IF you have an expiring beep™ card, there’s no need to buy a new one.
AF Payments, Inc. (AFPI) is extending the validity of your card for only Php10.
The company is the operator of the beep™ card tap-and-go payment system. It announced on Friday, January 3, 2020, the policy leeway, saying cardholders whose beep™ cards are due to expire this year can now extend the validity of their cards by one year through the company’s Expiry Date Extension Program.
“Beep cardholders do not have to buy a new card or worry about losing their card load when their current card expires,” AF Payments assured.
This offer is valid for standard beep™ cards with a minimum balance of Php10 and will run until December 2020. Concessionary beep™ cards (for Senior Citizens and Persons with Disabilities or PWDs) will be extended free of charge.
Here’s the explanation from AFPI:
Cards can be extended sixty (60) days prior and sixty days after the expiry date printed on the card (for example, passengers with cards that expire at the end of December 2019 may extend their card at one of the extension terminals between November 1, 2019 and February 29, 2020).
The new expiry date will be based on the same month as the original expiry date with one year added (for example, the new expiry date for a card valid until end December 2019 will be the end of December 2020).
Extension terminals for card owners
Those beep™ cards with less than Php10 load balance (excluding Concessionary Cards) and blacklisted cards are not eligible for the one-year extension, alongside cards with expiry dates that do not fall within the period specified for the extension (60 days prior and 60 days after the printed expiry date).
Extension terminals are available in six stations of Light Rail Transit (LRT)-1 and in the Cubao station of Metro Rail Transit (MRT)-3. AF Payments is working with the rail lines to add more extension terminals in the coming months.
As mandated by the Concession Agreement, beep™ cards have a four-year expiry period.The expiry period has been set to ensure the cards remain functional and secure. Upon further assessment, however, AFPI deemed it safe to extend the expiry period by one year. In addition, the company will assess if further extensions can be made.
According to AFPI Marketing Head Agnes Padilla, the extension program is helpful especially for those who want to save money.
“With our one-year expiry date extension program, cardholders no longer need to buy a new card or spend Php150 to transfer any remaining balance from the old to a new card.”
For the full terms and conditions of the beep™ card expiry date extension program and the full list of stations with card extension devices, visit beep’s website at https://www.beeptopay.com/home.html and follow them on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. (AFPI)