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10-01-2010, 14:39   #1
 
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Prepaid Mastercard No Loading or Purchase Charges (Works with Ryanair)

Just a little heads up that the Dublin City Gift Card which can be purchased from Ticketron in Stephens Green and Jervis Centres has no purchase or loading charges. They give the impression that it's only for use in Dublin city centre shops but it is a prepaid mastercard and have successfully used it on play.com, Ryanair and in a shop.

Presumably Dublin City are subsidising the fees to generate business for their members but it's a handy alternative to payzone fees and a great option for ryanair.
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10-01-2010, 14:45   #2
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I posted this before along with the website and it was deleted by the mods
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that sounds pretty great, why did the mods delete it? they give any reason?
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nice one!!, this really seems handy. Do you know if the money on the card expires after a certain period of time??, How does this work on ryanair as surely your name is not assigned to the card- is it??
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Some information about the card here:

http://www.irishtimes.com/newspaper/...259993606.html
A GIFT card for Dublin city centre was launched yesterday, making it the first capital city in Europe to have such a scheme.

The Dublin-branded cards can be used in any shop, cafe or restaurant in the city that accepts Mastercard credit cards The blue card with a Ha’penny Bridge image has no surcharge or any monthly fees.

“The advantage is that it doesn’t cost the consumer anything, if they pay €50 they get €50 back,” Tom Coffey, chief executive of the Dublin City Business Association said. It was a “fairly lengthy process” to get the card and the accreditation right, Mr Coffey said. “It’s a good thing and it brands the city centre,” he said.

The cards are operated by Zappa through Mastercard. Zappa makes money on the interest between when the card is bought and the money is spent, Mr Coffey said. The cards are valid for a year.

Christmas was always a critical time for businesses but footfall in the city was up by 23 per cent in recent weeks, he said. He believed customers had savings but were being more careful and demanding better service.

Dublin businesses had reacted to the downturn by reducing prices by 20 per cent and offering better value and service, Mr Coffey said.

Organisers said the cards are also useful to give to children so they are not carrying cash. They can be bought at Ticketmaster kiosks in St Stephen’s Green and Jervis shopping centres and at a booth in the Powerscourt Townhouse Centre.

They are available for amounts between €10 and €150 in increments of €5.

http://www.thisismydublin.com/home/g...his-christmas/

http://www.zapatechnology.com/news/4...gift-card.html
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If anyone manages to use this with Ryanair please let us know!

Tried another mastercard gift card there and it didn't work, but wouldn't work for any online shopping at all, if this has worked on play.com hopefully it'll work on Ryanair too!
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If anyone manages to use this with Ryanair please let us know!

Tried another mastercard gift card there and it didn't work, but wouldn't work for any online shopping at all, if this has worked on play.com hopefully it'll work on Ryanair too!
Well the OP said that they got it working with ryanair
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any chance to have it shipped anywhere in ireland?
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Well the OP said that they got it working with ryanair
Ah, sorry about that, didn't read the post properly!

Thanks a mill OP, nice spot!
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Im thinking the Blanch version would also work?

http://www.blanchardstowncentre.ie/Gift_Card_.aspx

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On sale at the Customer Service Desk on Level 2.
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Sounds cool. Any way to load these online or does it have to be in-store? Cheers
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Sounds cool. Any way to load these online or does it have to be in-store? Cheers
I'm not even sure if you can top them up as there's a €150 limit per card so i think the best bet would be to buy a new one each time rather than topping it up as there's no charge to do so.
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any chance to have it shipped anywhere in ireland?
Ill give you my guess which I would say no. I would think the whole city center shopping thing would imply you could only buy it in the city center as they want people to return to spending in the city. This acting as an incentive
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I'm not even sure if you can top them up as there's a €150 limit per card so i think the best bet would be to buy a new one each time rather than topping it up as there's no charge to do so.
If the blanch one works, that has a limit of €1000 so thats a good help
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Skycourt in Shannon also do these cards. Can be loaded up to €1500.

I wonder if they work?

https://cardmgt.bpscards.com/skycour..._card/?lang=en
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