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GOL Transportes Aéreos (also known as VRG Linhas Aéreas and formerly Varig) is a Brazilian airline headquartered in Sao Paulo, Brazil. The airline operates a growing domestic and international scheduled network – its main hubs are Sao Paulo, Rio de Janeiro and Brasilia. In addition, GOL Airlines has focus operations at Belo Horizonte, Porte Alegre, Salvador da Bahia and Punta Cana. The airline mainly focuses on offering flights within Brazil but also flies to various destinations across South, Central and North America.

The airline commenced operations in 2001 when it flew its first service from Brasilia to São Paulo. Today, GOL is one of the largest airlines in Brazil and the biggest low-cost airline in the country, offering flights to over 80 destinations across 11 countries.  

Baggage Policy

GOL Airlines has a different baggage policy for carry-on and checked baggage.

Carry-on Baggage

GOL airlines baggage includes a free carry-on bag with a maximum weight of up to 10kg (22lbs), as well as a personal item, such as a laptop and bag or a duty-free shopping bag.

Dimensions for the free carry-on bag are 35 x 25 x 55cm. 

Checked Baggage

Checked baggage should not exceed more than 23kgs (51 lbs) and cannot exceed the dimensions of50 cm x 28 cm x 80 cm (20" x 11"x 31")

If the checked baggage allowance isn't sufficient, passengers can purchase checked baggage at an additional cost to their flight.

Cabin Classes

GOL Airlines officially has 2 cabin classes — Economy and Premium Economy Class.

Economy Class

Economy Class Facilities

Depending on the length and destination of your flight, the airline offers a variety of menu choices to make your trip even more enjoyable. This includes complimentary beverages on all flights and meals or light meals on international flights. On flights classed as medium to long-distance, the airline also provides comfort items like blankets, pillows and dental kits.

What are Economy Class Seats Like?

Economy offers comfortable new seating. Economy Class seats are set out in a 3 x 3 formation and give 30–32" of seat pitch and 17" of width. 

Premium Economy

From check-in to disembarkation, Premium Economy brings convenience and exclusive benefits on international flights.

Premium Economy Facilities

Passengers are given priority check-in and boarding, a larger baggage allowance, access to airport lounges, a comfort kit, free flight changes and more.

Onboard, Premium Economy passengers will have reserved baggage compartments and will receive a blanket, pillow and a personal toiletries kit. They'll also receive a welcome drink and enjoy an exclusive complimentary menu with hot meals and snacks, in addition to wines and other beverage options.

What Are Premium Economy Seats Like?

When flying Premium Economy, passengers will enjoy comfort and privacy. Seats recline 50% more are either set out in a 2 x 2 formation or a 3 x 3 formation, with the middle seat left vacant.


GOL Airlines has a different check-in opening and closing times depending on whether your flight is domestic or international, as well as your method of check-in.

Online Check-in

Online check-in is available through the GOL check-in online page. Passengers just need to enter the relevant flight information to check in. Online check-in times are as follows: 

Domestic Flights: Check-in opens 48 hours before flight departure time and closes 45 minutes before flight departure time.

International Flights (excl. the USA): Check-in is 48 hours before flight departure time and closes 75 minutes before flight departure time.

International Flights to the USA: Check-in opens 24 hours before flight departure time and closes 60 minutes before flight departure time.

Airport Check-in

Passengers can check in at the airport by visiting one of the airport check-in desks or a self-service kiosk with the relevant travel documents. Airport check-in times are as follows: 

Domestic Flights: Check-in opens 48 hours before flight departure time and closes 40 minutes before flight departure time.

International Flights(excl. USA): Check-in is 48 hours before flight departure time and closes 60 minutes before flight departure time.

International Flights to the USA: Check-in opens 24 hours before flight departure time and closes 60 minutes before flight departure time.

Frequent Flyer Programme

GOL Airline's Frequent Flyer Club is called SMILES.


