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The Best Dining Credit Cards in Hong Kong 2017

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Elizabeth Kwong

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Hong Kong is a dining paradise and there’s always something good to eat every hour of the day! Dining is such a big part of Hong Kong life, and it can get even better when you get rewarded with cashback rebates just for eating out!

Important things to note about using cashback credit cards for dining out:

  • Always ensure that you are using the right cashback credit card that rewards your dining spend
  • Make sure the restaurant that you are dining is on the list of card’s partnered merchants.

Here are four dining credit cards that MoneySmart recommends:

 

Citi Cash Back Visa American Express Blue Cash Credit Card DBS Eminent Platinum Credit Card HSBC Visa Signature
Dining Cashback 2% 1.2% 1.2% 3.6% *

 

1. Citi Cash Back Visa: Highest direct rebate rate in dining

Offering 2% dining cashback without cap, card owners can also enjoy cashback rebates on hotel spending including many hotel buffet offers. The annual salary requirement is only HK $ 240,000, which is one of the most accessible VISA Signature cards in Hong Kong.

 

Other benefits include:

  • 2% local hotel spending rebate
  • 2% foreign currency rebate

 

2. American Express Blue Cash credit card: Soho district and hotel restaurant

One of the most popular food and beverage credit cards with 1.2% of cashback on all local spending with required annual salary of only HK$150 000. You also get 30% discounts at Gyu-Kaku Japanese Yakiniku restaurant and selected Cafe Deco Group outlets like Café Duvet, Pier 7 Café & Bar, Stormies and Tonic.

 

Other benefits include:

  • 15% off 3D and 2D movie tickets at Broadway, PALACE and AMC Cinemas
  • Free upgrade on handcrafted coffee at Pacific Coffee
  • First year annual fee waiver of HK$980

 

3. DBS Eminent Platinum Card/DBS Eminent Visa Signature Card

The best all-rounder cashback card, offering 1.2% dining cashback. You can enjoy 10%-15% discounts at selected restaurants and hotel dining. The DBS Eminent Visa Signature Card also has 1-for-1 offers at selected restaurants. Required annual salary is only HK$150,000 for DBS Eminent Platinum and HK$360,000 for DBS Eminent Visa Signature.

 

Other benefits include:

  • 1% local retail spending rebate
  • 2% foreign retail spending rebate
  • 10% off regular movie tickets at UA Cinemas and The Metroplex
  • Up to 20% off movie tickets at The Grand Cinema, ELEMENTS

 

4. HSBC Visa Signature

This card can earn up to 3.6% cashback for dining with no minimum spend. However, you have to choose to allocate your extra RewardCash to the dining category. You also enjoy 1-for-1 lunch at the Mira HK (Cuisine Cuisine, Yamm, WHISK), Café at Hyatt Regency HK Tsim Sha Tsui and Alma Portuguese Grill. HSBC Cards also enjoy direct discounts at thousands of restaurants.

However, the required annual salary is pretty high at HK$480,000.

 

Things to note when using these credit cards

  1. For some cards that reward you specifically for dining, like the Citi Cash Back Card and the DBS Eminent cards, do note that certain expenditure is not counted as dining. For example, hotel, banquet services, private functions and private room events may not be considered dining. Food and beverage services provided by department stores, associations and clubhouses will also not be counted as dining.
  2. For some cards, you will only see your cashback rebates when you have earned a certain amount . For the Citi Cash Back Card, you will only receive your cashback rebates when you have earned HK$200 in rebates.
  3. Always remember to pay your credit card bill in full and on time. There’s no point earning cashback rebates if you’re going to be spending more than you earn in interest.

 

Do you have a preferred Dining Cashback Credit Card? We want to hear from you.

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