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HSBC credit card guide in the Philippines: Requirements, How to apply

Last updated: October 25, 2022

Written by: Alyssa Divina | Reviewed by: Rafael Hular

Key takeaways:

  • HSBC credit cards are just some of the most sought-after in the market.
  • These cards have low interest rates, low annual fees and lots of rewards and discounts.
  • However, the barrier to entry is quite high.
  • But if you get rejected, you can still have quick credit whenever you need thanks to Digido.

About HSBC Philippines

HSBC Philippines is the local arm of HSBC, one of the world’s largest multinational banks. According to its website, HSBC has been providing banking services in the Philippines for over 140 years.

HSBC Philippines offers personal banking services, including credit cards, loans and investments. It also offers business banking services to corporate clients.

You can know more about HSBC Philippines by visiting HSBC site.

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HSBC credit card types

HSBC Red Mastercard

Enjoy points when you shop online using your HSBC Red Mastercard! Earn 1 bonus point for every ₱20 spent. Plus, you get

You also get exclusive travel deals, 6% rebate on your first Caltex fuel purchase, free annual fee on your first year, and online and mobile banking access!

Interest rate: 2%
Annual fee: ₱2,500
Minimum annual income: ₱200,000

HSBC Premier Mastercard

With the HSBC Premier Mastercard, you get no annual fee for life plus accelerated rewards and exclusive privileges both in the Philippines and abroad!

You can also enjoy 1 air mile for every ₱25 spent, free Purchase Protect insurance coverage, fuel rebates and card safety and security anywhere in the world.

Interest rate: 2%
Annual fee: FREE
Minimum income: ₱300,000 gross per month

HSBC Platinum Visa Rebate Credit Card

Enjoy rebates every time you shop, travel, get an insurance plan and other transactions with your HSBC Platinum Visa Rebate Credit Card!

The ultimate rebate card for the value spender, you get 5% rebate on your shopping and travel expenses, 1% on insurance, and 0.5% on other transactions! You also get a 6% rebate on your first fuel purchase from Caltex!

Interest rate: 2%
Annual fee: ₱5,000
Minimum annual income: ₱500,000

HSBC Gold Visa Cash Back Credit Card

Save more with every purchase using your HSBC Gold Visa Cash Back Credit Card! Earn 5% cash back every time you dine and 0.5% on all your other transactions! You also get fuel rebates and exclusive travel perks.

Interest rate: 2%
Annual fee: ₱2,500
Minimum annual income: ₱200,000

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HSBC credit card requirements

Now that you have picked out the HSBC credit card that suits your needs, it’s time to prepare the requirements before applying!

Before you proceed with your HSBC credit card application, you must meet the following qualifications:

  • Between 18 to 70 years old
  • Must be a primary CC cardholder issued by a bank in the Philippines for at least 12 months
  • Must have a minimum gross annual income of ₱200,000 for HSBC Red Mastercard and HSBC Gold Visa Cash Back Card, or ₱500,000 for HSBC Platinum Visa card
  • Must have a HSBC Advance account (for HSBC Advance Visa) or HSBC Premier account (for HSBC Premier Mastercard)

The HSBC credit card requirements are the following:

Proof of identity

  • Passport, driver’s license, NBI clearance or postal ID
  • Any two of the following: PRC license, SSS ID, TIN ID, birth certificate, police clearance, voter’s ID or company ID (as long as your company is SEC-registered)
  • For foreigners: visa, alien certificate of registration or immigrant certificate of residence

Proof of income:

  • Regular employees: latest income tax return, BIR Form 2316 or three months’ payslips
  • Self-employed and entrepreneurs: latest income tax return, photocopy of business registration with photo and financial statements for the past three months
  • OFWs: work permit, certificate of employment or contract of employment and working visa, POEA certificate or POEA OFW card


  • How do I increase my HSBC credit card limit?
    Yes! You can increase your HSBC credit limit by paying on time, spending below your limit or simply by asking the bank.
  • How can I report my lost HSBC credit card?
    Contact the bank immediately through its hotlines listed above.
  • How long will it take to process my HSBC credit card application?
    It will take around 5 to 10 business days upon your submission of the application form and requirements.
  • Can I apply for HSBC credit card online?
    Yes you can! Just go to the Credit Cards page on the HSBC website then click the “Apply for Credit Card” option under the card that you want to apply for. You will be directed to a new website where you need to fill out the application form.
  • Where can I check my HSBC credit card application status?
    If you want to check your application status, you can call the bank hotline at (02) 8858-0000, (02) 7976-8000 or 1-800-1-888-8555. You can also send an email at
  • How do I call the HSBC credit card hotline?
    You can call HSBC through the following numbers: Metro Manila: (02) 8858-0000 or (02) 7976-8000 Domestic toll-free: 1-800-1-888-8555

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How to activate HSBC credit card

Congratulations! Your HSBC credit card application has been approved. But before you can reap the benefits of your shiny new card, you need to have it activated.

So, how to activate a HSBC credit card in the Philippines?

There are two ways to do this. First, you can call the HSBC hotline at (02) 8858-0000 or (02) 7976-8000 and follow the voice instructions. The bank will send you a one-time pin (OTP) via text to complete the activation.

Second, you can activate your card by texting HSBC <space> the last four digits of your card <space> your last name <space> birth month & year in MMYYYY format to 0922-100-1010.

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HSBC credit card promos

Enjoy the better things in life with HSBC rewards! Through your HSBC credit card, you can earn points, have your annual fee waived, receive e-gift certificates, enjoy lounge & airport privileges and so much more!

Here is a list of some HSBC credit card promo 2022:

0% installment for up to 36 months when you shop online or in-store from partner merchants using your HSBC credit card
Get rewards up to ₱200 Giftaway eGC for every minimum spend of ₱5,000 single receipt or minimum ₱30,000 installment in single receipt
HSBC home&Away: exclusive discounts on dining, shopping, traveling and more
HSBC Red Hot Deals: dining, shopping, beauty and travel offers with your credit card
HSBC Mastercard and HSBC Visa offers

To know more about the latest HSBC credit card promos, visit here.

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Why was my HSBC credit card application not approved?

There are a myriad of reasons why your HSBC credit card application was not approved. You may not meet the age requirement, you did not submit all of the requirements, you don’t meet the minimum annual income requirement, or you have bad or no credit history.

Whatever the reason for your rejection is, there are still lots of good alternatives out there for an HSBC credit card. One of these alternatives is Digido!

With Digido, there is a high approval rate and you don’t have to worry about submitting lots of documents! Just sign up for an account and upload 1 valid ID to the Digido app. You can get a minimum loan of ₱1,000 and a maximum of ₱25,000 for repeat borrowers!

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Written by: Alyssa Divina

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Alyssa Divina pens blog articles about a wide range of topics, such as money matters and government transactions in the Philippines. Prior to joining Digido Finance Corp., she served as a journalist for Charlton Media Group, a business news magazine, for two years. She holds a degree in Journalism from the University of the Philippines Diliman.

Reviewed by: Rafael Hular

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Rafael “Raffy” L. Hular is, the Finance and Accounting Manager. of Digido Finance Corp., monitoring and controlling the flow of cash that comes in and out of the company to meet the company’s business needs, preparing the financial reports and analysis of income and expenses, and monitoring tax compliance.  Raffy loves reading Japanese comics called manga and watching Japanese animated cartoon series. He dreams of establishing his own Accounting and Auditing Firm and teaching in a University.