Think Ahead for Cheap (or Free!) In-Flight Wi-Fi

Being a techie on a budget sounds like an oxymoron. We can't help but want to shell out dough to keep up and stay connected. But if you're willing to do a little leg work, you can save money on some of it—like airplane wifi. By thinking ahead, you'll avoid making that $13 impulse buy as everybody settles into their seats. We've got a few tips for you.

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Here's a little secret: Us home bloggers tend to be homebodies.

Ok, so that's not really surprising since you already know we work from home and adore our spaces. But every once in awhile, we do like to get out and travel—with the comforts of home, of course. That means that in-flight wifi is practically a necessity.

Luckily, we've found a few ways to cut corners and make this luxury downright affordable. If you think ahead, you can get it for cheap.

Try taking advantage of these tips:

Buy packages in advance.
GoGo In-Flight Internet provides air-to-ground wifi for 9 major airlines, including American Airlines, Delta and United. Check out their website before you leave and buy a package deal to save a bit on in-flight purchases. Somebody with a lot of connections can get a 24-hour pass for $11. Or grab a 6-pack to save 35 percent on in-flight prices.

Google for coupon codes.
There are websites out there in the interwebs that make it their mission to spread coupon codes to consumers everywhere. You might already be taking advantage when you go to buy gear, but the same sites can offer discount codes for in-flight wifi. RetailMeNot is always a great place to check.

Find a package deal locally.
Use your research skills to find deals that include free wifi bundled with something you were already going to buy. For example, if you always drive yourself to the airport, see if any of those nearby "Park and Fly" lots are offering free wifi with each purchase.

Ask around!
Here in Atlanta, where Delta and AirTran are headquartered, plenty of local travel industry pros have the goods on free wi-fi codes. You'd be surprised when you ask around to your travel agent and shuttle driver. You can also try to sweet talk the code out of airline officials once you get to the airport.


(Images: Flickr user davitydave with a Creative Commons License, Flickr member Magitisa with a Creative Commons license)

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Taryn is a writer, maker, and designer based in Atlanta, and editor of lifestyle blog Formal Fringe. She loves her fiance, her dog Bacon, and collecting beer koozies when she travels.

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