Travelers across the U.S. will get a little holiday cheer thanks to Skype, which announced today that it is rolling out free Wi-Fi at 50 airports from December 21st to December 27th.

San Francisco, Portland and Spokane are all on the list, but interestingly you won’t get the promotion if traveling through Sea-Tac in Seattle. That’s especially curious since Skype is now owned by Microsoft, which will have thousands of employees passing through Sea-Tac this holiday. (Update: As noted below in the comments, Sea-Tac Airport already offers free wifi.)

“The holidays are all about connecting with those you love. Skype is excited to help you maintain these meaningful connections wherever you may be this holiday season,” the company writes in a blog post. “A voice or video call via Skype when you can’t be together for the holidays is the next best thing to being there.”

Google offered a similar free wi-fi marketing ploy at 54 U.S. airports in 2009.

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  • Isaac Alexander

    According to the Sea-Tac website, they already offer free wifi.

    There’s no information on the Bellingham International Airport site about Wifi availability.

  • Guest

    When’s the last time you visited Sea-Tac? They’ve had free wi-fi for two years thanks to Google. You even linked to that story in this post. Did you read it?

    • johnhcook

      I did read the story, and it was my understanding that the Google offering was a one-time holiday promotion in 2009. As Isaac Alexander points out below, there is free wi-fi available at Sea-Tac. I am just not sure if it is sponsored.

  • Guest

    Nice promo. I wonder how much that costs?

  • ajm

     seatac is a great airport.. it has free internet forever..

    what a joke to not have free internet at airports that charges all kinds of fees on tickets, rental cars

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