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Delta Announces GOL Partnership and Triple Miles Promotion

by on December 6, 2010 · 3 comments

in Delta, Low Cost Carriers

This is a great enhancement and one I wish I knew about a couple weeks ago before I bought expensive intra-Brazil flights. Per this press release, Delta is now partners with GOL, which is basically the Southwest Airlines of South America. They operate a fleet of 737s and operate coach-only flights.  They move over 40% of domestic Brazilian travel, so the addition of this partner is a significant enhancement to the Skymiles program.  Most trip reports indicate that they are very no-frills, with tight seat pitch. However, they run an efficient operation and have generally newer, clean planes.

As with most non-Skyteam partners, award tickets will have to be booked by Delta phone agents, so doing your research beforehand will be ncessary as I expect they won’t be well trained on this new addition (considering booking Alitalia flights with them can be a royal challenge). GOL is also a partner with American Airlines, but their partnership is new and there are not many reports of people redeeming miles for GOL flights, so I’m not sure what their award availability is like. Expertflyer.com does list GOL award availability, so I’m going to hope what shows there will be what i smade available to Delta.

Also, if you haven’t done so already, sign up for triple miles on GOL until February 28, 2011.

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  • http://www.PhotoJoseph.com Joseph Linaschke

    Hi,

    You mention expertflyer.com in quite a few posts. I went to check out the service, and it doesn’t seem that there’s much there I don’t already know how to do on my own. But for $99/year, I want to believe that I’m missing something.

    Would you do a report sometime on the benefits of expertflyer.com and explain what’s so great about it?

    Thanks, and keep up the awesome work!
    -Joseph aka @travel_junkie

  • http://www.expertflyer.com Chris

    Joseph,
    Here are some of the features of ExpertFlyer that we think someone like you could find valuable:

    - Award & Upgrade information that you can’t find anywhere else. Not only do we have AA and DL upgrade inventory, which isn’t even available on the airlines own websites. We also show you the exact award and/or upgrade inventory that is available for a flight for 40 airlines. This is much more useful then putting in “1 Traveler” in an airline website search as you know how close the inventory is to running out when you know the exact number that are left.

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    - Alerts – We have alerts both for Award/Upgrade/General flight inventory (Flight Alerts) and for Seat Maps (Seat Alerts). So if you already have a ticket and are waiting for upgrade inventory to become available, instead of calling the airline every day, we will check several times a day for you automatically. And if you are stuck in a middle seat, set a Seat Alert and we’ll let you know when any window/aisle (or any other seat of your choosing) becomes available.

    - All of our other tools (general Flight Availability, Fare Information with Fare/Routing rules, etc) all in one place, easily available on the web and mobile devices. No pretending to book a ticket to get information required.

    -Chris
    ExpertFlyer.com

  • http://www.PhotoJoseph.com Joseph Linaschke

    Thanks Chris

    Is there a way to subscribe to comments on this site? I had to dig to find this question I’d posted and find your answer.

    cheers
    -Joseph

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