“After three years of the pandemic and with borders reopening, travel is back,” said Sanjiv Malhotra, VP and General Manager, Global Network Services, SouthEast Asia and South Pacific, American Express.

The American Express Explorer Credit Card, launched in partnership with BDO Unibank, Inc., gives cardmembers in the Philippines the ability to earn rewards and travel for less, whether they’re traveling solo or with family and friends. These rewards points never expire, and can be redeemed for air miles with a wide range of airlines and for hotel loyalty points with thousands of hotel properties. That’s greater flexibility of choice from a credit card that has one of the best rewards rates in the country, and has no conversion fee.

Every P40 spent entitles Cardmembers to earn one Membership Rewards point. Each point can then be redeemed for one air mile at six frequent flyer partners: Mabuhay Miles, KrisFlyer, Cathay Membership, Royal Orchid Plus, Enrich, and Delta SkyMiles. The points can also be converted into hotel loyalty points from Marriot Bonvoy and Hilton Honors, which both have thousands of properties globally, including in the Philippines.

“With the return of consumer confidence in travel, the American Express Explorer Credit Card is a timely addition to our extensive line-up of credit card products with our partner American Express,” said Rolando C. Tanchanco, BDO Senior Executive Vice President and Consumer Banking Group Head. “We have seen substantial growth in travel-related spending among our American Express Cardmembers. In 2022, airline ticket purchase alone has increased exponentially versus the previous year.”

The Explorer Card was first introduced by American Express in Australia in 2016 and Hong Kong in 2021. Now, American Express with BDO are bringing the Explorer Card to the Philippines-a first in Southeast Asia. The new card forms part of the extensive range of BDO-issued American Express Cards.

Cardmembers can redeem their Membership Rewards points from a wide choice of local and international airlines and hotel loyalty programs. Below is a list of partners and listed benefits.

Frequent Flyer Partners

  • Mabuhay Miles (Philippine Airlines)
  • KrisFlyer (Singapore Airlines)
  • Cathay Membership (Cathay Pacific Airlines)
  • Royal Orchid Plus (Thai Airways)
  • Enrich (Malaysia Airlines)
  • Delta SkyMiles (Delta Airlines)

Hotel Partners

  • Marriot Bonvoy
  • Hilton Honors

Other benefits include:

  • Up to P10M Travel Accident and Inconvenience Coverage
  • 2,000 Bonus Membership Rewards points upon reaching P600,000 spend per year
  • Year-round deals, rebate or cashback, and instant savings from BDO partner merchants
  • Complimentary Annual Fee for the 1st year (Principal and Supplementary)
  • Waived 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 go to any BDO branch near you.

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