Qantas does not plan to remove booking change fees permanently – CEO

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SYDNEY (Reuters) – Qantas Airways Ltd QAN.AX does not plan to permanently remove booking change fees, as major U.S. airlines have done, because it would damage its ability to manage revenue over the longer term, its chief executive said on Wednesday.

FILE PHOTO: Qantas planes are seen at Kingsford Smith International Airport in Sydney, Australia, March 18, 2020. REUTERS/Loren Elliott

The Australian airline has temporarily waived the fees, even on its budget offshoot Jetstar, to provide passengers with more flexibility during the pandemic. But United Airlines Holdings Inc UAL.O , American Airlines Group Inc AAL.O and Delta Air Lines Inc DAL.N this week announced plans to do so permanently.

“I think when certainty comes back I am of the view it is a big part of how we revenue manage and yield,” Qantas CEO Alan Joyce said of the fees at the CAPA Australia Pacific Aviation Summit.

“If every airfare

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Ahead of Kareena Kapoor Khan’s 40th Birthday, She Reflects Back at Her Experiences That Made Her Woman She is Today!

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Kareena Kapoor Khan Photo Credit: Instagram/@kareenakapoorkhan

Ahead of her 40th birthday, actor Kareena Kapoor Khan reflects back at her experiences and decisions that made her the woman she is today. Sharing her musings on Instagram along with a stunning picture, she wrote, “As I enter my 40th year… I want to sit back, reflect, love, laugh, forgive, forget and most importantly pray and thank the strongest force up there for giving me the strength and thank my experiences and decisions for making me the woman I am… Some right, some wrong, some great, some not so… but still, hey BIG 40 make it BIG. (sic)” Earlier in the day, Kareena shared Instagram stories revealing the prep for her 40th birthday. She shared a picture of kebabs in the making and wrote, “Birthday kebabs getting ready. By @reenz290.”

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Gavin Williamson defends taking holiday during A-levels crisis

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Gavin Williamson photographed in his office at the Department of Education after the crisis. (Getty)
Gavin Williamson photographed in his office at the Department of Education after the crisis. (Getty)

Gavin Williamson has defended his decision to go on holiday during the A-level exams fiasco earlier this month.

The education secretary has faced searing criticism for his handling of the crisis after the government was forced to perform an embarrassing U-turn on its grading system.

Despite frantic preparations for A-level results day on 13 August, The Sunday Times reported that Williamson took a week-long holiday to the seaside town of Scarborough until 9 August.

He also allegedly cancelled a crucial meeting to make the Yorkshire getaway possible.

Students from Codsall Community High School march to Williamson's constituency office. (Getty)
Students from Codsall Community High School march to Williamson’s constituency office. (Getty)
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U.S. Travel Industry Collaborates on “Let’s Go There” Campaign

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As states and cities move to reopen, the American travel industry launched a major campaign on Tuesday with a clear message for Americans: It’s OK to start planning your next trip—whenever it may be. The “Let’s Go There” campaign, which will extend into 2021, is the result of an industry-wide collaboration of more than 75 businesses and organizations that spent months examining the question, “What is the right message to potential travelers while the nation navigates the realities of a pandemic?”

The answer: Take advantage of the demonstrated personal benefits of travel planning, even by just thinking about a future trip—and whenever travelers are ready to actually take it, the industry will be ready to safely welcome them back. 

According to new polling conducted by happiness researcher Michelle Gielan of the Institute for Applied Positive Research, 97 percent of respondents said that having a trip planned makes them happier, while

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Best, Worst and Ridiculous Booking Decisions from WWE SummerSlam 2020 Results | Bleacher Report

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    WWE SummerSlam was a surprisingly enjoyable pay-per-view by most accounts, but that doesn’t mean WWE didn’t make any mistakes while booking Sunday’s show.

    There were a couple of genuinely surprising outcomes, the return of a major Superstar who has been gone for several months and some great action.

    Before we get into specific booking decisions, here is a rundown of the results:

  • Apollo Crews retained the U.S. title over MVP.
  • Bayley retained the SmackDown women’s title over Asuka.
  • The Street Profits retained the Raw tag titles over Andrade and Angel Garza.
  • Mandy Rose defeated Sonya Deville.
  • Seth Rollins defeated Dominik Mysterio.
  • Asuka defeated Sasha Banks to win the Raw women’s title.
  • Drew McIntyre retained the WWE title over Randy Orton.
  • Bray Wyatt won the Universal Championship from Braun Strowman.

