Which airlines offer free WiFi on flights, and how can you get it?
Free WiFi on airplanes is still not very common, but there are a handful of airlines around the world that offer it — including one major airline that just announced free WiFi for all passengers.
In the United States, only two airlines currently offer free WiFi.
Internationally, there are a number of airlines that offer free WiFi as well.
As with anything “free,” there are a few catches to getting free onboard WiFi. Some airlines offer it on select routes only or for a limited amount of time.
Here are all the major airlines that currently offer free WiFi on most flights:
JetBlue was the first U.S. airline to start offering free WiFi to all passengers through their Fly-Fi service in 2013. Since then, it has expanded to cover almost all flights in the United States, as well as many flights to Latin America and the Caribbean, as well as select flights to Europe.
This makes JetBlue one of the best airlines to fly if you’re looking for free WiFi — but coverage may vary depending on the route and type of plane.
2. Delta Air Lines
Delta is the latest airline in the U.S. to start offering free WiFi on most flights. This new program began rolling out in early 2023 and is expected to cover all major domestic flights by the end of 2023, and all international flights and regional flights by the end of 2024.
In order to access the free onboard WiFi on Delta flights, you must be a member of SkyMiles, Delta’s frequent flyer program.
Fortunately, it’s free to sign up for SkyMiles and you can do it while you’re on the plane before connecting to WiFi if you aren’t already a member.
3. Singapore Airlines
The most recent airline to announce free WiFi for all is Singapore Airlines.
According to Simple Flying, free WiFi will be available for passengers in all cabins starting July 1. Previously, passengers flying in premium cabins already enjoyed free WiFi, so this roll-out is expected to cover all flights and routes immediately.
Now, passengers seated in economy class will be able to connect to free WiFi too. Similar to Delta, travelers will need to join Singapore Airlines’ free KrisFlyer loyalty program prior to connecting.
4. Qatar Airways
Another airline to offer free WiFi is Qatar Airways — but it does come with a caveat.
In order to access free WiFi on your Qatar Airways flight, you must be a member of the airline’s Privilege Club frequent flyer program (it’s free to join.)
Even then, you’ll only get one hour of complimentary WiFi. After that, you can choose to upgrade to a paid package to continue surfing the web.
5. Norwegian Airlines
European low-cost carrier Norwegian Airlines offers free WiFi on many of their flights. Travelers on short-haul flights within Europe will have access to complimentary WiFi, and as of 2020, it’s available on many long-haul trans-Atlantic flights too.
However, the free WiFi only applies to the “Basic” plan. If you want faster service or the ability to stream video content, you’ll need to pay for a premium WiFi package.
These airlines offer limited free WiFi on select routes or to limited destinations:
- Philippine Airlines: Offers 30 minutes of free WiFi on select international flights
- Qantas: Offers complimentary WiFi on all domestic flights within Australia
- Nok Air: Offers free WiFi on all flights (mainly flies within Thailand)
- Air New Zealand: Offers complimentary WiFi on select flights
Free WiFi on flights seems to be a growing trend, and more airlines may offer this benefit in the future, making it easier than ever to stay connected.
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