News You Can Use…Ugh

With the continuing slow week before Labor Day (though things are picking up here in NYC with the arrests of 500 protesters yesterday), I’ll pass along two pieces of consumer news that may be helpful:

United is offering an amazing $598 fare between New York and Sydney for select dates in September.

Thanks to the Webflyer Blog for this tip: For those of you who pay an annual fee for a credit card that earns you airline miles, you now have a better no-fee option: Amtrak (of all people) offers a free Mastercard that earns points that you can transfer into United Airlines or Continental Airlines. Best part? You can earn one mile for each dollar spent—with no annual fee.

Gate 1 Travel has a $639 package from LA to Beijing. Price includes air and five nights hotel. East coast supplements are about $220.

Gate 1 is also offering a $679 package from NYC to Morocco. Price includes flight and four nights in Marrakesh.

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