Let’s look at what WWE did right, wrong and the most ridiculous decisions from SummerSlam.


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Facebook Virtual Reality Guru ‘Embarrassed’ by Lack of Social Experiences for Users During Global Pandemic

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A consulting executive at Facebook’s Oculus unit says he is “embarrassed” by the lack of social experiences offered during the COVID-19 pandemic, which he asserted should have been the “coming of age” for virtual reality.

a woman standing in front of a mirror posing for the camera: An attendee tries out the new Oculus Quest at the Facebook F8 Conference at McEnery Convention Center in San Jose, California, on April 30, 2019.

An attendee tries out the new Oculus Quest at the Facebook F8 Conference at McEnery Convention Center in San Jose, California, on April 30, 2019.

John Carmack, who is the subsidiary’s consulting chief technology officer (CTO), said in a talk during the Facebook Connect developer conference yesterday that the lockdowns enforced by global novel coronavirus outbreaks were a missed opportunity.


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In a series of frank comments he listed the names of abandoned projects, saying they could have helped VR users connect with friends and family during the crisis.

“This was the opportunity to defy distance, defy reality,” he said, before acknowledging the Oculus Quest VR headsets

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Sorry, but your beloved L.A. holiday event has probably been canceled. Blame coronavirus

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Does anyone remember summer 2020? Because somehow, our novel coronavirus spring of masks and marching came and went and suddenly, we’re facing Labor Day, the bittersweet three-day weekend when we traditionally celebrate the last few moments of beach and barbecue while looking ahead to that magical pumpkin-spice time of year, when we’re all cookies and candies and anticipation of holiday delights.

a close up of a fruit: This is the time of year when we typically start thinking about traditional fall festivities — such as pumpkin carving. (Ross May / Los Angeles Times; Getty Images)

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This is the time of year when we typically start thinking about traditional fall festivities — such as pumpkin carving. (Ross May / Los Angeles Times; Getty Images)

Except it’s 2020, remember? Our through-the-looking-glass pandemic year when nothing is as it should be, nor will be, because in case you didn’t get the memo, most of the traditional holiday events and beloved light shows that enliven the last quarter of the year have already been canceled.

In other words,

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Traders discuss what this means for Expedia, Booking

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Airbnb has made it official.

The company announced this week it has filed to go public after submitting a draft registration to the Securities and Exchange Commission. 

This comes as travel booking stocks Expedia and Booking Holdings have shown signs of life. Booking has bounced 60% and Expedia 118% off March lows, clawing back from losses sustained earlier in the year as the pandemic worsened and lockdowns went into effect.

Danielle Shay, director of options at Simpler Trading, is avoiding Expedia and Booking despite their recent rallies.

“Looking at Expedia and Booking right now, the reason why I’m very bearish on these stocks is because of air travel. I mean, Booking, yes they do have the vacation rentals but what about air travel? Same thing with Expedia. Air travel is down 70% year over year,” Shay said Thursday on CNBC’s “Trading Nation.”

MKM Partners chief market technician JC O’Hara is

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UW professor recalls rich experiences as Justice Ginsburg’s law clerk

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(KOMO) – With the passing of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, one of her former law clerks is sharing the profound impact the civil rights champion had on her own life and career.

Elizabeth Porter, an associate professor of law at UW, worked under Ginsburg starting in 2002. Porter said she was immediately impressed by Ginsburg’s sophisticated approach to the cases that came before her.

“I feel like we couldn’t really hope for much better of a life than the life that she designed and lived,” Porter said.

Landmark opinions were forged at that time as Ginsburg tackled same sex rights and affirmative action cases. Porter said the experience would shape her own understanding of life, the law and the fight for equality that continues to this day.

“This is a political tragedy for the country in my view,” Porter said of Ginsburg’s death after repeated bouts of cancer.

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Holiday Weekend Heat Will Again Stress The Power Grid But Outages Less Likely: LAist

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The sun sets behind power lines and poles in Rosemead, California (Frederic J. Brown/AFP/Getty Images)

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The coming three-day holiday heat wave will be just as hot as the one in mid-August, and Californians are forecast to use just as much energy, pushing the state’s utilities to the brink of running out of power.

But will we experience rolling outages, as happened in mid-August?

The simple answer:

The state’s power managers forecast demand and production one day ahead of time, and on Thursday they said it’s too early for them to know if rolling outages will be needed. The worst of the heat starts on Saturday, and things could change.

The more complicated answer:

Rolling outages happen if there is too much

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