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British Airways to launch a partnership with Brazilian airline GOL?

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According to Brazilian newspaper Globo, British Airways and GOL have agreed a frequent flyer partnership.

The article states that it is only for frequent flyer redemption and not earning. This seems highly unlikely, so I suspect that what we will actually see is a full codeshare combined with frequent flyer earn and burn benefits.

This is a sensible move for British Airways. Since LATAM left the oneworld alliance earlier this year, British Airways lost some connectivity options in South America.

GOL has a 40% share of the domestic market in Brazil. It has hubs in both Sao Paulo and Rio de Janeiro which would allow connections to and from British Airways services.


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Comments (69)

  • Ian says:

    I’ve got the spend £100 get 1,500 bonus Avios on my card and it does appear to be cumulative spend up to 31 December. Spend in foreign currency counts as long as the bill is “settled” – i.e. payment taken from your account – in Sterling, subject to the usual foreign exchange fee of course.

  • Andrew says:

    I’m starting to lose track what’s new and what isn’t.

    M Restaurants – Get 15% back up to £1,500…

    Do many people spend £10,000 in a single sitting at M Restaurants?

    • Bagoly says:

      It would be fascinating reading if somebody expects more than £225 back, Amex disagree, and it goes to MCOL!

    • Ben says:

      I think they are trying to get that x-mas party spend.
      Same with the 15% back at Gaucho

  • paul says:

    I got the £100 spend get 1500 avios which is odd as this is not an issue at this time of year to achieve.

    I did not get the Fenwick deal. I suspect that having used such a deal in the past I am excluded this time.

  • James17uk says:

    Annoyed that BA are tapping up GOL, which is like Ryanair. Would prefer a tie up with Azul.

    • Samuel VR says:

      Have you flown with them? I thought it was gonna be Easyjet, but they give out free snacks, not just one; you get to take a bag of crisps, sweets, and nuts. And also a drink (non-alcoholic). Azul was cool because they had in-seat IFE (10 channel TV) bit that was about it. Funny to watch Friends dubbed in Portuguese though.

  • vol says:

    I will put my tin hat on and say that the apostrophe debate comes under the category of “grammar”, and not literature.

    🤓

    • Toby says:

      Oh God, yes! It’s amazing how this country’s English teachers are all Literature graduates who struggle to explain the use of the semi-colon. That’s why punctuation is so wrong these days.

  • Roger* says:

    My BA AmEx PP offer is for £100/1,500 Avios.

    My e-mail and text from Curve offered 10% cashback from Amazon purchases of £100 or more for 14 days to 16.12. I suppose I could have paid for my £100 gift card with my BA AmEx but chose to use my Curve card.

    In the caveats: ‘This promotion is not sponsored by Amazon and there is no relationship between Curve and Amazon for the provision of cashback.’

  • Metty says:

    Re GOL: my one trip pre-Covid is hardly going to be representative but we found all the Brazilian domestic airlines (GOL, Azul, LATAM) gave free nibbles and drinks just like the old days. In fact the whole domestic travel scene was a bit like the ‘old days’. GOL gave us an 8 hour delay before rerouting us on Azul, no fuss, interestingly, the locals were almost impeccably behaved and we had regular nibbles and drink vouchers during the delay. LATAM were OK. I thought Azul best, 2×2 seating on Embraers, strange IFE, but you could help yourself to as many (mostly unhealthy) snacks in flight as you like. And the best thing was the boarding process, this is my phone video where you can get the gist https://youtu.be/0i8D6pXFgR8 but I’m sure there’s better somewhere.

    • Catalan says:

      I guess that screaming child didn’t like the coloured lights boarding process. 🙂

  • Ian McDowall says:

    The £100 for 1500 avios appeared on my app but not on my wife’s. (separate account.)
    Which is a bit odd, except we’ve been using her card most of the time to achieve the 10k in a year. So maybe they think she doesn’t need it.