Emirates doubles free WiFi to 20MB before you start paying

By David Flynn, June 8 2017

Emirates will give economy passengers a larger serve of free inflight Internet before new data charges kick in.

The Qantas partner carrier currently provides 10MB of free access to all passengers, followed by a modest ask of just US$1 for each 500MB of data.

From June 14 2017, new pricing tiers will levy US$9.99 (A$13.50) for 150MB or US$15.99 (A$22) for 500MB to be used throughout the flight.

A spokesperson for Emirates has advised Australian Business Traveller that under the revised scheme, economy passengers will now receive 20MB instead of 10MB of free WiFi, and that allocation "must be used within 2 hours from sign-up."

As previously reported, business class and first class passengers will now enjoy unlimited free WiFi by entering their Skywards membership number at the login screen.

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David Flynn is the Editor-in-Chief of Executive Traveller and a bit of a travel tragic with a weakness for good coffee, shopping and lychee martinis.

Patricka340

Patricka340

28 May 2016

Total posts 128

So they want to make the wifi completely unusable before they start charging for it? This won't make it very attractive for potential buyers, or maybe they want to encourage more people to purchase it, by seeing what they are missing out on when they lose it.

Mightyreds

Mightyreds

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

09 Feb 2015

Total posts 260

Well that's 3 webpages covered, such generous allowance!!

EKdevotee

EKdevotee

Emirates Airlines - Skywards

05 Jun 2017

Total posts 29

I agree the service is routinely less than useless. I'm not sure that the price increase will determine many in economy. Too many people are addicted to streaming video (albeit practically impossibe), but their repeated attempts are what kill the service for everyone else

EKdevotee

EKdevotee

Emirates Airlines - Skywards

05 Jun 2017

Total posts 29

I'm about to board a flight to Addis Ababa, and I have found that flights to Africa generally have better service as I'm guessing that Africans are not as interested in endlessly streaming. Fingers crossed!

moa999

moa999

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

02 Jul 2011

Total posts 1374

At those limits they are chopping off Netflix entirely (typically 1gb /hr for SD), so it will definitely improve things, although won't stop YouTubers

The 2hr limit is a bit poor for someone just wanting to catch up on emails a couple of times through flight - effectively forcing them to pay


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