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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:

Check out these lesser-known international routes that Delta flies.

6 International Delta Routes You May Not Know About

Discover some lesser-known international routes that Delta flies. Many of these routes could be a great way to use the bonus miles you earned from the recent increased sign-up offers from Delta and American Express.

The JP Morgan Palladium is heavy — but is there any substance behind all that weight?

JP Morgan Palladium Card: Is It Worth It?

Find out what perks come with JP Morgan’s exclusive Palladium card — and whether or not it’s worth the steep $595 annual fee.

Be sure to have the right cards if you’re planning on staying in hotels for your summer travels.

The Best Cards for Summer Travel: If You’re Staying in a Hotel

With the summer travel season in full swing, you’re going to need to find accommodations for your trip. If you plan on staying in hotels, check out the cards that give you bonus points, free nights or other perks for hotel stays.

Is the Gold or Platinum Delta Amex card right for you?

Should You Get the Gold or Platinum Delta Amex Card?

For a limited time, both the Gold Delta SkyMiles Credit Card from American Express and the Platinum Delta SkyMiles Credit Card from American Express are offering increased sign-up bonuses. But, the cards have some notable differences — find out which card works best for you.

TAP Portugal’s brand new lie-flat business class is a great way to cross the Atlantic.

Review: TAP Portugal A330 Lie-Flat Business Class — Lisbon to Boston

TAP Portugal recently launched a new route from Lisbon (LIS) to Boston (BOS) with the airline’s brand new A330-200 aircraft, featuring the carrier’s also brand new lie-flat business class product. Read about TPG Editor-In-Chief Zach Honig’s impressions of this new option for transatlantic flights.

In Other News…

United’s CEO shared a plan to cut costs and increase revenue — but it was short on details.

United Shares Plan to Bring in Billions of Additional Revenue

This week, United Airlines CEO Oscar Munoz had a call in which he discussed the airline’s desire to bring in billions of dollars more in revenue and cut its costs — but full details on how the airline will achieve this goal are lacking.

Uber’s giving away two free flights on Alaska Airlines.

Win Free Flights on Alaska from Uber

During Pride week in several cities, if you take a ride with UberPool or UberX, you’ll automatically be entered to win two round-trip tickets to any Alaska Airlines destination, including Mexico, Hawaii and Costa Rica. Each ride counts as a separate entry, so ride often!

IranAir currently operates a drastically outdated fleet. Image courtesy of Shutterstock.

IranAir to Buy Jets From Boeing

IranAir has signed a tentative agreement with Boeing to purchase some of its jets. The deal is subject to approval from both the Iranian and American governments and is said to include 737 and 777 aircraft.

Receive a 35% bonus when you transfer hotel points to British Airways.

Get a 35% Bonus When You Transfer Hotel Points to British Airways

If you transfer your hotel points to British Airways between now and July 5, 2016, you’ll receive a 35% bonus on the number of Avios you receive. This bonus works with most major hotel loyalty points including Hyatt, IHG, Marriott and Starwood.

Cyprus is attracting the most tourists it’s seen in almost 15 years. Image courtesy of Shutterstock.

New Airline Launches in Cyprus

A new airline, named Cobalt, will launch next month in the Mediterranean island of Cyprus, in no small part due to the influx of tourism to the island. Cobalt sees a market for flights connecting Cyprus to mainland Europe and the Middle East, as connections now are infrequent and very expensive. The airline hopes to have a fleet of 5 aircraft by the end of this summer, and is planning to double that number by 2017.

Featured image courtesy of ShutterStock.

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