Apple Gift Card Guide: Usage and How to Get a Discount or Free Apple Gift Card

Apple Gift Card Guide: Usage and How to Get a Discount or Free Apple Gift Card

Wondering where to buy or how to use Apple Gift Cards? Or maybe you’re looking for ways to earn free Apple Store Gift Cards? You’re at the right place; read on for all the tips and tricks you need about Apple Gift Cards: how to use and get free Apple Gift Cards!

Can you buy an iPhone 15 with an Apple Gift Card?

The rumored release of the iPhone 15 is expected to be announced on September 12, 2023. Some of you may be thinking about getting an iPhone 15 ASAP. But first things first: Can you buy an iPhone 15 with an Apple Gift Card? The answer is yes based on previous experiences, but there may be a limit of up to 8 gift cards per purchase.

What is the distinction between an Apple Gift Card, an App Store Gift Card, and an iTunes Gift Card?

Now, let’s talk about the 2 types of Apple Gift Cards available in Hong Kong. There’s the Apple Store Gift Card, which can be used to purchase hardware products like iPhones, iPads, and MacBooks. And then there’s the App Store & iTunes Gift Card, which are used for services like iCloud storage and Apple Music.

In simple words, an Apple Gift Card is for buying physical products, while an App Store & iTunes Gift Card is for Apple services.

Here is a brief comparison between the Apple Gift Card and the App Store & iTunes Gift Card:

Item Apple Gift Card App Store & iTunes Gift Card
Value HK$200-HK$40,000 HK$200/HK$500/HK$1,000 (customizable between HK$150 and HK$5,000)
What can you buy? Apple hardware and accessories Apps, Apple Music, Apple TV+ programs and movies, Apple books
Where can you use it? Apple Online Store, http://apple.com/, or hotline +852 800-908-988 App Store, iTunes
How to use it? Physical Apple Stores: present it during checkout; Online at http://apple.com/ or via hotline: provide the gift card number and PIN. Open the App Store app or iTunes, take a photo or enter the 16-digit code printed on the back of the card, and deposit the face value of the gift card into your account.
Sales point Apple Online Store, +852 800-908-988 Convenience stores such as 7-11, Circle K, etc.

Apple Store Gift Card

The Apple Store Gift Card is used to buy a range of Apple hardware products, including iPhones, iPads, MacBooks, iMacs, Mac Pros, Apple TVs, and Apple Watches.

If you’re planning to use an Apple Store Gift Card, here are some notes to keep in mind:

  • You can purchase any Apple product online or via the hotline with a value between HK$200 and HK$40,000. Note that you can only use up to 8 gift cards per transaction.
  • For in-store purchases, simply present the gift card during checkout. For online purchases, remember to provide the gift card number and PIN on the payment page.

App Store & iTunes Gift Card

As for the App Store & iTunes Gift Card, you can buy them at convenience stores like 7-11 and Circle K or from other merchants. The value ranges from HK$200 to HK$5,000, and you can use them to purchase apps, games, movies, music, and other services in the App Store and iTunes.

To redeem the gift card, simply go to the App Store or iTunes on your iPhone, iPad, or computer and select “Redeem Gift Card”.

How to use an App Store & iTunes Gift Card

Using the App Store & iTunes Gift Card is not that difficult. Simply follow the steps to use them.

Redeeming an App Store & iTunes Gift Card is a simple process. Follow these steps to redeem your gift card:

Step 1: Scratch off the label on the back of the gift card to view the 16-digit code starting with “X”.

Step 2: Open the App Store app or iTunes.

Step 3: Then click “Redeem Gift Card or Code”.

Step 4: Click “Use Camera” and follow the instructions on the screen, or manually enter the 16-digit code.

Step 5: Click “Finish” again to deposit the face value of the gift card into your account.

Are there any restrictions on using Apple Gift Cards?

If you’re planning to take advantage of the Back-to-School promotion and buy some Apple products during the summer break, you won’t be able to use an Apple Gift Card. The updated usage terms of the gift card state that “the gift card may also be unable to purchase products that are on promotion or discount.”

How can I check the balance of my Apple Gift Card?

To check the balance of your Apple Gift Card, go to the following website: https://www.apple.com/hk/shop/gift-cards. Scroll down and select “Check Balance,” then log in to your Apple ID to see how much credit you have.

