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$.
LoyaltyLobby has covered the GOL Smiles program ever since it had some insanely cheap Buy Miles promotions ealy last year and since then it pops up here and there with sometimes very useful redemption options we’d like to keep our readers updated on.
Short after signing up for the program and purchasing points back then I started to visit the website more frequently and discovered that not only do they sell miles during promotions but they also offer plans for a paid membership where they charge a monthly fee and add miles to your account.
These memberships are available in 3 versions and at times come with promotions just as this month.
You can choose between:
Plan 1: 1,000 Miles + 5,000 Miles free for 35 BRL -> 6,000 Smiles for US$10 (One Time Bonus).
Plan 2: 3,000 Miles and double miles the first 3 months for 99 BRL -> 3x 6,000 Smiles for US$30 per.
Plan 3: 5,000 Miles and double Miles the first 3 months for 150 BRL -> 3x 10,000 Smiles for US$45 per.
So you essentially have the option of generating 30k Smiles for 135$ within 3 months. If you put that in perspective to the ticket I just booked this week and covered in our series Award Success (access here) you could get my ticket Seoul to Frankfurt in Business Class for US$ 530.00!
I decided to sign my account up for the largest plan again after letting the membership lapse for some time due to some restrictions in the Korea Air redemption options which are my primary bookings.
Gol Smiles are really quite useful when redeeming for tickets on Korean Air, Qatar Airways and Delta Airlines especially when booking Business Class tickets.
The downside? As mentioned the key in order to be eligible to the mileage purchase is the Brazilian tax registration number (CPF) which has to be used when signing up for the Smiles account. You can’t add the number at a later point so beware!
I had an original CPF number from back in the days but I heard from people who successfully used an online number generator they found on a search engine. We don’t endorse or encourage doing so and there is always the option of applying for a CPF through the Brazilian Consulate (with some expenses) or during a trip to Brazil itself should you have one coming up. You don’t require any sort of residence just a reason to state why you want to pay taxes and that could be a business relationship as well.
Once successfully signed up for the Smiles account in a proper way you can really make GOL Smiles work in a very lucrative way as my most recent redemption shows.
Another big advantage is that you only need a small amount of miles even for larger redemptions through the Cash&Points option that only requires roughly a third of the total mileage to be in the account. The rest of the miles are being sold for a very lucrative rate (I was able to substitute 52,000 Smiles for US$380).