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TPG Reader Bryce tweeted me to ask about staying online while traveling:
@thepointsguy — “Which cards will get you free Wi-Fi like Boingo and Gogo?”
Boingo allows you to connect to Wi-Fi in hundreds of airports and other public locations, while Gogo gives you Wi-Fi access from 30,000 feet. In-flight Wi-Fi is both a blessing and a curse, allowing you to get things done and check out what’s going on in the world while you’re airborne. I personally love it because it helps flights go by quickly (so long as I can Instagram pictures of the wing as I take off).
Gogo is normally $16 per day or $60 monthly depending on the pass you get. However, The Enhanced Business Platinum Card from American Express OPEN gives you 10 flight passes annually, which is worth $160 if you leverage it fully. Amex doesn’t advertise this benefit widely, but it’s not hard to use. Check out this post for more details about how to register.
Boingo normally costs $39 per month for 2,000 minutes, but both the Business Platinum and the personal, The Platinum Card from American Express give you a monthly pass for complimentary, unlimited access. This benefit is also available on the Starwood Preferred Guest Credit Card from American Express and Starwood Preferred Guest Business Credit Card from American Express.
While these cards all have annual fees, benefits like Boingo and Gogo can help you recoup that fee and get even more in value. For more on these cards, check out the following posts:
- Increased Sign-Up Bonuses for Starwood Amex Cards
- Starwood Preferred Guest Cards Add New Benefits
- Why I Love Amex Business Platinum
If you have any other questions, please tweet me @thepointsguy, message me on Facebook, or send me an email at email@example.com. And if you want in-flight pictures and more, be sure to follow me on Instagram. While this premium card has one of the highest annual fees on the market, it has several valuable perks that could make it worthwhile, depending on your travel patterns. These include a $200 annual airline rebate, lounge access, free Hilton Gold status and free Starwood Preferred Guest Gold status.
While this premium card has one of the highest annual fees on the market, it has several valuable perks that could make it worthwhile, depending on your travel patterns. These include a $200 annual airline rebate, lounge access, free Hilton Gold status and free Starwood Preferred Guest Gold status.