Falconflyer - Gulf Air

Falconflyer
Gulf Air's Falconflyer programme brings even more advantages and benefits, putting it on a par with any other frequent flyer programme in the world. Today Gulf Air the national carrier of the Kingdom of Bahrain serves 42 cities in 25 countries and spanning 3 continents! Gulf Air offers its customers Frequent-Flyer Rewards in the form of their Falconflyer program.

Members can experience the best in-flight comfort, from a 28 fleet of wide and narrow-bodied aircraft. This will be supplemented with 39 new Boeing and Airbus aircraft in 2018. The modern aircraft will create a new era for Gulf Air and enhance even further the service excellence provided to its Falconflyer Members and all other travelers!
  • Pros
  • Miles redemption for lounge ❹
  • Great rates on short haul flights
  • Family mile sharing and pooling
  • Redeposit miles from no show ❺
  • Online booking bonus (250 miles)
  • Cons
  • Last minute booking fee ❶
  • No any 1 : 1 transfer partner
  • Search availability restriction ❸
  • Low number of partner airlines
  • Partners cannot be booked online
  • Most airlines impose fuel surcharge
  • Fees & Charges
  • Last minute fee
    $20
  • Change award fee ❷
    $40
  • Cancellation fee ❷
    $40
  • Expiration: Miles expire 36 months since last activity.
  • For some programs, an activity is any accrual of miles, crediting a flight, transfering or purchasing miles. For others, spending activities such as redeeming or donating points counts as an activity.
  • ❶ Last minute booking fee for flights booked 14 days or less before departure $20 or 3,000 miles
  • ❷ Change or cancellation fee $40 or 6,000 miles
  • ❸ Award availability can only be viewed if you already have enough miles in your account for the booking
  • ❹ Miles can be redeemed for lounge access and extra luggage
  • ❺ Miles from a no-show are not completely forfeited and they can be redeposited for a fee

Transfer Partners

1,000
IHG points
5 : 1
200
miles
42 days
1,000
Hilton points
6.67 : 1
150
miles
4 days
1,000
Carlson points
10 : 1
100
miles
42 days
The ratio is the number of flexible reward points it would take to transfer to Falconflyer.
Transfer time is what is reported by the transfer programs, supplemented by our own research. However, actual time to transfer is often highly variable.

Airlines And Fuel Surcharge

This table will show you the partner airlines can be booked online and those which impose fuel surcharge.

Airline
Online
Booking
Fuel
Surcharge
Alliance
Gulf Air Gulf Air
No alliance
American Airlines American Airlines
oneworld®
Airline
Online
Booking
Fuel
Surcharge
Alliance
Jet Airways Jet Airways
No alliance

Program review

Program Review

Today Gulf Air the national carrier of the Kingdom of Bahrain serves 42 cities in 25 countries and spanning 3- continents! Gulf Air offers its customers Frequent-Flyer Rewards in the form of their Falconflyer program.  Members can experience the best in-flight comfort, from a 28 fleet of wide and narrow-bodied aircraft. This will be supplemented with 39 new Boeing and Airbus aircraft in 2018. The modern aircraft will create a new era for Gulf Air and enhance even further the service excellence provided to its Falconflyer Members and all other travelers!

 

Earning Your Falconflyer Miles

You can redeem your Falconflyer miles for any Gulf Air flight on Falcon Economy or Gold Class. This applies to full-fare tickets as well as those discounted or on promotion and which qualify for mileage awards at a certain rate.

You will also have the advantage of receiving incentive miles for you to progress to higher status levels; for example:

  • Silver cardholders receive extra 25% Falconflyer miles
  • Gold receive extra 50%  miles
  • Black gains extra 75%  miles
  • A full fare Falcon Gold flight receives up to 250% of the distance traveled

When you fly with airline partners and on “Code-share services” as operated with Gulf Air flight numbers, you will earn listed miles. Other partnership miles-earning opportunities include extra miles for exclusive offers from partners, such as:

  • Leading financial institutions
  • Recognized Hotel Groups
  • Car hire providers
  • Telecommunications
  • Lifestyle and Leisure

A further earning incentive for you is that nominated family members can earn flight miles awards on your behalf every time they travel by Gulf Air!

 

Falconflyer Membership Tiers

You have the opportunity of achieving significant benefits with increasing rewards as you progress up the Membership Tiers:

Blue Membership: Your Blue membership will grant you the following benefits of being valid for twenty years from the date of card issue. It can earn miles while flying Gulf Air and selected services from program partners, with redeemed miles used for upgrading to Silver membership (minimum 600-loyalty points)

Silver Membership: You require 900-loyalty points to qualify for Silver membership and 630-loyalty points-per-annum at renewal to maintain this status. Valid for 1 year, your Blue Membership status offers 25% extra bonus miles over standard mileage on Gulf Air flights with many and varied other benefits!

