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Miles update: 2017 and 2018 – over 100,000 miles!
I travel a lot – close to 100 legs and 90,000 miles in 2016. And with that comes the constant pursuit of outlets at airports to recharge my devices, which seem to be constantly running out of battery juice. Secondly, I’m always in search of good wifi, which can vary widely from airport to airport. I thought I would start this list. I’m adding dates to all new additions so if you find something to be outdated, just let me know. This is not official medical advice, etc. etc. These are in alphabetical order. But first, take a look at my actual airline travel in 2016, created with GCMapper.
Albuquerque International Airport
We visited New Mexico in 2019 and on our way out had some time to burn at the airport. I would recommend sitting on the indoor observation deck. No troubles logging into the Wi-Fi which is called Sunport and you’re in after clicking submit to accept the terms (Jan. 27, 2019).
Atlanta International Airport
Easy and quick sign on. Free. Great performance. One of the better airport wifi systems. (Feb. 18, 2016)
Austin, Texas, Bergstrom International
Automagically connected to Boingo for me and the connection is free. I even stayed on it while inside the Admirals Club, which has its own network. (Oct. 9, 2018)
Aruba International Airport
Type in your email, name and country and it’s a one-click connection from there. It worked fine and connection was great on laptop and on the iPhone. (April, 28, 2019)
Use the Kubi network. Once connected, go to Internet Explorer to sign turn over your email and set to go. I also loved how I could connect via Twitter instead. (Nov. 24, 2016)
Wifi sign in was super quick on the free wifi. The standard login screen popped up quickly. No problems with connectivity at all. Outlets in public areas are another issue however. Just about all gates have their invidiual checkpoints and once through them I didn’t see a single outlet – at least at my gate. (June 30, 2017)
Boston Logan International Airport
Use LoganWifi and not Boswifi. Loganwifi was easy to get on and no connection issues on the laptop. One click necessary inside browser. Appears to be unlimited. (Nov. 14, 2017)
Bozeman Yellowstone International
Free wifi connected right away but couldn’t get it to work. Beautiful airport, though. Mountains all around. (Oct. 1, 2016)
Cedar Rapids, Iowa – Eastern Iowa Airport (CID)
Very spotty. I usually end up using my iPhone as a hotspot. The page to accept terms is not optimized for mobile. What year is this? Full disclosure: This is my home airport and overall it’s nice and easy to travel through. Wifi could be better. It’s free and there are no other time restrictions or anything like that. (Nov. 21, 2015)
Charlotte Douglass International (CLT)
As the signs around the airport promised, wifi is free and unlimited. Once on the free wifi network, go to Boingo on your web browser to watch an ad for free access. Each session is 45 minutes and there’s no limit. No problem on the phone. Quite slow on the laptop. (Oct. 3, 2016)
Chicago O’Hare International (ORD)
30 minutes of free wifi per device on the Boingo network. I would recommend staggering your devices. I usually use the laptop, then the iPhone, etc. You can get more time by paying. (Nov. 11, 2015).
I was told not to use the network that is called “Free ORD wifi.”
Cleveland International Airport
Easy sign on. Policy screen popped right up. No major issues once on. Had to restart it once. (Feb. 16, 2016)
Columbus, Ohio, John Glenn Airport
Easy to login. Good connection. No problems. (January 11, 2017)
Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport
Watch a video or do something else commercially and get unlimited free wi-fi access. Fair enough. Has been kind of spotty here and there, but overall decent. I have ended up using my iPhone’s data plan here before when it was too spotty. On mobile devices, they just allow you to click CONNECT and go online. (Nov. 11, 2015)
Denver International Airport
Connecting to the free WiFi is easy and there’s no sign in screen even. Connectivity was great. (Oct. 8, 2017). There’s an Admirals Club in Concourse A with decent wifi for you American Airlines flyers. 🙂
Des Moines International Airport
I liked the displays in Des Moines but was unable to connect to their wifi (Boingo) at all. Didn’t work on phone or laptop. (April 16, 2019)
Simply connect to VPS-Airport, click OK. Good to go. Connection was good. ? (Dec. 15, 2019)
Detroit Metro Wayne County International Airport
Free wifi up to 6 MBPS, unlimited. After connecting to “Detroit Airport wifi” open Safari and connect to the complimentary wifi or choose a faster option, which has a cost. It connected quickly for me on the iPhone but a fellow traveler who was using a Samsung phone, didn’t get the connection page.
