I was recently introduced to the GCash American Express Virtual Card during a press conference the other day at Makati Shangri-la attended by the top honchos behind this development including Globe President & CEO Ernest Cu, American Express EVP (Japan/Asia Pacific/Aus) Kula Kulendran,and GXI President Paolo Baltao.
The virtual card by G-Xchange, Inc (GXI) can be a substitute for a credit card which you can use online and hooked to your GCash mobile wallet. It’s an online payment solution for purchases made in sites and app stores like iTunes US that accepts American Express.
Being a long-time GCash user, it was a welcome development which seems to make online shopping a little more exciting.
Here are 6 reasons, or more so benefits, why I think you should get a GCash American Express Virtual Card:
1. It gives you a valid US address so you can shop even on international sites.
Have you experienced purchasing online with promos like ‘free shipping’ only to know that the free shipping promo is exclusive to US residents or those with a valid US address?
So you contact your relative in the US and tell them that you’re having some products shipped to them locally and bother them to courier it to you to the Philippines (only to be charged heavily by the postal office service) ? The GCash American Express Virtual Card solves this problem as they give you a valid US Address so you can have your purchases sent to this unique US address.
2. Your purchases are delivered right to your doorstep
GCash and American Express have partnered with My Shopping Box to accept your purchased products in the US.
Your item is then couriered straight to your physical address here in the Philippines.
3. Conveniently cash-in from your bank account or through any of over 7,000 GCASH outlets nationwide.
You can fund your virtual card from a bank account or easily transfer from your GCASH wallet which you can load up in designated GCash outlets and Globe Telecoms centers nationwide.
4. Lower shipping charges
I have yet to personally try having a product shipped but they promised that it is lower than the usual shipping rates as per industry standards.
I will update this blog soon after I try this service and buy my target item item online.
5. Avoid the hassles of a physical credit card
They say never to simply surrender your credit card in purchases like in restaurants because your credit card can be copied or subjected to various modus operadi related to fraud and identity theft.
With a virtual card, all these are avoided.
6. One month free trial
First time subscribers get a free one month trial, after which subscribers can continue with the subscription by paying only P250 for one whole year.
For further inquiries, you may contact their customer service at:
Dial 2882 for FREE using your Globe & TM Phone (24/7)
My Shopping Box Hotline:
833-1289 (Mon-Fri, 8AM-10PM);
GCash American Express Virtual Websitte: