MTR Fare Increase & Ride 10 Get 1 Free Bonus

Update June 24: Originally this promotion said you had 7 days to ride ten times, now it’s only M-F…

 

MTR fares went up today! BOO! Aside from my politcal gripes about this, because they made so much money last year, I’ll tell you how to make the best of the situation.

 

Firstly, some of the single ride ticket prices didn’t go up, only Octopus prices. So in many cases, the price might be the same or even less expensive as a single ticket, check the charts! In other cases the price difference can be as small as $0.10. If the price is the same or cheaper, this is a good way to use up all those HK coins you have stashed in your drawers (if you don’t take the MTR at least 10 times a week.)

 

Most notably however, MTR has a ride 10 get 1 free promotion starting today through December 30, 2012. Basically you ride 10 times Monday-Friday Sunday, and you have to redeem at customer service for a free single journey ticket, BEFORE Sunday end of train service. The weekly clock starts again Monday morning.

 

Here are what I deem the most important clauses:

  • Free Single Journey Tickets are valid for one month from the day of issue for one single MTR journey (except Airport Express, Light Rail, MTR Bus, MTR Feeder Bus, East Rail Line First Class, Lo Wu and Lok Ma Chau stations). Senior citizens, children, and holders of Personalised Octopus with “Student Status” or “Persons with Disabilities Status” are eligible to use the Free Single Journey Ticket (Concessionary). The holders of Personalised Octopus  with “Student Status” or “Persons with Disabilities Status” using the Free Single Journey Ticket (Concessionary) must produce the corresponding Octopus  upon ticket inspection.
  • A maximum of 1,000 points can be accumulated on each Octopus.  Passengers should redeem the Free Single Journey Ticket before reaching the accumulation limit so as to avoid losing the points.

Looking at this promotion, if you take a lot of short distance trips, you can redeem a single ticket for anywhere on the system, (except Airport Express, Light Rail, MTR Bus, MTR Feeder Bus, East Rail Line First Class, Lo Wu and Lok Ma Chau stations). It’ll be worthwhile to save your free single trip ticket for cross harbour routes, and use the Octopus card for shorter distances on the same side of the harbour.

 

I’m a bit worried about the logistal nightmare this will be, with huge queues in the stations every Friday evening or all day Sunday with people lining up to redeem their free ticket. I think MTR really hasn’t thought this through. Only time will tell and hopefully Sunday will be bearable when you all go redeem your free ride, including myself!

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