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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:

You can fly to several international destinations on Southwest.

7 Countries You Didn’t Know You Could Fly to on Southwest

Southwest operates a robust domestic flight network, but the airline also serves several popular international destinations in the Caribbean and Latin America. Here are some of the most notable routes.

It’s possible to grow your credit score from 0 and eventually get great value from several credit cards.

How an Expat Went From 0 Credit to 7 Cards and 1 Million Miles

Read about how one TPG contributor moved to the US with no credit and then accumulated more than a million points and miles thanks to earnings from several credit cards.

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United hopes its new automated security lanes will expedite the screening process for passengers.

United Will Test Out Automated Security Lanes at Its Hubs This Fall

In an effort to combat lengthy security lines at US airports, airlines are investing in ways to speed up the process for flyers. United said that it will install new automated security lines at several of its hubs around the nation. These new checkpoints will feature innovations that will allow people to move through the lines more quickly and efficiently.

Build your own around-the-world itinerary — and save your miles in the process.

Cheap and Creative Around-the-World Itineraries

Several carriers and alliances offer travelers the opportunity to book an around-the-world award itinerary, but they’re often very expensive. Learn about how to save your hard-earned miles by creating your own itinerary from scratch.

Cuba is a country full of amazing destinations for travelers to experience.

How To Pick the Perfect Cuban Destination for You

Picking the perfect city to travel to in Cuba can be a daunting task. We’ve highlighted some of the top destinations to help make your decision a little easier.

Check out photos of 7-series Boeing aircraft, from the 707 to the 787.

Celebrating 100 Years of Boeing, from the 707 to the 787

Boeing recently celebrated its 100th year of aircraft building. Check out plenty of photos from the company’s massive birthday celebration in Seattle!

In Other News…

JetBlue customers now have more snacks to choose from.

JetBlue Expands In-Flight Snack Offerings

One of the greatest perks of flying JetBlue is the unlimited snack offerings for all passengers. Now, customers will have even more options to satisfy their hunger on JetBlue flights, as the airline has introduced Cheez-It crackers and Ocean Spray Craisins to its lineup of snack selections.

US customers will be able to sign up for a Cathay Pacific branded Visa credit card beginning in 2017.

Cathay Pacific to Launch Co-Branded Credit Card in 2017

Cathay Pacific has teamed up with Synchrony Financial to introduce a Cathay Pacific co-branded Visa credit card for US customers. The card is slated to launch in early 2017.

Check to see if you earned 1,000 bonus Delta SkyMiles.

Delta Amex Reserve Customers Can Earn 1,000 Free SkyMiles

If you hold the Delta Reserve Credit Card from American Express, check to see if  you’ve been targeted for a bonus 1,000 SkyMiles — just for being a cardholder.

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Air New Zealand is known for its humorous safety videos.

Check Out Air New Zealand’s Hollywood-Themed Safety Video

Air New Zealand has just released a new safety video — and spared no expense doing it. The video was shot in a Hollywood studio and explores iconic locations throughout the city.

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