I did try to upload a photo to this post and that didn’t work, though. Otherwise, it worked OK but was spotty after a while. (January 29, 2016)
Dubuque Regional Airport
Easy connection. No sign-on screen. Connection worked great. (March 20, 2016)
Free 30-minute wifi. Easy signup. The login page asks for all kinds of information but it wasn’t required to go online.
Business/first class travelers: Wifi in the Hugo Junkers Lounge was easy to get on, reliable and had no time limitation. (February 28, 2016)
Kansas City International Airport
Free wifi. Easy to connect. No landing page — or meters. Just got right on line. Could receive and send email without incident. Reasonable fast download times.Tried to watch a video from YouTube…buffered a bit. Not ideal but doable. – Submitted by Drew McLellan (Feb. 2, 2016). Check out his marketing blog here.
Easy to get on. No problems while on at all. (Nov. 9, 2016)
Lisbon, Portugal, airport
Fantastic WiFi. I usually struggle with internet on my phone in other countries. That can make it hard to call an Uber. The WiFi here is so strong I could leave the terminal and walk across the road to the Uber parking lot and still have connectivity. Awesome! (March 5, 2018)
London Heathrow International Airport
Sorry, I’m filing this on Nov. 21, 2015, and I flew through there a few weeks ago. I don’t remember any issues or hassles and even did FaceTime with my girls in the United States. I called my mom via Skype, too.
Long Beach Airport
I loved working outside in the warm California weather as I was waiting for my flight to Phoenix in April. The wifi worked but was weak so I ended up using my hotspot. (April 16, 2019). Sitting outside was awesome, though!)
Louisville International Airport (Standiford Field)
No luck getting on the free wifi. (Dec. 2, 2015)
The Boingo network gives you 20 free minutes. Connect and then open your web browser to get started. Worked fine. (March 22, 2016)
Madrid, Spain, International Airport
Super easy login and it’s unlimited. It worked even while walking through the vast terminals. (Nov. 27, 2017)
Side note: I flew Iberia out of here to Chicago and find their Wi-Fi charges highly out of whack when compared to American Airlines flying from Chicago to London, for example. American Airlines Panasonic WiFi to London costs $19 for the whole flight. Iberia charges by usage and running through $19 of metered usage did not take very long even when I was just messaging on Facebook.
Madison, Wisconsin (Dade County Regional Airport)
Standard login screen. Internet connection was fine. No problems.
Mason City, Iowa
No problem. Good connection.
Miami International Airport
Typical Boingo signup. No problem getting on and using 30 free minutes.
First, connect in SETTINGS to MIA-WIFI. Then open Safari and to go Boingo to start the connection. (July 18, 2016)
Mobile, Alabama, Regional
Even though there is public Wi-Fi I had no luck connecting. On the sign-in screen they asked you to tell them in a survey how much money was spent and how long you stayed but even after completing that survey I was not able to get the Wi-Fi to actually start. ⭐️ (July 29,2018)
Montreal, Canada, International Airport
Free and unlimited but there’s a signup form and you have to provide your email address and click the verification link emailed to you. Not a biggie, in my opinion. It took me a couple of times to get online, but once on the connection worked great. (March 27, 2017)
Mumbai, India, International Airport
Free wifi after you share your cell phone number. The system then sends a text with an access code, which you enter into the browser. Wifi mostly worked fine and I don’t remember getting any other unrelated texts since. (Nov. 11, 2015)
Munich International Airport
Free Wi-Fi is available but you have to sign up with your name and email. Air Berlin also has lounges for their premium flyers. Having platinum status on American Airlines allowed me to enter that lounge. Since the lounge is literally in the middle of the terminal you can stay on the terminal’s free Wi-Fi but can also use the lounge’s free Wi-Fi, which does not require you to sign up with email. Overall, no problems with connectivity issues at all. (Sept. 23, 2017)
New York JFK
No problem logging on. 30 minutes free. (Nov. 23, 2016)
New York LaGuardia
No problem getting on but a bit shaky using it. (Feb. 16, 2016)
Oklahoma City Will Rogers Airport
No luck connecting at all. (Sept. 22, 2016)
Orlando International Airport
Likely one of the better wfi connections. Check the terms and conditions box, click login and that’s it. I didn’t experience any disruptions and was prompted to re-log in or something like that. Smooth surfing once logged in.
