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JetBlue has had free Wi-Fi for years, though it feels like it often isn't working. Regardless, when Wi-Fi is working, nobody loves having to dish out extra cash to use it. After Delta's CEO spoke for years about adding free Wi-Fi as a standard amenity on flights, the airline has taken a huge step towards that.
By February 1st, over 500 Delta aircraft serving domestic routes will have free Wi-Fi. While some aircraft on domestic flights still won't have that capability for the time being, this is a huge step towards having free Wi-Fi on all flights, especially for alliance-member airlines Delta, American, and United that historically have charged for the service. Read on to learn more about it and hear about my own experience trying out free Delta Wi-Fi on a few flights this past November.
The most important thing to know about free Delta Wi-Fi is that you MUST have a SkyMiles account to use it, if you don't the price is supposed to be $10. This should be easy, since anybody with the ability to earn miles and looking at our site should have free accounts opened with all the major airlines' rewards programs. If you don't have one for whatever reason, save yourself some time later and sign up (you even get 1,000 bonus miles for doing so right now) — we often find awesome award rates with SkyMiles, despite many bloggers' aversion to them. If you fly and don't get mileage credit for your flights, well, you're missing out!
Delta's first initial rollout of free Wi-Fi is set to cover domestic narrow-body planes on their "most popular routes." How that's defined is still unclear, but if you're flying on a regional jet or wide-body on a domestic route, it's likely you won't have access to free Wi-Fi quite yet. Delta's plan is to offer Wi-Fi on all flights, including international, by the end of 2024 — let's see if they get there! It will also be interesting to see if and how Delta and American follow Delta's lead — more often than not they do in one way or another.
I took advantage of Delta letting flyers earn MQM on award flights, and booked a bunch of Delta flights for travel this past November. (2022) A few of the domestic flights already had free Wi-Fi available as part of Delta's initial testing, and I must say, the connection was great. When JetBlue's Wi-Fi is actually working, it's usually pretty reliable over the Lower 48, but Delta's seemed a bit more consistent for heavy-lifting stuff, such as having 20 tabs open to search for more flight deals.