Total flight time was 94 minutes. It was 10+ minutes after departure before the satellite sync’d up and it was even possible to pay. And I knew we’d have to shut down 15-20 minutes prior to landing. So basically $7/hour for service which might be decent. Oh, and trying to use the UA site for free as part of the flight didn’t actually work in my tests (I was trying to benchmark the speed to see if maybe I should consider paying). So, who’s buying??
I find it hard to believe too many are buying at $7/hour for the service. And since United doesn’t offer monthly or day-pass plans yet it also seems unlikely that the system got much usage on this flight.
Then again, I did pay $5 to use it on SFO-SAN a few weeks ago. That’s a higher hourly rate than this. I also only did it as it was the first time I’d been on a configured plane to try out the service. But they got my $5 for the novelty factor that day. Maybe a few others did the same on this flight last night.
What’s your threshold for buying in-flight internet service? Mine is typically pretty low, but I understand that I might be abnormal in that manner, too.