South African Airways (SAA) has signed codeshare and frequent flyer agreements with Brazilian airline Gol – Linhas Aéreas (GOL).
The agreement makes it possible for SAA to add its code on 20 connecting flights in Brazil operated by GOL, including Rio de Janeiro, Brasília, Curitiba, Porto Alegre, Belo Horizonte, and Florianópolis, among others.
This will allow SAA customers to integrate their travel with easy connections on flights of both carriers.
More Miles for Members
Besides the codeshare, the signed Frequent Flyer Programme (“FFP”) agreement offers members of each airline’s programmes, Voyager from SAA and Smiles from GOL, the opportunity to accrue and redeem miles.
Customers from Smiles can accrue and redeem miles on flights operated by SAA to Africa, Asia and Australia, and Voyager members can accrue and redeem Voyager miles on flights operated by GOL.
Growing Partnerships Globally
Zuks Ramasia, SAA acting Chief Executive Officer says SAA is extremely pleased with this agreement especially since it comes at an opportune time and gives strategic impetus to the airline’s strategy of growing partnerships globally to offer our customers more travel options.
“It is an important step in the execution of our strategy and gives our customers, through our direct flights to Sao Paulo, a number of further travel options to explore Brazil. In turn, the mutually beneficial agreement offers GOL customers the chance to explore the riches of Africa,” she adds.
Randall Saenz Aguero, GOL’s Director of Alliances, International Expansion and Distribution, shares this sentiment.
“The partnership with South African Airways is in line with our commitment to offering larger international connectivity, with quality of service and integrated products of each carrier. Thus, we enable more destinations options and connectivity bringing more benefits to our clients, with more agility and the smart use of time on their trips,” he adds.
The codeshare is effective from today and tickets can already be purchased through all SAA sales channels including flysaa.com