Apple Gift Card shopping tips: buy Apple Gift Card with a credit card

Want to save some cash when purchasing Apple products online? Here’s a hack: Use credit cards that offer high cashback rates for online shopping. You can earn a few extra dollars from the purchase, which is always a good habit to have. Here are some credit cards that offer awesome cashback rates for online purchases:

Hang Seng MMPOWER Mastercard: 5% online purchase rebate

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5% rebate|Waive foreign exchange fee
Cash back on spending at designated stores of HKTVmall
5%
Cash back on local spend
5%
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HK$2,788
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【SC Smart Card Offer: Total rewards amount is as high as HK$4,288!】 New Cardholders who successfully apply for Standard Chartered Smart Card now via MoneySmart to get extra HK$1,200 Apple Store Gift Card or HK$1,200 PARKnSHOP supermarket voucher or PHILIPS RO Water Dispenser ADD6910/90(value: HK$2,788)!

Valid until 29 Feb 2024

Citi Rewards MasterCard: HK$6/mile for online purchases

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5x Points on contactless transactions
Minimum Income Requirements
HK$120,000
Wallet transactions(Apple Pay、 Google Pay and Samsung Pay)
5X Points
Miles Conversion (local spend)
$3 = 1 Mile

Standard Chartered Cathay Pacific Mastercard: HK$4/mile for online purchases

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Miles Conversion(Eligible spending on Cathay and HK Express)
HK$2=1 mile
Miles Conversion (Eligible spending on dining, online and overseas category)
HK$4 = 1 mile
Bank Welcome Offer
63,000 miles
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Apply for Standard Chartered Cathy Mastercard - Priority Private now via MoneySmart to get an extra HK$900 PARKnSHOP supermarket vouchers or HK$900 Apple Store Gift Card or JBL SOUNDGEAR SENSE Headphone  (Retail price: HK$1,299)!

Valid until 29 Feb 2024

Get a free Apply Gift Card from MoneySmart as a welcome gift

But what if you don’t want to buy an Apple Gift Card? Well, you’re in luck! Some credit cards or other financial products offer Apple Gift Cards as a welcome gift. So, you don’t have to spend a dollar if you’re planning to apply for a new credit card.

Here are the financial products that are currently offering Apple gift cards as a welcome offer:

Credit Cards

Citibank logo
Citi Welcome Offer: 30,000 Miles
Minimum Income Requirements
HK$600,000
Miles Conversion (local spend)
HK$6 = 1 Mile
Miles Conversion (overseas spend)
HK$4 = 1 Mile
Citibank logo
Free travel insurance and airport lounges access
Minimum Income Requirements
HK$120,000
Miles Conversion (local spend)
HK$8 = 1 mile
Miles Conversion (overseas spend)
HK$3 = 1 mile
Citibank logo
2% foreign currency rebate
Minimum Income Requirements
HK$120,000
Cash back on local spend
2%
Cash back on overseas spend
2%

Online Brokerages

Tiger Brokers  logo
MoneySmart Exclusive
🔥Highest offer in town
Min. Commission Fee US Stocks
US$0
Commission Fee HK Stocks
HK$0
Min. Account Funding
HK$0
MoneySmart Exclusive:

(Flash sales) New customers who complete the specified account opening conditions through MoneySmart, can receive up to HK$3,700 rewards!

  1. Exclusive rewards: Samsung Galaxy Tab A9(Retail value: HK$1,288)/ B&W Pi5 S2 In-ear True Wireless earbuds (Retail value: HK$2,380, colour randomly distributed)/ HK$1,200 Apple Gift Card / HK$1,200 PARKnSHOP Vouchers (first deposit of HK$10,000 or above and retain for 90 days)
    OR HK$500 PARKnSHOP Vouchers (For those only first deposit HK$10,000 or above and retain less than 90 days)
  2. New customers who buy any Funds on Tiger Vault or other public funds may enjoy a 6.6% account opening rewards*. The account opening rewards will credit to your account within 60 days directly, rewards up to HK$1,320
    *Terms and Conditions apply.
Valid until 29 Feb 2024
Syfe  logo
MoneySmart Exclusive
Minimum investment amount
HK$0
Annual Management Fee
0-0.65%
Minimum First Funding Amount
HK$10,000
MoneySmart Exclusive:

【Syfe Income+】Open account via MoneySmart can receive a HK$300 Apple Gift Card OR HK$300 PARKnSHOP E-Vouchers OR HK$300 HKTVMALL E-Vouchers!



