6 Dual Currency Credit Cards for Filipino Travelers

by Venus Zoleta, on category "Credit Card"

January 25, 2018


 

dual currency credit cards

 

Using a credit card abroad can cost you more than local transactions because overseas purchases in foreign currency are converted to Philippine Peso (PHP). Changing from dollar to peso (or any foreign currency to local currency) adds up to your credit card bill. On top of that, you have to pay a foreign currency transaction fee of 1.75% to 2.50%. If you want to save money on your overseas trips while still enjoying the convenience of a credit card, a smart choice is a dual currency credit card.

Dual currency credit cards are useful for travelers who often shop abroad and earn or have money in US Dollar (USD) because local and international transactions are billed separately. Purchases made in the Philippines are billed and paid in PHP, while those made abroad are billed and paid in USD.

Essentially, you have two currencies in a single credit card. You don’t need to worry about exchanging currency and paying foreign currency transaction fees.

Apart from convenience, another great reason to get a dual currency credit card is enjoying premium travel-related benefits such as travel insurance, rewards, exclusive access to airport lounges, and more.
In the Philippines, there are at least six credit cards that come with a dual currency feature. This article explores all the dual currency credit card options for frequent travelers looking to save money when using their credit cards abroad.

Related Article: Best Travel Credit Cards in the Philippines

Bank of Commerce Mastercard Platinum

dual currency credit cards

  • Annual fee: Free
  • Interest rate: 2.95%
  • Foreign currency transaction fee: 2.50% for non-dollar transactions, converted to US dollar at Mastercard’s currency conversion rate
  • Annual income requirement: PHP 1.2 million

Features and benefits:

  • Dual Currency Billing: Two separate billings for local and overseas transactions: in Philippine peso for local and in US dollar for overseas purchases
  • Rewards Plus: 1 point for every PHP 25 worth of transactions using the Bank of Commerce Mastercard Platinum; up to 5x rewards points for transactions at select shopping and dining merchants
  • Installment Plus: 0% interest installment payable in 3, 6, 12, 18, 24, and 36 months
  • Installment Convert: Allows paying big-ticket expenses such as tuition, medical bills, and wedding at low monthly interest and longer payment terms

BDO Platinum Mastercard

dual currency credit cards

  • Annual fee: PHP 4,500 (waived for the first year)
  • Interest rate: 2.75%
  • Foreign currency transaction fee: 1% assessment fee plus 1% service fee of the converted amount based on BDO’s and Mastercard’s foreign exchange rate
  • Annual income requirement: PHP 1.2 million

Features and benefits:

  • Dual Currency Feature: Local purchases are billed in Philippine peso and overseas purchases are billed in currencies other than PHP. A cardholder can choose to pay either in US dollar or Philippine peso.
  • Flexible/High Credit Limit: High credit limit in both PHP and USD, with the peso credit limit having the same value of the dollar credit limit
  • Credit Card Points Redemption Program: 1 point for every PHP 40 local purchase and for every USD 1 international purchase; earned points can be used to redeem air miles
  • Free Annual Membership Fee for Life: Waived annual fee for spending a minimum of PHP 420,000 per year
  • Travel Accident and Inconvenience Insurance Coverage: Up to PHP 20 million in benefits when traveling locally or abroad using the Platinum Mastercard
  • Free Priority Pass Membership: Access to more than 950 VIP airport lounges in over 300 cities and 75 countries
  • 50% Off Dining Program: Discount for dining at partner hotels
  • Mastercard Moments Concierge Service: 24/7 professional travel assistance
  • EasyPay Installment: 0% interest on installments payable in 3, 6, 9, 12, 18, 24, and 36 months for a minimum single transaction of PHP 3,000

BDO Titanium Mastercard

dual currency credit cards

  • Annual fee: PHP 3,500 (waived for the first year)
  • Interest rate: 2.75%
  • Foreign currency transaction fee: 1% assessment fee plus 1% service fee of the converted amount based on BDO’s and Mastercard’s foreign exchange rate
  • Annual income requirement: PHP 1 million

