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expired FREE Myki Card (Save $7 - $10) [Victorian Public Transport]

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Free Myki Card for the new Victorian public transport system which will replace Metcard. At the end of the promotional period these will be $10 (or $7 concession).

NOTE: Unless you select 'No Topup' a minimum of $5 is required to be loaded onto the card using a VISA or Mastercard.

Edited - JeffreyM: Edited description, added that offer finishes on Jan 17th & included in title that it's for Victorian residents only.


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  • +1 vote

    I managed to register one without a credit card. I just selected No topup on the first page :P

    Also I'm in Perth so I'll wait and see if they do send it here :)

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      Thanks, I have updated the title to reflect this.

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      Thanks I was wondering the same since I travel to melbourne frequently

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    What does the "top up" mean?

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    can someone put [MELB] only on the subject please..
    melb seems has better transport system than sydney.

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      you really have no idea how bad the public transport in Melbourne… and how awful they actually handled this 3 years late myki joke… anyway, +1 for the free myki (as I just applied for free), if it's for the public transport itself, will be happy to give -100

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        Yeah, it's a joke. "For screwing you around last month and cancelling/running late so many times, have a free daily pass"

        Thanks.

  • +2 votes

    hmmm.. is there a way to select student as concession type?

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      i was trying to figure the same thing

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        I can't find it either but I guess it under the same type "health care card holder" as all students have HCC?

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          hmm i dont have one =(

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          Not all students have one.

          Students cannot get a Myki online, they must go to a premium station and request the forms that you need to get authorised.

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      If you're trying to apply for a Student card, there's more information on the Myki website about how to apply for one.

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        Redirects to same form. I'm stuck too…

        EDIT: FFS some clarity would be nice. If you are a student and not travelling with a student pass, you can register online (you are somehow expected to understand that this means you are getting a concession card by non-student means. "student pass" referred to date range tickets with metcards)

        Called up, apparently you have to go to a premium station to do this. Also mentioned something about 1 January and being able to do it online.

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    I got this message:

    "Please correct the following and try again:
    The security answer you have selected is invalid. Please check your entry and try again. "

    How can a security answer be invalid… I used only numbers and letters.

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      You are saying your first school name or your mothers maiden name has numbers and letters in it?

      I would suggest numbers are invalid in that field.

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      Security answer - the text input suggests 1-30 characters. I entered 3 characters and its invalid! Programmer and Form Designer on the wrong line!

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        There is a error there. It requires a minimum of 4 characters. NOT one.

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        LOL, the page is buggy and has little problems. Look at the hover text for the security question. The question it suggests isn't even in the dropdown list!
        Also, why limit security questions to TWO different questions instead of letting the user type? O_O

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    I had an issue with my first name, dunno why but when I added my first and second name it worked, seems their sheet is a bit buggy or to picky on valid answers, still gets a plus though, thanks for heads up

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      need atleast 8 chars for user name.

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    Can I order one in QLD in case I travel to VIC? Hmmm gonna try.

    EDIT: Seemed to work fine. When you put your details in you can choose your state no problem.

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      I think you can. Would do so if I were you.

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    I can't seem to find when the promotional period ends, has anyone seen that info please?

    • +2 votes

      A full fare myki costs $10 and a concession, seniors or child myki costs $7, but until 17 January 2010, you can get a FREE registered myki online. Click here to get your free myki.

      ref: http://www.myki.com.au/About-myki/default.aspx

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    It's good to find your thread

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    SO WHATS WITH THE "NO TOP UP"?????
    Will I get the Myki discount and can I add credit card info in future?

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      I assume its a 'no automatic topup' option, which would normally automatically put credit onto the card using your nominated credit card when the balance reaches a preset minimum or zero, whichever it is set up for.

      • +4 votes

        nope, it doesn't mean that.

        It's basically asking "Do you want to load credit on your card".

        2 hours, city saver, daily - classified as "myki money"

        weekly,monthly,yearly - classified as "myki pass"

        Select "no top up" if you do not intend to load credit at this point of time.

        As for the credit card. When you receive your card, log in to the myki website and register the card. There is an auto top-up option there. On the sidebar, select "top up myki", the "set up auto top up"

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          Cool. thanks for clearing that up.

  • +4 votes

    what hope do we have with this stupid system if their website is anything to go by. Lynne Kosky was just talking about this is the news then, sounds like a disaster before it has even started.

  • +1 vote

    Cant register.

    A technical exception has occured. Please call 13 6954 (13 myki).

    beautiful.

  • +5 votes

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w_K7tZ9-loQ at 0:45 pretty much sums up Myki and the result of over 1 billion dollars spent so far.

  • +4 votes

    I don't really see this as a bargain, because it shouldn't cost $10 to be forced to carry an extra card in my wallet.

    • +8 votes

      2nd for that - people should not pay for the card at all, on the first place
      OP, good that you found this promotion
      i am against of paying the card
      it's literally the same as saying, buying over the counter, "oh i want to buy a metlink card; oh yes certainly, you pay $xx for weekly PLUS you need to buy $10 for the card".
      they enforced this idea, using taxpayer money to implement idea, waived the developer fee whilst they are late by 1 year, and yet, taxpayer need to pay again for the card
      i am not sure how it sums up.

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        this happens in places that have top notch transport systems, take hong kong or japan for example.

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          Usually they are refundable though - certainly all the various cards I've "bought" have been (and they've been cheaper, usually about $5)

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          LoL. Except that in HK or Japan the public transport systems actually work over there so the fee is warranted.

