Prepare for Take Off with the New Air Asia Credit Card

Prepare for Take Off with the New Air Asia Credit Card

 

Air Asia RCBC Bankard Launch
(From L-R) Daniel Wolbert – Country Manager for Visa Philippines and Guam, Mylene Bico – SVP and Segment Head for Business Development, Sales and Marketing, RCBC Bankard, Simon Javier Calasanz – President and CEO, RCBC Bankard, Capt. Gomer Monreal – Director of Flight Operations, AirAsia Philippines, Sereen Teoh – (then) Acting CEO and (now) CFO, AirAsia BIG

 

AirAsia, the World’s Best Low Cost Airline for 10 years (according to Skytrax World Airline Awards, July 2018) has sparked a revolution in air travel with more and more people in the Philippines choosing AirAsia as the preferred choice of airline. Aiming to create excitement among Filipinos, the airline company, in partnership with RCBC Bankard and Visa has launched the new AirAsia Credit Card in the Philippines that will make more people travel to their dream destinations faster with the airline. Along with their loyalty program, AirAsia BIG Loyalty will enable AirAsia Credit Cardholders to enjoy the lowest flight fares across AirAsia’s extensive network.

AirAsia Credit cardholders get to enjoy exciting perks and privileges every time they spend with their AirAsia Credit Card. Starting with a fantastic Welcome bonus gift of up to 8,000 BIG Points that will start them earning free flights when booking during the Final Call Sales; 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.

Filipinos can already start applying for the new AirAsia Credit Card. Just log on to www.rcbcbankard.com/airasia.

No More “FOMO” with RCBC Bankard Flex

No More “FOMO” with RCBC Bankard Flex

 

(L-R) Host & Radio DJ Sean Kyle, RCBC Bankard Marketing Group Head Ms. Anj Mirasol, RCBC Senior Executive Vice President Mr. John Thomas Deveras, Visa Country Manager for the Philippines & Guam Mr. Dan Wolbert, RCBC Bankard President & CEO Mr. Simon Javier Calasanz, and RCBC Bankard Segment Head for Business Devt., Sales & Marketing Ms. Mylene Bico

 

“FOMO” the Fear of Missing Out – is an expression usually linked to the Millennials. The generation between 1981 to 1996 want to rack up on experiences and live their life to the fullest.  While they have numerous #goals, they also value and give importance to being responsible.  Taking the millennials aspirations and ideals in mind, RCBC Bankard has come up with the card perfect for this generation.

Launched December 6 at the SMX Aura, RCBC Bankard and Visa, unveiled the RCBC Bankard Flex and the RCBC Bankard Flex Gold.   Both cards are designed to complement the lifestyles of the first jobbers, young professionals, and those just starting a family.

The RCBC Bankard Flex and Flex Gold are packed with flexible benefits including the flexibility of earning double rewards points on categories relevant to the segment.  For RCBC Bankard Flex, which was developed with the first jobbers and young professionals in mind, cardholders can choose two categories from any of the following: Clothing, Dining, Travel, and Transportation.  On the other hand, RCBC Bankard Flex Gold, which has been designed primarily for millennials who are just starting a family, cardholders can choose three from any of these categories:  Grocery, Gas, Department Store, Household Appliances, and Travel.  The card benefits are so flexible that cardholders can change their preferred categories every billing cycle by simply sending a direct message to RCBC Bankard’s official Facebook page.

Further, cardholders will also enjoy the flexibility of choosing what they want to redeem using their earned rewards points.  They can choose to redeem shopping vouchers, cash rebates, use the points to pay their card, or even better, they can choose their rewards points to build their savings since the cash equivalent can be directly deposited to their RCBC Checking or Savings account.  They can also choose to enroll in the Airmiles program and redeem Airmiles so they can fly for free to their dream destination.  For those who want to create more impact to society, rewards points can also be used as donation to their preferred charitable or non-profit organization.

RCBC Bankard Services Corporation President & CEO, Simon Calasanz says, “We are here to support the millennials in achieving their life goals.  Aside from providing a card that doubly rewards them on categories that are important to them, we will also help them manage their finances better with RCBC Bankard’s award-winning features including:  Spend Monitor, an alert that is sent to them once they reach 80% of their set budget, Spend Analyzer, which summarizes their spending on a per category basis, and Unli 0%, which allows them to pay for their straight purchases made anywhere to three (3) months 0% installment.”

