Hong Kong - credit card and cash

Apr 4th, 2010, 08:22 AM
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Hong Kong - credit card and cash

Got my ticket reserved. Visiting HKG for the first time for 3 days.

1. Does international credit card widely accepted, at least in the airport, hotel, restaurant, and larger stores?

2. I prefer using credit card as much as possible, but I would still plan to have some cash with me just in case. How much local HK$ is approprate? A range is fine.

3. Can I use an international credit card to pay things like the Octopus card, airline fee etc.

4. Is it recommended to get local currency before departure or at the airport?
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Apr 4th, 2010, 08:26 AM
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Get your Hong Kong dollars upon arrival in Hong Kong to get the best rate. Credit cards are accepted at the places you list. My memory is that I couldn't buy an Octopus card with a credit card, but someone else can confirm or disconfirm this. I'd get a minimum of US$100 in Hong Kong dollars.
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Apr 4th, 2010, 02:08 PM
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Whe using a credit card, is it required to show a form of ID? I don't think that it is convenient to carry a passport while sight-seeing, is a US driver's license considered an acceptable ID?
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Apr 4th, 2010, 03:59 PM
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I've not been asked for ID when using a credit card in Asia... only in the US.
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Apr 4th, 2010, 05:23 PM
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You can only buy the special tourist MTR cards (either the one-day MTR pass or the ones that come with one or two Airport Express rides). You cannot get a regular Octopus or to recharge one with credit card, as you can get cash out of the card anytime.

In general, no need to show ID when using a credit card.

Be careful, a few places have started to use dynamic currency conversion for foreign cards. Make sure you check the box for paying in HKD. [Unlike in China, the merchants will indeed charge you in HKD if you check the box.]

Cards widely accepted in Hong Kong are Visa, Mastercard, AE and JCB. Discover is NOT accepted there.
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Apr 4th, 2010, 05:25 PM
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Sorry, what I mean is that you can use credit cards only for the tourist cards. You can get any type of card with cash.
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