Because the COVID-19 numbers are over 900 positive cases and two deaths from the virus, we want to limit our outward movements and also our interactions with others.
But that can be difficult when you see others panicking and spiraling into negativity.
For most of us, we don't want to take all the necessary precautions, but instead get infected due to too close contact with a cashier or infected money. Fast, easy and contactless payments are an important step to minimize our risk. At this point, delivery services also play a key role.
This is what Boost tries to give users the ability to pay for the bare minimum through an app so you and your family are safe.
To reduce the financial burden on their users, they also offer cashback and discounts when you pay with Boost as part of their # BoostGotYou campaign.
Boost is an e-wallet app that you can use to pay bills, make online or offline purchases, top up your mobile account and pay for parking.
1. Get free life insurance
Given the growing concern about the effects of the virus, Boost has partnered with Prudential as part of the Boost Care Initiative to offer free life insurance with special COVID-19 coverage.
Get free life insurance with Boost
There are a few criteria you need to meet to be eligible:
- Be a Boost Premium Verified User (Identification Verified),
- Between 18 and 55 years old
- Not under another regulatory life insurance policy.
We asked Boost if this only applies to Boost e-Tunai users. However, you have assured us that any Boost user can log in. Success, however, depends on eligibility and is limited to the first 200,000 registrations.
Check your eligibility and sign up for the free life insurance here.
2. Get your food and drink from the comfort of your own home
So what do you do when you run out of food? You can't count on eating Maggi for the whole two weeks.
You can, but this is probably not the best choice to keep your diet so limited, especially if you want to stay healthy and keep your immune system strong.
Fortunately, you can still order your groceries online, which can then be delivered to you.
Get all of your groceries delivered straight to your home.
As part of the # BoostGotYou campaign, Boost has partnered with brands like Dahmakan, DeliverEat, HappyFresh, PotBoy, Hungry, Qoo10 and Drinkies for all your food and drinks.
For our friends in Sarawak, Boost is also working with Planet Kuching and DeGrocery so that you can continue to deliver your groceries to you.
When you pay for these services with Boost, you get more than just Boost coins. You get 10% cashback of up to 10 RM *.
* Note: Only applies to the first 2,000 transactions on each platform and can be redeemed twice per user.
The brands have a wide range to choose from and you don't have to be at risk and expose yourself to the crowd that buys panic, empties shelves and hoard toilet paper for yourself.
3. Have your invoices paid digitally
To make some of your bill payments easier and easier to pay, bills can be paid through Boost. If you pay your bills for the first time via Boost, you can even get up to 20 RM cashback.
Pay your bills digitally.
For new prepaid users, you can receive RM3 cashback for 3 months by charging via Boost. If you previously reloaded through Boost, you also have a chance to win RM1,000 if you top up through the app now.
4. Let some electronics pass the time
If you haven't bought a new game console or games to fill your time during this period, you can still do so through PrestoMall, which works as usual.
The website also has an abundance of snacks to help you get game and snacks throughout the day. When you check out with Boost, you also get 10% cashback up to RM10 *.
* Note: Only applies to the first 1,000 transactions on each platform and can only be redeemed once per user.
5. Pamper yourself
Since we're stuck at home, we can be pampered as well.
Watsons continues to deliver online for goods that range from men's skin care products to essentials such as soap, toiletries, and vitamins to hair color touches so you can rock this new hair color from the comfort of your own home.
You get 10% cashback up to RM10 if you pay with Boost *.
* Note: Only applies to the first 1,000 transactions and can only be redeemed once per user.
The Caring eStore is still in operation, so you can still access your healthcare items online. If you pay with Boost, you will receive a voucher to redeem a free Netcare Instant hand disinfectant in the eStore (campaign ends on March 31).
6. Get discounts on game credits
Just a few days ago, Steam had a record-breaking 20 million users on the platform worldwide, thanks mainly to COVID-19 that everyone had to stay inside.
Boost also offers discounts of up to 50% on game credits for all players, so you stay healthy during this period. You can get discounts on game credits like Asphalt 8, A-Cash, Garena, PlayStation, MyCard, Steam and Razer Gold.
Now that you are spending more time online, it is also advisable to protect yourself with Kaspersky Internet Protection as Boost offers a 5% discount.
7. Get on with your K dramas
They also have more than just K dramas.
If you are only interested in Viu and Chill, you can also pay for your subscription with Boost.
However, Viu is not just limited to K-dramas, it also offers a variety of other offerings such as HK-dramas, Chinese series and even Japanese series. These should hold up pretty well if you know what Viu has to offer.
Boost also offers discounts of up to 33% for users who purchase Viu subscriptions through Boost. From March 21 to May 17, customers who purchase a Viu subscription through Boost can win a 3-month free subscription.
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If you don't have a Boost account, setting up will only take a minute. All app requirements are your cell phone number, email address and your name. Then you need to set up a passcode for transactions and you're good to go.
The basic account limits you to a maximum of RM200 in the account. If you verify your identity, the limit is raised to RM 1,500 instead.
During this vital phase, it's best if everyone squats and waits for the virus to take over. It's encouraging to see tech companies step up their game to make this process as painless as possible.