How Does In-Flight Wi-Fi Really Work?

Wi-Fi access has become an expected feature when flying for either work or pleasure. Using Melanie Wynne’s The Future of Inflight High-Speed Wi-Fi as a launching pad, new TPG Contributor Rick Mitacek, operations manager of an avionics modification team, takes a closer look at the technical side of Wi-Fi in the sky. (All photos by the author, unless otherwise…

5 Awesome Tech Tips to Try on Your Next Flight

Do you dread stowing your electronic devices for travel — and miss them when they’re gone? New TPG Contributor Dan Nainan, an Intel engineer turned world-traveling comedian, shares five of his most treasured tech secrets for maximizing your time on planes. 1. Share your Wi-Fi connection with all your devices, and with your seatmate. Let’s say you…

AAdvantage Miles for Starwood Stays, 3x Hertz Points & More

Here’s a roundup of the week’s points, miles and travel industry news you may have missed: Earn 1,000 AAdvantage Miles with SPG Stay two nights or longer at participating Starwood hotels in North and Latin America through January 31, 2016 and you can earn 1,000 AAdvantage bonus miles. When booking, use rate code AIRPRO and be sure to…

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 offers, and to maximize them by being up-to-date on the perks and planning your travel…

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,…