As I’ve said many times before, I’m a big fan of in-flight internet. I don’t actually remember how transcons worked in the days before Gogo.
I have a Gogo Unlimited plan for $44.95 per month, which is well worth the money to me. I believe the cost is now $59.95 per month, though they’ve grandfathered in people with old pricing plans. While it’s certainly not cheap, it’s a bargain compared to what they’re charging nowadays for individual flight passes, which can often be ~$25.
Anyway, I just received the following email from Gogo:
We’re reaching out to inform you of some upcoming changes to your Gogo Unlimited subscription service beginning 3/1/2015.
Your current plan provides you with inflight internet access on domestic Gogo equipped flights (i.e., those operating between destinations within the United States, Canada, and Mexico, where network coverage is available). If you take no action, this will not change – you will still be able to access the internet on these flights. Following 3/1/2015, however, your current plan will no longer include internet access on Gogo equipped international flights (i.e., flights other than those described above).
For international travelers, we now offer a Gogo Unlimited Global plan. This plan will provide internet access on Gogo equipped aircraft flying anywhere in the world. A monthly rate increase of $15 over Gogo Unlimited’s current retail price of $59.95 will apply for Gogo Unlimited Global. Choosing to upgrade by the 2/15/2015 cutoff date will lock in this monthly rate of $74.95 through December 2015.
I was a bit confused at first, since I didn’t realize Gogo was offered on any flights outside of the US, Canada, and Mexico.
But after doing a bit of digging, it seems that Delta actually uses Gogo for their international longhaul flights. And Japan Airlines also uses them for select flights.
So I’m guessing at first it was included in the “general” pricing since very few Delta aircraft had Gogo internet on longhaul flights. But as more international planes are equipped with Gogo wifi, I guess it makes sense to charge extra. $15 per month is a very reasonable premium if you are a frequent Delta longhaul flyer. Then again, if you were grandfathered in at the old rates with Gogo, you’re really paying a premium of $30 per month, which is more substantial.
Anyway, the change doesn’t effect me, but it’ll surely impact others. You Delta longhaul flyers have been getting a heck of a deal with Gogo Unlimited plans!