Air Canada Aeroplan Loyalty Program Partners With Bahrain’s Gulf Air


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Air Canada’s Aeroplan loyalty program is full of good news lately; just on the heels of the freshly launched Chase and Aeroplan partnership, the company has also announced a new airline partner.

Aeroplan members can now earn and redeem points on Gulf Air, whose operations span Europe, Africa, the Middle East, and Asia. Bahrain-based Gulf Air doesn’t currently operate any flights to North America, but those looking to hop onward from Europe (or those living outside North America) will be happy to have another way to use Aeroplan points.

Partnership Details

Gulf Air isn’t part of any airline alliance. Like other Middle Eastern airlines such as Emirates and Etihad, Gulf Air instead functions on individual partnerships. This new venture between Aeroplan and Gulf Air’s Falconflyer program is the eighth for the Canadian airline in the last 14 months, and we expect to see more in the future.

Earning points on Gulf Air will be based on flight distance and class of service rather than fare paid, which is more common for carriers outside North America. Here are the rates you can expect based on what cabin you’re in:

CabinFare ClassEarning Rate
EconomyH, M, L, B50% (of miles flown)
W, Q, X, D, K, N U, O, E, V, N25%
BusinessD, I, J, C125%

Program Sweet Spots

This is especially exciting news for those looking to make short-haul trips within the Middle East. In particular, the newly launched Bahrain (BAH) – Tel Aviv (TLV) route will run you just 12,500 Aeroplan points each way in economy:

Aeroplan Bahrain to Tel Aviv
Image Credit: Air Canada

The cash price for the flight, meanwhile, is exorbitant — as is common with Middle Eastern carriers heading to Israel:

Google flights Bahrain to Tel Aviv
Image Credit: Air Canada

A flight to Dubai from Bahrain, meanwhile, will run you just 7,500 points in economy each way:

Bahrain to Dubai Aeroplan
Image Credit: Air Canada

Those same flights are otherwise $265 round-trip:

Google flights Bahrain to Dubai
Image Credit: Air Canada

As you can now transfer both American Express Membership Rewards and Chase Ultimate Rewards to Aeroplan at a 1:1 ratio, as well as Capital One miles at a 2:1.5 ratio, earning points for these flights is going to be easy.

Final Thoughts

The Air Canada Aeroplan and Gulf Air Falconflyer partnership is exciting news for anyone with an Amex or Chase card looking to boost their trips within the Middle East — or anywhere Gulf Air flies. With easy redemptions and some serious sweet spots to consider, Aeroplan members have yet another partner on which to earn and redeem their points.

Carissa Rawson

About Carissa Rawson

Carissa is a native Californian whose taste for travel began during her seven years in the US Air Force. A former Arabic translator, her first serious journey overseas was to Jordan, where a six month deployment taught her a lot about people and a little about award travel. What started as a curiosity quickly became an obsession, and soon she had launched her own website teaching others how to travel for free.

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