Delta Air Lines has been in the process of rolling out free wifi on all domestic flights. Now, per View from the Wing (and others), Delta has announced that wifi will be free on most domestic flights starting on February 1st. This is part of Delta’s change from using Gogo internet to ViaSat. Currently, A220s and Boeing 717s don’t offer the ViaSat technology, so there won’t be free wifi on those planes, but Delta suggests that all domestic flights should have free wifi by the end of 2023.
How this compares with other US airlines
Currently among other US airlines
- Southwest charges $8 for wifi, though you can get it for free if you have the Southwest Performance Business Credit Card
- JetBlue’s WiFi is free
- American charges as little as $10
- United charges $8
- Frontier I believe does not even have the option for Internet
- Spirit Airlines charges $2.99 for browsing or $5.99 for streaming
With most airlines you can get a discount if you have or use your co-branded airline credit card to pay for it.
The real question is where does the airline industry go from here? I think it’s likely that we will start to see the other major airlines move towards free wifi on flights, as this seems to me to be a fairly decent competitive advantage. It will be interesting to see if other airlines (especially American and United) follow Delta’s lead here and bundle the cost of wifi into the ticket cost.
The Bottom Line
Delta Air Lines has announced that wifi will be free on all of their domestic flights that have ViaSat technology, starting February 1 2023. You can check Delta’s website to see if your flight offers wifi. Now it’s just a matter of time to see how much the wifi is broken and if they’ll give out airline miles when it doesn’t work 🙂
What’s your take? Do you think the other airlines will match Delta in 2023? Leave your thoughts in the comments
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