Air Travel

Seat Review: 1B on Delta's 717

I recently had a chance to check out one of Delta's new Boeing 717's.  Delta started aquiring these aircraft from Airtran in 2013 and they now fly many of Delta's old DC9 routes.  The 717 is the smallest mainline aircraft in Delta's fleet with 12 seats in First Class, 15 seats in Economy Comfort and 83 seats in Economy.  First is configured in a 2-2 setup and coach is 2-3, similar to the MD80 fleet.

For my flight I was seated in 1B and my companion in 1A.  It was a short flight from St. Louis to Detroit and I think this is the perfect flight for this aircraft.

Travel at Random Anniversary: A Look Back

It's hard to believe, but it's been one year since we started Travel at Random.  In the past year we've travel around the globe, from hiking a glacier in Alaska to laying on a beach at Grace Bay in Turks and Caicos and we've been happy to have our loyal readers come along for the journey.  

This article is going to take a look back at where we've been and some destinations you might have missed.  We're all about the adventure and proving some helpful reviews and tips along the way.  

7 Items Always in My Bag

I spent a good amount of time this past summer traveling with a colleague who is not a frequent traveler.  I found myself often providing him some tips for a more enjoyable journey.  If you search the internet you'll find various articles, blogs and travel experts telling you what they like to pack when they travel.  I thought I'd take just a few minutes to recommend seven items I always carry and why.

Bag Fees, Avoid Travel Frustration

Those Fees Add Up!

Airlines in the U.S. collected $3.5 billion dollars in baggage fees in 2012.  That's according to a report released today by the federal government.  That's an increase over the $3.3 billion in bag fees collected in 2011.  Can you guess which airline charged passengers the most in baggage fees?  Delta led the pack, hauling in $865.8 million dollars, that's an increase of 32% from 2011.  United was a second with more than $700 million in bag fees.  Here's the list of airlines and how they rank: