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A Flexible Present: How and Where to Use SM Gift Pass

Jay Pagkatotohan

Jay Pagkatotohan

Last updated June 30, 2023

Sometimes, the best gift is the freedom of choice. That’s why it’s always nice to receive an SM Gift Pass. Since this pass is accepted at SM malls and its partner retailers, it offers lots of ways to enjoy it.

While SM Gift Passes are accepted in a wide range of establishments, they still have some limitations. So before you head to the mall, arm yourself with knowledge first. 

Here’s your quick guide on how and where to use SM Gift Pass.  

What is an SM Gift Pass? 

how and where to use SM Gift Pass

Powered by Sodexo, the SM Gift Pass is the official gift certificate of SM Malls. This SM voucher acts as a substitute for cash. This means the recipient can use them to pay for their purchases, as long as the shop is an accredited partner. 

While both function as gift vouchers, the SM Gift Pass and SM Gift Cards differ in form. The SM Gift Pass is available in paper and digital formats while the SM Gift Card[1] is a card that comes with a unique 18-digit number. 

Another major difference between the two is that you can readily use the SM Gift Pass while the SM GC requires activation before it can be used.  

How and Where to Get SM Gift Pass in 2023

Planning to give someone a practical gift? Or are you rewarding your employees for a job well done? Here are a few ways to get SM Gift Passes: 

📍 SM Supermalls

Usually, you can purchase SM Gift Passes at SM Customer Service. But you may also find them at SM Bills Payment and SM Servicio outlets.

📍 Official Sodexo Website

Since the SM Gift Pass is powered by Sodexo, you can get it via Sodexo’s official website.[2]

📍 Gifting Websites

SM Gift Passes are also available in electronic format. You can get them via gifting websites, such as Gifted.ph and Giftaway.ph. This is a convenient option since you can send the gift passes directly to your recipient via SMS or email.

📍 Credit Card Promos

From time to time, leading banks and other brands offer SM Gift Passes as a reward or welcome gift to customers for using their products or services. Here are some of the promos you may want to check out:

Converting BPI Points to SM Gift Passes

Get up to ₱3,000 worth of SM Gift Passes using your BPI Points. Redeem your SM vouchers via the VYBE by BPI app, BPI Contact Center,[2] or any BPI branch near you.

Moneymax HSBC Credit Card SM Gift Pass Promo


🎁 Free Gift from Moneymax: Giftaway Credits, JBL Flip 6, or JBL Tune 520 BT

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Eligible cards: HSBC Red Mastercard, Gold Visa Cash Back, and Platinum Visa Rebate

Promo period: Until April 15, 2024

Not an HSBC credit cardholder yet? Apply for an HSBC card through Moneymax during the promo period (and get approved subsequently) to receive an exciting welcome gift! Choose from free Giftaway credits worth ₱3,000, a JBL Flip 6 worth ₱7,499, or a JBL Tune 520BT worth ₱3,349

This Moneymax HSBC Giftaway/JBL promo runs until April 15, 2024 only. So hurry and apply now!

Per DTI Fair Trade Permit No. FTEB-188586 Series of 2024. Terms and conditions apply. 


 

Where to Use SM Gift Pass in the Philippines

how and where to use sm gift pass

“Where can I use SM Gift Certificates?” According to Sodexo, the SM voucher is accepted at more than 60 mall branches and affiliate stores nationwide. 

Check out this SM Gift Pass merchants list featuring the participating shops: 

  • The SM Store
  • SM Supermarket
  • SM Hypermart
  • WalterMart
  • Alfamart 
  • Savemore
  • SM Appliance Center
  • Ace Hardware
  • Ace Builders Center
  • Baby & Co. 
  • Kultura Filipino
  • Our Home
  • SM Bowling
  • SM Cinema
  • IMAX Theatre
  • SM Ice Skating Rink
  • SM Storyland
  • SM Science Discovery Center
  • Snack Time
  • Select SM Foodcourt Outlets 
  • Skyranch
  • Radisson Blu 
  • Sports Central
  • Toy Kingdom
  • Watsons
  • Exploreum 
  • Pet Express
  • Joseph
  • Crate & Barrel
  • The Body Shop 
  • Forever 21
  • Surplus Shop
  • Bata
  • Crocs
  • Uniqlo
  • Sfera
  • Levi’s
  • Simply Shoes
  • Miniso

Read more: Wardrobe Makeover? Check Out These Online Clothing Shops for Deals

How to Use SM Gift Pass

how and where to use SM Gift Pass

Want to know how and where to use SM Gift Pass? It’s straightforward and simple. Just buy any item from the participating shops mentioned above and present your SM Gift Pass to the cashier. The cashier will then honor your SM voucher as your payment. 

While you can use the SM Gift Pass from Sodexo as payment, you won’t be able to use it at shops that are not part of SM’s accredited Gift Pass stores and retailers. Moreover, you won’t get any change if you don’t use the full amount on your pass. 

