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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).

GOLSmiles100

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…]

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Here are seven reader questions from the past week (so many good questions coming in!) that I have decided to reply to publicly. You can always email me, leave a note or private message on Facebook, or Tweet me with your questions.

Reader Questions & Comments June 20 2015 U

Note that I can shorten the emails and edit them for clarity. I always remove the personal information of both the reader and front line employees. If there are managers involved, I may leave their names intact, however. [click to continue…]

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Marriott Rewards has various Travel Packages redemption options where for instance you get a 7 night hotel award + a variable number of airline miles in your chosen airline for a set number of points.

Marriott Rewards Travel Package

In my opinion, this is the best way to use Marriott Rewards points. You get a 7 night hotel award and then can “purchase” airlines miles at ONE Marriott Rewards point per ONE mile with Package 1 airlines. [click to continue…]

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There is a reason (or actually many) why Delta SkyMiles are often referred as SkyPesos. The miles required for Delta flights using SkyMiles can vary a lot and let’s not whine about the sky high “carrier imposed” fees on itineraries starting outside of North America.

Delta SkyMiles Award Success GOL

There are occasions, however, when using SkyMiles can make sense and I just found one. You can use them for GOL flights within South America and fees are minimal at least for trips within and starting from Brazil, as there are no fuel surcharges. [click to continue…]