Back in March American Express announced that Platinum (and Centurion) cardholders would get unlimited Boingo internet hot spot access. American Express, of course, is an advertising partner of the blog.
Boingo offers over 700,000 land-based hotspots worldwide, and American Express planned to offer access for up to 4 devices.
The closest approximate of cost from Boingo for such a plan is $60 per month, and the benefit has been slated to start June 1.
Apparently it’s now live.
You’ll be asked to enter your American Express card number to verify eligibility. I entered my Platinum card and then was allowed to register.
If you already have a Boingo wireless internet account, it won’t automatically be cancelled just because you have this new free unlimited service, so you’ll need to handle that separately.
Once you’ve registered they’ll try to get you to download their app (which apparently will automatically search out their hotspots) but I see no reason to do that, I’d rather control the internet I’m connected to myself.
This offer was announced shortly after American Express lost American Airlines and US Airways lounge access. It’s not meant as a direct replacement of course, American Express offered extra fee credits, and they’ve been building their own lounge network.
American Express has of course long both lost and added benefits, US Airways lounge access was originally added when it first became clear that Amex would lose Continental as a partner… and long gone is the domestic companion ticket benefit that saved me quite a bit of money.
(HT: Loyal Reader Tim)