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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 Business Platinum® Card from American Express 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.

Business Platinum benefits now include unlimited Boingo WiFi.
Business Platinum benefits now include unlimited Boingo WiFi. Image courtesy of Shutterstock.

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:

If you have any other questions, please tweet me @thepointsguy, message me on Facebook, or send me an email at info@thepointsguy.com. And if you want in-flight pictures and more, be sure to follow me on Instagram.

The Platinum Card® from American Express

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 SPG, Marriott, and Hilton. Combined with the 60,000 point welcome offer -- worth $1,140 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 $550 annual fee makes sense for you.

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  • 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.
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