Lonely Planet Writer

These are the US airlines that have the best Wi-Fi for business travelers

For those who like to up their travel game, there’s one particular perk that tends to entice many travelers: Wi-Fi. A new study by HighSpeedInternet.com has ranked in-flight Wi-Fi on various airlines in the US. Basing scores on speed, availability and cost, JetBlue, Southwest, Virgin America and Delta Air Lines have come out on top for the corporate traveller.

High-speed internet is essential for some passengers. Image by Compassionate Eye Foundation/Justin Pumfrey/Getty Images

Virgin America delivers a solid 15Mbps and has Wi-Fi on board all flights for business travelers, however, it comes out as the most expensive costing up to US$25 per day. Though not 100% available across all of its flights, JetBlue’s Wi-Fi is as fast as Virgin America’s and is completely free. JetBlue is the 6th largest carrier in the US.

“Along with being the most affordable, JetBlue’s in-flight Wi-Fi is also among the fastest; it’s tied with Delta and Virgin America at 15 Mbps,” writes John Dilley of HighSpeedInternet.com.

“Southwest grabbed the second spot with a great balance of affordability and availability. It offers in-flight Wi-Fi on 90% of its ASM [Available Seat Miles: the total service capacity of an airline] and charges just $8 per day.”

Two teenager on business class seats in airplane
Wi-Fi at 30,000 ft! Image by Ulrike Schmitt-Hartmann/Getty Images

The study notes that if you need Wi-Fi on your flight, avoid Frontier Airlines, Hawaiian Airlines, and Spirit Airlines as they don’t offer in-flight Wi-Fi services on any of their ASM.

“When traveling for business, out-of-pocket cost isn’t as high of a concern” notes Dilley. “If you’re an employee, your company will likely be footing the bill. And if you’re a business owner, paying for reliable in-flight internet could keep your employees productive while traveling. After all, you gotta spend money to make money!”

You can get more information on the lowdown on each airline here.