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Yes, GOL Smiles miles expire. However, not all GOL miles are created equally, and some expire sooner than others. Miles earned from some activities will have their expiration deadline determined by your level of elite status. So, some miles will expire after six months — while others can last for up to 20 years.
GOL Smiles Miles Validity
As mentioned, GOL Smiles has one of the most complex mileage expiration policies we have seen. GOL miles expire based on two criteria: how the miles were earned (via flights, partner activities, etc.) and what elite status level you hold with GOL Smiles. The shortest expiration is six months, while the longest is 20 years. GOL Smiles miles expire as follows.
Miles earned from GOL flights:
- Smiles & Silver levels — 6 years
- Gold — 8 years
- Diamond — 20 years
Miles earned from the following activities will expire after 3 years for Smiles & Silver elites, 4 years for Gold members, and 10 years for Diamond elites:
- Partner flights
- Spending on a GOL co-branded credit card
- Points transferred from a co-branded bank
- Miles earned from shopping
- Earning with partners (Uber, cruises, car rental, and hotel stays)
Miles earned from the following activities are valid for 10 years:
- Miles earned with Clube Smiles
- Bonus Miles earned with Clube Smiles Promotion
Miles earned from the following activities are valid for 12 months:
- Purchased miles
- Reinstated expired miles
- Miles transferred from one account to another
Miles earned from the following activities are valid for 6 months:
- Bonus miles from credit card transfer promotions
- Miles earned from various consumer and partner promotions
- Earnings from Smiles shopping promotions
Extending and Reinstating Miles
According to the Smiles program, you can reinstate miles that expired up to 10 years ago. Members can reinstate miles in sets of 1,000 miles. Reinstating miles typically costs 60 BRL or ~$10.70 per 1,000 miles.
Reinstated miles are valid for 12 months. If you hold Diamond status, not only will your miles be reactivated, but you will also receive a 20% bonus on the reinstated miles.
If some of your miles are about to expire, you can use the Smiles app to increase their validity by 30, 60, or 90 days.
It can be complicated to keep track of your GOL Smiles mile with such a complex expiration policy. However, GOL sends you a monthly newsletter outlining which of your miles are getting close to expiry. This means you should always have a heads-up on your mileage balances.
You also can track your balance with AwardWallet and receive notifications about miles set to expire. This way, you can use your miles before they expire, so there is no excuse for wasting a single mile.
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