AirAsia Launches RCBC Bankard As Its Official Credit Card and Miles Partner


Credit cards have made our life easier in terms of shopping may it be offline or online. Who would have known that it will also be a way to earn free flights? Few days ago, I had the honor to join the launching of AirAsia's credit card in partnership with RCBC Bankard to treat their loyal customers free trips that they deserve according to their spending. As a matter of fact, I got really excited that I am applying one for myself too. Moving forward, I will be booking all of my AirAsia flights through this credit card for my next travels.


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The World’s Best Low Cost Airline for 10 years as per Skytrax World Airline Awards this year, AirAsia has sparked a revolution in air travel with more and more people in the Philippines choosing AirAsia as the preferred choice of airline. This means AirAsia BIG Loyalty will enable AirAsia Credit Cardholders to enjoy the lowest flight fares across AirAsia’s extensive network. 

Every time they spend using AirAsia Credit Card, it always means free flight soon. Currently  there's a Welcome bonus gift of up to 8,000 BIG Points for early birds. There are more perks actually that come with it like instant upgrade to the BIG Platinum membership status and Free Priority check in, boarding and baggage every time they fly with AirAsia; and, don’t forget a brilliant low spend per point conversion at Php 22.

AirAsia Philippines CEO Captain Dexter Comendador said, “This dynamic collaboration between RCBC and AirAsia Berhad represents an exciting step forward in our on-going journey towards providing modern travel experiences for our guests. With AirAsia credit card, we are providing amazing opportunities and exclusive privileges for every guest to create memorable travel experiences whether they are on ground shopping, dining or flying to AirAsia destinations in the Philippines connecting across all ASEAN countries including Asia, Australia and New Zealand, Middle East and Hawaii in United States. “

“We believe that the AirAsia Credit Card embodies the wanderlust spirit and the adventurous lifestyle of Filipinos. As such, it is also essential that the AirAsia Credit Card will be able to help Filipinos get access to financial services anywhere in the world. Adding to the travel benefits, AirAsia Credit cardholders will receive real-time SMS alerts service that lets cardholders have security and control over their spending; conversion of straight purchases to zero percent at three months with Unli 0 to up to 36 months installment term with UNLI Installment; access to cash anywhere in the world; free travel insurance and purchase protection; and, a worry-free and rewarding bills payment process.” RCBC Bankard Services Corp. President & CEO Simon Javier A.Calasanz said during the AirAsia Credit Card launching event held last November 14 at Marquis Events Place, Bonifacio Global City.


“The partnership that we have with AirAsia and RCBC Bankard enables us to create a credit card product that encompasses all the exciting travel benefits for Filipinos. Travel is one of the top categories of spend amongst Filipino cardholders. Based on Visa’s data, close to 10 per cent of Visa total spend is on air tickets. With this credit card product, Filipinos can enjoy flight fares at competitive prices and the travel benefits that come along with it, while earning additional rewards when they spend using their cards. It is our commitment to work closely with our partners to create products and services that are relevant to our cardholders, so they continue to enjoy the perks of using digital payments in the country,” said Stuart Tomlinson, Visa Country Manager for the Philippines & Guam.

AIRASIA BIG LOYALTY APP


Right now, AirAsia has two separate apps: first is the AirAsia BIG Loyalty to manage your points and second is the AirAsia app where you can book flights. They'll soon merge these into one app for everyone's convenience.
Few things to know to help you understand this collaboration better

  • AirAsia BIG Loyalty was established in November 2011 and is owned and operated by Think BIG Digital Sdn Bhd, a subsidiary of AirAsia Bhd in collaboration with Aimia Inc. As the loyalty programme for AirAsia, AirAsia BIG Loyalty enables its members to enjoy the lowest flight fares across AirAsia’s extensive network. More than 18 million AirAsia BIG Loyalty Members can earn AirAsia BIG Points on AirAsia flights to over 130 destinations across Asia, Australia and New Zealand and the Middle East, participating hotels as well as retail, e-commerce, travel and lifestyle partners within the region. The loyalty programme makes all seats redeemable by utilising AirAsia BIG Points. Other member-exclusive privileges include 24-hour priority booking for selected AirAsia sales.
  • AirAsia BIG Loyalty was named the Loyalty Programme of the Year in 2016, and won gold for Best Regional Loyalty Marketing Campaign, Best Use of Direct Marketing, and Best Use of Social at The Loyalty & Engagement Awards 2016. In 2018, it received the Best Use of Technology Award at the 10th Annual Loyalty Conference and Awards. It also took home a gold for Best Loyalty Programme - Travel/Hospitality at Loyalty & Engagement Awards 2018. The AirAsia BIG Loyalty app is available for download from the Apple App Store and Google Play Store. For more information on the mobile app plus other updates, log on to airasiabig.com or follow AirAsia BIG on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
  • RCBC Bankard Services Corporation (RBSC) is the Card Servicing entity of Rizal Commercial Banking Corporation (RCBC), one of the Philippines’ largest private universal banks. RCBC and RCBC Bankard Services Corporation are members of the Yuchengco Group of Companies (YGC). RCBC Bankard provides unique and world-class credit card products, versatile add-on services, and an innovative rewards program to its various cardholders.
  • Visa Inc. is the world’s leader in digital payments. Their mission is to connect the world through the most innovative, reliable and secure payment network - enabling individuals, businesses and economies to thrive. Our advanced global processing network, VisaNet, provides secure and reliable payments around the world, and is capable of handling more than 65,000 transaction messages a second. The company’s relentless focus on innovation is a catalyst for the rapid growth of connected commerce on any device, and a driving force behind the dream of a cashless future for everyone, everywhere.  As the world moves from analog to digital, Visa is applying our brand, products, people, network and scale to reshape the future of commerce. For more information, visit www.visa.com.ph.

It was also a great time catching up with some fellow travel bloggers whom I haven't met for so long now. I was so happy for Marky who won 50, 000 BIG points. He can use it to redeem a roundtrip ticket to Shanghai. Two other ladies Air Asia miles worth a roundtrip ticket to Taiwan and HK. I did not went home empty handed since I also won a 1, 500 BIG miles points. 

Filipinos can already start applying for the new AirAsia Credit Card. Just log on to www.rcbcbankard.com/airasia, www.airasiacards.com/ph or www.airasiabig.com/ph/en and complete the application form.

To read more of AirAsia events I covered, see below:
AIRASIA NOW FLIES DIRECT TO JAKARTA FROM MANILA
PAOLO GARRIDO WINS AIRASIA PH'S CREATECAMP FIRST STORYTELLER  
AIRASIA JUST ADDED NEW FLIGHTS FROM CLARK TO ILOILO, TACLOBAN AND PUERTO PRINCESA 

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