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Google to Give Free Wi-Fi in Airports and Virgin America Flights

Google, we’ll never stop loving you. The search giant may get into trouble with book publishers, but for most travelers we’ve gotta salute the boys in Mountain View.  They recently announced that they will offer free Wi-Fi in 47 airports and in all US Virgin America flights now through January 15!

Free Wi-Fi in planes relies on a system developed by GoGo wireless. They have built ground towers throughout the US and cellphones on the planes beam their signals down and connect to the towers as the plane flies along. Usually Virgin charges customers for this privilege but for the holidays you can connect gratis.

And when you’re down in the airport, you can bypass that annoying ‘Sign Up Now with your credit card’  screen and go right to Facebook or your email in the majority of airports in the US. So make sure to bring your laptop when you travel this holiday season, and say thanks to Google, the people who own the world, for making it free for a little while.

On Board Wi-Fi is Great for Free, But Where Do I Plug In?

Using a laptop at 33,000 feet seems like a cool idea.  Being able to connect to the Internet seems even cooler. But a story in yesterday’s Wall St. Journal by Scott McCarthy proves that when people are asked to pay, well, it’s not nearly as important.  On board internet is becoming ubiquitous but without plugs at each seat, it’s an amenity that most travelers are not willing to pay for. Only Virgin America so far has figured out that to sell internet you have to give away electricity in the seats.

Airlines have embraced this new possible revenue source–selling a chance to go on line for as much as $12.95 per flight. But when Alaska Airlines tested prices as low as $1 per flight, they said that usage varies greatly, even at just a buck. Maybe it’s human nature that says it’s worth doing it if it’s free but if you have to pay…well maybe not.

What airline passengers really want more is real-time TV. If you’ve ever flown Jet Blue and surfed the channels on the seatbacks, you know the thrill. Continental Airlines said it is still looking at inflight Wi-Fi, but is more excited about satellite TV on their planes.

To make a profit from onboard internet, airlines need to have at least 8-10 % of travelers paying for the service. One model has been to charge more for longer flights, and less for short hops.  Some industry insiders suggest that there will be an evolution of price models, eventually people will get a subscription by the month, or buy a package of five flights with internet for a set fee.

What we’d like to see here at the APR blog is for airlines to make it free. Simply offer the ‘Net and use it as an advantage.  Put a few ads on the sides, give people the chance to surf all they want. Why not brag about how you’re the airline that doesn’t hit the passengers up for a fee, and be a hero.  We’ve seen how Southwest brags in its ads about no baggage fees and no change fees. This could give one airline true geek hero status.

Virgin America Now Flying to Fort Lauderdale, Florida

Virgin America, one of the nation’s most popular airlines will now offer flights to Fort Lauderdale, Florida. This is their 10th and latest destination offered by Virgin America.

The service to Fort Lauderdale begins on November 18th, just in time for the winter holidays. Virgin America will fly two daily round-trip flights from their West Coast bases of San Francisco and Los Angeles (CA). Travelers can also find connecting service to Fort Lauderdale from Seattle, Orange County, San Diego and Las Vegas.

It’s easy to see why Virgin America would choose Fort Lauderdale, one of the nation’s most popular and well-populated U.S.A. destinations as their 10th destination offered by the carrier.

So if you have a longing for a sandy beach, great golf game or to visit family and friends in the Fort Lauderdale area – Virgin America is an easy choice to make. Remember to book your off airport parking for your trip through to complete your trip. Off airport parking always saves you both time and money.

As you travel to Fort Lauderdale, off airport parking is the savvy traveler’s choice for travel time to the airport. Many travelers stress and worry about getting to the airport on time. With off airport parking, travel time to the airport is easy and convenient.