AA Adds GOL Airlines as a Mileage Earning, Redemption Partner

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American Airlines has just added GOL Airlines—Brazil's largest domestic airline—to its AAdvantage Partner Airlines webpage, opening the door to earning and redeeming AAdvantage miles on GOL flights. After losing its partnership with LATAM May 1, this development is a step towards re-establishing AA's lost foothold on the South American travel market.

Earning AA Miles While Flying GOL

Starting May 7, 2020, AAdvantage members can earn miles while flying GOL-marketed flights, with a couple of stipulations:

  1. Eligible flights must be within Brazil, or between Brazil and North America, South America, or the Caribbean.
  2. You must purchase an eligible published fare ticket in an eligible booking code.

As with most partner-marketed flights, you'll earn AAdvantage miles based on a percentage of the total miles flown. This percentage is adjusted depending upon your booking class.

Since GOL operates an all-Boeing 737 fleet with no business-class product, the peak earning rate is for AAdvantage members flying Premium Economy with either a C or L booking code.

Additionally, if you're flying GOL Airlines on an AA-marketed itinerary, you'll earn redeemable miles, Elite Qualifying Miles (EQMs), Elite Qualifying Dollars (EQDs), and Elite Qualifying Segments (EQSs) the same as if you were on an AA-operated flight.

GOL's Domestic Premium Economy Product, “GOL+ Conforto Seats”

Redeem AA Miles to Fly GOL

AAdvantage award redemptions for flights on GOL Airlines will follow the guidelines set in AA's partner award chart. Interestingly, AA lists all of Brazil under the ‘South America Region 2' designation except for the city of Manaus, which it lists as ‘South America Region 1'. Here are some examples of award pricing:

  • Contiguous U.S. to Manaus (MAO) — 20,000 miles in economy
  • Contiguous U.S. to Brasilia (BSB) — 30,000 miles in economy, 40,000 miles in premium economy
  • Manaus (MAO) to São Paulo (GRU) — 12,500 miles in economy
  • Rio de Janeiro (GIG) to Buenos Aires (EZE) — 10,000 miles in economy

AA does not currently list an award price for partner awards in premium economy between several of these regions. This may be updated as AA continues rolling out the partnership, but until then, it’s unknown whether it'll be bookable or how many miles it'll cost.

Additionally, award flights on GOL Airlines aren't bookable on AA's website. This means that for the time being, you'll have to call American Airlines to book these flights. If you have a membership, you can use ExpertFlyer to search award availability.

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Other Redemption Options

GOL also partners with Etihad—which is a transfer partner of Amex Membership Rewards, Citi ThankYou Points, and Capital One Miles —and utilizes a distance-based award chart. Depending on your itinerary, this can present a much better value compared to AA's pricing. For example, an economy award between Rio de Janeiro (GIG) and São Paulo (GRU) costs 10,000 AAdvantage miles, but only 3,000 miles if booked through Etihad. In fact, the only times when it's cheaper to book with AA is when booking longer, connecting itineraries.

As far as other point options to Brazil, in addition to flying on the carrier’s own metal, you can book flights on Azul with United miles and flights on Aeromexico or LATAM with Delta miles. However, as both Delta and United have ditched their partner award charts, it's harder to predict their pricing.

Final Thoughts

This news comes right on the heels of AA ending its partnership with LATAM at the beginning of May—which was five months earlier than initially scheduled. Losing the partnership with LATAM meant losing AA's only South American partner, leaving little choice but to find another. With more than 750 daily flights to over 75 destinations, GOL seems like a solid replacement.

Would you use AA miles to fly GOL Airlines?

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Comments

  • I wish it was to more countries than just Brazil. Great information to know though.

  • Steven William Van Meter says:

    I’m not familiar with GOL and it’s too bad their partnership with LATAM ended. LATAM is a quality airline. I think they should have looked at Avianca for a solid partner. Avianca is a quality airline.

  • This does not make up for losing LATAM, but with some creativity this does open up the possibility of an award-based trip around South America.

  • Good partner for AA given that LATAM isn’t.

  • Maryjane says:

    This partnership could be quite useful. It will open up a lot more options now that Latam is gone. Unfortunately, it doesn’t help with getting to Easter Island (Which is a bucket list destination for many people.) Gol’s premium economy doesn’t seem to be anything more than extra legroom, which is nice, but isn’t great for longer flights.

    • I have seen Easter Island mentioned a couple times around here, and I will confess that I don’t get it. It’s on bucket lists because of its remoteness and unexplained statutes? Or, am I missing something more on what seems to be a rather small island.

  • Glad to hear AA’s presence in South America will continue with a new partner.
    Does this mean we can redeem Gol miles for AA flights as well?

  • Losing LATAM for AA is more devastating than adding GOL.

  • Glad to see them establish another partnership in South America.

  • I’m just hoping I get to redeem miles before they go bye-bye. I don’t see this ending well for them – bailout or not.

  • Juan Ignacio says:

    It’s a good new, it could be better if we can earn EQM, EQS and EQD on GOL’s flights like Flying Blue do and Delta used to do.

    G3 premium economy, staff and other miscellaneous are better than Latam, but Latam global presence is better.

  • This is great! We bought tickets in Brazil after using miles to get there. Thanks for posting it.

  • Gol is not convenient than Gol, but is an alliance that can allow us to continue adding miles in one world. Good new!!

  • Great news! After Latam exit from AA alliance in South America we had need another option to add miles to AA. EZE-GIG it’s frequent fly for Argentines flyers.

  • silviaaoki says:

    Good news. Gol is very popular in Brazil.

  • Good partner for AA in South America.

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