Which Airlines Have the Best Free Perks?

Written By Jeff Hindenach
Last updated December 1, 2020

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March 10, 2016

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When people look for an airline ticket, usually their top concern is price. While price is no doubt a factor for many, certain airlines offer free perks that you shouldn’t overlook. These perks can provide serious savings, help reduce hidden costs that many airlines charge and make flights much more enjoyable.

Southwest offers a variety of perks that can help you save big. Most domestic airlines will charge you $25 for your first checked bag. If you have a second bag, you’ll be charged even more than the first in most cases. Unlike other airlines, Southwest allows you to check not one but two free bags.

Southwest offers another potentially big savings option. With most airlines, if you change your flight date, you’ll have to pay whatever difference there is plus a change fee that can cost about $200. Southwest doesn’t charge this fee, allowing you to pay only the difference in the fare price.

People are more connected than ever, and they want to stay connected even when they’re cruising at 25,000 feet. The good news is that JetBlue is now offering passengers free Wi-Fi. On top of that, Jet Blue’s Wi-Fi is reportedly much faster than paid options on other airlines. JetBlue is the first American airline to offer all customers free Wi-Fi on most flights, but there are other foreign airlines like FinnishAir and Norwegian Airlines that also offer this perk.

Virgin Airlines is known for delivering that little something extra with its flight experience. Each leather seat featured on all of Virgin’s planes comes equipped with a USB outlet, which means you can charge your laptop and other devices while you fly. Virgin Airlines also features an in-flight touchscreen chat feature, which allows you to chat with business colleagues or even flirt with someone who caught your eye. This option also allows you to send drinks, a meal or a snack to another passenger with the touch of a button.

These two airlines are partners with Alaska Airlines and serve one free local wine and beer per flight. That means you can enjoy craft beers like Pyramid Outburst IPA or Pelican Kiwanda Cream and local wines like the Waterbrook Mélange red. (Be aware, though, that the Skywest E-175 aircraft doesn’t offer this deal.)

Ultimately, free perks can greatly improve the flying experience and help you get from Point A to Point B with a big smile on your face.

About the Author

Jeff Hindenach

Jeff Hindenach is the co-founder of Simple. Thrifty. Living. He graduated from Bowling Green State University with a Bachelor's Degree in Journalism. He has a long history of financial journalism, with a background writing for newspapers such as the San Jose Mercury News and San Francisco Examiner, as well as writing on personal finance for The Huffington Post, New York Times, Business Insider, CNBC, Newsday and The Street. He believes in giving readers the tools they need to get out of debt.

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