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Airlines waive change fees and attractions close as Tropical Storm Darby threatens Hawaii

As Tropical Storm Darby menaces Hawaii, most airlines flying from Southern California to the islands are waiving fees for reservations changes.

As of 7 p.m. Pacific time Saturday, the storm was 45 miles south of Hilo on the Big Island, where heavy rain was reported Saturday evening. Tropical storm, flash flood and high surf warnings were in effect there.

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Hawaii Island's lava-viewing sites, county campsites shut in anticipation of Tropical Storm Darby

The threat from Tropical Storm Darby, which as of Friday was heading toward Hawaii Island, prompted the closure of lava-viewing areas in and near Hawaii Volcanoes National Park and campsites at the Big Island’s county parks.

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Sydney or Melbourne? Take your pick for less than $1,000 round trip on Qantas

You can fly round trip from LAX to Sydney or Melbourne along with a choice of  Australian seasons — the reverse of ours — for $929, including all taxes and fees, on Qantas.

You must buy this fare, which is subject to availability, by Wednesday, July 27. It  is for departures Mondays through Thursdays between Sept. 1 and 27, Oct. 9 and Nov. 1, and Jan.

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This intimate cruise showcases the beauty and culture of Portugal and Spain

If you want a more intimate cruise experience on your next trip, Variety Cruises next year is launching an eight-day Glories of Spain & Portugal cruise aboard the 25-cabin Panorama II.

The cruise will take passengers from Malaga, Spain, to Lisbon, Portugal.

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Going to Las Vegas this weekend? Grab a free tank of gas, courtesy of Google Maps

If you’re heading to Las Vegas for the weekend, Google Maps has a treat for you: a free tank of gas. You read that right, free.

To promote its app, Google Maps is offering a series of freebies along Interstate 15 between L.A. and Vegas from noon to 8 p.m. Friday and 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday.

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The West: 3 cool cities to visit (and cool things to do) on a super-hot Saturday