Gold Membership: Preferential service for most loyal of members and you only need to collect 2,500 loyalty points to qualify for high-status Gold membership and 1,750 loyalty points accumulated over two-years for retention at renewal date. Valid for two years from the date of card issue, this membership grants you significant benefits, including 50%-bonus miles over standard flight mileage on Gulf Air flights!

Black Membership: If you want the best in luxurious service, this Membership Status level is exclusively for you. To qualify, you are required to earn only 6,500 Loyalty points, and a minimum 4,550 Loyalty points within two years of the card renewal date to retain it. You also receive 75% bonus miles above the standard mileage for flights taken with Gulf Air.

The Falcon Corporate Loyalty Incentive: This is a Frequent Flyer incentive program designed to reward both company and employees when flying with Gulf Air. It offers the ideal incentive for small to medium businesses with international connections and ambitions. From enhanced savings and rewards to full miles awarded to passengers, as well as a 1-mile for each $1-spent bonus for their company! 

 

Gulf Air Partner Financial & Service Benefits

A new Credit Card is offered to Falconflyer Members (Excluding USA residents) in the form of a partnership with Standard Chartered for Bahrain residents. Gulf Air and Standard Chartered have combined to offer you a single card for travel and banking convenience. 

You can earn 2400 complimentary Falconflyer miles upon activation and accumulate miles for purchases made with your Gold Card. This is at the rate of Bahraini Dinars (BD)-3 to 4-Falconflyer miles. All other foreign currencies offer a rate of BD-3 to 6-Falconflyer miles. Other levels of Credit Card offered are Silver and Blue status levels.

You are also rewarded with Miles when you employ the services of other financial partners:

  • American Express
  • Bahrain Islamic Bank
  • Citibank
  • Khaleeji Commercial Bank
  • Ahli United Bank
  • CrediMax
  • Bahrain Credit
  • Bahrain Kuwait Insurance Company
  • Kuwait Finance House

Your Miles-earning opportunities are increased with Falconflyer miles on local and foreign transactions, as well as all-year-discounts flying with Gulf Air. In addition, you can be rewarded with:

  • Complimentary upgrade coupons
  • Complimentary airport lounge access
  • Bahrain Airport transfers
  • Complimentary excess baggage allowance

 

Earn Miles with Hotel Stays

Gulf Air makes it easy for you to earn those valuable extra miles with rewards for booking your hotel accommodation with hotels.gulfair.com, and for which you will earn 2-miles for every US Dollar spent. Among recognized hotel partners and from whom you can earn miles whenever you stay are:

  • Radisson Hotels
  • Gulf Hotel Bahrain
  • InterContinental Hotels Group
  • Millennium Copthorne Hotels
  • Mövenpick Hotels and Resorts
  • Rotana Hotel
  • Taj Hotels Palaces and Resorts
  • The Golden Tulip
  • Shangri La
  • Agoda
  • Rocketmiles
  • Swiss Bel Hotel
  • Kaligo

For your added convenience Falconflyer offers you car rental on a worldwide basis, with established partners that include: 

  • Avis
  • Budget
  • Dollar
  • Europcar
  • Hertz
  • Thrifty

 

Gaining Extra Value With Falconflyer Miles

As a Member of the Falconflyer program, you are given the opportunity of earning and redeeming your Falconflyer miles awarded for any Gulf Air flight you have taken using the Falcon Gold or Economy Class. This not only relates to full-fare-tickets, you also qualify for mileage awards at a certain rate with promotional or discounted fare tickets.

In addition, Falconflyer Members receive miles incentives to progress up to higher status levels with extra miles:

  • Silver cardholders gain 25% 
  • Gold an extra 50% 
  • Black cardholders receive additional 75% 
  • A full-fare Falcon Gold flight offers up to 250% of the distance traveled

 

Redeeming your Miles

There are 4-options available for you to redeem your Free Fight Earned Miles. 

  • Free Tickets 
  • Free Upgrades 
  • Instant Seat Upgrade 
  • Access Lounge

When redeeming your Falconflyer Membership miles for flight-tickets, should you have insufficient miles for claiming the desired reward, you can adjust the due balance by purchasing Top-Up miles. This facility is available in blocks of 1000 miles, for a free flight or upgrades at $25 per 1000 miles, with you able to purchase up to 50 percent of the total redemption value.

It is our commitment to enhance your flying experience and reward you for your loyalty as a Frequent Flyer. We help achieve with a safe, reliable and convenient service combined with Arabian hospitality.