GOL Introduces Checked Baggage Fees Effective June 20, 2017

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Sebastian wrote back in March (read more here) new protections that air travelers in Brazil were entitled to based on new legislation.

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One of the readers noted at the time that the Brazilian airlines were now allowed to charge for checked baggage (previously 23 kilos included for free per Brazilian legislation). It didn’t take too long for this practice to start in the Brazil as well.

Brazil Introduces New Consumer Legislation Improving Right For Domestic Airline Passengers, Fuel Surcharges Still Banned

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The Brazilian Civil Aviation Authority (ANAC) just introduced fresh legislation further strengthening the right of air travelers in the country and continuing to ban fuel surcharges (YQ/YR).

Previously these surcharges were already banned by law and airlines are not allowed to charge these frivolous fees to their customers  while at the same time domestic passenger rights improved too.

GOL Smiles Korean Air Business Class Award Specials Ex-HKG

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Smiles is the frequent flier program for the Brazilian based GOL airline, although run separately ala Aeroplan.

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Smiles has had quite a few nice award “specials” over the years including the Qatar Airways first class one that we have covered here on LoyaltyLobby. Sebastian recently wrote about their Diamond Club (read more here).

GOL Smiles: 6,000-10,000 Miles For New Subscribers Of CLUBE SMILES Up To Three Times

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Gol Smiles paid subscription membership Clube Smiles has a new promotion for fresh signups that offers between 6,000 and 10,000 Miles for the monthly fee of 10-40$.

smilesJust as the recent GOL mileage purchasing promotions the Clube Smiles membership is designed for those who can produce a Brazilian CPF Registration number in order to participate.

Emirates & GOL Codeshare & Frequent Flier Partnership Launch Effective November 1, 2016

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Emirates and GOL, the Brazilian low cost carrier, have launched their codeshare and frequent flier partnership effective today (November 1, 2016).

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Emirates and GOL frequent fliers can earn and redeem miles on each others flights effective. The airlines’ have updated their reflective website for earnings info.

Update: GOL Smiles Korean Air Awards Available Again After Three Months Of Absence

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In July/August we noticed that Gol Smiles has withdrawn their availability of Korean Air awards without any prior announcement but now it seems to be back!

gol-smiles-korean-air-700x399After randomly scanning for availability every other week I was able to find Korean Air flights again for certain routes within Asia which is good news for all Gol Smiles customers.

Le Club AccorHotels Smiles Points 10,000 Conversion Bonus September 23 – October 7, 2016 (Easy Le Club AccorHotels Platinum Status)

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You cannot normally convert airline miles (or points) to hotel loyalty program points but there seems to be an exception with Smiles (Brazilian based program tied to GOL) and Le Club AccorHotels.

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Le Club AccorHotels is offering bonus points for people that convert Smiles to points between September 23 – October 7, 2016.

Reader Question: Korean Air Intra-Asia Awards Not Available Using GOL Smiles?

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A LoyaltyLobby reader sent me a question about using GOL Smiles on Korean Air flights within Asia. The award availability seems to have disappeared.

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Remember that you can always email me, send a message via Facebook or use Twitter and include photos too. I’ll try to cover Reader Questions & Comments here several times a week.

Smiles Miles Reactivation Email For Cash (Hour After Expired!)

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Last week, I wrote (access here) a reminder that those that purchase Gol Smiles year ago at very attractive price should pay close attention to the expiry date that was rapidly approaching.

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I also criticized that Smiles has not been sending out any emails when your miles would expire. They did, however, send an offer to reactivate Smiles an hour later they had expired!

REMINDER: Use Your GOL Smiles Or They Expire In 12 Months!

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It is about 12 months since I wrote (read more here) about very good GOL Smiles miles sales that I also partook.

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The problem with the Smiles is that the bonus miles were expiring in just 6 months after the purchase and purchased miles within 12 months!

Sometimes You Get Lucky! (Miles For Award Ticket)

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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.

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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.

What’s Happening At GOL Smiles – Is The Program Still Worth It?

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It’s been a while since we’ve written about GOL Smiles, their promotion and award options so I thought it’s worth it to have a quick look again to reflect on the program.

Gol SmilesGOL Smiles made headlines last year when they ran the famous 200% Bonus Promotions for mileage sales that could be used for high yield redemptions on Qatar Airways First Class.

Air Canada & GOL Partnership Launch February 1, 2016

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Air Canada and GOL has launched a partnership effective February 1, 2016. You can now earn Aeroplan miles on GOL flights (redemption not yet possible).

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Although I am sure that GOL Smiles now allows earning miles on Air Canada flights, I couldn’t find any information about this on their website.

GOL Smiles Award Success: Qatar Airways Singapore To Buenos Aires

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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.

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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).

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