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United to Offer Wi-Fi on p.s. Service from New York to California

In the second half of 2009, United will introduce wi-fi service on its p.s. transcon flights. The service, available on 13 United aircraft, will cost $12.95. In all classes. Yes, if you are paying $4,000 to fly in the p.s. first class cabin you will be ponying up the 13 bucks as well. You can charge it through, don’t worry.

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  1. Yes, it sounds insane, but on the other hand, the same illogic applies in the hotel industry. Indeed, it can be even worse. I can check into a budget brand of Marriott or Hilton (like Fairfield Inn) and get my internet for free. But if I pay the big bucks for a JW Marriott, I have to pay the $13 or $15 extra.

    At least UA realizes they can’t make internet free in coach and charge in first class!

  2. Yeah – the wi-fi hotel situation is ridiculous (considering I’ve seen free wi-fi in $50 rooms, but expensive hotels will charge you $15 for wi-fi alone). Your idea to charge in first and give it away in coach is brilliant – I’ll be forwarding that to US Airways.