Brazilian carrier Gol is part-owned by Delta. It can make sense to credit Delta flights to Gol. They have a number of partners — including surprising ones.
Their award chart isn’t across the board generous but it’s reasonable, what keeps this program out of the headlines the most is that much of their website is in Portuguese and that the program pages lack a great deal of information.
You’re going to want to familiarize yourself with this program because they’re running a promotion that is insane and off the charts: hotel bookings for miles worth far more than the hotel nights themselves.
This is a triple miles campaign for first time users valid for the next 4 days. And their normal offerings on the Rocketmiles platform look pretty good to begin with.
A search for New York the night of September 13th brings up 150,000 miles for the W Hoboken at $659 for the night.
Searching the same night in Chicago yields offers about as good.
Gol Smiles partners with:
- Delta, Air France, KLM
- Additional SkyTeam members Aerolineas Argentinas, Korean Air, Aeromexico
- Star Alliance carriers TAP Air Portugal, Air Canada
- Gulf carriers Qatar, Emirates, and Etihad
It’s worth checking out just to remind yourself that Delta has an equity stake in an airline that partners with Emirates, Etihad, and Qatar. And while they play American for a greater fool with that airline severing codeshare ties wih both Etihad and Qatar out of ‘consistency’ Delta is perfectly good making strategic alliances that advance its own interests.
However it’s really worth checking out for this massive mileage-earning opportunity. Be aware that Gol Smiles is a program you want to earn and burn in, that miles can expire after just 12 months and I don’t believe you are going to be able to extend these miles simply with additional activity. The point is you want to earn these miles and spend them almost immediately.
Update: you can even come out ahead if you just redeem the miles earned via a hotel booking on a hotel stay crazy as that seems!