Features and benefits:

  • Dual Currency Feature: Local purchases are billed in Philippine peso and overseas purchases are billed in currencies other than PHP. A cardholder can choose to pay either in US dollar or Philippine peso.
  • Flexible/High Credit Limit: High credit limit in both PHP and USD, with the peso credit limit having the same value of the dollar credit limit
  • Credit Card Points Redemption Program: 1 point for every PHP 40 local purchase and for every USD 1 international purchase; earned points can be used to redeem air miles
  • Waived Annual Membership Fee for Life: Waived annual fee for spending a minimum of PHP 300,000 per year
  • Travel Accident and Inconvenience Insurance Coverage: Up to PHP 20 million in benefits when traveling locally or abroad using the Titanium Mastercard
  • Free Priority Pass Membership: Access to more than 950 VIP airport lounges in over 300 cities and 75 countries
  • 50% Off Dining Program: Discount for dining at partner hotels
  • Mastercard Moments Concierge Service: 24/7 professional travel assistance
  • EasyPay Installment: 0% interest on installments payable in 3, 6, 9, 12, 18, 24, and 36 months for a minimum single transaction of PHP 3,000

Equicom Credit Card

dual currency credit cards

  • Annual fee: PHP 2,000 (Gold Visa card); PHP 1,000 (Classic Visa card)
  • Interest rate: 3.50% (Peso account); 3.00% (Dollar account)
  • Foreign currency transaction fee: Non-US dollar transactions are converted to US dollar based on Visa’s foreign exchange rate, plus 2% processing/service fee
  • Annual income requirement: PHP 500,000 (Gold card); PHP 120,000 (Classic card)

Features and benefits:

  • Dual Currency Billing: Two credit limits in one credit card: a Philippine peso credit limit for local transactions and a US dollar credit limit for international transactions
  • Rewards Program: 1 point for every PHP 300 (or its equivalent in USD) spent using the Equicom Credit Card
  • Unlimited Supplementary Cardholders: Allows signing up for as many supplementary cards as desired and assigned sub-credit limits for each card

PNB Platinum Mastercard

PNB MasterCard Platinum-Front-resized

  • Annual fee: PHP 3,000
  • Interest rate: 3.00%
  • Annual income requirement: PHP 480,000

Features and benefits:

  • Dual Billing Flexibility: Separate billings for local and foreign transactions in Philippine peso and US dollar, respectively; can pay in either PHP or USD (based on payment rate of the day)
  • Travel Insurance: Free travel insurance of up to PHP 3 million coverage for flight delay, lost luggage, and more
  • My Rewards: 1 point for every PHP 50 spent; accumulated rewards points can be redeemed for cash credits or Mabuhay Miles
  • Zero % Affordable Payment Plan: 0% interest on installments for expensive and high-end brands payable in 3, 6, 9, 12, 18 up to 24 months

Security Bank Platinum Mastercard

dual currency credit cards

  • Annual fee: PHP 4,000 (waived for the first year)
  • Interest rate: 3.25%
  • Foreign currency transaction fee: None
  • Annual income requirement: PHP 1.3 million

Features and benefits:

  • Dual Currency Billing: Allows option for paying international transactions in US dollars
  • Rewards: 1 point for every PHP 20 spent using the card
  • Access to MIASCOR Lounges: Free access to NAIA Terminal 1, NAIA Terminal 3 (Skyview), and Davao Airport’s MIASCOR Lounges
  • Concierge Services and Waived Fees: Travel assistance without annual fees (with minimum required annual spend)
  • Travel Insurance: Coverage on accidents and more when using the card to book an airline ticket
  • High Credit Limit

Final Thoughts

Looking for the best dual currency credit card for you? Do your comparison shopping first, and carefully examine the features and benefits that matter to you.

For those who are using one of the dual currency credit cards listed above, how’s your experience? Share your thoughts and leave a comment below!