A Guide to Gulf Air Transit Accommodation

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Gulf Air STOPOVER PAID BY CARRIER (STPC)

Gulf Air runs a transit package for those passengers with long transit times – commonly known as a Stopover Paid by Carrier or STPC. In fact, other notable airlines who also have an STPC policy include Asiana Airlines and Oman Air.

While the rules vary by airline, unofficially, the general rule for Gulf Air is that there must be a transit time of no less than 7 hours but no more than24 hours.

Unlike Qatar Airways STPC, the eligibility rules for Gulf Air STPC are that well defined.

This guide hopefully will hopefully fill in any blanks and clarify the matter.

To be clear, to be able to make use of Gulf Air’s STPC the transit must be because there are no shorter scheduled flights for your route (i.e. Because you are forced to), not because you want to sit in the lounge for an absorbent amount of time.

SO LONG AS YOU MEET THE MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS, GULF AIR MAY PROVIDE HOTEL ACCOMMODATION, MEAL AND GROUND TRANSPORTATION FROM/TO AIRPORT

BASIC RULES OF
Gulf Air STPC

Due to the benefit of this offer, Gulf Air naturally wants to stamp out any possible form of abuse.

This is why the airline takes a very firm view, outlining the rules and taking a “you qualify or not” approach to the STPC program.

Your only recourse for getting an STPC by Gulf Air is to meet all the airline’s requirements.

The rules are not very clear but you will find the basic info for your reference on their website.

If you see on their website it says “Passengers are advised to review their ticket conditions for Stopover Paid by Carrier” but they don’t really define what the conditions are… thanks Gulf Air.

MAIN ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS

Asiana has 1 absolute rules which trip most passengers up and will render any request ineligible. These are the headline rules which provide a quick guide to see if you are eligible or not.

01

TYPE OF TICKET MATTERS

The type of ticket matters when it comes to STPC policy. In short, Passenger must not be travelling on a ticket deemed ineligible for STPC.

02

STPC HAS TO BE REQUESTED

When considering the main T&C’s of Gulf air STPC, it makes reference to “Passengers may call [Gulf Air’s] World Wide Contact Centre to book their STPC entitlement up to 24 hours before departure. Passenger departing within 24 hours can visit Gulf Air’s customer service desk located in Bahrain International Airport.”, but as you can see below there is a cost difference in doing so (if applicable).

  • Outbound and inbound flights to Bahrain must be booked on a Gulf Air flight number (including Gulf Air Codeshare flights) and operated by Gulf Air
  • Only applicable to a through-fare (i.e. not two separate tickets)
  • Customers under the age of 16 years who are entitled to a Stopover Paid by Carrier (STPC) must be accompanied by either a parent or guardian
  • Hotel accommodation will be provided and charged per direction to customers with connecting flights departing in more than 7 hours from their arrival in Bahrain
  • Connecting flights will be based on the first available immediate connection out of Bahrain. If there is a connecting flight within 7 hours,
  • the STPC entitlement will not be applicable. Passengers choosing a longer connection will have to purchase a stopover product 
  • Passengers with a purchased ticket value of US400 (ticket fare + carrier imposed charges) or more (one-way and/or return ticket), will be entitled to a complimentary STPC
  • Passengers with a purchased ticket value of less than US400 (ticket fare + carrier imposed charges) (one-way and/or return) can book their STPC for USD75 per Adult and US40 per child (between the ages of 2-12 years old) before departing their originating destination
  • For STPC purchases during transit in Bahrain, the charges will be USD 95.00 per adult (Economy) and USD 180.00 per adult (Falcon Gold).
  • Falcon Gold passengers and FalconFlyer Black card holders will be entitled to a complimentary STPC
  • Infants under the age of two years old will not be charged for STPC

Additional Considerations

From reviewing a document by the carrier in 2014 we can deduce a few more bits of information

  • For customers travelling between the Indian sub-continent and the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC), [The GCC includes Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, and the United Arab Emirates], Passengers traveling between the Indian subcontinent and the Middle East will receive two (2) meal vouchers during their transit. Alternatively, an STPC can be purchased prior to the departure time at USD 75.00 per adult (Economy) and USD 150.00 per adult (Falcon Gold)
  • If a customer’s connection is cancelled and/or delayed beyond 8hrs, all customers, irrespective of booking class will be entitled to complimentary STPC
  • If Bahrain immigration refuses entry to a customer who is entitled to STPC, Falcon Gold Customers (booking classes J, C, D, I, P) will be entitled to use the Falcon Lounge and a meal voucher will be provided. All other customers will have a meal voucher provided. For customers who have paid an STPC charge, a refund will be provided

FARE ELIGIBILITY

eligible for STPC

Business class
J | C | D

Economy Class
Y | H | M | L

Ineligible for STPC

Business class
I

Economy Class
P | B | K | X | Q | V | E | O | N | S | W | T | G

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