There’s another item that should end up in your fat wallet: the Mabuhay Miles Travel Card from Philippine Airlines (PAL).
During the product launch at Shangri-La Mactan Resort, PAL’s AVP Mayette Casanova highlighted that the Travel Card is part of the airline’s initiatives “to enhance product and service offerings for frequent flyers”. She said, “The winning combination of spending, earning, and redeeming miles as well as loading cash and miles makes this new product truly innovative and customer-centric.”
Here are 10 questions you might ask about the Mabuhay Miles Travel Card.
1. I’m a member of Mabuhay Miles and I have a card. What’s new?
The Mabuhay Miles Travel Card is the industry’s first reloadable travel card that allows you to earn miles while spending. This means you can make the most out of your hard-earned money not only by flying frequently but also by shopping, dining, driving, and chilling out anywhere in the globe. In the upgraded Mabuhay Miles program, the Travel Card will replace the Classic Mabuhay Miles card, and will be an additional card for the Elite and Premier Elite members, and the Million Milers.
2. I’m a frequent international flyer. How will it benefit me?
Well, the card has 10 wallets which allow you to load in 10 different currencies for use abroad (PHP, USD, EUR, GBP, CAD, AUD, SGD, HKD, CNY, and JPY). Cashless transactions anywhere in the world. When it saves you the hassle of changing your local currency before flying, and it rids you the worries of fluctuating conversion rates, that’s when you love your Mabuhay Miles Travel Card more.
3. I have debit cards and credit cards. Why use the Mabuhay Miles Travel Card?
Simply because it earns you miles through flights and non-flight transactions.
4. Sounds good. How exactly do I get to earn miles?
Simply quote your Mabuhay Miles membership number when making your reservations, and present/quote your membership card/number upon check-in. Your flight miles will be credited to your Mabuhay Miles account. Check the website for the miles you can earn from your local flights and international flights.
B. Partner Merchants
PAL has a partnership with various merchants to let you earn miles through their services. This includes car rental services, hotels and resorts, telecomms, lifestyle partners, and banks. For instance, your reward points from your bank can be converted to miles. A stay at Movenpick Hotel in Cebu, Hennan Garden Hotel in Boracay, Holiday Inn in Manila, and other accommodation partners can earn you 500 miles per stay. Every 2 value card points you earn through Petron is equivalent to 3 miles. Check here for more perks.
C. Other Transactions
Yes, you’re not limited to using your card with the partner merchants. Any money you load and spend in other establishments—provided they accept UnionPay—will let you earn one mile for every P100 worth of purchase.
5. Sounds a good deal. How can I load money in the travel card?
You can load cash—and miles—into the card through affiliated loading stations such as PAL Ticketing Offices and the Mabuhay Miles Service Center. You can also use BancNet ATMs via the Funds Transfer option. Reloading abroad is still being worked on.
6. And where can I shop and dine using the travel card?
The card can be used for in-store and online transactions where UnionPay International is accepted. These merchants are primarily shopping malls (so far, we’ve tried SM Seaside in Cebu), franchise stores of big brands, supermarkets, restaurants and hotels in Manila and popular island resorts. Some merchants have yet to put up their UnionPay signage, so don’t hesitate to show your Mabuhay Miles Travel Card and ask.
7. Can I withdraw the balance in my card?
Oh, yes! You can withdraw cash from BancNet ATMs as well as ATMs abroad. To check the balance of your card, do it in the ATM; soon, your load and points will be viewable online.
8. How can I redeem the miles I’ve earned?
As soon as you accumulate the miles required for your desired award, you may redeem them. Just complete and submit a travel award redemption form to any Philippine Airlines ticket office. You may first call PAL Reservations to make your flight bookings, then pick up your award tickets at your preferred ticket office. What flights you can redeem and the needed miles, visit here.
9. How else can I earn from the Mabuhay Miles program?
You can refer friends to join the frequent flyer program and get incentives. When your referral signs up, let them note your name and Mabuhay Miles number on the “Referred by” field. For each successful referral, you earn the following on their first qualifying flight:
Domestic flight—250 miles
Regional flight—500 miles
International flight—1000 miles
10. I want to get a Mabuhay Miles Travel Card now. How do I sign up?
If you’re not a member yet, you may enroll here or you can visit any PAL Ticket Office. The Mabuhay Miles Travel Card is issued to registered and active Mabuhay Miles members who are at least 13 years old. For registered members, download the form here and send a scanned copy of the following to email@example.com:
a. Signed Travel Card Request Form
b. Government ID with photo (driver’s license, passport, unified multipurpose ID, etc.)
The launching of the travel card on April 2016 was actually just one of the many things that has happened at Philippine Airlines (PAL) in line with the celebration of its 75th year in the industry. Besides embarking on a celebrity-studded campaign promoting PAL as “The Heart of the Filipino”—watch Bamboo, Sarah Geronimo, and Leah Salonga in their latest music video—the company also debuted its Cebu-Los Angeles flights. Anyone from Visayas and Mindanao can fly to the US without going to Manila. Three times a week flights. Also from Cebu, Seoul, Nagoya, Osaka, and Tokyo.
To know more and apply for a Mabuhay Miles Travel Card, visit the website www.mabuhaymiles.com.
WORD OF MOUTH
Mabuhay Miles has stepped up! I’m a Mabuhay Miles member for around 8 years now and from experience getting those mileage is really an added value. When I heard that Mabuhay Miles has an added feature and becomes a travelcard, I got more excited. I had this experience in Bali where I wasn’t able to withdraw cash from the local bank. It’s really stressful when you don’t have that extra cash while you’re far from home. Thanks to Mabuhay Miles Travelcard, I don’t need to worry about paying for dining and shopping when I travel!
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This is indeed an upgraded version of PAL’s Mabuhay Miles program. I’m a frequent traveler and I appreciate the industry’s way of giving back to its customers through mileage program. Aside from flying, staycation and shopping can now be more fun and addicting as we collect travel points. I won’t be too guilty spending much because I know I can earn miles or cash points through my consumption. An ingenius and generous way to reward travelers!
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I think this is revolutionary for the modern Filipino traveler. It’s very convenient! You only need to bring this card for your travels which saves you from thieves. Haha! You even get to earn miles just by using the card. Also, there’s no hassle in needing to go to the nearest money changer since this card accepts 10 currencies!
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