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When I flew on GOL Smiles issues award (read more about the award success here) on Qatar Airways in business class, something nice happened along the way and I am not referring to the mess on the flight that I wrote about here.

Sometimes You Get Lucky

Qatar Airways had substituted the A350-900 aircraft that I was ticketed with an Airbus A330-200 with 2-2-2 seating that would have been completely different (substandard) experience. [click to continue…]

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GOL is a Brazilian airline that uses Smiles as its frequent flier program, although the loyalty program has been spun off to a separate publicly listed company.

GOL Award Ticket Success MAIN

Smiles has been very aggressive on its miles sales this year and has offered 200% bonus several times. When I wrote about the program and its miles sales back in May, I noted that there are quite a few award bright spots (read more here). [click to continue…]

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This is just a friendly reminder that you should always check that the airport check in agent properly tags your bag. I have had mine mistagged twice this year.

Reminder Check Your Luggage Tags

Yesterday, I was flying on GOL (G3 2002) from GRU to SDU and the agent managed to tag my flight on GOL flight 2020 to POA under completely different name and the PNR. [click to continue…]

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A while back I purchased a small amount (66k) of GOL Smiles miles during the 200% Bonus Promotion. This month I found Qatar Airways A380 First Class availability on short notice so I decided to go to Abu Dhabi for a few days.

GOL AwardI have been monitoring the availability for the A380 route but there was nothing open for months out. Now I was lucky and scored with a few days advance notice (still available). [click to continue…]

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GOL, a Brazilian airline that is partly owned by Delta and Air France-KLM, has yet another promotion for buying Smiles (its loyalty program currency) and getting 200% bonus between July 9 – 12, 2015.

Gol Smiles 200 Percent Purchase Bonus

The price of a Smile is 0.07 BRL per unit and the price of 120,000 miles (40K + 80K bonus) is 2,800 BRL ($886). The price of a Smile in USD is roughly 0.74 cents each. [click to continue…]

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GOL Smiles just returned with yet another promotional offer to boost your mileage balance only weeks after the recent Purchase Bonus offer expired (see related article here).


Previously this offer was designed to purchase GOL Smiles directly into your own account, this time you have to transfer the miles into a secondary account to receive the 100% bonus. [click to continue…]