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“Free Unlimited Wi-Fi on Over 35 International Airlines.” But Is It Worth It?

“Free Unlimited Wi-Fi on Over 35 International Airlines.” But Is It Worth It?
Joe Cortez

What’s the best in-flight wi-fi? It depends on who you ask. As more carriers offer connectivity from 30,000 feet, in-flight wireless internet access is no longer a luxury. It can, however, add up if you travel often enough. Lufthansa’s Innovation Hub offers a solution for fliers who’ve racked up enough $30 all-day internet passes to feel the pinch. But, does their international multi-flight pass make sense? FlyerTalkers who’ve checked in through this Lufthansa product have mixed reviews about the service.

Get Unlimited “Free” In-Flight WiFi on Over 35 International Airlines 

Here’s the deal: get The AirlineCheckins app  (iOS/Android) and purchase the AirlineCheckins’ Plus package which will run you around $33 every three months. With the AirlineCheckins’ Plus package, flyers get unlimited check-ins, gate, and delay information, AND “Inflight wi-fi and global hot spot access.” The offer first caught the attention of FlyerTalker TheInternational back in August of 2018.

Can You Really Get Unlimited “Free” Wi-Fi on Over 35 International Airlines?

The AirlineCheckins app offers “free” wi-fi access is available on over 35 airlines, including American Airlines, Etihad Airways, KLM Royal Dutch Airlines, and WestJet. However, the actual list of airlines on which FlyerTalkers can successfully connect is a little bit smaller. So, they’ve put together a wiki post containing the actual list of supported airlines, which is around 10 airlines, much fewer than 35.

Is Unlimited “Free” Wi-Fi on 10 Airlines Worth it for Frequent Fliers?

While the AirlineCheckins app can be a good product when it works, users on FlyerTalk are reporting a lot of limitations with the product. For instance, some airlines do not offer the “roaming partner” support—even though they are listed as working partners. FlyerTalkers Global321 and josephstern both noted that the wi-fi pass doesn’t work on Hong Kong Airlines or Qatar Airways despite the fact that they’re both listed as roaming partners. Moreover, the product doesn’t seem to work on America’s domestic airlines. FlyerTalkers report that all three legacy carriers—American, Delta Air Lines, and United Airlines—don’t support the pass. Nor does Alaska Airlines. And for those it does work for, there are no complaints about access.

If you decide to purchase the “iPass” through AirlineCheckins, FlyerTalker bocaststephen offers some advice to make your experience move a little smoother:

“1. make sure you screenshot or write down the iPass username and password the AirlineCheckins app generates for you BEFORE you depart. Once you’re in the air, there is no way to retrieve it unless you buy short-term wi-fi to get online and run the app and re-generate it.

“Some of the airlines have wi-fi systems that disconnect you and log you out after x minutes of inactivity, so be prepared with that iPass username and password handy, or saved on the browser fill-in fields because you may need to re-login often.”

 

Is internet access pass a good buy for your next flights? Share your opinions on the FlyerTalk forums today!

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6 Comments

  1. pete3

    October 9, 2019 at 7:52 am

    I downloaded the App on my iPhone and there is no sign of WiFi being offered as part of a 3 -month “Plus” subscription or any other kind of upgrade???

  2. m41list

    October 9, 2019 at 10:09 am

    Same here. Wondering is this article is a click-bait or just 14 months old and outdated information….

  3. dlflyer2

    October 9, 2019 at 12:21 pm

    Same as others, downloaded app only for an offer for basic expanded with four $33 with no mention of Ipass

  4. hajidal

    October 9, 2019 at 12:22 pm

    If you look at their web site it shows that the Plus subscription is Sold Out… interesting how such a thing could be sold out but anyway you can get on the waiting list. You can see it here:
    https://www.airlinecheckins.com/

  5. EBGflyer

    October 10, 2019 at 5:44 am

    I had a subscription, but was only able to use the included WiFi on a fraction of my flights that had Inflight Wifi. The Wi-Fi service was offered through Ipass and you were given log-in information to connect through ipass. However, on most of my flights, there was no option to log-in with ipass. On, Thai, Asiana, ANA, the only options available was to buy packages. In two instances – one on a 1 hour 20 min LH flight, I had the options to use Ipass as well on a shorter SQ flight from DPS to SIN.

    When signing up I had the impression it would work on all the airlines listed, but it didn’t. Not worth it.

  6. BMGRAHAM

    October 10, 2019 at 7:56 pm

    There was another company that offered this feature but they also sold out. I think they both were offering iPass service in a way that violated their agreement with iPass.

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