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  1. Steven Sullivan
    Steven Sullivan at |

    I think there’s a hidden soft rollout of this happening. Twice in the past week I’ve had Facebook Messenger or Whatsapp messages arrive on my phone somewhere in the space between Wi-Fi kicking in at 10,000 feet and me logging into my Gogo account.

    1. Seth Miller
      Seth Miller at |

      That’s interesting in that you should (at least in theory) have to log in and select the free messaging plan for it to work. There are also issues around authenticating users for US law enforcement rules (hence captcha requirement even for free services). But glad it is going live quickly.

    2. Hans Mast
      Hans Mast at |

      Facebook Messenger and a Google Hangouts have worked for me on Gogo without logging in for years. It was a little bit and miss, wasn’t consistent.

  2. Joe
    Joe at |

    Don’t forget JetBlue also has free internet access!

  3. Igor Matlin
    Igor Matlin at |

    So…if this is the same messaging plan as Gogo currently sells for $2.95, some email services seem to work, too.

    1. Seth Miller
      Seth Miller at |

      Yes and yes.

  4. David Huberman
    David Huberman at |

    So one day they move the minimum waiver req to a jaw dropping $250,000, and the next day they throw EVERYONE a really nice perk by giving free mobile messaging? Wow. That’s really nice

    1. Steven Sullivan
      Steven Sullivan at |

      Haha. Well, they’ve essentially done with the credit card waiver what AA and UA have always done with theirs, which is not allow it for the highest status level. Ever since spend was part of the equation, UA has not allowed a credit card waiver for anything above Platinum – and UA also didn’t allow credit card PQMs earned on the old CO card that had flex MQMs to be used to get to 1K. DL does still allow the bonus MQMs earned off its Amex products to be used for Diamond – just not the dollars spent on the card (yeah, I know it’s technically allowed, but not many people spend $250,000 in a year on a card).

      I think it would have been a better PR move to just eliminate the waiver rather than multiply it by 10, but whatever. It might affect me, or it might not, but it’s hardly the end of the world if it does. Somewhere along RNO-SLC-ATL-DCA today I’ll hit my $15,000 MQDs, even though I’ve already qualified for Diamond next year with the credit card waiver. So, if this police had gone into effect a year ago, I would have still had the spend in by the end of September, and been just fine.

    2. Steven Sullivan
      Steven Sullivan at |

      I’ve seen some speculation that there was also some contractual agreements involved that prevented full elimination.

      Of course, I’ve also seen a couple of people on a Facebook group for DL Diamonds post that they put double that amount on cards every year. So, what do I know?

      The individual emails we all received about the change had our last two years of qualification statistics, and last year I was short some MQDs – but only about $400 worth. That’s the only time I haven’t made Diamond with both the $15,000 in MQDs and the $25,000 Amex waiver. Given that, if I was ever so close again, I’d find somewhere to go to get the dollars spent.

    3. Joel Anderson
      Joel Anderson at |

      I always thought DL was generous allowing the Amex spend waiver for Diamond.

      For those who do spend $250k on the DL Amex, I’m willing to bet they don’t have an issue hitting the minimum MQD amounts anyways.

    4. Joel Anderson
      Joel Anderson at |

      I always thought DL was generous allowing the Amex spend waiver for Diamond.

      For those who do spend $250k on the DL Amex, I’m willing to bet they don’t have an issue hitting the minimum MQD amounts anyways.