Dan Wolbert, Visa Country Manager for the Philippines & Guam highlighted, “Together with our valued partner, RCBC Bankard, we are glad to launch these two products that are targeted at millennials in the Philippines. The benefits offered through these products are tailored accordingly to this segment of our cardholders, so they can earn fantastic rewards while making payments for their everyday spend. The features of the card also enable them to develop good discipline in money management as they can see analysis of their spend and set their budgets accordingly using features provided by the bank.”

With all these power-packed benefits, RCBC Bankard Flex and Flex Gold Visa are must-haves and totally on point! To apply for a RCBC Bankard Flex and Flex Gold Visa, click here.

RCBC Bankard President & CEO, Simon Calasanz, Featured in CEO Magazine

RCBC Bankard President & CEO, Simon Calasanz, Featured in CEO Magazine

RCBC Bankard CEO Simon CalasanzSimon Calasanz, President and CEO of RCBC Bankard

Carrying the widest range of credit cards in the Philippines, RCBC Bankard, under President and CEO Simon Calasanz, is using team work and national pride to expand its customer base.

An avid footballer, martial artist, and competitive arm-wrestler, Simon Calasanz is very aware that 95% of Fortune 500 CEOs played college sports. “Playing is fun, but I play to win. That competitive team spirit translates to the business world. I might not be the best player or the fastest runner, but my teammates look to me for leadership and encouragement,” he says.

Throughout his career in South East Asia’s dynamic financial services industry, Simon has used the skills he learned on the field to get ahead in business. In fact, it only took him 14 years to get to the top of the industry.

Now as President and CEO of credit card provider RCBC Bankard Service Corporation (RCBC Bankard), the 38-year-old is still focused on personal and professional development in and outside the boardroom. “Leaders must be good communicators and equally good listeners. They need to articulate their vision so teams understand the organisation’s direction,” he says.

In the feature, the 38-year-old CEO shared how sports influenced his life in many ways and how it resonated to the 60% growth in portfolio of the corporation last 2017.

Click here to read the full feature of the CEO Magazine published in May 31, 2018.

 

RCBC Bankard enlists SOS Children’s Villages Philippines as Rewards Beneficiary

RCBC Bankard enlists SOS Children’s Villages Philippines as Rewards Beneficiary

RCBC Bankard enlists SOS Children’s Villages Philippines as Rewards Beneficiary

RCBC Bankard Services Corporation recently signed a Memorandum of Agreement with SOS Children’s Villages Philippines making the latter a Beneficiary of its Rewards Program.  With the agreement in place, RCBC Bankard cardholders can now voluntarily donate their Rewards Points for the care and education of underprivileged children who are under the care of SOS Children’s Villages Philippines.  To donate, cardholders can simply call RCBC Bankard Customer Service at 888-1-888.

Present during the MOA Signing, shown in photo (L-R) are: RCBC Bankard Mgr. Raymund Buenaflor, AVP Michelle Antonio, FVP & Mkt. Grp. Head Ma. Angela Mirasol, Pres. & CEO Simon Calasanz, SOS Fund Development & Communications Director Gerran Navarro, SOS Corp. Relations Head Admore Rae Alzate, RCBC Bankard VP & HR Head Aileen Dela Cruz.

 

About SOS Children’s Villages Philippines

SOS Children’s Villages Philippines is one of the most-trusted global NGO dedicated to providing homes and families to orphaned, abandoned, and neglected children.  Located in 135 countries and territories, there are currently 571 Children’s Villages that serve as a home to 84,500 children and young adults.  SOS Children’s Villages also provides support to 90,600 families in various communities to prevent child neglect and abandonment. In the Philippines alone, there are 1,055 children and young adults living in 8 children’s villages throughout the country; 5,512 more children, including their families, take part in various development programs in their communities under the guidance of SOS Children’s Villages Philippines to prevent child neglect and abandonment. SOS Children’s Villages is not an orphanage or an institution where a child gets adopted from. It is a home that provides a normal family environment for children who have lost parental care. Like any other children, they live with brothers and sisters in a house where they receive love and care from a parent and other members of the SOS family, until such time that they become fully independent young adults.

 

RCBC Bankard and JCB unveil new premium card for travelers

RCBC Bankard and JCB unveil new premium card for travelers

RCBC Bankard, together with their long-time partner, JCB, is ready to introduce their newest prestige card, the RCBC Bankard JCB Platinum Card.

The card was formally launched at an exclusive gathering attended by RCBC Bankard and JCB executives, and members of the press at the Bonifacio Hall in Shangri-La the Fort. This latest product is set to join RCBC Bankard’s existing roster of award-winning credit cards.

