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BPI ePrepaid Express Card: A Convenient Booking Tool (without the dreaded credit card bill!)

After marrying the hubby, one of the first things to go were my credit cards. Aware that budgeting is not one of my greatest skills, the hubby decided to cut-off and discontinue all my cards.

To quote, “I should learn to live according to my means.”

Unfortunately, a credit card is a very important tool for travel fiends like me — yes, even if I am pretty much always after a very good deal.

A few posts back, I insinuated about getting an ePrepaid card in order to fund my online purchases like plane tickets and hotel reservations. After a while, it gets pretty tiring asking people to book your tickets for you. After choosing between two banks, I figured that it’s better to get BPI since my savings and payroll account are both from the same bank. This lessens the hassle of transferring from one bank to another. I just log in using my Express Online account and voila! It’s locked and loaded and ready to use for online booking!

Booking to the CityInn Hotel Plus Ximending using my BPI ePrepaid

Booking to the CityInn Hotel Plus Ximending using my BPI ePrepaid

Applying for an express card is easy. In my case, I applied online by filling out the form available at the BPI Express website. . You will need to indicate the BPI branch nearest you where they will send the prepaid card after 5 days.

You will need to pay PHP500 while claiming the card — then if you have express online, apply it to said feature so that you can transfer money from your savings account to the debit card. This is what I did especially with the pressing need to find and book a hotel for the upcoming Taipei trip.

I already got the chance to use my ePrepaid Card when I chanced upon CityInn Hotel Plus on TripAdvisor. While I mentioned in one of my earlier post that I am partial to getting Keyman’s Hotel due to its proximity to Taipei Main Train station and to its marvelous Japanese rooms, I decided to go with CityInn due to its amazing room designs, its sleek interiors and the fact that it’s new. It also doesn’t help that it consistently rated high at Trip Advisor.

I was actually supposed to book the CityInn Hotel III which was nearest the Taipei Main Station but a quick check on their very efficient reservations system revealed an almost filled up hotel, the same goes for its CityInn Hotel II branch. In the end, I decided to go with City Inn Hotel Plus is Ximending, the so-called Harajuku of Taipei.

Cliche as they may sound — booking is as easy as 1-2-3. To confirm my reservations and in order to pay the 30% deposit, I entered my card details similar to how you do it with a credit card. Booking was immediately confirmed. After just an hour, I already had CityInn Hotel Plus calling my mobile phone long distance to confirm the reservations and arrange the transfers from airport to the city (we are arriving at 12:40 and after immigration and all that, might be able to go out the airport by 1:30AM).

So, if you are the type to trawl the various websites of airlines looking for cheap deals and still wouldn’t want to get buried in credit card debt, perhaps you might be interested in getting a prepaid card. This way, we can still satiate our wanderlust yet still be responsible with out finances.

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12 thoughts on “BPI ePrepaid Express Card: A Convenient Booking Tool (without the dreaded credit card bill!)

  1. Natalia says:

    Hi,

    I’m having an issue with the whole online booking for a hotel without actually owning a credit card. As a grad and birthday gift, I get to go to Singapore with my friends and it was kind of a last minute thing as in my birthday is April so I don’t have time to wait for my mom’s already maxed out cards to be usable (which will be after a while and it’ll probably be maxed out again cause she too is going abroad) then get a supplementary. My friend happened to have one of these and told me about it, so I was thinking if I should get one. However, my family thinks that it won’t be accepted so do you think that it would work for hotels in Singapore?

    Thank you so much! Your article helped out a lot!

    • lanilakwatsera says:

      I am not sure — but when I applied for the prepaid card at BPI, the banker assured me that hotels will accept the card as payment.

      I have used it in booking tickets, hotels and even paying for USG tickets bought online. If you are not sure, you can check it out with the BPI banker and they will be glad to assist you.

      • lanilakwatsera says:

        yup! i use it to book for my plane tix and hotel reservations. you just have to make sure it’s preloaded with money

      • So I can reload it and use it for Cebu Pacific booking? I just wanna make sure because it will cost a lot and if ever cebu pac wont accept this payment method i cannot withdraw the money. Huhuhu

        When you said ‘plane tix’ was that for all airlines? I need to make sure re Cebu Pacific.

        Sorry po if im super kulit.

  2. Hi. I just want to know if I can use this BPI ePrepaid card to book a ticket for Cebu Pacific? I Am having doubts on reloading the card for booking the flight since I cannot withdraw it if ever the airline will not accept thus paymebt method.

  3. Hi. I just want to know if I can use BPI My ePrepaid card to purchase airline tickets in Cebu Pacific? Thanks. Im having doubts because the load on the card cannot be withdrawn.

    • So I can reload it and use it for Cebu Pacific booking? I just wanna make sure because it will cost a lot and if ever cebu pac wont accept this payment method i cannot withdraw the money. Huhuhu

    • lanilakwatsera says:

      Hi Dany! Yes. I even used my BPI Express prepaid card before to pay for the 10% booking fee for a Taipei-based hotel. As long as its loaded with money, it’s good.

  4. John John M Pasco says:

    can i use my e prepaid master-card to purchase items through online specially LAZADA?
    any answer i will appreciate ..

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