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Staying connected has become more and more important, and we demand the ability to stay in touch with friends, family, and work no matter where we are in the world, or what we are doing. Alaska has made it easier to stay in touch with loved ones and friends with free messaging in the air.
Alaska Free Chat
The new service from Alaska is available on all their flights enabled with Gogo Wi-Fi. So far it seems Alaska are planning on making this a permanent feature on their flights, which is great news.
To take advantage of the offer on Alaska flights you need to follow four simple steps:
- Turn on Wi-Fi on your phone
- Choose “gogoinflight” network and connect to it
- Open your typical web browser app
- In the options, select “Free Chat.”
You are now set to go and can stay in touch free of charge. One thing to remember though is that there are some limitations to the service.
While this is a great option, bear in mind that there are certain restrictions. You will not be able to surf the web since you still have to pay for that service, but you can use various messaging services to stay connected. Currently, the only messaging services that you can use are:
- Facebook Messenger
The WhatsApp and Facebook Messenger apps work on both Android and iOS operating systems. When using the service, you can only send and receive text messages; you do not have the ability to send or receive photos or videos. Finally, you can only take advantage of this service on Alaska's aircraft that are equipped with Gogo Wi-Fi.
Other Connectivity Options
While this is a significant step forward from Alaska, it is by no means the only alternative available for US travelers to get free messaging on flights. T-Mobile customers have 1 hour free Gogo Wi-Fi pass. T-Mobile ONE Plus offers its clients free Gogo Wi-Fi connectivity for the entire flight.
Also, The Business Platinum® Card from American Express offers its customers 10 Gogo in-flight passes per calendar year (Terms Apply). Also, the FlexPerks® Travel Rewards Visa Signature® Card offers its clients 12 Gogo in-flight passes on Alaska Airlines, American Airlines, Delta, and Virgin America.
Alaska seems to have its eyes on the ball when it comes to giving its customers something they value. This is a step in the right direction, and we can only hope that this move by Alaska prompts more airlines to follow suit and let us stay connected free of charge.
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