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Tip: Don't Be Fooled by Unlimited Wi-Fi Data Passes

July 07, 2017
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Tip: Don't Be Fooled by Unlimited Wi-Fi Data Passes
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Next time you're in the air and looking to purchase a Wi-Fi package, make sure to look at what you're actually purchasing before entering your credit card number. Specifically, look at how much data you're getting for what you're paying — the wording can be very deceiving.

Take, for example, these three Wi-Fi options on a 12-hour LEVEL flight from Barcelona (BCN) to Los Angeles (LAX). The option for a full flight's worth of Wi-Fi came with just 200MB of data usage — and cost nearly 30 euro (about $34)!

LEVEL review BCN-LAX

What's wrong with that? Well, 200MB of data doesn't get you all that far — especially for a 12-hour transatlantic flight. In fact, while on the flight, I used up nearly half of the data in just 30 minutes by using Slack and sending emails.

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The lesson here is to look at your options before you buy. If you're going to buy a "full flight" option, note if there are any restrictions to how much data you can use. Don't assume that a full flight or a three-hour plan — or any other timed plan — is what it's marketed as. Plus, you can often get a great deal if you purchase your Wi-Fi pass in advance before getting on the plane.

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