GoGo $1.95 on AA - Is This New?

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  1. kansaskeith

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    Plugged in my iPhone for a DC charge on a 54-minute MD-80 flight, having no intent whatsoever to buy surfing on such a short flight. Well, the charge turned the iPhone on, so after I rushed to go into 'Airplane Mode' I decided to see what GoGo was charging for such a short flight. To my amazement, and different from last time I checked on this route, there was a $1.95 option for 15 min. So I bought. Got unplanned biz from me, thus sounds like good marketing. Is this option new?

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    Havent noticed this before.
     
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  4. kansaskeith

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    Well, it must have had some success during the test, because it was back yesterday, on a non-holiday weekend in January, for that short flight, and it got my money! (That 54-min. flight was into DFW. The connecting flight out was three hours, also offered GoGo, but the 15-minute option was not available -- just $7.95 + tax for the length of the flight.)
     
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  5. MLW20
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    I've never tried GoGo on a flight. I was wondering how the internet speed was?
     
  6. kansaskeith

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    Seemed okay on both flights yesterday, though I wasn't doing anything particularly intense. Back in April I was on a DFW-LAX flight with my iPad, and over New Mexico I saw the App Store was saying I needed to download 8 app updates. It was so slow I swear I wondered if it would finish by the time we reached L.A. (It did.). Don't know if it was just a bad day or what. Anyway, okay yesterday. Maybe somebody else on here can provide more empirical info.
     
  7. HaveMilesWillTravel
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    Basically, based on reports I have read it's very much a case of YSMV (Your Speed May Vary).

    My only experience was on VX (as my chosen carrier, UA, is mostly GoGo-free). Flying from LAS to SFO, I could not get ANY connection beyond the on-board Gogo server until we were over the central valley (ie beyond the sierras). Then it was pretty much time to shut down, so I was just glad it was during one of those "free thanks to Google" periods.
     
  8. gleff
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    Saw the $1.95 option today ORD-DCA. I'm on a monthly plan so no difference here. But any additional usage didn't degrade performance. Real performance issues last month, but not so far this month on my flights.
     
  9. Tivoboy
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    Yeah, I've heard of this plan. they (gogo) have been trying all manner of options/plans to get adoption to tick up. It remains pretty low and is lower than a year ago - when I think there were a lot of promos.
     
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    Makes sense. If they are running a free promo, then you are going to have lots of more people trying it out. When they charge higher fees, less are going to try out the service.
     
  11. kansaskeith

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    Well these people must be trying all sorts of price points to make sure their enterprise is a "Go"(go).

    That outbound leg Saturday afternoon where I was offered, and bought, the $1.95-for-15-min. option for my iPhone/wi-fi was a less-than-an-hour flight: ICT-DFW.

    Tonight, coming home, on the exact same AA MD-80 route except northbound rather than south, it gave me two options on my iPhone: $4.95 or $7.95, both for the duration of the flight. I bought neither.

    Why someone would pay $7.95 for what appeared to be the same service as the $4.95 was beyond me, but my point in posting this is that the $1.95 which was such a pleasant surprise three days ago was gone today.

    Don't know if it is because mid-week vs weekend or whether Go-Go is having trouble getting its act together. But since they also appeared to be offering two identical pieces of service for different prices (unless I missed some detail), I almost wonder if it is the latter.
     
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    I was really excited to hear that Gogo was charging $2 for 15 minutes of in-flight WiFi. That is exactly the sort of value that would get me to purchase it -- until you mentioned that the flight was only an hour long!

    I can see myself purchasing the $2-for-15 option half-way through a 6-hour transcon. I don't need to pay $8-12 for 6 hours of constant connectivity (most of which is spent idle). I can log on, sync my news and email, and log back off. I can use the downtime to read & reply offline, then sync again (for free) after I land.

    But on an hour flight? I can just wait.

    I wish that Gogo would try to provide real value, because at the prices they charge, I'll never make use of it except during the free promotional periods.
     
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    I admit that this past weekend, i did buy a month long pass, mainly because I have a lot of wifi equipped flights, with the shortest mainline flight being 2 hours. I paid the extra for any airline because one of those segments is on DL.
     
  14. Tivoboy
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    Honestly, I don't know why we all don't setup a gogo monthly/annual wifi sharing service.
     
  15. kansaskeith

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    To quote Richard Nixon on the once secret tapes discussing the yet-to-occur mess/coverup/crimes that followed Watergate:

    "We could do that!"

    But his next sentence on the tape, his defenders pointed out later, was: "But it would be wrong."

    As would this, sorry to say!
     
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    I do ;)
     
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    I saw similar pricing on a short hop on US. Though it was $2 for 15 minutes of internet. The slogan was something along the lines of "sometimes 15-minutes is all you need".

    I actually thought that was a pretty good deal if you just wanted to download and send off emails you had been working on.
     

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