Delta, the nation's largest airline, announced the addition of "basic economy" seating, the carrier's lowest-fare offer. The ultra-low-cost seats started in mid-March and are offered only on select routes, primarily Detroit to the Florida cities of Fort Myers, Orlando, Tampa and Fort Lauderdale. Delta officials declined to say if the new ticket option would be expanded. The seats are about $12 to $20 cheaper than regular economy seats, but the tickets are nonrefundable and no changes are allowed after purchase. Also, passengers do not get advance seat selection but do earn frequent flier miles.
LOS ANGELES TIMESWebsite pulls together flash sales in one place
A new website has collected many flash-sale sites under one URL, making it easier to net the deals. EveryLodge follows the aggregator model by corralling deals from major flash-sale sites such as SniqueAway, LivingSocial and Jetsetter. Listings are organized under Ongoing Sales and Upcoming Sales. One caveat: To book the deal, you may need to become a member of the purveyor. Info: www.everylodge.com.
WASHINGTON POSTHiking Society offers volunteer vacations
Looking for a volunteer vacation? Venture into America's breathtaking backcountry to rebuild or create trails, shelters and cabins in more than 50 locations with the American Hiking Society. For those who want to combine a tropical getaway with a volunteer gig, check out possibilities in the Virgin Islands and Hawaii. Info: 1-800-972-8608; www.americanhiking.org.
DALLAS MORNING NEWSWashington Dulles terminal now roomier
Washington Dulles airport, which turns 50 this year, has expanded its International Arrivals Building, including doubling the size of the baggage claim area. The terminal can now accommodate 2,400 passengers an hour, up from 1,400.