American in code-share deal with Brazil's GOL

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Posted: Dec 09, 2009 4:12 PM

American Airlines said Wednesday it will be able to sell seats on Brazil's GOL Airlines as if they were American flights.

The two carriers struck what's called a code-sharing agreement _ customers can book a ticket on American but end up flying on a GOL plane within Brazil.

The airlines said they would start the changes once they get government approvals.

American flies to five cities in Brazil _ Sao Paulo, Rio de Janeiro, Belo Horizonte, Recife, and Salvador _ from Miami, New York and Dallas-Fort Worth. GOL said it serves 49 destinations in Brazil.

In August, the airlines began letting customers earn miles on each other's flights. Early next year, members of American's AAdvantage frequent-flier program will be allowed to redeem miles on GOL.