Free or Paid? Wi-Fi at the Top 24 U.S. Airports

Adding up the cost

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Travelers have come to expect airports to offer free Wi-Fi. While most of the top 24 U.S. airports do offer free Wi-Fi, there are some that still charge for the service. A Wi-Fi study by iPass notes that business travelers hit the road with an average of three connected devices.

Respondents to iPass listed “lack of connectivity” as a huge challenge to business travel, saying ​that finding and accessing Wi-Fi is one of the top challenges they face when they travel.

“Looking at the big picture, business travelers really want four things from their Wi-Fi connection when they are on the road: cost, ease, security and ad-free,” it said.

Wi-Fi connectivity is the method of choice, thanks to its speed, cost-effectiveness, and bandwidth, said the report. Seventy-four percent of business travelers would choose Wi-Fi over cellular data when traveling—if they can get it. Almost 77 percent reported that simple Wi-Fi connectivity is their greatest challenge to productivity when they’re on the road. And 87 percent of respondents reported that they feel frustrated, annoyed, angry or anxious when connectivity isn’t available.

Below is a list of Wi-Fi offered in the top 25 U.S. airports.

1.  Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport- the world’s busiest airport now has free Wi-Fi via its own network.

2.  Chicago O'Hare International Airport - travelers get free access for 30 minutes; paid access is available for $6.95 an hour $21.95 a month from provider Boingo Wireless.

3.  Los Angeles International Airport - traveler get free access for 30 minutes; paid access is available for $4.95 an hour or $7.95 for 24 hours.

4.  Dallas/Ft Worth International Airport - the airport offers free Wi-Fi in all terminals, parking garages and gate accessible areas, sponsored by AT&T.  

5.  Denver International Airport - free throughout the airport.

6.  Charlotte Douglas International Airport - free throughout the terminals.

7.  McCarran International Airport - free throughout all public areas.

8.  Houston Airports - free Wi-Fi in all terminal gate areas at George Bush Intercontinental Airport and William P. Hobby Airport.

9.  Sky Harbor International Airport - free Wi-Fi is available in all terminals on both sides of security, in most retail and restaurant areas, near the gates, and in the lobby of the Rental Car Center, all offered by Boingo Wireless.

10.  Philadelphia International Airport - available in all terminals.

11. Minneapolis/St Paul International Airport - free in terminals for 45 minutes; after that, it costs $2.95 for 24 hours.

12.  Toronto Pearson International Airport - free, sponsored by American Express  

13.  Detroit Metropolitan Wayne County Airport - free in all terminals.

14.  San Francisco International Airport - free in all terminals.

15.  Newark Liberty International Airport - free for the first 30 minutes in all terminals; after that, it’s $7.95 a day or $21.95 a month via Boingo.

16.  John F. Kennedy International Airport free for the first 30 minutes in all terminals; after that, it’s $7.95 a day or $21.95 a month via Boingo.

17.  Miami International Airport - the airport only offers free Wi-Fi access to certain travel-related websites; otherwise, it costs $7.95 for 24 continuous hours or $4.95 for the first 30 minutes.

18.  LaGuardia Airport - free for the first 30 minutes in all terminals; after that, it’s $7.95 a day or $21.95 a month via Boingo.

19.  Boston-Logan International Airport - free access throughout the airport.

20.  Salt Lake City International Airport - free access throughout the airport.

21.  Seattle-Tacoma International Airport - free access in all terminals.

22.  Washington Dulles International Airport - free access in the main terminal and concourse areas.

23.  Vancouver International Airport - free access in all terminals.

24.  Long Beach Airport/Daugherty Field - free access throughout the facility.