On the heels of offering free in-flight Wi-Fi to travelers during the holiday season, airlines are touting another incentive throughout the month of February: free Facebook access.
Various airlines are once again partnering with Gogo Inflight Internet to get passengers Web-connected when flying thousands of miles in the sky. Airlines that will be offering the promotion include American Airlines, AirTran, Alaska Airlines, Delta, United Airlines, US Airways and Virgin America.
Facebook access will be free for all, but full Wi-Fi connection will begin at $4.95 and will vary depending on the length of the flight. For long flights, airlines sometimes charge up to $13 for Wi-Fi access.
Gogo said that Facebook is the top-visited site by travelers. The company aims to get people excited and hooked on the in-flight Internet service during the promotion.
This is not the first time Gogo has offered free access to travelers. From Nov. 20, 2010, through Jan. 2, 2011, holiday travelers flying on AirTran, Delta and Virgin America had access to its in-flight Internet network. The service gave Wi-Fi-enabled devices such as laptops and smartphones free access to surf the Web while in-flight.
The promotion was sponsored by Google Chrome.