Etihad Airways, national airline of UAE, and Gulf Air, the original Persian Gulf airline based in Bahrain, have signed a frequent flier partnership that is effective on January 7.

Etihad Airways Guest and Gulf Air Falconflyer members can both earn and burn miles on each other’s flights.

There is a double miles offer on both airlines for flights consumed by April 30, 2020, if booked by January 27.

Etihad Airways Guest

Earning on Gulf Air flights:

Using miles on Gulf Air flights:

Gulf Air Falconflyer

Earning on Etihad flights:

Using miles on Etihad flights:

Here’s the announcement from Etihad:

Etihad Guest, the award-winning loyalty programme for Etihad Airways, has inked a new partnership with Gulf Air, the national carrier of the Kingdom of Bahrain, further enhancing benefits for its members.

The partnership expands on the codeshare agreement between the two airlines and provides further cooperation between the frequent flyer programmes, Etihad Guest and Falconflyer. This allows members to earn and redeem miles reciprocally on all flights across both networks. In both cases, the number of miles earned will depend upon the class of travel flown.

Robin Kamark, Chief Commercial Officer for Etihad Aviation Group, said: “Our recently redesigned, upgraded, and relaunched loyalty programme, Etihad Guest, welcomes another valued partner that offers our members even more opportunities to earn and redeem their miles. This new and exciting partnership helps us continuously evolve and improve our loyalty programme based on the needs of our guests and inline with our ever-changing industry.”

Vincent Coste, Chief Commercial Officer for Gulf Air said: “Gulf Air entered into a strategic codeshare partnership with Etihad Airways in March 2019. As an additional value proposition, we are delighted to build upon our successful partnership by further providing our Falconflyer members with the opportunity to earn and spend their Gulf Air miles on the Etihad Airways’ network.”

Gulf Air is an award-winning airline connecting its passengers to 48 destinations across the Gulf, Europe, Africa, Asia and India. This new partnership provides Gulf Air guests with access to a broader network of destinations, particularly to North America where they can take advantage of Etihad’s USA pre-clearance, the only United States Customs and Border Protection facility in the Middle East. It allows US bound passengers to process all immigration, customs and agriculture inspections in Abu Dhabi before they board their flight to one of Etihad’s four North American destinations.

Conclusion

Etihad Airways Guest-program members can earn and use their miles with a wide variety of airlines. Gulf Air’s partnership portfolio is not as extensive.

It is interesting from the historical perspective that Gulf Air, as the name suggests, was the original airline for the area countries before Emirates, Etihad, and Qatar Airways came into the picture.

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