BPI Express Credit goes BIG with AirAsia

Bank of the Philippines Islands (BPI), the country’s first bank and innovation leader in the banking industry, has launched yet another first – BPI Express Credit is now the exclusive bank partner of AirAsia BIG in the Philippines. The grand launch was held at the New World Hotel on May 13, 2014.

With BPI as the exclusive bank partner of AirAsia Big in the Philippines, BPI cardholders can now convert their Real Thrills Rewards (RTR) points to AirAsia BIG points. Every three (3) RTR points is equivalent to one (1) AirAsia BIG point. They can use the BIG Points to redeem AirAsia flights and services, among others. Plus BPI Express Credit cardholders will be the first to know of AirAsia’s low BIG points redemptions.

To avail of this unique and thrilling treat from BPI Express Credit, simply sign up as an AirAsia Big Loyalty Programme member via www.airasiabig.com and call BPI at 89100 or email expressonline@bpi.com.ph to convert RTR points to BIG points. A BIG Shot member enjoys preferential access to AirAsia's biggest sales and promos.

As a launch offering, AirAsia BIG will give 13% bonus BIG points to BPI cardholders who convert a minimum of 300 RTR points (100 AirAsia BIG Points) from May 13 to July 13, 2014. Convert more to fly more!

At the launch event, Ginbee Go, SVP of BPI Payments and Unsecured Lending said in a BIG way: “We, in BPI, are deeply honored that Air Asia chose BPI as its first and exclusive bank partner for the rewards conversion program. … Air Asia is not just any airline, it is the World’s Best Low Cost Airline.”

Ginbee added, “… Unlike other budget airlines, AirAsia is the only value airline that believes that every loyal customer is important, and, thus must be rewarded. … With this partnership, BPI cardholders enjoy the exclusive privilege of converting their Real Thrills Rewards points to BIG points. This means BPI cardholders have more options in using their rewards points, and have more options in where they can travel using their big points. … And, exclusive to BPI, cardholders get early alerts on seat sales. That’s bigger savings on Air Asia travels. … Now, what do you call having Big News plus Big Gifts plus Big Savings? Nothing but the Best! And, today, we make another Best happen.”

AirAsia BIG CEO Alice Goh, who co-launched the new partnership with BPI, added: “AirAsia BIG has over 70 regional partners, representing more than 1,500 brand in retail, finance and tourism. We recognize BPI’s leadership in innovation and see this strategic alliance as mutually beneficial to both our companies.”

Alice also shared that AirAsia BIG’s strategic thrust is to expand in the ASEAN market, partnering with Petronas and CIMB Bank in Malaysia, Bangkok Bank and Central in Thailand, Bank Mandiri and Indosat in Indonesia, DBS and Starhub in Singapore, and now BPI as its first exclusive bank partner in the Philippines.

Making flights rewarding yet affordable is what BPI and AirAsia BIG offer to their customers. As Alice said, “BPI Express Credit cardholders can now go BIG with our partnership.”

About BPI Cards
BPI Express Credit allows its cardholders to enjoy the convenience of purchasing a whole range of goods and services, from a new pair of shoes to a holiday under the sun, without the need to carry cash. It also gives added security in times of emergencies. And because BPI understands that different customers have different needs and lifestyles, it has designed a card suited to your unique needs.

What’s even more thrilling is every time you use your preferred BPI Express Credit card, it opens up a whole new world of rewards and privileges depending on the type of card you choose. From shopping and dining rebates, fuel rebates, air miles, Real Thrills Rewards points, to even free meals with our Shop Anywhere. That’s year-round rewards for your everyday spending!

To top it all, you save more on your BPI Express Credit. While other credit cards impose onerous interest charges on both the remaining balance from previous month’s billings and on new purchases, BPI Express Credit does not charge interest on current month’s purchases (such as groceries, school supplies, Sunday family lunch outs, etc.). Now, that’s power over your spending. Only from the Philippines’ first bank.

And the thrills just get better
More than the discounts and freebies, BPI Express Credit also provides cardholders the luxury of having flexible payment terms for high value spend with the Special Installment Plan (S.I.P.). As the pioneer of installment credit card payment, BPI’s S.I.P. program allows you to pay on fixed, easy monthly installments with no hidden charges wherever and whenever you need it.

Buy the latest gadget, appliances and other high-ticket items and charge to your BPI Express Credit card (minimum of P3000) to avail of Real 0% interest on installment terms in affiliated BPI merchant partners. With Real 0% interest on installment, these purchases are interest – free whenever cardholders settle their monthly minimum dues on time.

BPI Express credit is not only for retail installment purchases but can also be used to access cash and pay on installment thru our S.I.P. Loan products such as Credit-to-Cash.

So go ahead and use BPI Express Credit card to enjoy Real Thrills! For more information on BPI cards, visit www.bpi.cards.com.

About AirAsia Big Loyalty Programme
AirAsia BIG Loyalty Programme is operated by Think Big Digital Sdn. Bhd., a joint venture between AirAsia and Tune Money. AirAsia BIG is the global points currency serving AirAsia and the Tune Group. Under the programme, members earn BIG points from AirAsia, Tune Talk, Tune Hotels, and many other partners including Budget, Avis, Starhub, DTAC, Petronas, and major banks, such as, DBS, Citibank, CIMB, Standard Chartered Bank, Bank Mandiri, BRI, Siam Commercial Bank and Bangkok Bank. In conjunction with Tune Money, Think Big Digital provides the loyalty programme for the BIG Visa Prepaid Card, co-branded and affinity payment products, giving cardholders the opportunity to earn points and redeem for AirAsia flights and many other specialty merchandise and hotel rewards.

About the AirAsia Group
AirAsia, the leading and largest low-cost carrier in Asia, services the most extensive network with 121 destinations. Within 12 years of operations, AirAsia has carried over 220-million guests and grown its fleet from just two aircrafts to over 160. The airline today is proud to be a truly ASEAN (Association of Southeast Asian Nations) airline with established operations based in Malaysia, Indonesia, Thailand and the Philippines servicing a network stretching across all ASEAN countries as well as China, India and Australia. AirAsia was named the World’s Best Low Cost Airline in the annual World Airline Survey by Skytrax for five consecutive years from 2009 to 2013.