1. I say, “how generous”.

    Funny you should mention this. I just took advantage on a connecting flight from Phoenix to Chicago. It was enough time to send my wife my flight confirmation email so that she would know to grab me at the airport.

    But it was s-l-o-w. Speed may have something to do with my phone, I’m only 3G.

    Cool thing is that you don’t even have to enter your credit card info. As soon as you put in the free code, you’re up and running.

  2. Umm, yea. 10 minutes versus 30 for other competitors with far more widespread deployment. I can’t read all the pertinent forum threads in 10 minutes!

  3. They have a targeted offer for 50% off Buy/Gift miles for US Air Mastercard holders till 2/29 – fyi, in case you want to blog it out to your readers.

  4. As usual, USAgony scrapes by. CHEAP! Just like everything else about their brand . . . except that Grand Slam thing they do . . .

  5. If they didn’t offer anything, would you be complaining? 10 > 0, there’s no reason to feel entitled here.

  6. @ Antonio — I wouldn’t be, and I’m being mildly cheap, though there’s a certain point at which you’ve gotta ask “why bother?” But you’re right, something is better than nothing.

  7. In theory, you can just clear your cache/cookie and reset your MAC address, spoofing. Should result in telling the router that you are a new device; thus additional minutes. I would try that, but can’t get myself to deal with USAgony. There’s cheap and then there’s US Airway cheap.

    Will give it a go on AA, perhaps create a script to reset my MAC address every 30 minutes. Hmm, something to do in cattle class on the next MR.

  8. At their data rates, it takes more than TEN MINUTES just to complete the sign-in and billing processes. Sombydy is yanking your chain.

  9. @ Antionio

    Yes, it’s better than nothing, but as others here have pointed out, when your competitors are offering much more, why even bother trying to play it up as something special?

  10. I’m going with “cheap”. Promotions are to draw people in and advertise your brand. A poor promotion is poor advertising.

  11. For what it’s worth, when I used the 10 minutes, it specifically said it would not work on laptops–only “mobile” devices. That is why I didn’t try. Just curious–has someone actually used US Airways free time on a laptop?

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