The 411 on Flights With WiFi

By Allison Davis

For the working traveler—or anyone looking for extra in-flight entertainment—knowing which carriers will keep you connected versus those without WiFi is something to consider before booking. To avoid a surprise e-stranding, here’s a list of those that do. And the inside scoop? JetBlue and Continental are planning to introduce WiFi in 2012.
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AirTran

Which Flights?: All of the carrier’s flights have it.
Get Connected: Listed under the "travel info" tab at the top of their homepage, then "in-flight services" on the left-hand list. Or, buy it now.
Fee: $5 to $13, and $2 for 15 min.
 

American Airlines

Which Flights?: All Boeing 767-200 aircrafts and some MD80 and 737’s.
Get Connected: 24 hours before your flight, use your flight number or departure airport to sign in at aawifiwidget.com.
Fee:$5 to $13, and $2 for 15 min.
 

Delta

Which Flights?: About 70 percent of their fleet—560 larger jets, and the carrier is in the process of adding 250 smaller regional jets. It’s essentially all domestic flights with a first class cabin; and all Delta Shuttle flights between New York, Boston, Chicago-O’Hare, and Washington, D.C.
Get Connected: Under "travel information" on their homepage, then under "in-flight services" and "in-flight products." Or, buy it now.
Fee: $5 to $13, and $2 for 15 min.
 

Southwest

Which Flights?: Currently more than 100, but plans are in the works to equip all 540 planes by 2012.
Get Connected: WiFi can’t be purchased in advance; look for the WiFi hotspot symbol on board.
Fee: $5
 

United Airlines

Which Flights?: All transcontinental flights (between JFK, LAX and SFO).
Get Connected: Under "reservations & check-in, in the "traveler guide." Or, buy it now.
Fee: $5 to $13, and $2 for 15 min.
 

US Airways

Which Flights?: All A321 flights (about 51 in total)
Get Connected: WiFi can’t be purchased in advance; look for the WiFi hotspot symbol on the on board.
Fee: $5 to $13, and $2 for 15 min.
 

Virgin America

Which Flights?: On every A319 and A320 flight. Virgin was the first carrier to offer WiFi, plans for a faster Gogo connection are in the works for early 2012.
Get Connected: Under “flying with us” choose “what’s on board.” Or, get it now.
Fee: $5-$13; $2 for 15 minutes

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