Several months ago it was announced that American and Gol would launch a partnership, and reciprocal mileage earning and redemptions are now live.
The American & Gol partnership
In late 2019 it was announced that Delta would be investing in LATAM, causing LATAM to cut ties with American, and leave the oneworld alliance. Latin America is one market where American has historically been dominant, so they’re now having to rethink their whole strategy.
Following this news, American and Gol announced a new partnership. While Gol hardly fills the void left by LATAM, a partnership with Gol is better than nothing. For those of you not familiar with Gol, they’re a Brazilian low cost carrier that operates a fleet of about 130 Boeing 737s, both within Brazil and internationally. The airline operates planes in a two cabin layout, with economy and premium economy.
American and Gol had already announced plans to launch a codeshare agreement, and the two airlines have now launched reciprocal mileage earning and redemptions.
Earning American AAdvantage miles on Gol
It’s now possible to earn AAdvantage miles (both elite qualifying and redeemable) for travel on Gol, at the following rates:
Redeeming American AAdvantage miles on Gol
It’s now also possible to redeem AAdvantage miles on Gol. For now you’ll need to call American to book these awards. You can book an award exclusively on Gol, or if you prefer you can include travel on Gol as part of a larger itinerary.
Redemption costs are the same as they usually are for American’s partner award chart. Awards within South America “region 2” cost 10,000 AAdvantage miles one-way in economy. You could also add on a tag flight on Gol when connecting to & from the US.
“Region 2” includes Argentina, Brazil (excluding Manaus), Chile, Paraguay, and Uruguay.
While the new partnership between American and Gol isn’t nearly as useful as the old LATAM partnership, it’s better than nothing. Not only are the two airlines codesharing now, but it’s also possible to earn and redeem AAdvantage miles on Gol, which is great.
Are you looking forward to earning and/or redeeming AAdvantage miles on Gol?