Looking for free Wi-Fi during your holiday travels? Here’s where to find it!

Nicole George
Nicole George

Nov 15, 2019 — 6 min read

Whether you’re going over the river and through the woods to Grandma’s house, or flying across the country, here’s how you can stay connected.

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Reconnecting with family and friends over the holidays doesn’t mean disconnecting from everyone else. Enjoy internet access over the holidays by using our holiday guide to finding free travel Wi-Fi during your journeys.

Free Wi-Fi hotspots

Most people know you can access free Wi-Fi at public locations, such as Starbucks and McDonald’s. But you can also get Wi-Fi from less typical businesses, such as Megabus and select gas stations. Plus, a variety of internet providers give customers, and even non-customers, access to their Wi-Fi hotspot network.

How to find free Wi-Fi near you

Most providers offer a Wi-Fi hotspot locator online or in their app, but if not, these free apps for iOS and Android can help you find free Wi-Fi wherever you travel:

  • WiFi FinderWiFi Finder shows you a map of public free Wi-Fi spots but also Wi-Fi that requires a password.
  • WiFi MasterWiFi Master helps you find hotspots anywhere you travel and connect to Wi-Fi networks with just one tap on the blue key in the app.
  • Osmino WiFiOsmino WiFi allows you to locate Wi-Fi hotspots around the world with Wi-Fi hotspot maps and other user reviews.

Unusual free Wi-Fi hotspots in your area

Most people think of coffee shops when trying to figure out where to get free Wi-Fi in new places. But there are plenty of interesting stores, restaurants, and businesses where you can get Wi-Fi if you need to work over the holidays or get out of your in-law’s home for a couple of hours.

  • Select Kohl’s stores – Not only does free Wi-Fi help you save data as you finish last-minute holiday shopping, but sometimes your login can trigger a Kohl’s coupon.
  • Megabus buses – Although Megabus.com warns that not every bus has Wi-Fi service, many Megabus rides allow travelers to enjoy free Wi-Fi. On top of that, the Megabus RIDE app offers free movies and TV shows to watch as you commute across the country to see family.
  • Particular gas stations – A growing number of gas stations provide free Wi-Fi to drivers. For instance, Love’s travel stops offer Wi-Fi access to any rewards member and Pilot Flying J has free Wi-Fi inside every location.
  • Public parks – A variety of public parks in New York City have free Wi-Fi, but the Big Apple isn’t the only city with free, public Wi-Fi. From Mt. Etna Park in San Diego to Freedom Park in Charlotte, you can find free outdoor Wi-Fi across the country.
  • Auto maintenance stores – Various vehicle repair and maintenance stores provide free Wi-Fi to customers. While it depends on the location, chains such as AAA, Jiffy Lube, Valvoline and others offer free Wi-Fi so you can relax or work as you get your car prepped for long, holiday trips.

Free internet provider Wi-Fi hotspots in the U.S.

AT&T hotspotsAT&T offers thousands of free hotspots across the U.S. and says you don’t need a network key or password. AT&T doesn’t have a map of hotspots but encourages using a hotspot locator app to track down AT&T Wi-Fi hotspots.

Cox hotspotsCox has a network of more than 650,000 Wi-Fi hotspots for Cox customers. Even if you’re not a customer, you can log in to one of their hotspots with a free, one-hour pass. Access the Cox Wi-Fi network at any outdoor hotspot location to register for the pass, which you can use once every 30 days.

Spectrum hotspotsSpectrum provides a free WiFi Finder App for locating Spectrum Wi-Fi hotspots. If you’re a Spectrum or Time Warner Cable customer, internet access is complimentary. Guests can sign up for an Access pass for 30 minutes of free Wi-Fi usage.

Xfinity hotspots – By using the Xfinity WiFi App, Xfinity customers can access Wi-Fi hotspots all over the nation. However, guests can access the internet at certain Xfinity Wi-Fi hotspots with complimentary access. Certain hotspots direct users to a “Not an Xfinity internet customer” page where you can renew complimentary sessions every two hours.

