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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 prohibitively expensive. As a frequent flyer, I’ve been subscribing to Gogo for a while, and the performance hasn’t been stellar, especially as of late. So I was pretty bummed out to hear that Gogo was raising my monthly subscription rate to $59.95 from $49.95. I’d be happy to pay an extra 10 bucks if the service worked well, but in my experience that simply hasn’t been the case.
Now, I fly enough to justify paying that much just for the option to connect to the web during a flight, but if you’re a casual user, you probably have better ways to spend $60 every month. Fortunately, you have a few options. You can buy a day pass in advance (which may save you a bit over on-board fees), or you can get 10 free sessions every year with the The Platinum Card® from American Express card (which is also currently offering 40,000 bonus Membership Rewards points when you charge $5,000 to the card within the first three months).
In some cases, dealing with Gogo can still be better than requesting a refund directly from the airlines, which are notoriously difficult to get a refund from. But it’s frustrating to pay for service only to be disappointed when the connection drops out mid-flight and you’re expecting to get some work done. The good news is that Gogo is promising significant improvements soon, when its 2Ku satellite service launches on select airlines later this year. In the meantime, I’m going to hang in there, assuming Gogo doesn’t hike rates again this year.
The American Express Platinum card has some of the best perks out there: cardholders enjoy the best domestic lounge access (Delta SkyClubs, Centurion Lounges, and Priority Pass), up to a $200 annual airline fee credit as well as up to $200 in Uber credits, and mid-tier elite status at Marriott and Hilton. Combined with the 60,000 point welcome offer -- worth $1,200 based on TPG's valuations -- this card is a no-brainer for frequent travelers. Here are 5 reasons you should consider this card, as well as how you can figure out if the annual fee makes sense for you.
- Earn 60,000 Membership Rewards® points after you use your new Card to make $5,000 in purchases in your first 3 months.
- Enjoy Uber VIP status and free rides in the U.S. up to $15 each month, plus a bonus $20 in December. That can be up to $200 in annual Uber savings.
- 5X Membership Rewards® points on flights booked directly with airlines or with American Express Travel.
- 5X Membership Rewards points on prepaid hotels booked on amextravel.com.
- Enjoy access to the Global Lounge Collection, the only credit card airport lounge access program that includes proprietary lounge locations around the world.
- Receive complimentary benefits with an average total value of $550 with Fine Hotels & Resorts. Learn More.
- $200 Airline Fee Credit, up to $200 per calendar year in baggage fees and more at one qualifying airline.
- Get up to $100 in statement credits annually for purchases at Saks Fifth Avenue on your Platinum Card®. Enrollment required.
- $550 annual fee.
- Terms Apply.
- See Rates & Fees
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