MANAMA: Gulf Air has launched a co-branded credit card tailored specifically to offer exceptional value to the country's growing community of frequent flyers.
The two-in-one card offers customers the convenience of a credit card and the power of a loyalty programme in one.
Available in three premium variants, Blue, Silver and Gold - the Standard Chartered Frequent Flyer Credit Cards unique features allow customers to convert their everyday banking transactions, including account deposits, into flight rewards, while enjoying an array of exclusive privileges and world-class services from both Gulf Air and Standard Chartered Bank.
A critical strategic partner in this is Visa, the leading global payments technology company, which is used by Standard Chartered Bank in Bahrain to issue all its cards using the Visa platform.
"Gulf Air is delighted to strengthen the relationship with Standard Chartered Bank in Bahrain through the launch of the co-branded credit card," said Gulf Air chief executive Samer Majali.
"With a combined operating history of close to 200 years the synergies between both organisations as well as their contributions to the kingdom are innumerable.
"Focused on the local market, the new credit card reinforces both organisations' commitment to developing products and services specifically for the kingdom," he said.
"Harnessing the advantages of Gulf Air's service and extensive network and Standard Chartered's financial knowledge and expertise, customers now have access to an innovative product that will reward them with benefits at both home and when travelling abroad," he added.
"Standard Chartered Bahrain is proud to partner with Bahrain's national carrier, Gulf Air," said the bank's Bahrain chief executive Hassan Amin Jarrar.
"As the first bank in Bahrain with more than 90 years in operation, we have demonstrated our commitment and continue to strengthen and grow our business in the kingdom.
"Standard Chartered Bank is here for its customers and our product capability and service excellence will continue to be key differentiators.
"We will continue to bring best-in-class products and solutions to our customers to support our vision of becoming the leading international bank in the region.
"We already have a highly talented and diverse team of people, and a culture that combines performance excellence with a strong set of shared values," he added.