Planning for your next trip, but hoping you can stay connected with friends, music, and shows while on your flight? Whether it’s a quick flight or a long-haul journey it’s always nice to have the comfort of wifi on your own devices. No one likes to be stuck with nothing to do for hours in your plane seat. To make it easier, we’ve done our best to find information about free wifi on as many airlines as we could find it being available on. If the airline you’re looking for isn’t on our list we either missed it, or worse, they don’t offer any free wifi options. RIP.

Airline passengers travel sitting on flight in economy class, some using devices with free wifi.

Airlines with free wifi all the time periodt:

  • Air China (ONLY for smartphones)
  • Delta Air Lines
    • SkyMiles members (free to sign up) on most domestic flights with the coming by end of 2023; international flights will be getting free wifi access by end of 2024
  • Hawaiian Airlines (Coming some time in 2023)
  • Japan Airlines domestic flights
  • Jetblue
  • Some Norwegian Air (can be upgraded to speedier wifi for $) 
  • Some Qantas domestic flights
  • Turkish Airlines
    • Miles&Smiles classic members (free to sign up) 10 MB limit; access more data with higher member status, card holder status, or for $

Airlines with free wifi but a time limit for usage:

  • Hong Kong Airlines – 15 minutes (can get more with various $ tiers)

Airlines with free messaging but not full wifi:

  • Alaska Airlines
  • Air Canada
    • available to Air Canada Aeroplan members (free to sign up), as well as loyalty program members for strategic partner airlines like United Airlines, Lufthansa, and Emirates when booking is linked with account
  • Air France 
  • Some Air New Zealand
  • El Al
  • KLM Royal Dutch Airlines
  • Philippine Airlines (3 MB, +100 MB in business class)
  • United Airlines

Airlines with free wifi for select travel classes: 

  • Aer Lingus
    • business class
  • Air Canada
    • Premium class on Air Canada Rouge flights
  • Some British Airways
    • first class
  • Emirates
    • Emirates Skywards Blue messaging in business class, full wifi in first class
    • Emirates Skywards Silver full wifi in business or first class 
    • Emirates Skywards Gold messaging in economy, full wifi in business or first class
    • Emirates Skywards Platinum full wifi anywhere on board
  • Etihad Airways
    • Guest Platinum member or first class
  • Finnair
    • Long-haul flights: business class or Finnair Plus Gold members for 1 hour straight; Finnair Plus Platinum members for full duration of flight
    • Short-haul flights in Europe or the Middle East: business class or Finnair Plus Gold and Platinum members for 30 minutes straight

T-Mobile or Sprint customer? These airlines have free wifi available on all or most flights:

  • Alaska Airlines
  • American Airlines
  • United Airlines

*Note that American Airlines and United Airlines have free messaging regardless of your mobile carrier. T-Mobile and Sprint customers get access to free full wifi usage.*

Willing to download an app? Airlines with free wifi through their online platforms:

  • American Airlines allows everyone free full access to, including streaming shows, movies, and music from their library.
  • Ryanair gives free wifi to passengers who have downloaded the free RYANAIR App

While we’ve done our best to give you the most up-to-date information on as many airlines as possible, it is always best to confirm the current wifi offering with the airline you intend to book with or have already booked, in case something has changed.

Ready to book a trip now? Go on, get shopping!

Updated on May 3, 2023.