JetBlue Makes WiFi Free on All Domestic Flights

A JetBlue Airways jet sits on the tarmac June 19, 2001June 19, 2001 at the Ft. Lauderdale/Hollywood International airport in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida. The low-fare airline based in New York announced at the Paris Air Show today that it had signed a contract with Airbus for the purchase of up to 48 additional new A320 aircraft. Valued at more than $2.5 billion, the new aircraft order covers 30 firm orders, options for five aircraft and purchase rights for an additional 13 planes. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)
A JetBlue Airways jet sits on the tarmac June 19, 2001June 19, 2001 at the Ft. Lauderdale/Hollywood International airport in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida. The low-fare airline based in New York announced at the Paris Air Show today that it had signed a contract with Airbus for the purchase of up to 48 additional new A320 aircraft. Valued at more than $2.5 billion, the new aircraft order covers 30 firm orders, options for five aircraft and purchase rights for an additional 13 planes. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

The free perks keep coming for airline passengers.

JetBlue announced all domestic flights will have free WiFi.

The New York City-based airline starting offering free gate-to-gate internet at the end of 2013 on one aircraft, and has now expanded the service to its entire U.S. continental fleet — 227 planes.

“It’s a really good time for travelers,” said Jeff Klee, CEO of CheapAir.com. “Airlines are really starting to compete on product.”

JetBlue claims it is the first U.S. airline to offer free internet during an entire flight on every airplane. American Airlines (AAL) offers WiFi on almost all its domestic flights, but customers must purchase a daily or monthly pass. A daily pass costs $16. Delta charges the same amount for a daily WiFi pass. Southwest charges $8 a day per device for internet access.

JetBlue uses Fly-Fi to provide internet access.

“We have designed a way to offer the same amount of bandwidth to every device,” said Jamie Perry, JetBlue’s (JBLU) vice president of marketing.

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SOURCE: CNN Money, Kathryn Vasel