Delta SkyMiles and GOL Smiles partnership is coming to an end. They will officially end this partnership on April 1, 2020, when the Delta and LATAM frequent flier partnership launches. American Airlines on the other side saw an opportunity and partnered up with GOL to codeshare some in within Brazil.
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Delta Airlines and GOL Partnership Coming to an End
GOL Linhas Aereas, more commonly known as GOL and Delta Airlines are terminating their partnership on April 1, 2020. This comes after Delta made a deal with LATAM that has a much bigger network. As for frequent flyer members, after April 1, 2020, you will not be able to earn Delta miles on any GOL flights. The only exception will be for the passengers that booked their flight prior to March 31, 2020.
From the Delta website:
On April 1, 2020, Delta and GOL will be ending their partnership and SkyMiles Members will no longer be able to earn miles, Medallion Qualification Miles (MQMs), Medallion Qualification Dollars (MQDs)* or Medallion Qualification Segments (MQSs) on GOL flights booked on or after April 1, 2020. Only Members who booked their GOL flight on or before March 31, 2020, will still be able to earn miles, MQMs, MQSs or MQDs.
American Airlines partnered with GOL Linhas Aereas to codeshare several Brazil flights. AAdvantage, frequent flyer program program of American Airlines, and GOL Smiles members will be able to earn and redeem miles after the codeshare agreement has been approved. American Airlines will also expand its Miami to Rio De Janerio service. American intends on adding 12 additional flights that will operate daily.
From the American Airlines official announcement:
American Airlines and GOL, Brazil’s largest airline, today announced a new reciprocal codeshare agreement, giving customers access to 20 new destinations in South America. American will also increase service from Miami (MIA) to Rio de Janeiro (GIG), adding a second daily flight this winter. The airline also plans to provide more opportunities to bring customers to Latin America through MIA by adding 12 flights from six U.S. cities.
Delta and LATAM Partnership
In recent years, Delta has expanded its ownership and relationship with other international carriers. It raised its stake in the parent company of Korean Air to 9.2%, announced a trans-border joint venture with Canadian airline WestJet and increased its ownership of Aeromexico, the largest airline in Mexico to 49%.
In addition to buying 20% of LATAM for $1.9 Billion, Delta will also be spending $350 million to expand its partnership with the carrier. The deal will allow Delta Air Lines to expand onto an $8 billion market for U.S. travel in which it has limited access now, resulting in much greater travel choices for customers and $1 billion in revenue over the next five years.
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