The RCBC Bankard JCB Platinum Card is equipped for today’s modern traveler, with benefits such as access to over 55 airport lounges, free use of JCB Plaza lounges located in major cities worldwide, 24/7 Concierge Desk service, as well as free travel insurance worth up to Php 1,000,000.

The card also makes use of RCBC Bankard’s flexible rewards program, where cardholders can earn points through domestic or international purchases. RCBC Bankard cardholders can even earn more points when they use the card for their purchases made in Japan. Reward points earned can also be converted to Airmiles for well-known airlines such as Philippine Airlines, Cebu Pacific, Cathay Pacific, andAir Asia, among others.

“We would like to provide our premium clients with more options.  The launch of the RCBC Bankard JCB Platinum card will definitely appeal to accomplished individuals who frequently travel abroad for both business and pleasure.  Noting the increase in Filipinos visiting Japan and the issuance of multiple Visa entry, we anticipate that our premium cardholders will be going to Japan more often.  Hence, we doubled the points/airmiles that they can earn using the RCBC Bankard JCB Platinum card for spending made in Japan.  The partnership with JCB enhances the privileges even more since they offer worldwide benefits to the JCB cardbase which our cardholders can take advantage of” states Simon Calasanz, President and CEO of RCBC Bankard.

For his part, Senior Vice President of JCBI Yuichiro Kadowaki, has expressed, “We are pleased that RCBC Bankard, an expanding credit company showing the strongest growth in the Philippines, has launched this new Platinum card. Our partnership has been strong for more than 20 years, and we are now stepping up to the next stage with the new product. Both of us are keen to provide a good product and services to customers of RCBC who are interested in Japanese culture and those who travel to Japan. Filipino tourists going to Japan exceeded 400,000 in 2017 and there will be more in 2018. We provide lounge services at 28 airports in Japan and 29 airport lounges in other countries, mainly in Asia. Other than this, Platinum JCB Cardmembers get exclusive access to Universal Studios Japan JCB Lounge. We hope RCBC Bankard customers will enjoy our services.”

The RCBC Bankard JCB Platinum Card also includes the card-winning benefits such as Spend Monitor, a budget management tool that helps cardholders keep an eye on their finances by allowing them to set their own budget, Spend Analyzer, which provides cardholders with a summary of their transactions, Fast Billspay, a feature that provides RCBC Bankard cardholders with a worry-free and rewarding bills payment facility, and Unli0%, where cardholders can pay for their straight purchases within 3 months at 0% installment.

To apply for the bank’s newest prestige card,  call 888-1-883.

 

ABOUT RCBC BANKARD:

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 cashless transactions, versatile add-on services, and an innovative rewards program to its cardholders. For more information on RCBC Bankard, visit www.rcbcbankard.com.

ABOUT JCB

JCB is a major global payment brand and a leading payment card issuer and acquirer in Japan. JCB launched its card business in Japan in 1961 and began expanding worldwide in 1981. As part of its international growth strategy, JCB has formed alliances with hundreds of leading banks and financial institutions globally to increase merchant coverage and card member base. As a comprehensive payment solution provider, JCB commits to provide responsive and high-quality service and products to all customers worldwide.

 

Award-winning credit card helps give back

Award-winning credit card helps give back

(L-R) Luis Oquineña, Gawad Kalinga Executive Director; Tony Del Rosario,Gawad Kalinga Chairman; Ma. Angela Mirasol, RCBC Bankard First Vice President and Marketing Group Head; Fr. Ben Nebres,S.J., GK board member; and Nelson Lumbres, RCBC Bankard Program Manager, at the 5th GK Social Business Summit where RCBC Bankard turned over another ample donation to Kusina ng Kalinga.

Award-winning credit card helps give back 

Delegates of Gawad Kalinga’s 5th Annual Social Business Summit once again witnessed how RCBC Bankard further strengthened its partnership with Gawad Kalinga’s Kusina ng Kalinga through another generous donation.

Through its Diamond Cares Program, RCBC Bankard’s Diamond Mastercard has been making waves as ‘the card that cares’. For every Php 100 charged to the card, it automatically generates a Php 0.20 donation to Gawad Kalinga’s feeding program, Kusina ng Kalinga.

It was this very program that earned the Diamond Mastercard a Best Loyalty and Awards Program award during last year’s Mastercard Innovation Forum Awards.

Now, a little over a year since it was relaunched, RCBC Bankard has been able to turn over two large donations to Gawad Kalinga’s Kusina ng Kalinga program, culminating to an amount ofmore than two million pesos.

The second donation took place recently, during the afternoon plenary session of the second day of Gawad Kalinga’s 5th Social Business Summit.

