Smart, PAL team up for exclusive travel perks

PLDT wireless subsidiary Smart Communications, Inc. (Smart) has forged a partnership with Philippine Airlines (PAL) to provide exclusive, co-branded tourist SIMs to travelers arriving at the country’s major airports.

Under the agreement, Smart will provide Smart PAL Travel SIMs to international passengers arriving at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport, Clark International Airport, Cebu International Airport, Caticlan Airport, and Davao International Airport.

The all-in-one Smart PAL Travel SIM is preloaded with 1 GB of open-access data, unlimited texts, and unlimited calls to Smart, TNT and Sun subscribers, valid for one day. In-flight vouchers for the Smart PAL Travel SIM will be distributed to travelers, who can then claim them for free at the Smart booths located at the airport arrival area.

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Grand OFW Salubong

The partnership was announced during PAL’s annual Grand OFW Salubong held at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport Terminal 1, where OFWs from Riyadh and Doha were greeted with an exclusive mini-concert by Regine Velasquez upon homecoming. Smart and PAL also distributed premium items and loot bags during the event.

Smart, Sun and TNT subscribers can also look forward to exclusive seat sales and other promos, as well as free access to PAL’s hotline, website, and app.

“We are happy to work with the country’s flag carrier in ensuring that our international visitors have access to the Philippines’ fastest network while they are traveling around the country,” said Manuel V. Pangilinan, PLDT chair and CEO.

“Philippine Airlines is delighted to forge a program partnership with Smart Communications Inc. as it enables our travelers to experience the benefits of a local SIM card–convenient connectivity and saving on hefty roaming charges. We look forward to sustaining this worthwhile collaboration,” said PAL president and COO Gilbert Santa Maria.

“With this agreement, our friends from other countries who are visiting our islands can share their travel experiences while on-the-go using the Smart PAL Travel SIM on the Smart LTE network that we have put in place across the country,” said Alfredo S. Panlilio, PLDT chief revenue officer and Smart president and CEO.

More than 6 million foreign tourists visited the country in the first nine months of the year, up by 17% compared to the previous year, according to the latest statistics from the Department of Tourism.