Sadly, my experience yesterday did not turn out well. When it was my turn, I was informed by the teller that my card will not expire until April 2017, I would have to pay Php 150 to have it renewed, or I could come back on April 30th to renew my card.
This branch is located in St. Peter in Commonwealth Avenue. This is the branch that I use to go and this is the nearest that I know from our place - we are in San Mateo, Rizal, so it's a bit far from us already. Haha. Since I was already there, I agreed to pay the Php 150 pesos in hopes that I could get my new card right away as that was what happened when I got my first replacement in 2014.
Finally, I can have a new card!
Alas! To my surprise, I was told I had to call on April 7th follow up! What?! And mind you, that's not even a guarantee that I would get my card on April 7th! Which means I have to find an alternate option to get my pay or it will be super duper delayed!
So to all Unionbank EON users like me, here's what to expect when renewing your card:
1. Expect to pay Php 150 if you request to have your card renewed earlier than the expiration date. It is either you renew on time, or after the expiration date.
2. Expect that it's possible you won't go home with a new card, even if you pay Php 150 for it.
3. If you need your EON for your PayPal transactions, especially for your paychecks, you will have to look for an alternative while waiting for your new card.
4. Expect that it will take weeks before you get your new EON card.
Was I happy? I was not, of course. When I had my card replaced in 2014, I never had to go trough this hassle. On the bright side though, in my attempt to find an alternative so I would not experience delays with my pay, I decided to try to add my BPI Family savings account to PayPal. I have tried doing this before but PayPal won't let me. To my surprise, today, it let me add my BPI account, yay!
BPI is our main bank so to be able to finally link it to PayPal is a great convenience for me. It means I would not need to withdraw from EON and deposit to BPI anymore. I am also planning to apply to BPI's Express Start so that everything will be less hassle for me. I'm not sure when but I think I will anytime soon.
With BPI now linked to my PayPal account, it means I will have to say goodbye to Unionbank. I did not see this coming so I'm a little emotional, charot! haha. But to Unionbank EON, I really guess this is goodbye! Naks! I'm still going to use and claim my new card, though, just will not be using it as often as before.