PayMaya users to enjoy 50% off their first Uber ride | A Smarter Change

I remember my first Uber trip when I was in Manila last year. It was painless and the transaction was smooth. The only worry that I had was that I needed to enter my credit card details. 

And when Uber launched in Cebu, I also had friends that wanted to try it but didn't have a credit card. Uber recently introduced the option to pay in cash but sometimes it's also not safe to carry a lot of it around.

Fast forward to 2016, PayMaya (formerly Smart eMoney, Inc.) has partnered with Uber to bring peace of mind to countless Filipino customers whether they have a credit card or cardless, via cashless transactions when they book an Uber ride. With this latest development, more and more people would have an opportunity to commute in relative safety and style, thanks to PayMaya and Uber.

L-R: Benjie Fernandez, Co-COO of PayMaya Philippines and COO of Voyager Innovations; Laurence Cua, General Manager of Uber Philippines; Manuel Pangilinan Chairman of PLDT, Smart, and Voyager Innovations; Orlando Vea, President and CEO of Voyager Innovations.

MANILA, Philippines, June 13, 2016 -- More Filipino commuters can now enjoy the digital convenience of Uber combined with cashless transactions as PayMaya Philippines (formerly Smart eMoney, Inc.), the digital financial services arm of PLDT and Smart Communications, Inc. (Smart), announced today an exciting promo with Uber.

Promo Code for First time users

From June 10 to July 10, 2016, PayMaya users who download and use Uber for the first time will get 50% off their first ride when they use the promo code PAYMAYAxUBER.  

The promo is valid for both Black Car and UberX rides (Metro Manila and Cebu only). To avail of the promo, PayMaya users just need to have at least Php300 in their account. 

This promo is part of the unique partnership between PayMaya Philippines and Uber for digital payments, the first-of-its-kind in Southeast Asia.

“At PayMaya, we strive to democratize what used to be available only for credit card and bank account holders. Before, only credit card users could experience Uber and the convenience of cashless transactions. Now with our exclusive Uber promo for PayMaya users, more Filipinos are given the chance to experience that digital lifestyle,” said Orlando Vea, President and CEO at PayMaya Philippines.

Commuting made easy

Laurence Cua, General Manager of Uber Philippines said, “PayMaya and Uber share the same vision of reliable services for all. For Uber, it’s reliable transportation everywhere, for everyone. For PayMaya, it’s digital payments made available for everyone, anywhere. Together, the synergies in payments and transportation will create an unparalleled commuting experience for users founded on convenience and reliability.”

The benefits of PayMaya

The first of its kind all-in-one and the leading digital payments app in the Philippines today, PayMaya is a free mobile app that allows users to pay online. Consumers just need to download it from Google Play or App Store and register to get a PayMaya virtual Visa account that can immediately be used for digital transactions.

Cashless transactions are more convenient since paying through cash causes delays for both riders and drivers. Consumers who use PayMaya have more control over their expenses compared to post-paid and credit card holders, as well as additional security. The partnership with Uber will allow users who ride with PayMaya to enjoy the ease of cashless payments with the exact fare being deducted straight from their PayMaya account. A text message of the transaction is automatically sent to the user's mobile number upon end of trip. The latest transaction history can be viewed on the PayMaya app for easier expense tracking.

Aside from the mobile app, PayMaya customers can also opt to have their own PayMaya physical prepaid card which can be used in brick-and-mortar stores worldwide that accept Visa.  A variant also comes with its own beep™ wallet, allowing users to ride the MRT and LRT for their daily commute. Users who upgrade their PayMaya account can use their PayMaya for peer-to-peer money transfers and ATM withdrawals.

Convenience at your fingertips

Loading up a PayMaya account is also simple and effortless as it can be topped up at any of the over 15,000 PayMaya reloading stations nationwide that include SM Malls Business Centers, Robinsons Malls Business Centers, Bayad Centers, 7-Eleven stores with Cliqq kiosks, TouchPay Kiosks, and Smart Padala Centers, on top of online banking via BDO.

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About Uber
Uber is a technology platform that is evolving the way the cities around the world move. By seamlessly connecting riders to drivers through our app, we make places more accessible, open up more possibilities for riders, and more business for drivers. From our founding in 2009 to our launches in over 400 cities today, Uber’s rapidly expanding global presence continues to bring people and their cities closer. Launched in 2014 in the Philippines, Uber also aims to help solve one of the biggest challenges being faced by cities in the metro -- road congestion.

About PayMaya Philippines
PayMaya Philippines, part of the Voyager Group, is the digital financial services unit of PLDT and Smart Communications, Inc. (Smart).  PayMaya, its mobile app that comes with a prepaid card, is now the leading over-the-top digital payments app in the Philippine market. Among its innovations include Smart Money, the pioneering mobile money service linked to the Smart SIM and mobile phone and Smart Padala, the leading domestic remittance service brand in the market. 

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