ATLANTA and SAO PAULO, Dec. 6, 2010 /PRNewswire/ -- Delta Air Lines (NYSE: DAL) SkyMiles members can now redeem their miles for flights on GOL, one of Brazil's largest airlines. The expanded alliance provides Delta customers access to frequent flyer awards on more than 900 GOL flights to 64 Latin and Caribbean destinations, increasing customers' ability to reach fast-growing Latin markets.
Popular Brazilian frequent flyer destinations served directly by GOL, but not by Delta, include Porto Alegre, Belo Horizonte, Salvador, Recife and Fortaleza.
"Delta welcomes the opportunity to expand its cooperation with GOL by offering greater access to its extensive network from Brazil's largest hubs in Sao Paulo, Rio de Janeiro and Brasilia," said Charlie Pappas, Delta's managing director – Alliances. "GOL is an excellent airline with a young and modern fleet offering a wide range of services in the growing Brazilian market."
To celebrate the new reciprocal frequent flyer agreement, GOL and Delta customers can earn triple miles for travel on the partner airline's flights between Dec. 1, 2010 and Feb. 28, 2011. For example, a Delta SkyMiles member flying a GOL flight in Economy class* between Sao Paulo and Fortaleza, Brazil will earn 8,712 SkyMiles round-trip compared to the normal 2,904. Full details are available at delta.com/brazilbonus.
"Delta is one of the world's leading airlines and we are pleased to provide our customers access to its global network," said Marcelo Bento, director of Yield and Alliances for GOL. "Delta is a highly strategic partner for GOL's growth around the world, and provides us a strong platform to build from in the New York market, throughout the United States and to Europe and Asia."
Delta has invested heavily in Latin America in recent years, growing from a small Latin network a decade ago to serving more than 60 destinations across Latin America and the Caribbean today.
To Brazil, Delta currently offers 30 nonstop weekly flights from the United States. This includes service between Atlanta and Sao Paulo, Rio de Janeiro and Brasilia; between New York-JFK and Sao Paulo; and between Detroit and Sao Paulo.
Recent growth in the Latin America region includes:
- Nonstop flights between Mexico City and Minneapolis-St. Paul and Memphis beginning in December 2010 and January 2011, respectively.
- Nonstop service between Cancun, Mexico and Austin, Texas; Columbus, Ohio; Tampa, Fla.; and San Antonio, each beginning Feb. 19, 2011.
- An announcement that Aerolineas Argentinas, the flag carrier of Argentina, will become the second Latin American member of Delta's SkyTeam global airline alliance, benefiting Delta customers with increased access to and from South America and complementing existing SkyTeam member Aeromexico.
Delta and GOL announced earlier this year that members of their respective frequent flyer programs – SkyMiles and SMILES – could earn miles on all flights operated by either carrier and now they can redeem benefits through both programs. The airlines also plan to implement codesharing services beyond their hubs in Rio de Janeiro, Brasilia and Sao Paulo early next year.
GOL Linhas Aereas Inteligentes S.A. (NYSE: GOL and Bovespa: GOLL4), the largest low-cost and low-fare airline in Latin America, offers over 900 daily flights to 64 destinations that connect all the important cities in Brazil and 13 major destinations in South America and the Caribbean. The company operates a young, modern fleet of Boeing 737 Next Generation aircraft, the safest and most comfortable of its class, with high aircraft utilization and efficiency levels. Fully committed to seeking innovative solutions through the use of cutting-edge technology, the Company ― with its GOL, VARIG, Gollog, SMILES and Voe Facil brands — offers its customers easy payment facilities, a wide range of complementary services and the best cost-benefit ratio in the market.
Delta Air Lines serves more than 160 million customers each year. With an industry-leading global network, Delta and the Delta Connection carriers offer service to 358 destinations in 66 countries on six continents. Headquartered in Atlanta, Delta employs more than 75,000 employees worldwide and operates a mainline fleet of more than 700 aircraft. A founding member of the SkyTeam global alliance, Delta participates in the industry's leading trans-Atlantic joint venture with Air France-KLM and Alitalia. Including its worldwide alliance partners, Delta offers customers more than 13,000 daily flights, with hubs in Amsterdam, Atlanta, Cincinnati, Detroit, Memphis, Minneapolis-St. Paul, New York-JFK, Paris-Charles de Gaulle, Salt Lake City and Tokyo-Narita. The airline's service includes the SkyMiles frequent flier program, the world's largest airline loyalty program; the award-winning BusinessElite service; and more than 50 Delta Sky Clubs in airports worldwide. Customers can check in for flights, print boarding passes, check bags and review flight status at delta.com.
*Excluding GOL's discounted "O" class seats
Terms & Conditions
To participate in this offer, eligible members must register online at delta.com/brazilbonus; they may purchase and fly anytime between December 1, 2010 and February 28, 2011. Offer: Purchase and fly on GOL marketed/operated flights within South America or the Caribbean between December 1, 2010 and February 28, 2011 and earn triple flown miles for each flight segment. Codeshare flights operated by carriers other than Delta are excluded from this offer. Bonus miles may be earned multiple times. One-way travel will also qualify for the bonus miles. Bonus miles do not count toward Medallion® qualification or Million Miler™ status. Travel Period: Travel must be between December 1, 2010 and February 28, 2011 and must be completed by February 28, 2011. Additional Restrictions: Bonus miles will post to the SkyMiles account of the qualifying member 6-8 weeks following the end of the promotion (February 28, 2011). Taxes and fees for Award Travel are the responsibility of the passenger and must be paid at the time the ticket is booked. Award Travel seats are limited and may not be available on all flights or in all markets. All SkyMiles program rules apply. To review the rules, please visit Membership Guide & Program Rules. Partner offers subject to the terms and conditions of each individual offer. See individual offer for details. Offers are void where prohibited by law. Other restrictions may apply. Offers are subject to change without notice. Please refer Delta customer service representative to 97062360.
SOURCE Delta Air Lines