Alaska has just announced a very cool new permanent feature for customers (at least as of now it’s available through December 31, 2017). Effective immediately, Alaska will offer unlimited inflight messaging through Gogo wifi for all passengers. While you can continue to pay to use Gogo wifi, all customers can message for free through iMessage, Facebook Messenger and WhatsApp.
You’ll be able to send messages and emojis, though can’t send pictures or videos. Obviously this only works in regions where Gogo wifi works, which excludes portion of flights to Mexico, Hawaii, Latin America, etc.
Per Alaska’s website, here’s how this new feature works:
- Turn on your smartphone’s Wi-Fi.
- Connect to the “gogoinflight” network.
- Launch your web browser.
- Choose the “Free Chat” option.
Seems easy enough! This is a very cool new feature, and is similar to what T-Mobile offers their customers. T-Mobile customers receive unlimited free messaging on their smartphone on Gogo equipped planes, as well as one hour of unrestricted free wifi on their smartphone each flight.
This is a very nice new feature for customers, which I’m sure many will find valuable.
On top of that, for a limited time (through March 31, 2017), Alaska is offering free unlimited streaming of their entertainment options on passengers’ devices:
To celebrate its recent merger with Virgin America and the concept of “Different Works,” Alaska is offering free, unlimited access to its entire catalog of entertainment available to stream on guests’ devices, including Hollywood movies and popular TV shows through March 31, 2017. New titles available to view in January include Hollywood hits Nice Guys, Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates, X-Men Apocalypse, and Ice Age Collision Course.