Palm Beach, FL, International Airport
Was super easy to connect to with a one click to the open PBIA Wi-Fi network. And no problem at all with the speed and connection. (June 2020)
Paris, France, Charles de Gaulle International airport
Easy login once you give them your email address. No problems with connectivity. You can also login with Facebook or your Google account. (Nov. 21, 2018)
Peoria (Illinois) International Airport
Beautiful airport and wifi is easy to get onto. Unlimited. No login screen. Great and no connection speed problems. (Aug. 3, 2016)
Pittsburgh International Airport
The typical login screen gets you in. I had no problem with it but also moved to the American Airlines Admirals Club right away. The club here is spacious and has a nice overview of the gates outside. (Sept. 9, 2017)
Simply go to your Settings and connect to the free Wi-Fi. No further login screen required. Connection was great. The other thing that was notable was that on my outbound flight I was already connected and didn’t have to reconnect. So that’s super user-friendly. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️(July 26 and 30, 2017)
Raleigh-Durham International Airport Quick login screen that allows you to hop on the free wifi. Pretty standard set up. No problems with connectivity or logging in. (Aug. 26, 2017)
Reno-Tahoe Worked great. No login screen. Connect and you are on. Speed was fine, too! (Oct. 9, 2017)
Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport Super easy wifi setup. Login, click accept and you are on. I streamed Pandora on the phone and worked on the laptop. It did time out after maybe an hour or two. But easy enough to get back on. A+. One of the better ones. (April 11, 2016)
San Diego International Airport
ad an app – like at many airports. Once I was online, it worked fine. No problems at all. (March 16, 2016)
San Francisco International Easy login and standard login screen. No problems. (Nov. 6, 2017)
San Juan, Puerto Rico, International Airport
No free WiFi available. Lowest paid plan is for three hours. One lounge is available for Gold Alliance members. Since Puerto Rico is part of the USA my domestic Verizon data plan works. (April 26,2018)
Sao Paulo International Airport (GRU), Brazil Sixty minutes of free internet then you have to pay. I promptly connected and then started meeting with somebody. When we were done meeting the 60 minutes were up. Whoops. I hadn’t even used it yet. I wasn’t able to use mobile data (via Verizon) so the airport wifi was helpful or could have been. There’s also an American Airlines Admirals Club in Terminal 3 that has great wifi as usual. (Sept. 16, 2017)
The club had great food.
Seattle-Tacoma Washington Airport Easy to log into public wifi. No restrictions. Good connections. (Jan. 31, 2017)
Tampa International Airport
My phone automagically connected, though, I don’t think I had flown through here before. Easy breezy. No issues to report. (Nov. 11, 2018)
Toronto International Airport
American Airlines Admirals Club at the airport where the Wi-Fi works well. The club is small but really nice.
Victoria International, Canada (YYJ)
Connect to telus. It’s free and worked fine.
Small airport. No Nexus lane on way in from USA but faster Nexus lane on the way out – even to flights within Canada. (May 3, 2018)
Washington Dulles International Airport (IAD)
Plenty of options and I got the Dulles Free Wifi and the att wifi to work just fine. Login experience was simple and quick as well. (Oct. 3, 2016)