Simply enter the code “MSSYFE23” after your successful sign up to be eligible to get HK$300 equivalent gift rewards from MoneySmart (first fund HK$35,000 or above into any Syfe portfolios) Also can enjoy extra HK$200/ HK$500/ HK$700 Syfe cash rewards (first fund HK$35,000 /HK$100,000/ HK$200,000 or above into any Syfe portfolios)



1. 【Syfe Income+】
Earn up to 8.6% p.a. target monthly payout in HKD
Get HK$200 when you first fund HK$25,000 into Income+
Get HK$500 when you first fund HK$100,000 into Income+
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Get HK$200 when you first fund HK$25,000 into Cash+
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3. Other Syfe investment portfolios
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Get HK$500 when you first fund HK$100,000 into any investment portfolios
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Valid until 29 Feb 2024

Personal Loans

DBS logo

Monthly Payment

HK$13,010

Monthly Payment
MoneySmart Exclusive
Instant cash out single-handedly
APR as low as*
2.2%
Total Amount Payable
HK$312,240
Total Interest Payable
HK$12,240
Monthly Payment
HK$13,010
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New customers who successfully apply and drawdown DBS Personal Instalment Loan via MoneySmart can get up to HK$8,000 rewards + Extra up to HK$10,000 PARKnSHOP Supermarket Voucher/ Apple Store Gift Card! Get up to a total HK$18,000 reward! APR is as low as 2.2%!

Valid until 29 Feb 2024
DBS logo

Monthly Payment

HK$13,070

Monthly Payment
MoneySmart Exclusive
Loan amount up to HK$2,000,000
APR*
6.48%
Total Amount Payable
HK$313,680
Total Interest Payable
HK$13,680
Monthly Payment
HK$13,070
MoneySmart Exclusive:

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From now until 29 February, apply for DBS Debt Consolidation Loan and drawdown the loan via MoneySmart can get up to HK$18,800 rewards + Extra up to HK$8,200 PARKnSHOP Supermarket Cash Voucher/ Apple Store Gift Card! Get up to a total HK$27,000 reward!

Valid until 29 Feb 2024
WeLend logo

Monthly Payment

HK$12,860

Monthly Payment
MoneySmart Exclusive
The lowest APR
1.88%
Total Amount Payable
HK$308,640
Total Interest Payable
HK$8,640
Monthly Payment
HK$12,860

SmartRewards program: more than an Apple Gift Card

MoneySmart’s latest SmartRewards program allows users to redeem a wide range of brands with SmartPoints, with up to 20 different options available! In addition to Apple Gift Cards, you can also exchange them for other products, so the rewards are up to you to choose from. Simply apply for designated products to earn SmartPoints!

Learn more about the SmartRewards Program here!

Dah Sing Insurance logo

Annual Premium

HK$510

25% OffAnnual Premium HK$680
MoneySmart Exclusive
Valuables Cover (per item)
HK$15,000
Max. Household Contents Cover
HK$600,000
Max. Liability To Third Party Cover
HK$6,000,000
Annual Premium
Annual Premium HK$68025% Off
HK$510
MoneySmart Exclusive:

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MoneySmart customers who successfully apply for a Specified Home Insurance or Domestic Helper Insurance product through MoneySmart during the promotional period will be entitled to: 500 SmartPoints
Learn More about how SmartPoints works here. T&C apply.

Valid until 29 Feb 2024

Frequently asked questions: Apple Gift Card

What is an Apple Gift Card?

An Apple Gift Card is a cash voucher that can be purchased at the Apple Store. It does not expire and can be used to purchase anything, including the Apple Watch, iPhone, iMac, iPad, MacBook, and more. Therefore, many people take advantage of credit card promotions or new credit card sign-up bonuses to buy Apple Gift Cards and save them for future purchases.

Does the Apple Gift Card expire?

No, the Apple Gift Card does not have an expiration date, so you can save it until you need to use it.

Can the Apple Gift Card be used to purchase discounted products?

Apple Store previously changed its terms of use, stating that Apple Gift Cards may not be used to purchase discounted products.

Can Apple Store gift cards be used to buy iPhones?

Yes, Apple Store gift cards can be used to purchase most products in the Apple online store, including iPhones, iPhone accessories, iPads, and Mac series products.

How many Apple Gift Cards can be used at once?

Up to 8 Apple Gift Cards can be used at one time.

Are Apple Store gift cards globally applicable?

Yes, Apple Store gift cards can be used in most regions and countries.

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