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.
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.
You can access Smiles website for this offer here.
Note that the terms this time state that the Smiles holder should have valid Brazilian CPF on file and use credit card issued in Brazil (not sure if they check these though).
Note that the purchased miles expire in 12 months and the bonus ones in 6 unless you use them. You can play with the Smiles award search engine to see the price in Smiles of various flights within South America.
Here are some examples of what you can use the Smiles for based on the article I wrote in May (access here + many comments about redeeming):
– Delta domestic US awards were pricing 12,500 miles one-way including to/from Hawaii
– Aerolineas Argentinas awards in South America are also priced very nicely. Buenos Aires to Caracas in Executive Class is just 22,500 miles.
– Qatar Airways also a good choice. The awards both business and economy are reasonably priced. One-way from Bangkok to Sao Paulo is 100,000 miles in business class.
– I also checked TAP, Air France, Etihad and KLM but didn’t see anything worthwhile on these airlines, although there could be….
I purchased the yearly maximum allowed back in May and cannot check if the system would allow me to buy using an address outside of Brazil and using non-Brazil issues credit card. GOL had similar sale last month too and readers outside of Brazil were able to make purchases.
You shouldn’t buy the miles unless you plan to use them for rather sooner than later. GOL Smiles can change their program at any given time without giving any advance notice. I am bit worried about these monthly 200% bonus sales. Cannot be really sustainable in the long run.
Here are the terms and conditions in English (Google translate):
This promotional campaign is promoted by SMILES SA, a corporation publicly traded, enrolled with the CNPJ / MF under No. 15912764 / 0001-20, headquartered in the city of Barueri, State of São Paulo, at Alameda Rio Negro, No. 585, Padauiri building, Block B, 2nd floor, sets 21:22, Alphaville, CEP 06454-000, hereinafter SMILES.
I – PROMOTION
1. promotional action filed by Smiles SA (“SMILES”), valid from 09.07.2015 to 07.12.2015 for all participants who are enrolled in the Smiles Program [“Participant (s)”].
2. Participants in the period from 7.9.2015 to 12.7.2015 (“Effective Period”), purchase airline Smiles miles (“Miles Smiles”) for your account Smiles (“Smiles Account”) within the logged area of the site www.smiles.com.br, via mobile or call center, will receive a bonus of 200% (hundred percent) Miles Smiles (“Bonus Miles”) on the amount of Miles Smiles acquired (miles resulting from Buying Miles Smiles). The unit value of Miles Smiles is $ 0.07 (seven cents).
3. During the Term, all Miles Smiles shopping can be paid in up to ten (10) months interest free (except those made through the mobile site with promotional codes and / or coupons) credit card provided that the credit card is issued in Brazil. Only portions will be accepted with a minimum value of R $ 5.00 (five Reais). The Smiles Miles for purchases with discount codes and / or coupons will not the Participant entitled to receive bonus under this promotion.
3.1. Will only be eligible for this promotion, the Smiles Program participants who have CPF / MF valid in Brazil and are credit cards issued in Brazil with the following flags: American Express, Visa, Mastercard, Diners and Elo.
4. SHELF LIFE OF SMILES MILES PURCHASED BY ENTRANT WILL BE OF 12 (TWELVE) MONTHS WHILE THE MILES BONUS WILL DATE 6 (SIX) MONTHS.
5. the Bonus Miles credit will be paid automatically by the SMILES, at the time the Participant making the purchase of Miles Smiles.
6. the Bonus Miles credit will be paid into the same account Smiles which are credited Miles Smiles purchased. The Bonus Miles are personal and untransferable.
7. This promotion is not combinable with other offers and / or promotions that are in place or will be launched.
8. ONLY MILES SMILES OBTAINED THROUGH MILES SHOPPING ON SITE WWW.SMILES.COM.BR OR VIA MOBILE BE VALID FOR PROMOTION. MILES SMILES OBTAINED BY MEANS OTHER PARTNERS OF SMILES COMPANIES MAY NOT BE USED IN THIS PROMOTION. MILES SMILES PURCHASED BY ENTRANT MAY not be reversed.
9. The Smiles Program reserves the right to change, suspend or cancel this promotion in accordance with the Regulations of the Smiles Program.
10. The failure to comply with conditions described in this Regulation may entail the loss of the Participant’s rights as well as the cancellation of his participation in the Promotion.
11. It will be excluded from the promotion and lose the right to Bonus Miles the Party that has provided information or incorrect or false statements to SMILES.
12. Without prejudice to any civil liability, administrative and / or criminal, the SMILES can still cancel the Smiles Account of the Participant who use fraud, deception or other ruse to participate in this Promotion.
13. Tolerance, omission or compromise the SMILES not constitute a waiver or modification of the conditions expressed in the rules of this promotion.
14. This Promotion is independent of any random mode (luck) and are not therefore subject to prior authorization established in Art. 1 of Law No. 5,768 / 71.