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Google helps you find deals on flights and hotels

Engadget

You also won't have to worry that you're missing out on a low-cost flight. Google Flights is getting price tracking that can tell you when prices change for date and destination combos or specific flights. You'll only have to wait for email or a Google Now card to know when it's time to take action. This tracking will only be available in the 26 countries where Google Flights is available, but it'll reach all of them in a matter of weeks. Most of Google's other updates today are more helpful for advertisers (such as a companion banner that lets you browse their wares while watching YouTube).


Looking for cheap flights? These are the sites (and apps) you'll need to find the best deals.

Mashable

It's time for your vacation, and you know what that means: Get the heck out of here! You haven't booked a flight anywhere. Or maybe you've just returned from a big trip, and need to plan a quick weekend getaway to ease the re-entry pain. These are the best websites for finding flights. Just because you've got a tight budget or are looking last minute doesn't mean you can't travel.


How to get the most out of your next beer flight

Los Angeles Times

Try Hollywood's craft beer capital Blue Palms Brewhouse, where you can pick anything off the list of 24 taps to construct your $11 custom flight, or Mikkeller Bar in South Park, where the $20 flight option is the best way to tackle one of the best beer lists in the city (and where you can actually end up with taster glasses that cost you less per ounce than a full pour). Mikkeller also offers special $15 flights on Monday and Tuesday evenings. At Brewport Tap House in El Segundo, you not only get to build your own flight, you get to pour it with a self-serve draft setup.


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SEE ALSO: Here's why airlines have trouble with your hyphenated name According to the airline's website, passengers can make a bid during their regular ticket purchase process. Though the extra space is not guaranteed, passengers will be notified if their bid is accepted with a confirmation message 32 hours before the flight. The airline's website describes Neighbour-Free Seating as a perfect option for "small families in need of more space for the little ones; a business traveller who wants extra room to relax and work, or [someone who's] traveling alone and looking for a private spot to stretch your legs." Though we're not sure this will catch on with airlines around the world, it could be a decent way to compensate for some downright obnoxious flight realities, like less leg room and lack of carry-on space.


Blue Origin might launch a manned New Shepard flight in 2018

Engadget

One of them could be Blue Origin's New Shepard launch system. According to Jeff Ashby, the private space corporation's director of safety and mission assurance, Blue Origin is "about roughly a year out from human flights, depending on how the test program goes." Ashby spoke at the Next-Generation Suborbital Researchers Conference just a few days after his company successfully sent Crew Capsule 2.0 to suborbital space with "Mannequin Skywalker" on board.