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Three years ago, Colombia-based airline Avianca joined the Star Alliance network. Today, its subsidiary Avianca Brazil — formerly known as Ocean Air — has also officially come onboard.
Avianca Brazil is an independently-operated airline with hubs in São Paulo and Brasília. It currently lays claim to the title of the fourth-largest airline in Brazil, after TAM, Gol and Azul.
Star Alliance partner Air Canada wasted no time in announcing the new partnership. Travelers can begin accruing Aeroplan miles immediately on Avianca Brazil flights, though earning rates differ slightly from those on the parent airline.
Expect other Star Alliance carriers to begin updating their charts and slowly allowing award flights to be booked on Avianca Brazil. Though the airline doesn’t have any long-haul routes to the United States, new earning and redemption opportunities are always welcome.
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