April marks the fourth month in a row where I’ve kept track of the Wi-Fi reliability on all of my flights. With over 40 flights in the books, we have enough of a sample size to start making some reasonable conclusions.
Wi-Fi is so critical for me on airplanes, and yet so unreliable. I’ve begun tracking my success rate with Wi-Fi on different carriers to see if my frustration in the moment matches my results. So far, with almost half of my flights experiencing some sort of Wi-Fi issues, my frustration seems appropriate.
This is my second month of tracking my Wi-Fi success on flights. So far, 2019 has been pretty poor, with United making up most of the failed connectivity. It’s insane that a decade after the expansion of in-flight internet connectivity can still be this bad.
As a business traveler, the only thing more essential than working Wi-Fi when I fly is an on-time flight. I had a pretty horrible month finding working Wi-Fi on United Airlines flights, so I figured I would start tracking my success rate until things improve.
From Southwest’s website: It doesn’t take long to get up to 10,000 feet, so it’s not like Southwest is millions of miles ahead of Gogo. But, since they have ubiquitous satellite Wifi on planes (unlike UA or AA’s and DL’s ground-based wifi) they get to trumpet this achievement a few steps ahead of at least United Airlines. And, setting aside my own preference to fly carriers other than Southwest, $8 per day for wifi is pretty darn reasonable considering the competition. $5 movies on your devices isn’t quite as good […]
After a quiet remembrance of 9/11 yesterday, it’s back to talking about the world of travel. Incidentally, yesterday was a very interesting travel day. I ended up on three different flights so got to see a lot of heightened awareness everywhere I went. My first two flights of the day were on American Airlines. I’ve grown so accustomed to having wi-fi on their flights and it still amazes me how big a difference it makes being able to stay connected and get work done in flight. I actually got a […]
Southwest announced yesterday that it will begin offering live television free on flights (sponsored by Dish). At first, I thought it was a ho-hum kind of announcement. But, I think there’s a bit more to this announcement, especially in light of my recent thoughts on the legacy airlines running out of reasons to compete. First and foremost, I’m interested to hear how the service works. Southwest is using Row44 as opposed to Gogo(who has pretty much all the other Wi-Fi offering airlines in the US other than United Airlines). The […]
Don’t forget to enter my giveaway for a free Briggs & Riley TORQ suitcase! I’m giving away a free Gogo pass today. Pretty straight forward. For those that don’t know about Gogo, they provide in-flight wi-fi on a number of airlines: Air Canada Airtran Alaska Airlines American Airlines Delta Frontier United US Airways Virgin America This one is pretty difficult. Just leave a comment on this post and I’ll randomly select someone on Friday, May 17th. ETA: corrected date. Good luck!