BPI Blue MasterCard in 2021: activation, fees, credit limit, requirements, via sms

BPI Blue MasterCard in 2021: activation, fees, credit limit, requirements, via sms

The business world is rapidly changing, and almost every sector of the economy is doing all it can to ensure that it meets the ever-changing demands. The Bank of the Philippines Islands (BPI) has made BPI Blue MasterCard, which has significantly changed financial transactions within and outside the Philippines.

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A picture showing how a BPI Blue MasterCard looks like. Photo: @bpi
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Whenever you use the card, you earn points. The points can then be redeemed into some fantastic items or services. Additionally, some promotions give you bonuses just for using the card, and judging from the BPI Blue MasterCard reviews online, this is no doubt a must-have card.

What is BPI Blue MasterCard

It is your start-up international credit card, which is accepted by various establishments worldwide. With the card, you are entitled to P2 million free travel insurance. It also allows you to withdraw money up to 30% of your credit limit in over 1 million ATMs worldwide.

Why is it regarded as a sensible card? It is a sensible card because the holders earn reward points and receive gifts whenever they use it. The card is perfect for your everyday spending, and it also has more perks and privileges.

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BPI Blue MasterCard requirements

The following are the requirements if you wish to be its holder:

  • You must have a Tax Identification Number (TIN) and SSS/GSIS number.
  • You must have a postpaid account.
  • Have a minimum monthly income of $15000.00.
  • The minimum age for principal holders must be 21 years and above, while that of the supplementary holders must be 13 years and above.

What is the cost of possessing the card? As a holder, it means that you are a member of the credit card company. Therefore, an annual membership fee is charged, and the charges are as follows

  • BPI Blue MasterCard annual fee - P1,550
  • First supplementary annual fee - Free for life
  • 2nd to 6th supplementary annual fee - P775
  • Finance charge - 3.50%
  • Annual minimum income requirement - P180,000
  • Cash advance - 3% of the cash advance amount or P500, whichever is higher
  • Foreign currency conversion - 0.85% of the converted amount plus a 1% MasterCard assessment fee.

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Enrolling the BPI credit card

Here is how to enroll BPI credit card:

  1. Visit BPI Online to download the BPI Mobile app.
  2. Click Register Now.
  3. Select your preferred product type (credit card).
  4. Enter your customer number.
  5. Select your date of birth.
  6. Create your username and password.
  7. Enter your email address.
  8. Go through the Terms and Conditions and click Submit.
  9. Enter your One-Time-PIN and click Submit.
BPI Blue MasterCard
Two gentlemen, with one holding a BPI Blue MasterCard. Photo: @bpi
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How to activate BPI credit card

Like any other credit card, BPI credit cards must be activated before you can start using them. There are two ways to go about the activation process. However, first, check whether it is activated or not. Here is how to know if BPI credit card is activated:

  1. Enrol in the BPI Express Online.
  2. Log in to your account and check the credit card details (credit limit and customer numbers).

If the card details are included in your profile, it means that it is already pre-activated.

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Activation via the customer care

The following steps are to be followed if you want to activate BPI credit card. They are as follows:

  1. Call the 24-hour customer service hotline. Metro Manila: (02) 89-100, Domestic toll-free: 1-800-188-89100, Mobile phone and international: (632) 89-100
  2. Press 2 for credit cards.
  3. Press 2 for credit card activation.
  4. As you do so, have it ready with you because you will be asked for details on your card for activation.

BPI credit card activation via SMS

You should as well know how to activate BPI credit card via SMS. The steps involved are equally simple and straightforward.

  1. Text BPIACT<space>last 10 digits of your BPI Credit Card to 225689.

Using BPI Blue MasterCard

There are various ways you can use this particular MasterCard. For example, if you want to pay your travel fare through contactless technology, the following steps apply:

  1. Look for the contactless indicator in the Point-Of-Sale (POS) terminal.
  2. Tap the card on the POS terminal.
  3. Once the transaction is approved, you can choose to print the receipt.

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How much is the credit limit of BPI Blue MasterCard?

BPI Blue Mastercard credit limit varies. There are many factors considered before arriving at the credit limit. Some of these factors include credit history, income, and debt-to-income ratio. Nonetheless, there are two steps you can follow if you want to increase the credit limit of the card.

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BPI advert. Photo: @bpi
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First, you can do so through BPI Express Online. The steps are as follows:

  1. Go to BPI Express Online.
  2. Click Other Services.
  3. Then Credit Card Services.
  4. Tab on Increase in Credit Limit.

Alternatively, you may request to increase it after a year by calling the customer service hotline, which is 89-100. You may be asked to submit income documents such as ITR or payslips to process your request. Therefore, ensure that you have them.

What are the benefits of having BPI Blue MasterCard?

Holders enjoy myriad benefits. Some of them include:

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  • An annual membership fee for the first year is waived
  • A holder is eligible to earn Real Thrill Reward Points with their groceries, shopping, and dining spending. (1 point = P35)
  • They can book their travel with the card and receive free travel insurance coverage of up to P2 million.
  • Holders can borrow up to 30% of their credit limit by using the cash advance feature.

What can you redeem with your Real Thrills Rewards points?

As long as you have the required number of Real Thrill Rewards points, you can redeem different items from the reward catalogue at any time.

You can redeem the reward points to cater for the following expenses.

  • Shopping
  • Leisure and relaxation
  • Dining
  • Travel
  • Membership fees
  • Charities

You can find out the number of Real Thrills Rewards Points required under each category.

What is the BPI Blue MasterCard interest rate?

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The holders are charged interests as follows:

  1. Finance charges: 3.50% per month
  2. Cash advance charge: 3% of the cash advance amount or P500.00, whichever is higher.
  3. Cash advance interest charge: It varies and is calculated as follows. {(total interest + cash advance fee)÷(Average outstanding principal balance)}.

BPI Blue MasterCard credit card review

Different people have found it easy and convenient to use the card. For example, Steven Se has been a holder for more than a year.

The network support engineer said that it allowed him to claim free food from various outlets (Jollibee, Starbucks, and Chowking) when he spent more than P3,000. What excited him was how easy it was to settle the credit card bill online.

He advises that the annual fees on credit cards can be waived depending on how one uses his card and settles his bills.

This is all about the BPI Blue MasterCard that you need to know. It comes with a lot of benefits for its holders, and it is, without a doubt, a card that everyone should have.

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Considering that money is necessary and required in facilitating innumerable things, a suitable platform for sending and receiving is paramount. For those residing in the Philippines who want to conduct any international money transfer, the Western Union can take care of this.

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