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5 Ways Boingo Keeps You Connected Over Labor Day Holiday Travel

Most travelers now say their smartphone is the single most indispensable item they carry, ahead of even their toothbrush, deodorant, and driver’s license. And if you’re like most people, the first thing you do when you get to the airport is look for free Wi-Fi.

That’s a lot of users connected to one Wi-Fi network, which can compromise the experience. And if it’s a busy holiday weekend, there’ll be even more travelers trying to get online—which is why if you’re planning on connecting to Wi-Fi this Labor Day (or any other time of the year), you should beat the crowds and turn to Boingo Wireless.

With more than a million Wi-Fi hotspots around the world, Boingo is the leading provider of airport Wi-Fi and a seven-time winner of “Best Wi-Fi Service” as voted by the readers of Global Traveler magazine; Boingo also has Wi-Fi hotspots at malls, coffee shops, stadiums, and other popular locations. Offering speeds up to 50 Mbps, Boingo is the perfect way to get fast, free Wi-Fi on your travels.

How to Stay Connected to Wi-Fi on Your Next Trip

Here are five ways that Boingo can keep you connected this Labor Day and beyond.

1. You May Already Be Eligible for a Free Premium Boingo Subscription

If you’re a frequent flyer, there’s a good chance you might already have access to a Boingo subscription and not even know it. Both American Express and Mastercard offer select premium cardholders unlimited access to more than 1 million Boingo Wi-Fi hotspots around the world. Mastercard holders can click here to see if they’re eligible; American Express holders can click here.

2. Boingo Passpoint Technology Seamlessly Connects Travelers

Boingo Passpoint is a new Wi-Fi technology that automatically connects you as soon as you arrive at the airport, just like your own home network—no need to log-in or enter a password.

Not only can Boingo Wi-Fi subscribers take advantage of Passpoint, Sprint and Charter Spectrum customers can also automatically connect to more than 150,000 of Boingo’s 1 million+ Passpoint-enabled hotspots.

3. Boingo Wi-Fi Subscriptions Give Travelers Blazing-Fast Speeds

If you use Wi-Fi to do more than just casually browse through social media feeds, you may want to upgrade from free airport Wi-Fi and opt for a premium service. This will give you the fastest speeds available, turning the airport into your mobile office where sending and downloading extremely large files is a breeze.

Boingo premium Wi-Fi plans start as low as $4.98 for the first month of unlimited worldwide access to hotspots.

4. Don’t Want a Subscription? Watch a Short Ad for Access to Free Boingo Wi-Fi

Whether you choose to subscribe or not, you can still take advantage of Boingo in airports around the world. Boingo offers an option for free Wi-Fi in exchange for watching a short ad. When you’re sitting in an airport waiting for your flight, who minds watching a quick ad if it means you’re rewarded with instant Wi-Fi access?

5. You Can Win Boingo Access for a Year!

Boingo is giving away a year-long subscription to five lucky SmarterTravel readers. To enter, tweet @boingo and mention this SmarterTravel post to be entered to win a Boingo access pass that will connect you to more than 1 million hotspots around the world.

Editor’s note: This sponsored post is brought to you by Boingo Wireless, the leading provider of blazing-fast Wi-Fi with more than 1 million hotspots around the world. Visit the Boingo website and follow Boingo on Facebook and Twitter to learn more about how Boingo can keep you connected while traveling. 

By Josh Roberts

Josh Roberts believes the best trips involve long hikes and muddy boots. His life goals haven't changed much since he was a kid: He still wants to be Indiana Jones when he grows up.

Follow him on Twitter (@joshwhowrites) and Instagram (@joshwhowrites), and visit his website ( or Goodreads page to learn more about his forthcoming novel.

Josh joined SmarterTravel in 2001, and is an active member in both the Society of American Travel Writers (SATW) and the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI).

In addition to SmarterTravel, he has written for USA Today, The Boston Globe, Yahoo! Travel, The Huffington Post, Airfarewatchdog, TripAdvisor, Jetsetter, ABC News, Oyster, and Business Insider. His travel photography can be seen in Britain and Ireland's Best Wild Places, published by Penguin UK.

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