GOL's frequent flyer program, Smiles allows passengers to earn and redeem points on GOL Airlines and all of its associated airlines. Passengers can earn Smiles points and redeem them to pay for flights and flight upgrades on the following airlines:

Passengers can also earn and use smiles points through a co-branded credit card and on other companies that are part of the Smiles loyalty program, such as Uber, hotel companies, car rental companies and more. 

Airline Alliance

Gol Transportes Aéreos isn't part of any airline alliance. However, it does have codeshare agreements with the following airlines:

Special Services

All information on flying with a service animal, pet, or emotional support animal is provided by Alternative Airlines. Thinking of flying with either a service animal, pet, or an emotional support animal, see all information and advice by Alternative Airlines about taking an animal on a plane.

In-Flight Entertainment

Passengers can enjoy in-flight entertainment on their own personal electronic devices by connecting to the airline's WIFI network, GOL Online, and choosing from a range of free entertainment. 

GOL's in-flight entertainment allows passengers to watch live TV or a selection of the latest and greatest TV shows and movies through Gogo Entertainment. To speed up the process, passengers can download the Gogo Entertainment app before their flight. 

*Passengers must purchase in-flight internet in order to stream the in-flight entertainment


Passengers can stay connected to life on the ground through GOL's in-flight WIFI network, GOL Online. GOL Online allows passengers to enjoy internet access, with a range of different packages that are suitable for all needs.

Choose the Messages package, which allows passengers to use popular messaging apps such as WhatsApp and Facebook Messenger. 

Select the Light package, which allows passengers to use their electronic device for light browsing.

Or, choose the Max package, which allows passengers to stream videos and music from their favourite streaming apps, such as Spotify and Netflix.

Food & Drink

Passengers can enjoy a range of food from the airline's in-flight menu. All passengers receive complimentary drinks on all flights and are also given complimentary meals or light meals on international flights. 

Here's a breakdown of the complimentary food and drink that each passenger receives on international flights, depending on their cabin class and the route that they're flying:



  • Non-alcoholic drinks

Short International

  • Light meal (cold)
  • Non-alcoholic drinks

Medium Haul International

  • Non-alcoholic drinks
  • Coffee
  • Meal w/ bread, salad & dessert (cold)

Long Haul International

  • Meal w/ bread, salad & dessert (hot & cold)
  • Non-alcoholic drinks
  • Coffee

Premium Economy


  • Non-alcoholic drinks
  • Assortment of chocolates

Short International

  • Light meal w/ dessert (hot)
  • Non-alcoholic drinks
  • Hot drinks

Medium Haul International

  • Meal w/ salad, bread & dessert (hot)
  • Non-alcoholic drinks
  • Hot drinks

Long Haul International

  • Meal w/ salad, bread & dessert (hot & cold)
  • Snack
  • Alcoholic drinks
  • Non-alcoholic drinks
  • Hot drinks
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Destinations that GOL Airlines flies to

GOL flies to many destinations, with a large domestic route network, as well as flights to destinations across the Americas. Destinations include Belem, Campinas, Carajás, Fortaleza, Joinville, Natal, Petrolina, Rio de Janeiro, Salvador da Bahia, Buenos Aires, Santiago, Cancún, Miami, Montevideo and more.

Alternatives to GOL Airlines

Please click on the logos below to find out more about airlines that fly similar routes to Gol Airlines:

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Hub Airport

Sao Paulo-Congonhas Airport

Sao Paulo-Congonhas International Airport is one of the four commercial airports serving Sao Paulo, Brazil and is the hub for GOL Airlines. Sao-Paula Congonhas is mostly used to facilitate domestic flights in Brazil. The airport has just one terminal building and two runways. 

Other than GOL Airlines, the following airlines fly to/from this airport: Azul, Azul Conecta, Flapper, MAP Linhas Aéreas, LATAM BrasilPassaredo Linhas Aéreas and BQB Lineas Aereas.


GOL's fleet consists of entirely Boeing aircraft. The aircraft has over 120 aircraft overall, with a mix of B737-800, B737-700 and 737 MAX 8s (currently grounded).

