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Last year American Express added an awesome new perk to The Business Platinum® Card from American Express OPEN. Through this perk, those with the Amex Business Platinum Card get 10 complimentary Gogo inflight internet passes each year.
This is an annual perk based on the cardmember year. I took advantage of the perk this year, and I was just notified that my 10 Gogo inflight internet passes have already posted for 2016.
Sure enough when I logged into my Gogo account I saw the 10 inflight internet passes, all of which expire December 31, 2016.
Even if you have a Gogo Unlimited Plan like I do, there’s still a ton of value in these vouchers. For example, I recently used one on a Delta flight between Los Angeles and London, which a Gogo Unlimited Plan doesn’t cover. The pass for the transatlantic flight would have otherwise cost ~$70.
If you’re using passes exclusively on flights like that then the value of the 10 passes is up to ~$700. Realistically most people aren’t using passes that way, or at least not using all 10 passes that way. Gogo prices have skyrocketed in general, though to be realistic about the value of such a pass, Gogo sells one day passes in advance for $16. That’s much cheaper than you’ll get onboard most flights, where I’m finding single flight passes to cost ~$30 for transcons.
Let’s say one of these Amex passes is worth an average of $16 (it’s valid for only a single flight, though has the benefit of being valid on all Gogo equipped planes, even international ones), which makes this benefit worth $160.
- $200 annual airline fee credit
- $100 Global Entry/Pre-Check fee credit
- Access to Boingo hotspots
- Access to American Express Fine Hotels & Resorts
- Access to Delta SkyClubs
- Priority Pass Select membership
- Access to the American Express Centurion Lounges in Dallas, Las Vegas, New York, San Francisco, etc.
To do the math a bit differently, the card comes with a $200 annual airline fee credit. Assuming you value that close to face value, the real “cost” of this card is $250 per year. Assuming you value 10 Gogo wifi passes at ~$160, that means you need to get just ~$90 of “value” out of the card otherwise to break even. I’m sure just about anyone can get that value using the Global Entry fee credit, access to Boingo hotspots, lounge access, Amex Fine Hotels & Resorts, etc.
If you have the Amex Business Platinum Card and are enrolled in the Gogo benefit, be sure to check your Gogo account where you should see the 10 passes have posted, valid through December 31, 2016.
If you have the card but haven’t yet registered for the benefit, do so here by entering your card number and card security code.
And if you don’t yet have the Amex Business Platinum Card, it’s certainly worth considering. The Gogo benefit is available exclusively on the business version of the card, giving it a slight edge over The Platinum Card® from American Express.
Do you value the Gogo perk which comes with the Amex Business Platinum Card? If so, how much is it worth to you?