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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:

Learn about this month’s top credit card offers.

Top 10 Travel Rewards Credit Card Offers for July 2016

It’s the beginning of a new month, which means it’s time for TPG’s breakdown of the best credit card offers of the month. Find out which ones are on the list for July.

You can earn 10% cash back or 10x Ultimate Rewards with Chase Freedom this month.

Earn 10x Ultimate Rewards Points on Hotels and Car Rentals with Chase Freedom

This month, you can earn 10% cash back or 10x Ultimate Rewards points on hotel and car rental bookings made with the Chase Freedom card through Chase’s travel portal.

Learn what your points and miles are worth this month.

What Are Points & Miles Worth? July Monthly Valuations

Find out what your points and miles are worth this month.

Membership Rewards points can be very valuable if you know how to redeem them for maximum value.

Redeeming American Express Membership Rewards for Maximum Value

Read about strategies that can help you best use your Membership Rewards points earned from a variety of cards issued by American Express.

There’s now business-class award availability for flights on Singapore’s new A350.

Redeem Miles for Business Class on Singapore’s New Nonstop from San Francisco

Singapore Airlines has released some award availability on the carrier’s new nonstop flight from San Francisco (SFO) to Singapore (SIN) on the brand new Airbus A350-900. Find out the best ways to redeem miles for a seat in business class on this ultra-long-haul flight.

In Other News…

Norwegians US expansion plans have been delayed for now due to the Department of Transportation.

Norwegian’s US Expansion Hits a Speed Bump

This week, the US government denied Norwegian’s request to fly to the US with its UK subsidiary. The plan was met with strong opposition by the three major US airlines. The Department of Transportation didn’t reveal specifics of the decision but said that the situation was ‘novel and complex.’

For a limited time, earn double Alaska miles on some Japan Airlines flights.

You Can Earn Double Alaska Miles of Japan Airlines Flights for a Limited Time

Alaska Airlines and Japan Airlines recently formed a partnership that includes a reciprocal mileage earning arrangement. Between July 7 and September 30, 2016, Alaska Mileage Plan members can earn double miles when traveling on some Japan Airlines flights.

Sample Belgian fries on board Brussels Airlines European flights longer than 2 hours. Image courtesy of Shutterstock.

Enjoy Belgian Fries on European Flights with Brussels Airlines

Brussels Airlines is embracing its Belgian roots with new food items on board many of the airline’s flights. You can now enjoy Belgian fries (served with mayo or ketchup) on all European flights over two hours. Soon after, the carrier will add another national delicacy — Belgian waffles — to these flights.

You can fly from New York (JFK) to Baku (GYD) on Azerbaijan Airlines. Image courtesy of Shutterstock.

Get an Azerbaijani Visa Automatically with Azerbaijan Airlines

US citizens wishing to travel to Azerbaijan are required to purchase a visa before traveling to the country. However, if you book a ticket on Azerbaijan Airlines’ flight from New York (JFK) to Baku (GYD), you will automatically receive a short stay single-entry visa upon arrival. The visa is valid for 30 days.

You can use Virgin Australia miles to pay for gas — but it’s an awful value. Image courtesy of Shutterstock.

Redeem Virgin Australia Miles for Gas at a Terrible Rate

Members of Virgin Australia’s Velocity loyalty program have a new way to use miles — at the gas pump. Note, however, that these redemptions represent an abysmal value.

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