What we’re reading: Mountain bike adventures, Qantas changes FF program, Mississippi casino to close



Three scenic, beginner-friendly mountain bike adventures to try this spring

If you like mountain biking, even if you’re just a beginner, check out three adventures you have to try.

The Flume Trail is Tahoe’s flagship mountain biking route, taking you along scenic vistas and incredible overlooks of the lake. You don’t have to be incredibly fit, but you should be comfortable on a bike to navigate this sometimes-narrow and dramatic trail (i.e. sharp cliffs shown above). Grab a shuttle to the top and enjoy the mostly downhill cruise as you wind through what is arguably the most scenic mountain bike trail in the country.

Qantas frequent flyer points overhaul: what you need to know

If you’re a member of Qantas’ frequent flyer program, you’ll need to know about the changes the airline is making.

Qantas will drastically overhaul its frequent flyer scheme from July 1, when points and status credits will also be earned based on where customers fly, the fare they pay and the carrier they choose, rather than on the miles flown.

While travelers will earn more points and status credits on flexible fares, some lower fares such as discount economy will see fewer points earned.

Caesars to shutter Harrah’s casino in Mississippi, lay off up to 1,300 workers

Caesars Entertainment will be closing its Harrah’s casino in Tunica, Mississippi.

Spokesman Gary Thompson said Harrah’s is losing money and the taxes on the property are “onerous.” The company said employees will have preference for openings at those operations and at Caesar’s properties under development in Las Vegas.