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Rabbit registration fiasco - Beware!

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oh boy! i am going to Bangkok on the 15th.

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Just use coins. I have a Rabbit card for convenience....but bugger that registration.

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5 hours ago, emptypockets said:

Just use coins. I have a Rabbit card for convenience....but bugger that registration.

Queues for the coin machines are often considerably worse. Registered my rabbit card with line pay a couple of months ago, got three free trips and a pile of discounts. Top up is a doddle now, and many places have good discounts if using line pay (McDonald's 20%, Tom n' Tom's coffee 30% etc)... 

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So can you use whats left on an existing Rabbit card after 15th and can you top that card up before the 15th?

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7 hours ago, setbkk said:

I doubt if BTS management reads TV. 

You may be surprised 🙂

 

Anyway, I will reiterate what I've said in the other threads. 

 

This is NOT a BTS/Rabbit requirement it is a Thai government requirement that all e-money card holders must be registered (your 7-eleven card needs to be registered too). The requirment is actually several years old and BTS/Rabbit/Seven have been resisting implementing it, it would appear that pressure has been applied from above.

 

It's going to be chaos I'm afraid.

 

As far as I'm aware unregistered cards won't stop working you just won't be able to add value after the 15th.

 

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Recently ran into this problem at my local 7-Eleven.  I have a 7 Card which I use for convenience, and to earn points toward promotions.  I've had the card for four years (and have accumulated a great deal of rewards points), and has always been simple to walk in, top up the card when necessary, and use it anytime.  But not today.  Today I went to top up the card and was told I cannot because it's not registered.  Then they asked if the card was mine and where did I get it?  Without being too offended, I simply explained that yes it's mine, I've had it for four years and have used it often, and I originally got it from that particular 7-Eleven actually, four years ago.  They said there was nothing they could do unless the card was registered.  So I offered to do that on the spot.  However, I was again told I could not because I don't have a Thai ID.  They told me that not only is it required to register 7 Cards (even though they are simply cash value cards, not credit/debit cards), but that foreigners will no longer be able to register or obtain the cards at all, unless they have a Thai ID (passports are not acceptable to register the card, or so I was told).  Let me reiterate - it's a stored cash value card.  It's worth is only whatever the holder has put on it, to serve as a convenience - like a BTS/MRT card.  And yet, presumably, expats and tourists will no longer be allowed to get one?  Makes no sense to me.

 

Speaking of BTS...my Rabbit card is registered.  I did so years ago when I first purchased my card, so I could keep track of my rewards points.  However, it is also not registered with a Thai ID.  Is that going to be a requirement?  I won't be too terrible concerned if my 7 Card is no good anymore, as I only had 29 baht left on it (though my 10,000+ rewards points would be disappointing to lose).  However, if my Rabbit card, which I also use often for convenience, suddenly becomes obsolete because it's not registered with a Thai ID, I will likely get upset, as there's about 2000 baht on it.

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It is just madness. You can't blame the BTS staff as they will be the ones left to deal with this farce. 

 

I don't use the BTS for work and rarely ever use it unless I got to Siam etc.

 

Is the Rabbit card the only card you can know use for it? I remember there used to be just a normal BTS card that you topped up similar to the MRT and ARL. Has that now gone? 

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Well despite my rant I dealt with it. I feel real sorry for commuters on the 15th.

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my bangkok bank ATM card has a 'rabbit' logo on it.  i assume that means it can be used in lieu of a rabbit card.  does anyone use theirs for the BTS ?  or is it only for merchants that accept the rabbit card.  i assume an ATM card is considered 'registered'.

 

i don't mind registering my rabbit card but i'm not going to wait in a long line to do it if i can avoid it.  so maybe i'll use the ATM card for awhile until the crisis is over.

 

edit:  i see #13 in the list above stating a 'corporate rabbit card' (e.g. Bangkok Bank) still needs to be registered.  would that be the equivalent of an ATM card ?

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My ex Mrs had a 9 inch pink rabbit and it went like a train is my confusion here🤔

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On ‎2‎/‎10‎/‎2019 at 7:01 PM, Rael007 said:

Recently ran into this problem at my local 7-Eleven.  I have a 7 Card which I use for convenience, and to earn points toward promotions.  I've had the card for four years (and have accumulated a great deal of rewards points), and has always been simple to walk in, top up the card when necessary, and use it anytime.  But not today.  Today I went to top up the card and was told I cannot because it's not registered.  Then they asked if the card was mine and where did I get it?  Without being too offended, I simply explained that yes it's mine, I've had it for four years and have used it often, and I originally got it from that particular 7-Eleven actually, four years ago.  They said there was nothing they could do unless the card was registered.  So I offered to do that on the spot.  However, I was again told I could not because I don't have a Thai ID.  They told me that not only is it required to register 7 Cards (even though they are simply cash value cards, not credit/debit cards), but that foreigners will no longer be able to register or obtain the cards at all, unless they have a Thai ID (passports are not acceptable to register the card, or so I was told).  Let me reiterate - it's a stored cash value card.  It's worth is only whatever the holder has put on it, to serve as a convenience - like a BTS/MRT card.  And yet, presumably, expats and tourists will no longer be allowed to get one?  Makes no sense to me.

 

Speaking of BTS...my Rabbit card is registered.  I did so years ago when I first purchased my card, so I could keep track of my rewards points.  However, it is also not registered with a Thai ID.  Is that going to be a requirement?  I won't be too terrible concerned if my 7 Card is no good anymore, as I only had 29 baht left on it (though my 10,000+ rewards points would be disappointing to lose).  However, if my Rabbit card, which I also use often for convenience, suddenly becomes obsolete because it's not registered with a Thai ID, I will likely get upset, as there's about 2000 baht on it.

See FAQ 8, you have to reregister

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