What to Know Now

Over at Conde Nast, Deputy Consumer News Editor Paul Brady points out that NOW is the time to start planning your holiday travel — after Labor Day, prices are only going to rise.

Wise words. My Thanksgiving tickets to South America have been booked for months, and the Christmas flights are already on the radar. Here in August, there are still a few award seats and cheap fares scattered across the network — lock in your schedule now and use the leftover money to buy Ostrich Pillows for your family.

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Travel down under may soon be getting more expensive. Australia’s flag carrier Qantas is looking to cut $1B from its international business and continue restructuring in the face of massive losses. That means fewer flights from Australia to the US and Europe, lower capacity and higher prices. Our advice? Snag your mileage tickets now and watch from the sidelines. In the meantime, you can learn how to talk better Australians here.

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Engadget’s Zach Honig had a fond farewell to Cathay Pacific’s 747 this past weekend. Enjoy the read here.

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Photo credit: A Qantas Airways Boeing 737-800 plane (top) and a Dash 8 aircraft move down the runway at Sydney Airport in this picture taken April 29, 2013. David Gray / Reuters

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