The Ultimate Guide in Opening a BPI Savings Account

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How to open BPI Savings AccountBank of the Philippine Islands (BPI) is one of the biggest and trusted banks in the country. If you are looking for a stable bank to place your hard-earned money then you may consider opening an account with them. BPI also has over 800 branches in the country and close to 3,000 atm machines and cash deposit machines. Making BPI a wonderful chose for a bank because there’s always a branch near your place.

How to Open BPI Savings Account (Quicklinks):

1. Importance of Getting a Savings Account
2. List of BPI Savings Account
3. What are the Requirements?
4. A Step-by-Step Guide

Importance of Having a Savings Account

Did you know that the majority of Filipinos still do not own a bank account yet? As of the latest study in 2017, there’s only 22.6% of our population that has a bank account. That’s quite small, right? But because you’ll be opening yours soon then this numbers will go up.

Convenience

Having a bank account means you don’t have to carry cash more than what you need especially if you’re using public transport. Because you can access any ATM machine virtually anywhere if there’s a sudden need for extra cash.

READ: Budgeting 101: Cash Envelope System

Safe and Secured

Placing your money in a bank is safer and secure than leaving it inside your home. Having your money away from catastrophic events like flood, fire, robbery, etc.  Plus your savings are insured up to Php 500k by PDIC should anything happen to the bank.

Enjoy Perks and Pay Online

Some ATM savings account will entitle you to special discounts from your favorite stores. You can also use it to pay your online purchases. If you want to pay your utility bills in a breeze then this can be your friend.

List of BPI Savings Account

BPI offers several types of savings account that will fit your financial need and here they are.

1. BPI Kaya Savings Account

This is formerly known as the BPI Easy Savers account. This is very easy to open with just Php 200 initial deposit with no maintaining balance. The only drawback is that you’ll be charged Php 5 for each withdrawal,  ATM card payment of Php 50, and with no interest.

Initial Deposit: Php 200
ATM Card Payment: Php 50
Maintaining Balance: n/a
Withdrawal Charge: Php 5 per withdrawal
Over-the-Counter Withdrawal Charge: Php 100 per withdrawal
Interest: n/a

2. BPI Express Teller Savings Account

This is a regular ATM savings account with an initial deposit of  Php 500 and maintaining balance of Php 3,000. You can use this at any ATM nationwide and online transactions like bills payment. You’ll also be entitled to receive interest on your savings account which is normally paid every quarter end.

Initial Deposit: Php 500
Maintaining Balance: Php 3,000
Withdrawal Charge: FREE
Interest: 0.25% p.a.

3. BPI Save-Up

An option for existing BPI ATM card holders if you want to automate your savings. You can transfer your savings in this account from your existing BPI ATM card.

Initial Deposit: n/a
Maintaining Balance: Php 3,000 to earn interest
Withdrawal Charge: FREE
Interest: 0.5%-0.8% p.a.
Two Options: High Interest or Savings with Life Insurance

4. BPI Jumpstart

Teach your kids the value of money and the importance of saving it while they’re still young. This can also help you as a parent to monitor the withdrawals made by your children. And it can also help you in the timely transfer of their allowances from your account to theirs.

Initial Deposit: Php 100
Maintaining Balance: Php 500 or Php 1,000 to earn interest
Interest: 0.5% p.a.

5. BPI Maxi-Saver

Do you want a higher interest rate for your savings? If yes, then this might be the perfect savings account for you. This gives the highest possible return for your savings account and it gives bonus interest when no withdrawal is made within a month.

Initial Deposit: Php 50,000 for ATM & Php 75,000 for Passbook
Maintaining Balance: Php 50,000 for ATM & Php 75,000 for Passbook
Bonus interest: 0.5% if no withdrawals made within a month
Basic Interest: 

  • Less than Php 50,000 – n/a
    50,000 – Php 499,999 – 0.250%
    500,000 – Php 999,999 – 0.375%
    1M and above – 1.000%

6. BPI Passbook Savings Account

Passbook is a great choice if you would want it to make it a bit difficult withdrawing money to help you in keeping away from impulsive purchases.

Initial Deposit: Php 10,000
Maintaining Balance: Php 10,000 (Php 25,000 to earn interest)
Interest: 0.25%

7. BPI Pamana Savings Account

Get a FREE life insurance coverage of up to 3x of your account balance. The maximum life insurance coverage is up to Php 2 Million.

Initial Deposit: Php 50,000 for ATM & Php 75,000 for Passbook
Maintaining Balance: Php 50,000 for ATM & Php 75,000 for Passbook

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Requirements in Opening a BPI Savings Account

1. Two (2) Valid IDs

Bring 2 valid IDs and don’t forget to photocopy them because most of the time they will require these photocopies so don’t forget to bring them. Here’s the list of BPI accepted valid IDs.bpi savings account requirement valid id

2. Utility Bill

You may be required to bring a utility bill. This is to check your billing address. The bill doesn’t need to be under your name so it’s okay for as long as you’re currently residing in that address. You may bring any bill like electricity, phone, internet bill, etc.

3. 2 Latest 2×2 Pictures

BPI also accepts 1×1 pictures just in case you don’t have one. They have this signature card where you will be required to sign multiple times and where your pictures will be attached. This will help them verify your identity or anyone who pretends to be you when there’s a suspicious transaction against your account.

4. TIN Number

Most of the financial institution now requires TIN number before you can perform any financial transactions. So don’t forget to have it ready.

5. Initial Deposit Amount

Your initial deposit will depend on your chosen type of savings account. Chose the type that currently fits your financial needs.

The Ultimate Step-by-Step Guide in Opening BPI Account

Opening your first bank account is quite a task and you don’t want to look ignorant while getting your account done. You can use this guide for you to have an idea of the flow when opening a BPI savings account.

1. Visit the Nearest Branch

First, you need to bring all the documents needed, i.e. valid ID and initial deposit. Remember to always go to the nearest branch in your area. You don’t want to visit a bank kilometers away from home, right.

2. Get a Queuing Number

You can get the queuing number from the guard and tell him that you would want to open a savings account.

3. Fill out the Application Forms

Tell the teller first, what kind of savings account you would like to open. The teller will now give you all the forms you need fill out. Once done, you may now hand all the requirements to the teller.

4. Verify and Quick Interview

Once you’re done in filling out the forms, you may be asked to go for a short interview with the branch manager of the bank. Do not be afraid as questions will only be the same as what questions you answered earlier.

5. Get Your ATM Card or Passbook

After the interview, the teller will give you the passbook or the ATM card. There are some instances that it will be given to you after 2-3 business days. If that’s the case, the teller will call you once your card is ready or sometimes they will tell you the date of availability of the card.

6. Change PIN and Enjoy Saving

Once you get your ATM card, you may now change the default PIN to your new and more secure PIN. After that, you are set. You can now use it and deposit more money in it or even pay your billers.

I hope this blog will help you in opening your first bank account with BPI. If you have questions or anything to share please write in on the comment box below.

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