Chalk another one up for Amazon Prime. The online retailer's signature membership program already includes free shipping, streaming videos and music. And it just got better. Amazon Prime members can now get free Wi-Fi on certain airline flights, too.
“We want to provide the best digital video experience to our customers and we’re excited that with JetBlue, we will raise the bar in airline entertainment,” said Michael Paull, Amazon’s VP of digital video.
JetBlue usually charges $9 for access to its in-flight Fly-Fi service, but now Prime members can log on absolutely free of charge. The service will initially roll out this year on JetBlue's Airbus A321 and A320 aircraft. Next year look for the service to expand to Jet Blue's Embraer E190 planes.
According to JetBlue, its in-flight Internet connection isn't just for checking emails and browsing the Web. It's fast enough to stream high quality movies and TV shows.
“Just like at home, customers will be able to access movies and TV shows from Amazon from 35,000 feet in the sky over our super fast and free Fly-Fi,” said Jamie Perry, VP of brand and product development for JetBlue. “By teaming up with a category-leader like Amazon, we created a unique model where we can offer complimentary broadband Internet access.”
So, how can you get access to free in-flight Wi-Fi from JetBlue? Just sign up for Amazon Prime. The membership also includes free two-day shipping on qualified Amazon purchases and access to free streaming movies and music.