BDO Unibank, Inc. and American Express have launched the American Express® Explorer™ credit card (“the Explorer Card”) in the Philippines for emerging and frequent travelers looking to rediscover the world. Cardholders earn American Express Membership Rewards® points that never expire and can be redeemed for airline miles on a variety of airlines, including award-winning ones, and for hotel loyalty points at thousands of resorts1 – giving them more flexibility and choice. and enable them to travel more cheaply.
Each P40 spent entitles cardholders to earn one Membership Rewards® point. Each point can then be redeemed for one airline mile with six frequent flyer partners: Mabuhay Miles, KrisFlyer, Cathay Membership, Royal Orchid Plus, Enrich and Delta SkyMiles. Points can also be converted into Marriott Bonvoy and Hilton Honors hotel loyalty points, both of which have thousands of hotels worldwide, including in the Philippines. In addition, the Explorer Card has one of the best award rates in the country and no exchange fee.
“We have seen significant growth in travel-related spending among our American Express cardholders. In 2022, the purchase of airline tickets alone has increased exponentially compared to the previous year,” says Rolando C. Tanchanco, BDO Senior Executive Vice President and Consumer Banking Group Head. “As consumer confidence returns to travel, the American Express Explorer credit card is a timely addition to our extensive offering of credit card products with our partner American Express.”
“After three years of the pandemic and the reopening of borders, travel is back. Launched in partnership with BDO, our American Express Explorer credit card gives our cardholders in the Philippines, whether traveling alone, with family or with friends, the opportunity to earn rewards and travel for less while pursuing their passion.” said Mr. Sanjiv Malhotra, vice president and general manager, Global Network Services, Southeast Asia and South Pacific, American Express.
The Explorer Card was first introduced by American Express in Australia in 2016 and in Hong Kong in 2021. American Express is now bringing the Explorer Card to the Philippines with BDO – a first in Southeast Asia. The new card is part of the extensive range of American Express Cards issued by BDO.
Cardholders can redeem their Membership Rewards points with a wide range of local and international airline and hotel loyalty programs.
Mabuhay Miles (Philippine Airlines) KrisFlyer (Singapore Airlines) Cathay Membership (Cathay Pacific Airlines) Royal Orchid Plus (Thai Airways) Enrich (Malaysia Airlines) Delta SkyMiles (Delta Airlines) Marriott Bonvoy Hilton Honors
Up to P10M travel accident and inconvenience coverage 2,000 Bonus Membership Rewards points upon reaching P600,000 spend per year Year-round offers, rebates or cashback and instant savings from BDO partner retailers Free 1st year annual fee (main and ancillary) n/a Annual fee upon reaching P450,000 spend per year
For more details or to apply for the American Express® Explorer™ credit card, visit www.americanexpress.com.ph or contact your nearest BDO branch.