The LG Weekly News Roundup: 12.24.09

Air, Australia, Food & Wine, New York City, Weekly Travel News, Wifi & Internet Cafes — By on December 24, 2009 at 5:54 pm

by Molly Fergus
LG Travel News Editor


Missed the big travel stories of the week? And the weird, wacky and insignificant ones? We’ve got your round-up right here….

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Wine instead of water
In Australian dream news, wine is now cheaper than both water and Coke, thanks to a surplus of grapes and an evolving palate down under. With a new winery opening on the continent nearly every two days, the tannin glut is only getting worse. Merchants are scooping up local vintages for as little as 45-cents a liter and selling them at the bottom-barrel price of $1.99 a bottle. That’s better than Trader Joe’s! Vacation, anyone?
Source: News.com.au

NYC on the cheap
Seems like Matt Gross, the New York Times Frugal Traveler, follows his budget-savvy habits within the five boroughs, too. In a Dec. 9 blog entry, Gross outlined a few ways to visit the country’s most expensive city on a dime – even during the frenzied holiday season. Some tips: Couchsurfing, prix-fixe dining and restaurant week reservations. (With plenty of cash left for Christmas shopping.)
Source: New York Times

Gift your miles
Still not done holiday shopping? Consider converting leftover airline miles into gift cards to round out your Christmas list. Both United and Delta are hosting gift-card promotions, with $50 certificates costing 7,000 miles at United and 8,000 at Delta. Hey, Christmas flights are blacked out anyway.
Source: New York Times


Paying more for less
It looks like airlines, still bloated from flusher days, are finally starting their crash diets. Pricier flights and fewer of them are becoming the norm, the Associated Press says. In just 2008, the number of take-offs and landings decreased by an average of 6 percent from 2007. The problem is most noticeable at smaller domestic hubs like St. Louis, Pittsburgh and Cincinnati, because larger carriers are focusing on international destinations.

Source: Yahoo

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Way to Wi-Fly
American Air develops a widget that lets you determine if your plane will offer GoGo in-flight wireless service. Click here to learn more.
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