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.

What airlines have free unlimited wifi on the flights?

  • Select Air New Zealand
    • currently available on select domestic and international flights (expected on all domestic flights by end of next year 2025)
  • Hawaiian Airlines
    • flights between the Islands and the continental US or Cook Islands (rolling out to more flights this year 2024)
  • Japan Airlines
    • domestic flights
  • Jetblue
  • Most Norwegian Air
  • Qantas
    • domestic flights and select international flights while they are over Australia

Which airlines can you use free wifi services when you sign up for their (free) rewards programs?

  • Air Canada
    • free messaging when signed up for Air Canada Aeroplan or for any of the loyalty programs for their strategic partner airlines like United Airlines, Lufthansa, and Emirates
  • British Airways
    • free messaging when signed up for Executive Club
  • Delta Air Lines
    • free unlimited wifi on most domestic flights (expected on all by end of this year 2024) and rolling out to international flights in 2025)
  • Emirates
    • free messaging when signed up for Skywards (can get free wifi at higher rewards tiers and/or in seat classes above economy)
  • Etihad
    • free messaging when signed up for Etihad Guest
  • Finnair
    • free messaging when signed up for Finnair Plus Basic
  • Philippine Airlines
    • free messaging when signed up for Mabuhay Miles
    • everyone gets 10 MB free wifi, business class gets 100 MB
  • Turkish Airlines
    • free messaging when signed up for Miles&Smiles program

What airlines have free messaging but not full wifi in flight?

  • Alaska Airlines
  • Air China
  • Air France 
  • KLM Royal Dutch Airlines
  • United Airlines

T-Mobile customer? You can get free wifi on most flights with these airlines:

  • Alaska Airlines
  • American Airlines
  • United Airlines

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

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 24, 2024.