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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.


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

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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…]