FAA Approves Gogo’s Next-Generation 2Ku In-Flight Wi-Fi

Gogo announced this week that it has received a Supplemental Type Certificate from the FAA — the final requirement needed to launch its next-generation 2Ku satellite connectivity service. That means this faster in-flight Wi-Fi, which Gogo originally announced last April and has already installed on a 737-500 test plane, is now cleared for in-flight testing and is expected to…

Which Cards Offer Gogo and Boingo Wi-Fi Access?

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…

9 Reasons I Love My Amex Business Platinum Card

As I was sitting in the American Express Centurion Lounge at LaGuardia the other day, Instagramming how much I was enjoying the fried chicken, I couldn’t help but think about how much I value the benefits of my Business Platinum Card from American Express OPEN. At a time when many credit cards, including the Citi ThankYou…

AA Award Increase, Hilton China Sale, 10k KrisFlyer Miles

Here’s a roundup of the week’s points, miles and travel industry news you may have missed: American AAdvantage Increasing Award Costs for Peak Travel Dates American Airlines has decided to raise the number of miles needed for standard award tickets on four of the busiest days of the year. The exact dates haven’t been announced, but…

Inflight Wi-Fi Provider Gogo Raises Subscription Prices

In-flight Wi-Fi is a blessing and a curse for many travelers, and I know as well as anyone that there’s nothing more frustrating than paying for a flight with Wi-Fi only to find out that the service sucks (or doesn’t work at all!). On top of general unreliability and sluggishness, single-use and subscription fees to access services like Gogo can be…

Should I Keep My Monthly Gogo Wi-Fi Plan or Pay Per Use?

TPG reader Robert tweeted me to ask about strategies for buying in-flight Wi-Fi: @thepointsguy– “I’m a Delta Platinum member and love in-flight Wi-Fi; however it seems like Gogo is constantly raising the price of its monthly plans, and now mine is $49 a month (only for Delta). Do you think it’s now better to pay per use…

Are Airlines Liable When WiFi Doesn’t Work During Flights?

TPG reader Ben tweeted me to ask: @thepointsguy—”Is United liable for its WiFi not working when it was promised on the flight?” As someone who travels frequently, I know how annoying it can be to board a flight that you think has WiFi, only to discover once you’re in the air that the connection doesn’t work. I’ve experienced this many times,…

How to Stay Connected While Traveling: Phones, WiFi, & More

For better or worse, it’s getting easier and easier to plug in everywhere you go. Whether you need to stay connected for business or just want to stay in contact with loved ones, you’ve got options. Today, TPG Senior Points & Miles Correspondent Nick Ewen explains just what those options are. We live in a digitally connected…

Bonus AAdvantage Miles, IHG Winter Sale, Amex Gogo Passes

Here’s a round-up of the week’s points, miles and travel industry news you may have missed: Earn Bonus Miles for Joining AAdvantage Dining Program You can earn up to 2,000 bonus miles for dining out with the AAdvantage Dining Program. To get your bonus miles, complete the following steps: Join the AAdvantage Dining program and create…

Gogo WiFi Passes for Amex Business Platinum Cardholders

Back in December of 2014 I wrote about an announcement from American Express that Amex Business Platinum cardholders would receive 10 complimentary Gogo Inflight WiFi passes annually starting in 2015. These passes, which are now available, can be used to access internet on any Gogo-equipped flight segment, regardless of the flight length and whether it’s domestic or international. This is in addition to the…