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No Credit Card? Book Your Flights Online Using ATM Card
For people without a credit card, like Tutubi (and proud of it), who want to book flights and sometimes avail of low fare promos, you may now use your BancNet ATM card to book flights of Philippine Airlines.
How to book online? Just follow this simple procedure:
1. Log on to the official website of Philippine Airlines 2. Select your desired flight 3. Enter passenger details 4. Choose BancNet as mode of payment 5. Select your bank on the dropdown list 6. Enter your card number and ATM PIN 7. Print the confirmation email and e-ticket
No registration required but you may have to show the ATM card used in booking or at least a photocopy of the ATM card if it's not your own ATM card for security purposes.
Limitation: Online booking with ATM card limited to domestic flights only probably due to use of dollar currency in international flights (no forex conversion).
Note, according to Tutubi's sources, Cebu Pacific first signed up with BancNet to for the online payment facility but Philippine Airlines beat them to it by going live ahead of their fiercest rival.
As of posting time, Cardholders of the following BancNet member banks can use the online facility:
• Allied Bank • Asia United Bank • China Bank • Chinatrust Bank • Citystate Savings Bank • Metrobank • PBCom • Philtrust • PNB (Philippine National Bank) • Postal Bank • RCBC • RCBC Savings • Robinsons Savings Bank • Security Bank • Standard Chartered Bank • Sterling Bank of Asia
If your bank is not listed above, inquire at your own bank for the facility or open a new account at the bank of your choice. This is great for those having difficulty of getting a credit card.
No news yet if you can book flights for other carriers like Seair, ZestAir or other regional budget airlines e.g. Tiger Airways, and AirAsia.