Last Thursday, I flew into Newark to be menachem avel DDF member AJK on the untimely passing of his mother. He and I “met” via the DansDeals Forums a decade ago and have traveled together from Palau to Zimbabwe and most places in between since then.
Once again, miles came to the rescue, as last minute paid tickets from Cleveland to NYC were $792. United wanted 30K miles round-trip, which is a good value, but I transferred 13K points to Lifemiles for the same United flights, which is an incredible value. Best of all, I got upgraded in both directions thanks to my United status!
I love United’s CRJ-550 and E175 regional jets, which are very comfortable planes in coach, but are exceptionally comfortable in first class when traveling alone thanks to the left side solo seats. I selected a flight going to Newark on the E175.
The one downside is that United’s regional jet WiFi is provided by Gogo, which means that it won’t work under 10,000 feet and the charge won’t be reimbursed by AMEX Platinum as an airline fee credit like mainline WiFi is. While Gogo is free for an hour with a T-Mobile number on American or Delta, that doesn’t work on United.
United does have free messaging and WhatsApp now, but I’d still rather be online when possible. I typically use my United card to pay for the Gogo WiFi as that gets a 25% rebate for in-flight purchases.
It’s worth noting that United does offer a free WiFi day pass on international flights to the US if you upload your COVID test and passport information to the Travel Ready center on the United app.
I was pleased to see United offer me the option to buy a WiFi day pass as an option on my itinerary the day before the flight. If United.com was offering it to me, perhaps it would qualify for full AMEX reimbursement?
And as I was flying in and out the same day, I wondered if the day pass would work for both flights, despite United trying to sell me the pass for both flights?
I spent $8 and bought a day pass for my outbound flight to Newark to try it out.
I didn’t get any instructions about the day pass, but I logged on as a member from my phone and was granted WiFi for the flight. I logged on for the return flight on a mainline United 737 flight and I got free WiFi for that as well, making a day pass an excellent value!
And sure enough, AMEX reimbursed me for the day pass. Score!
I added this data point to the airline fee credit post. Where else have you had airline fee credit success?