Free WiFi access in US Airways club lounges

This is a nice move from US Airways – this morning, they announced that WiFi access in their clubs will be free from now on.

The service is powered by T-Mobile, and used to require a T-Mobile hotspot subscription or a pricey day pass.

Access is free as of today in their lounges in Buffalo, N.Y., Charlotte, N.C., Greensboro, N.C., Hartford/Springfield, Conn., Los Angeles, New York La Guardia, Philadelphia, Raleigh Durham, N.C., Tampa, Fla. and Washington Reagan. All other US Airways lounges will switch to free access during the summer.

To get online, you’ll need a US Airways Dividend Miles account (free) or an access code card from the staff in the club.

Of course, this also means that you’ll have a good chance of getting a signal if you are standing outside the club doors, in the unfortunate event that you are not elite enough to get access to the club lounge, but don’t tell US Airways I told you that. Just be sure to signup for their mileage program so you can log in to the hotspot.

Free Wi-Fi for Vista Users

Now’s the time to grab your new laptop and hit the road, wandering Internet addicts.

Users of Microsoft’s new Vista operating system can connect to T-Mobile Hotspots for free from January 30 to April 30. That’s 90 days of free wireless broadband Internet access at US and worldwide locations like airports, Starbucks coffeehouses, Borders Books and Music stores, and FedEx Kinko’s Office and Print centers. This is a great deal (if you have Vista) since 90 days on a month-to-month Hotspot plan normally costs about $120.

So far, this is the only reason I’ve found for upgrading my OS. Yeah, I said it.

Visit Microsoft and T-Mobile’s bizarre promotion site SkySurprise for more details.