What we’re reading: Qantas to cut 1000 jobs, easy ski vacation ideas, Christmas in Las Vegas, Southwest, Virgin America to buy LaGuardia slots

by Stephanus Surjaputra on December 6, 2013

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Qantas cuts 1000 jobs, mulls future of Jetstar and frequent flyers

Qantas will cut 1000 jobs and will consider selling Jetstar, its low-cost subsidiary as well as its frequent flyer program.

After pleading over the last two weeks for financial assistance from the federal government, Qantas said in a profit warning on Thursday that the ”challenges we now face are immense.”

The airline will step up cost savings over the next three years, stripping out $2 billion.

16 easy ski vacation ideas from U.S. cities

It’s ski season across the United States and AOL Travel put together this guide on where to hit the slopes.

BOSTON

New England’s Appalachians host many of America’s original ski areas, and as the unquestioned capital of New England, Boston has always claimed a thriving ski culture. Day-trippers, weekend warriors and second-home owners clear out of Boston every weekend and many weekdays as well. The only question is whether they head to the Berkshire Mountains of Massachusetts, Vermont’s Green Mountains or the White Mountains of Maine and New Hampshire.

Is Las Vegas America’s REAL Christmas City?

If you’re going to be in Las Vegas this December, check out these Christmas-related events that are going on.

Las Vegas Great Santa Run. Vegas’s answer to Pamplona’s Running of the Bulls? The Great Santa Run, December 7, is a 5k that starts at the Third Street stage of Fremont Street Experience and features thousands of red-suited Santa wannabes. The ninth annual Great Santa Run will be marshaled by Shania Twain and will be competing with similar Santa runs in the U.K., Tasmania, and Japan for title of world’s biggest “Santa challenge.”

Southwest, Virgin America to buy LaGuardia slots

Virgin American and Southwest Airlines will buy take-off and landing slots at LaGuardia airport that US Airways and American Airlines are selling.

Last month, US Airways and American agreed to divest 17 pairs of slots at LaGuardia, as well as other assets, as part of a settlement of an antitrust lawsuit by the US Justice Department.

The sources, who asked not to be named to preserve business relationships, did not say how many of the 17 pairs of slots each airline would purchase. Terms of the sales are not known.

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