In case your SM Gift Pass doesn’t cover the total amount of the item you want to buy, all you need to do is add cash. Also, keep in mind that SM Gift Passes are non-refundable and non-convertible to cash. 

SM Gift Pass FAQs

Even if you already know how and where to use SM Gift Pass, you may still have some questions in mind. Check out the following: 

1. Does the SM Gift Certificate expire?

The terms and conditions of the SM Gift Pass from Sodexo don't explicitly state that the voucher has an expiration date. However, the pass’ design and security features change every two years, which means that the pass will be subject to revalidation and replacement. 

On the other hand, the Digital SM Gift Pass doesn’t have an expiry date. Since there’s no SM Gift Pass expiration date, you can use the certificate anytime. 

2. What is a Digital SM Gift Pass?

“Can I use the SM gift card online?” Yes. The Digital SM Gift Pass is the electronic version of the SM Gift Pass. This is ideal for recipients who prefer contactless transactions over traditional means. You can purchase and use this SM e-Gift using the Sodexo+ app. 

Here are the key features of the Digital SM Gift Pass: 

  • It’s stored in your app. This means that you don’t need to keep paper GCs and worry about them getting lost or damaged. 
  • You can use it partially. Unlike paper GCs, the digital gift pass lets you use any amount to pay. 
  • It doesn’t have an expiry date. This means your GC won’t require revalidation. 
  • It’s designed for convenient gifting. Just use the Share GC feature of your Sodexo+ app to send Digital SM Gift Pass to anyone. 
  • It comes in flexible denominations. Send SM gift passes in any amount. 

Read more: The Best Payment Options for Online Shopping

3. Where Can I Use My SM Digital Gift Pass? 

Just like the paper format of the SM Gift Pass, the Digital SM Gift Pass is accepted at all SM Stores, SM Supermarkets, SM Hypermarkets, and Savemore branches nationwide. Refer to the list of SM Gift Pass Stores to see the retailers that honor this type of payment.  

4. What is SM Gift Pass Choice? 

The SM Gift Pass Choice is an upgraded version of the SM Gift Pass. It comes in the form of a card with a scratchable film at the back. Once the film is scratched, you’ll see a barcode and a 10-digit code. 

You can use this card to buy any item from SM Stores and its affiliates. It even allows you to earn SM Advantage and SM Prestige loyalty points. 

The SM Gift Pass Choice doesn’t expire. You can also convert it into digital credits using your Sodexo+ app. 

Related reading: 15 Best Bulk Christmas Gift Ideas for Your Loved Ones and Colleagues

Final Thoughts 

These days, gift-giving takes a straightforward and no-nonsense approach, with many opting to receive vouchers and certificates over hand-wrapped presents. This norm also does busy gift-givers a favor. 

SM Gift Passes are a good gift idea since they’re accepted at all SM stores and a wide range of retailers, from cinema to clothing. If you receive them as a gift, you should know how and where to use the SM Gift Pass—thanks to this handy guide. 

💳 Enjoy More Perks With the Best Credit Cards for Shopping

Aside from using SM Gift Passes, use credit cards while shopping to enjoy more perks such as discounts, cashback, and points:

Credit Card
Shopping Perks
UnionBank Rewards Credit Card
UnionBank Rewards Credit Card - Aug 2023
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  • 1 point per ₱30 spend
  • 3x points for shopping locally and abroad
  • Non-expiring points can be redeemed for cash credits, gadgets, and more
Metrobank Titanium Mastercard®
METROBANK TITANIUM MASTERCARD
APPLY NOW
  • 2x points for department store and online spend
  • 1 point for every ₱20 spend
  • E-commerce protection
HSBC Red Mastercard
hsbc red
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  • 1 point for every ₱20 spend
  • 4x points on shopping, online, and overseas transactions
  • Installments of up to 36 months with 0% interest at participating merchants
HSBC Platinum Visa Rebate
HSBC_VISA_PLATINUM
APPLY NOW
  • 5% cashback on shopping transactions
  • 0.50% cashback on all other purchases
Security Bank Complete Cashback Mastercard
Security Bank Complete Cashback Platinum Mastercard
APPLY NOW
  • 1% cashback on shopping
  • Up to ₱12,000 cashback every year
Security Bank Gold Mastercard
Security Bank Gold Mastercard 2023
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  • 1 point for every ₱20 spend
  • Secure online shopping with SecureCode
  • Exclusive rewards and promos all year round
BPI Amore Platinum Cashback Card
BPI Amore Platinum Cashback Card New

APPLY NOW

  • 4% cashback on online delivery spend
  • 1% cash back on department store spend
  • Up to 0.3% cash back on other international and local retail spend
  • Exclusive perks and deals at Ayala Malls nationwide

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Jay is a marketing communications professional who specializes in short-form and long-form content. He has written ads for TV, radio, print, and digital. He has also produced corporate blogs, magazine features, white papers, product listings, reviews, and press releases for clients here and abroad. When he’s not writing, Jay plays the piano or takes pictures for his visual diary. Follow Jay on LinkedIn.

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