BPI Express Start Secured Credit Card for OFWs and Starters

By Nora

Do you need a credit card but do not have an Income Tax Return, a Withholding Tax Form and a Certificate of Employment and Compensation from a local employer?

You can apply for a Secured Credit Card. It's called "Secured" because you will give a security or a collateral to cover your debt in case you will not be able to pay. Your collateral will be your savings account deposit or your time deposit.

If you have to put up a collateral, why would you apply for a Secured Credit Card? 
So that you can build a good credit card history, and later on, you will be able to get approval when you apply for a regular credit card.

One of the few Secured Credit Cards being offered is the BPI Express Start. You can apply for this secured credit card at any branch of the Bank of the Philippine Islands (BPI) or BPI Family Bank.

What are the requirements?

1.  You should be 18 or older.
2.  You should have a valid photo ID
3.  You should have a contact number.
4.  You should be able to deposit at least 10,000 pesos and have the amount put on hold as collateral for your credit card.
5.  Bring these items in case required by the branch:
       Additional valid photo IDs
       Proof of address (water, electric,cable, insurance, or phone bill)
       1x1 or 2x2 ID picture
       TIN number (You can now apply for your eTIN online at bir.gov.ph)

How to apply for a BPI Express Start Secured Credit Card?

1.  Go to a BPI branch or a BPI Family Branch, and apply for a BPI Express Start credit card.

2.  You will be asked to open a savings account or a time deposit.
     The minimum deposit for a savings account is 10,000 pesos.
           It can be an atm-only account or a passbook savings account.
     The minimum deposit for a time deposit account is 50,000 pesos.

3.  You will fill up the BPI Express Start application form.

4.  You will sign a Deed of Assignment, assigning your savings account or time deposit to the bank as a security for your BPI Express Start credit card

How much will be your credit limit?
80% to 90% of your deposit amount.

Will your credit background be investigated?
Based on comments online, your credit record with BPI and BPI Family will be considered. Since BPI is a member of the Credit Card Association of the Philippines and the Bankers Association of the Philippines, your credit record with other banks might also be considered.

Does this mean not all BPI Express Start applications are approved?
Based on comments online, we think not all applications are approved.

How fast is the processing of the BPI Express Start Secured credit card?
Around 2 weeks. Can be longer.

1.  Note that all the Terms and Conditions for a Regular BPI or BPI Family credit card will also apply to your BPI Express Start Secured credit card.

2.  If your purpose in applying for a Secured Credit card is to buy a higher-priced appliance, be reminded that if your credit limit is low, you cannot use your credit card to buy a big appliance even if the monthly installment payment is within your credit limit.
    For example, your credit limit is 20,000. You cannot use your credit card to buy a LED TV worth 35,000, even if the monthly installment is only 5,000.   Why not? Because the merchant will charge 35,000 outright to your credit card, and surely, the credit request will be DENIED because the credit limit, 20,000, is not enough to cover 35,000.

    Many merchants also set a higher price for items charged to credit cards.

3.  Non-residents can also apply for this BPI Express Start Secured Credit Card. Bring your Alien Certificate of Registration (ACR), work permit or Accreditation Papers from your Embassy and passport or other IDs.

Another Secured Credit card being offered is the:
RCBC Bankard Insta-Card Secured Credit Card

1 comment:

  1. Btw I have some questions sana hoping na may maka answer. Hehe

    *When can I withdraw my collateral? (Afaik 80-90% of my collateral will be the CL correct?)
    *What kind of charges will there be? (Afaik 1yr free yung AF, pero after that magbabayad na ako ng AF around 1.5k I saw from BPI website, are there any charges like monthly charges? insurance per month?)
    *Are there any problems to watch out for? (Can you provide me some problems na pwede ko ma encounter)
    * How can I make the best use of a secured card to build my credit rating? (Afaik after good rating macoconvert na to a regular credit card correct? Then how can I make the best to build my ratings)
    *Can I manage my statement and monitor via EOL? (I am an avid user of BPI EOL may mga savings account kasi ako dun, makikita ko ba dun kung magkano nalang ang credit limit ko? magkano yung monthly na babayaran ko?)

    Thank you guys.