nicer business class seats. Pick your poison.

    762s are also scheduled on some JFK-MIA and LAX-MIA flights, but LAX-JFK is pretty much guaranteed on those.

  • Jerry Fu

    I’ve flown about the same amount on AA this month, although it was all on MR’s between ORD and SFO. The AA mobile app will also show whether or not your flight has wifi (within 24 hours of the flights). Hopefully the expand wifi availability faster on AA!

  • Kaman Cali

    Transcontinental has wifi?? I thought gogo was a terrestrial system, not satellite. They are working over the ocean?

  • Anonymous

    Transcontinental meals across the continental.. like Los Angeles to New York. Intercontinental could be across oceans

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    I’ve also started flying AA more. I really like the Embraers they fly with the solitary A seat. It’s like F as far as I’m concerned. But I’m not as tall as you. And the flights are short so I don’t care about the booze of F.

    Delta too expensive lately as well. This is the year of burning miles and not spending $.

  • Concorde123

    Hey Pt. Guy,

    So you know for future reference – AA has WiFi on ALL 767-200 and does not have it on any of their 767-300. AA only flies the 767-200 from JFK to LAX so you will always have WiFi on that route. JFK – SFO they fly both the 200 and 300 series so you have to check. However, a word to the wise -the upgrade you get on the 767-200 series is to Business class where the upgrade you get on the 767-300 series is to first class. The F product is much nicer on the 300 series then the biz product on the 200 series.
    BTW.. Your blog is AWESOME!!! I’ve learned a ton from you
    I’ve been Exec Plat for many years now and know all the “ins & outs” just on AA, So you blog has certainly expanded my horizon


  • Jeff

    Unrelated AA question – is the gift card redemption system down? I can’t find it anywhere.

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