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Alaska Airlines says it’s about to get a lot easier (and cheaper) to connect to the internet on its flights.
The SeaTac-based airline just announced that Wi-Fi on most of its jets will now cost just $8. Let’s dive in to learn how you can get connected on your next Alaska flight!
Wi-Fi Now Costs Just $8 on Most Alaska Flights
Alaska Airlines announced on April 7, 2022, that it is partnering with Intelsat, a satellite services provider, to offer Wi-Fi for just $8 on the majority of its flights.
The airline says the new service launches 50% faster than before. And while many airlines’ Wi-Fi service kicks in after reaching 10,000 feet, Alaska says travelers can connect from the ground during boarding.
“We’re always seeking new ways to add options to our inflight experience and provide remarkable care for our guests, especially as we see more people returning to travel this year,” said Sangita Woerner, senior vice president of marketing and guest experience for Alaska Airlines, in a statement.
“Our flat rate satellite Wi-Fi and expanded entertainment selections are additions our guests will love,” the statement continued.
You’ll want to check which model aircraft you’re flying to ensure you can stay connected during your flight because not all of Alaska’s flights offer Wi-Fi, though all of Alaska’s Airbus jets have satellite Wi-Fi.
The carrier says some of its Boeing 737-9 MAX aircraft and all Q400 aircraft, typically used for shorter flights, don’t have internet access.
Basic inflight internet is offered on Embraer 175 and select Boeing 737 aircraft. Travelers can complete light tasks such as checking email or browsing the web, but streaming and downloading large attachments aren’t supported. Keep in mind the basic Wi-Fi on the E175s costs $8, but the price for Wi-Fi on the 737 varies, the airline says.
Alaska says 79% of its fleet is equipped with internet access. Travelers will know if they’re flying on a jet with the upgraded Wi-Fi if there’s a dome-shaped antenna on top of the plane or if there’s a satellite Wi-Fi decal just inside the entry door.
And if you want to save a little cash, make sure you use your Alaska Airlines Visa Signature® Credit Card, which offers 20% cashback on inflight purchases, including Wi-Fi.
Hot Tip: Read everything you need to know about staying connected in the air in our guide to airplane Wi-Fi!
Wi-Fi can be notoriously pricey on some flights, so Alaska capping the internet costs at $8 on most jets is positive news for consumers. Whether you’re catching up on emails, working remotely, or scrolling Twitter, it’s now cheaper to connect to the world when flying Alaska!
The information regarding the Alaska Airlines Visa Signature® credit card was independently collected by Upgraded Points and not provided nor reviewed by the issuer.
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