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Each Saturday, we round up news stories that you may have missed from the week before, including several that already appeared on The Points Guy, and some more that we haven’t covered yet. If you’re an avid TPG reader, scroll down for the new stuff. Here’s the top miles, points and travel news you may have missed this week:

JetBlue offered free flights for victims' families in response to the horrific attack in Orlando last weekend.
JetBlue offered free flights for victims’ families in response to the horrific attack in Orlando last weekend.

JetBlue Flies Families of Orlando Attack Victims to MCO for Free

Following the horrible attack in Orlando last week, JetBlue helped make things just a little bit easier for the victims’ family members and domestic partners by offering free seats on available flights to and from MCO. The airline also had a fee waiver in place for customers who might have needed to make last-minute changes to their travel plans.

Chase Ultimate Rewards redemptions can be extremely valuable if you know how to make the most of them.
Chase Ultimate Rewards redemptions can be extremely valuable if you know how to make the most of them.

Redeeming Chase Ultimate Rewards for Maximum Value

Chase Ultimate Rewards is among the most valuable and versatile point programs that exist — if you know what you’re doing. Here, we present the best strategies to help you get the greatest amount of value.

One of our contributors just had a great flight in economy from London (LHR) to Kuala Lumpur (KUL) on Malaysia Airlines.
One of our contributors just had a great flight in economy from London (LHR) to Kuala Lumpur (KUL) on Malaysia Airlines.

Review: Malaysia Airlines A380-800 Economy — London to Kuala Lumpur

While Malaysia Airlines has had a lot of bad press due to two tragedies that took place back in 2014, one TPG contributor recently had an enjoyable experience on the carrier’s A380 from London (LHR) to Kuala Lumpur (KUL) — in economy.

You can now book round-trip tickets on American Airlines from Miami (MIA) to several cities in Cuba.
You can now book round-trip tickets on American Airlines from Miami (MIA) to several cities in Cuba.

Many American Airlines Flights to Cuba Are Now Bookable

As of this week, you can book American Airlines flights to several destinations in Cuba from Miami (MIA). As of right now, you can only book round-trip tickets originating in the US and you’re not yet able to fly straight into Havana.

Costco will only be accepting Visa cards in a few days. Here are the best ones to use.
Costco will only be accepting Visa cards in a few days. Here are the best ones to use.

The 5 Best Visa Cards for Costco Purchases

With Costco’s dramatic switch from American Express to Visa just a few days away, be sure to use one of these Visa cards the next time you’re shopping at the retail giant.

In Other News…

The TSA is spending millions of dollars to cut down wait times at airports around the country.
The TSA is spending millions of dollars to cut down wait times at airports around the country.

Congress Approves $28 Million for TSA Improvements

This week, Congress approved $28 million in spending for the TSA to hire more screeners, move part-time employees to full-time status and open several new checkpoint lanes at airports across the nation. This news comes after American, Delta and United each invested millions of dollars to help the TSA better the screening process at airports this summer.

Southwest Airlines' employee uniforms are about to get a makeover.
Southwest Airlines’ employee uniforms are about to get a makeover.

Southwest Airlines Employees Are Getting New Uniforms for the First Time in More Than 20 Years

For the first time since 1996, Southwest’s employees will sport new uniforms beginning next year. The airline’s flight attendants, baggage handlers, provisioning and cargo workers, customer service/operations agents and skycaps will all get the new outfits.

You'll receive a 10% discount on Etihad flights when booking with your American Express card.
You’ll receive a 10% discount on Etihad flights when booking with your American Express card.

Etihad Extends 10% Discount for American Express Cardholders Until the End of the Year

Etihad will continue to offer a a 10% discount for customers paying with an American Express card through the end of 2016. The 10% discount applies to economy, business class and first class fares and is only valid for one-way or round-trip itineraries.

See if you're targeted for a 10,000 bonus point offer from the Hilton HHonors American Express card 
See if you’re targeted for a 10,000 bonus point offer from the Hilton HHonors American Express card.

Check to See if You’ve Been Targeted for This 10,000 Bonus Point Offer from Hilton

We’ve heard that some Hilton HHonors American Express cardholders are being targeted for a 10,000 bonus point offer after adding an authorized user to their account — if you’re eligible for this offer, you’ll either be notified by email or find out when you log into your Amex account.

United MileagePlus Visa cardholders can snag 500 extra bonus miles.
United MileagePlus Visa cardholders can snag 500 extra bonus miles.

United MileagePlus Visa Cardholders Can Earn an Easy 500 Bonus Miles

Attention United MileagePlus Visa cardholders: you can easily earn 500 bonus miles just for enrolling in Visa Checkout and making a purchase of at least $5. It’s a limited-time offer, but seems like a pretty painless way to score some extra miles.

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