Published: August 31, 2018 | Updated: February 18, 2020 | Posted by: Venus Zoleta | Personal Finance
That Beep card in your wallet is more powerful than it seems.
What started as a stored value card for exclusive use in LRT and MRT has evolved into a tap-and-go payment card in more places—from bus terminals to convenience stores and even cinemas.
If you’re using that blue card only as a train ticket, you’re missing out on the convenience it brings. Like a contactless credit card, the beep™ card eliminates the hassles of cash payments. No more awkward moments with the cashier after handing a 1,000-peso bill. No need to fumble for coins.
How else can you use a Beep card? Let’s count the ways.
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Similar to Hong Kong’s Octopus card and Singapore’s EZ-Link card, the Philippines’ Beep card is made for seamless commutes in the Greater Manila Area. Getting around the city is easier with this reloadable card.
Many bus lines—including P2P buses, BGC Bus, Citylink buses, and Airport Loop buses—accept fare payment with Beep cards. They typically have the beep™ logo on their windshield or side window.
Here’s a list of buses where you can tap your Beep card to pay fares:
|BGC Bus||All routes within BGC|
|Citylink Coach Services|
|DNS P2P Buses|
|Froehlich P2P Buses|
|RRCG P2P Buses|
|TAS Trans P2P Buses|
Aside from the standard blue card, the bus lines listed above also accept other reloadable prepaid cards in the Philippines such as Globe GCash Mastercard, BPI-Ayala Malls Amore prepaid card, and PayMaya beep card.
If you always drive along the busy expressways, you know how long the lines at the toll gates could get. Cut your waiting time by paying toll fees with your Beep card! Just look for toll booths with a beep™ signage at NLEX, CAVITEX, Coastal Road, or SCTEX.
Did you know that you could also pay for items with your Beep card—aside from reloading it—in some convenience stores?
Beep cards are accepted as a payment mode at Circle K and all FamilyMart branches in Metro Manila. You can also tap to pay at select 7-Eleven branches (McKinley Hill BGC, Net Cube BGC, BSA Tower Makati, Buendia Makati, and Columbia Tower Mandaluyong).
A convenience store branch accepts Beep card payments if it has the beep™ logo on its door and a card reader at the counter.
Need to grab a quick bite to survive those stressful MRT commutes? Your Beep card is here to save the day!
Tap your card to order meals faster at select branches of Wendy’s. You may also use it at select branches of Binalot and Auntie Anne’s.
No spare cash to purchase movie tickets for the last full show? Your Beep card got you covered. Just tap to pay for Robinsons Movieworld tickets at one of these branches: Galleria, Manila, Magnolia, Forum, and Metro East. Most of these Robinsons Malls are accessible to MRT and LRT stations, so you can use your card again on your train ride home after your movie date.
Major fashion retailers don’t accept Beep transactions just yet. But Beep has recently partnered with Worship Generation, a Christian merchandise brand. This means you can buy clothing and accessories from this merchant by tapping your Beep card at the cashier.
The Beep card may not be widely accepted in the Philippines as a payment mode today. But soon, it will expand to include more retail partners. Who knows, it might become an all-in-one payment card someday.