What about free Wi-Fi at airports?

Flying home for the holidays usually means time spent in airport waiting areas wishing you could hop onto free Wi-Fi. Some airports do have free Wi-Fi, and others have free internet with conditions. So, here’s a list of airports where you can find free internet over the holidays and stay connected during any layover.


  • Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport (ANC)


  • Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport (PHX)


  • John Wayne Airport, Orange County (SNA)
  • Long Beach Airport (LGB)
  • Los Angeles International Airport (LAX)
  • Oakland International Airport (OAK)
  • Sacramento International Airport (SMF)
  • San Diego International Airport (SAN)
  • San Francisco International Airport (SFO)
  • San Jose International Airport (SJC)


  • Denver International Airport (DEN)


  • Hartford-Bradley International Airport (BDL)


  • Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport (FLL)
  • Miami International Airport (MIA)
  • Orlando International Airport (MCO)
  • Southwest Florida International Airport (RSW)
  • Tampa International Airport (TPA)


  • Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport (ATL)


  • Daniel K. Inouye International Airport (HNL)


  • Chicago Midway International Airport (MDW)
  • Chicago O’Hare International Airport (ORD)


  • Indianapolis International Airport (IND)


  • Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport (MSY)


  • Baltimore-Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport (BWI)


  • Boston Logan International Airport (BOS)


  • Detroit Metropolitan Airport (DTW)


  • Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport (MSP)


  • Kansas City International Airport (MCI)


  • McCarran International Airport (LAS)

New Jersey

  • Newark Liberty International Airport (EWR)

New York

  • John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK)
  • LaGuardia Airport (LGA)

North Carolina

  • Charlotte Douglas International Airport (CLT)
  • Raleigh-Durham International Airport (RDU)


  • Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport (CVG)
  • Cleveland Hopkins International Airport (CLE)
  • Port Columbus International Airport (CMH)


  • Portland International Airport (PDX)


  • Philadelphia International Airport (PHL)
  • Pittsburgh International Airport (PIT)


  • Nashville International Airport (BNA)


  • Austin Bergstrom International Airport (AUS)
  • Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport (DFW)
  • Dallas Love Field Airport (DAL)
  • George Bush Intercontinental Airport (IAH)
  • San Antonio Airport (SAT)
  • William P. Hobby Airport (HOU)


  • Salt Lake City International Airport (SLC)


  • Seattle-Tacoma International Airport (SEA)

Washington D.C.

  • Dulles International Airport (IAD)
  • Reagan National Airport (DCA)

U.S. airports with free Wi-Fi access by state

Most of the airports listed above give people free, unlimited Wi-Fi access, but some of them provide a limited amount of free internet access. For instance, Austin-Bergstrom International, Minneapolis/St. Paul International and Raleigh-Durham International offer 45 minutes of free Wi-Fi, and you must pay for premium internet access.

Which airports have the fastest Wi-Fi?

If speed is what you need while waiting around in the airport, Honolulu’s Daniel K. Inouye International Airport (HNL) has the fastest Wi-Fi network among the 51 largest airports in the U.S. and Canada, according to a study by Speedtest.net.

With a mean download speed of 145.12 Mbps, Honolulu’s airport Wi-Fi was 37.5% faster than second-place winner Chicago Midway. In third place was Washington state’s Sea-Tac airport with Nashville International and Phoenix Sky Harbor rounding out the top five.

What if an airport doesn’t offer free Wi-Fi?

Airports that don’t have free Wi-Fi often use Boingo to power premium Wi-Fi. But, if you have home Wi-Fi service with Spectrum or have a specific AMEX credit card, you may be able to access Boingo for free.

Now that you know where you can enjoy free travel Wi-Fi while on the road this holiday season, you can maximize your internet connection during every pit stop, layover and last-minute shopping trip.