“RCBC Bankard has really developed an innovative approach to giving.” Says Gawad Kalinga Executive Director, Luis Oquineña. “To be able to think of such a program that helps improve the lives of children just one meal at a time, these are the kind of partnerships that GK is really after. When you see big corporations like RCBC Bankard helping out those marginalized in our society, it really amplifies our overall message of ‘leaving no one behind’.”

“Since its relaunch, our goal for the Diamond Mastercard has been to offer our clients a product that not only gives them a wide-array of perks and privileges, but also allows them the opportunity to give back to society.” Says RCBC Bankard’s First Vice President and Marketing Group Head, Angela Mirasol. “Gawad Kalinga’s Kusina ng Kalinga project was the perfect avenue to tie-up with the Diamond Mastercard; not only do our cardholders help provide everyday meals for public school youths but they also lend a hand in ensuring that the lives of children across the country are made better.”

 

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RCBC Bankard raffles off 2nd brand-new iPhone 7 to lucky cardholder

RCBC Bankard raffles off 2nd brand-new iPhone 7 to lucky cardholder

RCBC Bankard raffles off 2nd brand-new iPhone 7 to lucky cardholder

In photo (L-R): RCBC Bankard Program Manager for Marketing, Raymund Buenaflor; the second raffle draw winner of a brand-new 32GB iPhone 7, Eternita A. Maramot; RCBC Bankard Program Manager for Marketing, Angelica Yap.

 

Another lucky RCBC Bankard cardholder, Eternita A. Maramot of Antipolo City, went home with a brand-new 32GB iPhone 7 after emerging as the winner in the 2nd raffle draw of RCBC Bankard’s “Enroll, Pay and Win” raffle promo held last October 27, 2017 at the RCBC Bankard main office.  The promo is open to all active RCBC Bankard principal cardholders who have successfully enrolled their credit card accounts in Fast BillsPay, RCBC Bankard’s convenient payment facility that gives cardholders the option to pay for their utility and internet bills either on-demand or via auto charge using their card. To qualify, cardholders must have availed of the Fast BillsPay facility within the promo period which runs from July 15 to December 15, 2017. Lucky winner Eternita A. Maramot used her RCBC Bankard Mastercard Platinum card to pay for her Skycable, Meralco, and Manila Water bills via Fast BillsPay.

If you are an active RCBC Bankard cardholder, you still have a chance to win an iPhone 7 in the next raffle draw scheduled on January 5, 2018. Simply enroll your credit card account to Fast BillsPay and use the facility within the promo period.

 

Want an RCBC Bankard? Apply Now.

Rizal Commercial Banking Corporation (RCBC) is regulated by the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP).  For inquiries and complaints in relation to RCBC Bankard Credit Cards, please call RCBC Bankard Customer Service Hotline at (02) 888-1888, send an email at service@rcbcbankard.com, or the BSP Financial Consumer Protection Department at (02) 708-7087.

RCBC Bankard cardholder wins brand-new iPhone 7

RCBC Bankard cardholder wins brand-new iPhone 7

Fast BillsPay Raffle Winner 1

In photo (L-R): RCBC Bankard First Vice-President and Marketing Group Head, Ma. Angela Mirasol; the first raffle draw winner of a brand-new 32GB iPhone 7, Alicia Alag; RCBC Bankard Program Manager for Marketing, Raymund Buenaflor.

 

Alicia Alag, a resident of Quezon City and an active RCBC Bankard cardholder, emerged as the lucky winner of a brand-new 32GB iPhone 7 in the first raffle draw of RCBC Bankard’s “Enroll, Pay and Win” raffle promo held last September 11 at the RCBC Bankard main office.  The promo is open to all active RCBC Bankard principal cardholders who have successfully enrolled their credit card accounts in Fast BillsPay, RCBC Bankard’s convenient payment facility that gives cardholders the option to pay for their utility and internet bills either on-demand or via auto charge using their card. To qualify, cardholders must have availed of the Fast BillsPay facilty within the promo period which runs from July 15 to December 15, 2017. Lucky winner Alicia Alag used her RCBC Bankard Mastercard Gold to pay for her PLDT bill last July via Fast BillsPay.

If you are an active RCBC Bankard cardholder, you still have a chance to win an iPhone 7 in the next raffle draw scheduled on January 5, 2018. Simply enroll your credit card account to Fast BillsPay and use the facility within the promo period. Who knows? You just might be the next lucky owner of a brand-new 32GB iPhone 7!

 

Want an RCBC Bankard? Apply Now.

