United to Allow Miles as Currency for In-Flight Wifi

United said this morning that they are testing a portal that will allow passengers to spend miles on in-flight wifi. International carriers already offer the benefit, though United says it will be the first US carrier with the payment option. No pricing plans were revealed, but the airline said pricing would vary based on supply and demand. Lufthansa currently charges long-haul customers 3,500 miles for an hour of access.

United said it plans to have the new portal available on domestic flights by early 2015 and international flights by mid-summer 2016.



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  1. I got really excited by the headline because I have a few thousand United miles, but I don’t fly THAT often; however, given that Saver economy awards start at 10,000 miles between the cities I fly the most, I can’t rationalize using 3,500 miles on an hour of wifi.

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