What Are Delta’s “Preferred” Seats and Should You Pay Extra to Sit There?

Knowledge is power, or so Schoolhouse Rock taught me during my youth.


While flying home from Charlotte on Delta, I knew we’d be on an MD-88 aircraft.  I generally don’t mind this type of aircraft for shorter flights because it has a 3-2 seating arrangement. With that, I can choose to sit on the side with two seats and then Sharon can have the window (her favorite) and I can have the aisle (my favorite). Plus we have the bonus of not needing to worry about who will sit in the middle seat. One of the downsides of that plane is the overhead bin on the two seat side is smaller and doesn’t fit many carry-on bags. Everyone has to put their larger bags on the side with three seats, since those are larger bins and those who board later usually have to gate check their bags because all the space has been taken.

I didn’t want to have to gate check a carry-on bag if I didn’t absolutely have to, so I found a way to board the plane with one of the first boarding groups. Here’s how I did it:

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JetBlue TWO DAY Sale – Make Your Reservations Before They’re All Gone!

Jet Blue started a two day sale earlier today, dubbed the “You Never Call, You Never Visit” sale ;-). Cute name set aside, the sale has some amazing fares that start at just $39! But reserve them fast because you have to book by tomorrow! Here’s some more info:

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The Fable of Finnair’s Final Friday the 13th Flight

It’s Friday the 13th, y’all! Hey, did you ever hear of the ULTIMATE Friday the 13th event that an airline pulled? It’s really creative and well done :-). Check this out…

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Booking A Flight On Frontier Is Different From What I Expected

Sharon and I were headed to Tennessee for a long weekend. The Knoxville/Gatlinburg/Pigeon Forge area is around a 10 hour drive and for us, that’s a long road trip but we wanted to do a test to see if “not far from home so maybe we could drive it” trips like this would work. We were making plans and it was getting close to the trip. Since I’m a travel geek and do things like this for fun, I made a final check of what it would cost us to fly instead of drive. Searching flights to our destination, it was pretty easy to find out what airlines we had to choose from. Here are the airlines that fly into Knoxville airport:

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Only two airlines that fly direct and one is Allegiant, which flies out of Orlando/Sanford (which is not actually in Orlando but 45 minutes away, in Sanford. There’s an ongoing controversy about that). Frontier flies between Orlando (MCO) and Knoxville, but only seasonally. Luckily, our travel times were in season and on the days they fly the route.

I went to check Frontier’s prices and the base fare was reasonable. Before looking any further, I went to check with Sharon. I was sure she would nix the idea because she’s not a fan of flying with ULCC’s (Ultra Low Cost Carrier).  Continue reading “Booking A Flight On Frontier Is Different From What I Expected”

United Issued This Guy A $378 Voucher In 1998. He Never Used It. Was It Still Good?

Not long ago, John Walker was going through a box he had thrown under his bed almost 20 years ago and found something he forgot he even had. It was a $378 United Airlines ticket voucher (a PRINTED voucher! When was the last time you saw one of those?), dated December 31, 1998. He read all the fine print and there it was, in black and white…the “domestic wholly unused non-refundable ticket(s) can forever be applied toward the purchase of another domestic non-refundable ticket, for the customer named on the ticket.” 

Was it still worth anything? Walker intended to find out.

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Spirit Airlines Now On Time More Than Two Major Airlines

We’ve made our disdain (is disdain too harsh? OK, OK…our scorn) for Spirit Airlines (and its ilk of Frontier, Allegiant and the U.K.-based RyanAir) known on more than one occasion. Besides not being thrilled with their nickel-and-dime method of pricing, they just haven’t had a good reputation when it comes to customer service or being on time. But to that end, I will give credit where credit is due. Continue reading “Spirit Airlines Now On Time More Than Two Major Airlines”

Good News From A Car Rental Company, Bad News From A Hotel Chain &, of course, “Naked Guy”

Happy Saturday friends and welcome to the weekend! Here’s a quick recap of the posts we wrote this week:

This week Joe wrote about:

And Sharon wrote about:

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