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How to get free Wi-Fi anywhere in the world with credit cards

To the point Here's how to get free Wi-Fi anywhere in the world just by having a credit card.

Whether you are a frequent traveler or a digital nomad, free internet access is a great advantage. If you don’t want to get an eSIM for example, Boingo Wi-Fi can be a good alternative method.

How Boingo works

Boingo Wi-Fi is one of the largest wireless Internet companies in the world. They have over a million secure access pointsaround the world. They offer subscription levels available for people on the go.

Access points can be shops, office buildings, restaurants, airports or even airlines (WestJet, Lufthansa, Swiss, Etihad, Singapore Airlines, etc.).

etihad wifi boingo

Through a prior registration of your mobile device, the connection to the network can be in two ways.

For example, it can be found all over the island of Oahu, Hawaii. In Honolulu, there are plenty!

Hotspot Boingo Hawaii

After downloading the Boingo application, you need to create your account. Then, the access to the network is done :

  • automatically when a Boingo hotspot is nearby with the new Passpoint system
  • or the application asks to authorize access to the hotspot and the connection is accepted

We recommend using a VPN when connecting to a Wi-Fi network. Find out why.

There are two subscription options:

  • 24 consecutive hours of daily pass anywhere in the world: $7.95
  • Unlimited: $14.99 per month

However, it can be totally free! Here’s the trick!

With Mastercard credit cards

Thanks to Mastercard, World and World Elite credit cardholders have free access to Boingo! In fact, these people will have 12 annual accesses of 90 minutes free, with unlimited data.

You must confirm your eligibility here on the Mastercard website. Next, enter the credit card number to verify and then create a Boingo account.

MC Boingo

Which World or World Elite credit card should I choose to get free Wi-Fi?

First, my colleague Brigitte did a very detailed article on her choice of World Elite credit card.

Coming back to the travellers or digital nomads, they will be inclined to choose between two options:

For Wi-Fi and travel insurance

In addition to their excellent assurances, let’s do the pluses and minuses of each card:

Desjardins Odyssey World Elite Mastercard
  • 8 free accesses per year to the Odyssée Desjardins VIP Lounge at Montréal-Trudeau
  • Good earning rate of up to 3% in BONUSDOLLARS for purchases
  • Redeem BONUSDOLLARS on travel expenses

⇒ But: $130 Annual fee

National Bank’s World Elite Mastercard®
  • Current promotion: No annual fee for the 1st year ($150 value)
  • 70,000 welcome points ($300 minimum travel spend: airfare, hotel or car rental)
  • $ 150 reimbursement for: airport parking, baggage fees, airport lounge fees, ticket upgrades and seat selection
  • Unlimited access to the National Bank of Montreal-Trudeau VIP Lounge

The National Bank World Elite Mastercard has a welcome bonus, travel credits (up to $250 annual credit) and a first-year annual fee refund.

For Wi-Fi and no 2.5% foreign currency conversion fee

In Canada, there are only 3 major credit cards that avoid the 2.5% conversion fee:

Being the only Mastercard of the bunch, the HSBC World Elite® Mastercard® is the only one to offer free Wi-Fi access offered by Boingo.

Bottom Line

Credit cards have some almost hidden options. Having Wi-Fi (and it’s free!) makes life a lot easier when you’re traveling or working all over the world. Like Maude, who works and travels in Central America!

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I'm Caroline, a loyalty program specialist! I use my points to travel more often and at a lower price with my spouse and our two children. I'm passionate about writing about the latest rewards news and how to put more points in your pocket.

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