Deals, Discounts and Payments

With Alternative Airlines, you can easily pay for your flights with Boleto! Boleto is a Brazilian payment method that works similarly to a voucher or invoice. Simply select Boleto at checkout and pay using your online banking service or in your local branch.

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When booking your GOL Airlines flight with Alternative Airlines, you can choose from 40+ payment methods at checkout - this includes popular 'Fly Now, Pay Later' payment plans such as PayPal Credit, Affirm, Klarna and more. Choosing one of these payment plans at checkout will help you split the cost of your flight over time, giving you a stress-free experience as well as flexibility for your trip. There are many advantages to booking with Alternative Airlines - you can compare the costs of different flights, add seat-selection and even manage how much baggage you wish to take with you. Other extras can be added for peace of mind, including Cancellation Protection and Lost Baggage Protection, both of which are easy to add to your GOL Airlines booking.

Can I pay for GOL flights in instalments?

Yes! At Alternative Airlines, we make it easy for you to choose from a range of payment methods, including 'buy now, pay later' payment plans and finance options such as PayPal Credit, Klarna and Affirm. This means you can book your GOL flights today and not have to worry about the cost until later.

Read on to find out more about some of our most popular payment plan options, or discover all our finance options here.

The payment plan options available at checkout will depend on the country in which you reside.

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PayPal Credit

Can I use PayPal Credit for GOL flights?

With 26 different currencies available to use, PayPal is a favourite amongst our customers, but we also offer PayPal Credit which is just as easy to use. Paying for your GOL flight with PayPal Credit means you can spread the cost of your ticket over time - no pressure. Discover our PayPal Credit page to find out more.


Can I use Affirm to pay for Gol Linhas Aéreas flights?

If you're a resident of the United States and paying with USD, you can use Affirm as a payment method for your GOL Airlines tickets when booking through Alternative Airlines. You can divide the cost of your flight over 3, 6, 12 or 18 payments and for added flexibility, you can choose to pay bi-weekly or monthly. But it's worth noting that the length of repayment depends on the value of your booking.


Can I use Klarna for GOL flights?

Klarna is available to residents of the UK, US, Australia, Austria, Denmark, Italy, Spain, Belgium, Netherlands, Norway, Finland, Sweden and Germany. If you're booking your Gol Linhas Aereas flights through Alternative Airlines and reside in the countries previously listed, you can use Klarna to pay for your flights within 30 days, spread the cost over 3 instalments or pay monthly for up to 6 months.


18th March 2020

GOL still operating domestic flights

GOL Airlines will continue to operate domestic flights around Brazil after cancelling international flights coming in and out of the country. The airline announced that it would not be flying all international flights between 23rd March and 30th June. Domestic flights within the country are still operating and available to purchase during this period.

30th August 2019

GOL Airlines new routes

(The airline) has announced two new routes to Porto Alegre and Punta del Este.

Frequently asked questions

Where can I book GOL Brazil flights?

You can book flights with GOL Brazil using Alternative Airlines. Use our search form at the top of the page to find the flights you need.

Can I pay for GOL Airlines flights in instalments?

Of course, but it depends on the country you reside in. Payment plans available to use for GOL flights include PayPal Credit, Affirm and Klarna. We have 40+ payment methods to offer - find out more about all our different payment plans today.

The payment options that you see at checkout will depend on the country in which you reside. Terms and conditions apply; follow the links above to find out more about each payment option, as well as to view full T&C’s.

Why should I book my GOL Airlines flights through Alternative Airlines?

Why pay for your flights today when you can spread the cost over time? At Alternative Airlines, we offer flexible payment options, including 'Buy Now, Pay Later' payment plans that allow you to book your Gol Linhas Aéreas flights today without being pressured to pay straight away. Once you're booked, you'll also be able to manage your booking and add extras such as seat-selection and extra baggage. Start booking today by using our search form at the top of the page.

For peace of mind, there is also the option to add Cancellation Protection, entitling you to a refund if you need to cancel your flights due to emergency circumstances.