Gol is a Brazilian airline that has a solid loyalty program. Per View from the Wing, at the moment they have an incredible deal available through their hotel portal (with uses the Rocketmiles platform), and it’s too good to be true. Gol Smiles is offering first time users of their hotel portal triple miles on their first hotel booking, and in many cases that means you’ll earn miles that are worth more than the cost of your stay.
Just as one example, take a look at a one night hotel stay in Los Angeles, where you can earn 150,000 bonus miles for an $859 stay at the Ritz-Carlton.
Gol has a bunch of airline partners, including the following:
The issue is that they don’t publish many award prices online, though based on everything I’ve seen they’re fairly reasonable. I just can’t actually find any specific pricing at the moment. Or maybe since Delta owns a stake in Gol, that’s quite intentional?
Now, there’s one catch, and that’s in the terms:
1. The participant duly enrolled Smiles Program, resident and domiciled in Brazil, with valid CPF that between 10:00 AM (Brasília time) on July 21, 2017 and 10:00 AM (Brasília time) on 08/31/2017 (“Term”) to purchase a hotel daily in the Smiles area with the partner RockeMiles whose CheckOut is given until September 15, 2017, using only money (credit card) can accumulate 200% (two hundred percent) in Smiles Miles Bonuses on the amount of Smiles Miles presented at the time of booking that will be accumulated with the reservation and overnight at the chosen hotel (“Bonus Miles”).
They say you need to be a resident of and domiciled in Brazil. Whether or not they’ll enforce that, I don’t know. But in general I want to make sure I’m 100% following the rules when I’m taking advantage of a promotion that seems too good to be true. Nonetheless I know have some readers in Brazil, so maybe you guys can use this promotion.
But I guess bigger picture I still don’t get this promotion. Clearly they’re not intending to offer the promotion this way, but where exactly did they go wrong? Or are they? It just doesn’t make any sense.
Personally I’m not taking advantage of this promotion, since I’m not a Brazilian citizen, since many partner award tickets have to be booked by phone, and there’s just too much risk. However, if you are a citizen of Brazil, or if you’re less risk averse than I am, this is a crazy deal.
Anyone plan on taking advantage of this promotion?