Rizal Commercial Banking Corporation (RCBC) is regulated by the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP).  For inquiries and complaints in relation to RCBC Bankard Credit Cards, please call RCBC Bankard Customer Service Hotline at (02) 888-1888, send an email at service@rcbcbankard.com, or the BSP Financial Consumer Protection Department at (02) 708-7087.

RCBC Bankard donates generous sum to Gawad Kalinga

RCBC Bankard donates generous sum to Gawad Kalinga

(L-R) RCBC Bankard First Vice-President and Marketing Group Head, Ma. Angela Mirasol; Gawad Kalinga founder, Antonio “Tony” Meloto; RCBC Chairperson Helen Y. Dee; RCBC Bankard President and CEO, Simon A. Calasanz; RCBC Corporate Vice-Chairperson, Cesar E.A. Virata at the donation of RCBC Bankard’s latest contribution to Gawad Kalinga’s Kusina ng Kalinga project

RCBC Bankard donates generous sum to Gawad Kalinga

 RCBC Bankard, the credit card servicing entity of Rizal Commercial Banking Corporation (RCBC) announced its donation of Php 1,066,405.54 to Gawad Kalinga’s Kusina ng Kalinga project.

The generous sum was generated by the special feature of RCBC Bankard’s Diamond Platinum Mastercard that allows cardholders to automatically donate Php 0.20 for every Php 100 spent. The bank arrived at the amount only six months after the Platinum card was relaunched in November 2016.

The event was held at the Hexagon Lounge in RCBC Plaza, where officers of RCBC Bankard as well as representatives from Gawad Kalinga came together for the momentous event. In attendance was RCBC Bankard President and CEO, Simon A. Calasanz, RCBC Chairperson, Helen Y. Dee, RCBC Corporate Vice-Chairperson, Cesar E.A. Virata, and Gawad Kalinga Founder, Antonio “Tito Tony” Meloto.

 

RCBC Bankard blazes the trail with two more international awards

RCBC Bankard blazes the trail with two more international awards

RCBC Bankard First Vice-President and Marketing Group Head, Angela Mirasol (center) receives RCBC Bankard’s two RBI Trailblazer awards from Richard Fahy, Regional Director APAC of Globaldata PLC (left) and Sandeep Bagaria, CEO of Tagit Pte Ltd (right).

 

RCBC Bankard blazes the trail with two more international awards

 

RCBC Bankard Services Corporation (RBSC), the credit card servicing entity of Rizal Commercial Banking Corporation (RCBC), received High Commendation for Best Card Offering and was proclaimed as the Best Loan Offering during the RBI Trailblazer Awards.

Retail Banker International (RBI), the leading global publication for retail banking with a strong focus on Asia, recently had its 8th Annual RBI Trailblazer Awards in PARKROYAL on Pickering in Singapore.

Winning corporations are selected based on the impact of their innovations, and how these fit into the overall vision of the organization, profitability of the business line, market leadership, operational efficiency, and customer experience are also taken into consideration.

During the event, RCBC Bankard received High Commendation for Best Card Offering and won the award for Best Loan Offering.

“Here at RCBC Bankard, we’ve always strived to push the boundaries on how our card products can make our cardholders lives better.” Says Angela Mirasol, RCBC Bankard First Vice President and Marketing Group Head, “Through YOUR CASH!, we wanted to give our cardholders the ability to seize opportunities by providing them with a cash line on top of their existing credit limit.”

Douglas Blakely, Editor of Retail Banker International had this to say about RCBC Bankard’s Best Loan Offering Award, “RCBC Bankard has effectively re-packaged what a credit card can do through a unique and innovative cash loan product, YOUR CASH! With the launch of the product, a first in the local market, RCBC Bankard has deepened customer relationships with existing cardholders by strengthening their spending power and enhancing cardholder benefits. In the first 11 months following the launch of YOUR CASH, the bank has enjoyed sales success for the new service almost 50% ahead of its internal business plan.”

“It is a great honor for RCBC Bankard to be acknowledged in the Best Card Offering and Best Loan Offering categories,” says Simon Calasanz, RCBC Bankard President and CEO. “Our chief goal is to serve the needs of our cardholders by delivering the most innovative products of the best quality and value, coupled with excellent customer service.  These awards only serve to further motivate the bank to break the boundaries of what a credit card can offer.”

This marks the fourth year that RCBC Bankard won during the RBI Awards. It was previously recognized in 2014 and 2015 for Product Excellence in Credit Cards for its Financial Budget Management Tool and Unli 0% respectively. In 2016 it received High Commendation for its Rewards Program that allows its cardholders to select how they want to be rewarded (Points, Airmiles, Cash Rebate).