American Airlines AAdvantage members now have the ability to redeem AAdvantage miles for flights on GOL Linhas Aéreas Inteligentes, one of South America’s largest airlines.
GOL and American began their relationship more than a year ago and have been expanding cooperative services for customers of both airlines ever since. The cooperation ranges from codesharing to a series of frequent-flyer enhancements for American’s AAdvantage program members as well as members of GOL’s frequent flyer program, Smiles.
Cooperation milestones that have occurred since American Airlines and GOL initiated their relationship in August 2008, or which are expected to occur soon, include:
● January 2009: Commencement of ticket sales for combined itineraries;
● August 2009: Beginning of frequent flyer cooperation allowing members of the AAdvantage and Smiles programs to earn miles when flying on each other’s flights;
● November 2009: Expansion of frequent-flyer cooperation, with Smiles members able to redeem miles for travel on American’s flights;
● December 2009: Signing of codeshare agreement;
● March 10, 2010: Expansion of frequent flyer cooperation, with AAdvantage members able to redeem miles for travel on GOL flights; and
● Second Quarter 2010: Planned launch of codeshare service, when all governmental approvals have been received.
The codeshare agreement between American and GOL adds more cities to American’s network in Brazil and also will offer customers a smoother, more convenient travel experience, American Airlines claims.
American, a founding member of the oneworld alliance, is the largest U.S. airline to Brazil, currently serving the five major Brazilian cities Sao Paulo, Rio de Janeiro, Belo Horizonte, Recife, and Salvador de Bahia non-stop from gateways in Miami, New York and Dallas/Fort Worth.
GOL is one of South America’s largest airlines, offering service to 50 destinations in Brazil ― more than any other airline serves. The new codeshare agreement will allow American to offer a level of accessibility in Brazil unequalled by any other U.S. airline, according to American.
American serves its five nonstop destinations in Brazil with 58 weekly flights to and from Miami International Airport, New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport and Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport. GOL operates nearly 800 daily flights to 50 cities in Brazil and 10 destinations elsewhere in South America and the Caribbean. American flies to Sao Paulo from Dallas/Fort Worth, Miami and New York JFK; and Rio de Janeiro, Belo Horizonte, Recife and Salvador de Bahia from Miami.