What's the average cost of Wi-Fi on board?
Generally the cost depends on the airline and they say sometimes it may depend on the size of your device — phone, tablet or a laptop. Smaller devices usually consume less traffic, so wireless Internet for them tends to be less expensive.
However it might just be a marketing move, where business travelers need to work on their laptops and will pay a bigger buck anyway. It is said that some ways exist letting you trick your laptop into being a mobile device in order to get those lower fees.
If such an option is available you might want to book your inflight WiFi ahead of time at a lower rate.
Gogo service provider, for example, offers monthly packages to those who travel back and forth a lot. Such packages allow not only use WiFi on their respective airline, but also on other participating airlines.
If you are going to inflight Internet check if your airline will take payment with your miles in case you have some unused ones.
Clearly paying a lot of money will not guarantee you the fastest connection, however the technology is constantly evolving and there are things to look forward to. As airlines are upgrading their planes, inflight Wi-Fi is becoming faster and steadier and is available on more and more directions — domestic and international.
As Internet on board becomes a more common thing and there will be some competition, prices are more likely to become more competitive as well. Although for now it is quite the opposite: Gogo inflight WiFi is quite monopolistic and the prices have only been going up, not down so far.