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      LOL. Wait til you read the bit in the condition where you get charge an extra $10 when you try to apply for a refund of credit on your card. That's like double dipping.

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        why would you ever need a refund?
        Note that you can continue using the card until it goes negative.
        Therefore, if you have $0.10 left on your card, and travel in zone 1 (fare of $2.94), your card will have a balance of NEGATIVE $2.84

        So, why do you need to claim?

        (it's on page 83 on the myki manual)

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          If you have a monthly/yearly ticket and you decide to stop using public transport. You would want to apply for the unused credit back (possibly $100+).

  • +1 vote

    I think everyone should know that the card has a lifespan of 4 years only.
    That means, you have to buy a new one every 4 years.

    • +1 vote

      where do you find this? could you please let me know. thanks

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      My understanding from reading the website is that you get a free replacement card after 4 year (lifespan, wear and tear). Before the 4 years, you have to pay for the replacement/new card if it's physically damage or lost.

  • +3 votes

    hm interesting.
    i starting not to like myki
    it stated myki is non transferable.
    what if you want to use your brother's card. it doesn't seem to be allowed ?
    can we do propose to have this changed to government??

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      then apply another one like me. I apply for a full fare spare one or concession for family who comes from overseas for a visit :) and I don't think they check as long as you swipe the card and go ( i hope not - otherwise everyone get inspected everytime he/she pass by), unless you use concession.

      Oh yeah you can tick don't print the name so I don't think the inspector know who is the card belong to.

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        The free cards being issued have to be registered, therefore, is attached to a person (regardless whether or not you choose to print your name)

        However, if you purchase one for $10 from shops, you have the option NOT to register it (thus the card being ANONYMOUS). In that case, anyone can use it.

        Therefore, you CANNOT share these free cards with your family.

  • +3 votes

    I havent yet received mine but after seeing the youtube link above… Can I get a cancel it already? lol

    Seriously what I don't understand is that Brisbane/SE QLD has had the Go Card rolled out over the past couple of years and it achieves exactly what this Myki is meant to do. So my question is why would the VIC govt put out a tender for something that a company up here already has achieved. And it actually works quite well up here. The pricing increases are a joke though. Watch out victorians, they will tempt you with promises of affordability but then hike the prices to cover the initial outlay, claiming we have such a good system now we need to pay more.

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      +1, no idea why they had to build it from the ground up.

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    anyone knows when can we start using the myki card?

    • -1 vote

      I believe it's straight away but ONLY on trains for the moment

      • +1 vote

        I saw quite a few people trying to scan metlink tickets on the yellow myki units on trams. I don't know whether they are working with myki cards yet or not.

        Thank you to the original poster for sharing this, because I saw no mention of it while actually using public transport. I would be very upset at having to pay $10 for an empty myki card.

        Also, while the website claims you can top up whatever amount you like, in reality you can only add credit in $5 increments.

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          some of the scanners are working. not all. which is interesting…
          paying money for an empty card happens all around the world. usually they charge you more and just put the rest as credit (ie. $20/card with $10 credit)

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            some of the tram scanners are working as the system is still on trial. You are NOT suppose to use it on trams.

            And yes, its the same everywhere, there is a charge for the card (for example, approx AU$6.50 in Singapore), though if the system works PERFECTLY WELL (which we all know it won't) , you should be able to recover the cost via travel savings in 2 to 3 months.

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              AU$4.00 (SG$5) actually

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                oops… yup, becames $5 when they switched to the new cepas ezlink cards.

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    Great - ordered 4 - one for each of the family.

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    Hi
    Thanks a lot

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    Read in the news that it only works on trains at the moment… Sucks for people like me who catch a bus to the train station (the stations are too far away to walk)

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    does this apply to international students?

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      i don't think it matters where you're from..
      they simply ask for your details.

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      Its for everyone. Just that your not allowed to purchase Concession tickets if your International, full fare only; not that I've seen anyone get checked for it though…

  • +1 vote

    Nice find OP. I agree with the others, not really a bargain in terms of what we're being given (but that's nothing to do with the OP) - $1.5 billion for a ticketing system that is several years overdue and THEN you have to fork out extra for the cards themselves… your tax dollars at work. Anyway, again, thanks OP.

  • +2 votes

    It's a bargain when you don't have to pay $10 for a plastic card that you need:)
    I've spread the word and thanks on behalf of us suffering Victorians!!

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    FYI, current Seniors with a Sunday Pass will receive a card in the mail anyway it would seem. Then again it gives you the ability to apply for one online currently (would you end up with two?) and other info says seniors have to pay $7 normally for a blank card. Myki info is a mess too it seems…

    http://www.myki.com.au/Customer-groups/Seniors/default.aspx

    "If you currently hold, or have applied for, a Sunday Pass, you will receive a seniors myki containing your new Sunday Pass in the mail after myki is launched in Melbourne."

  • +1 vote

    Avoid Myki for now, PTUA advises passengers
    http://www.ptua.org.au/2009/12/29/avoid-myki-for-now/

    • +1 vote

      Haha epic fail. I'll apply for a free Myki now but will use Metcards until the day they fully die out.

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        doing exactly the same thing. I have a yearly ticket… and a few daily tickets, compliments of connex and yarra trams.

  • +1 vote

    I'm actually working as a Myki mate. Myki isn't too bad at all, it's only the media making it seem so bad as they tend to exaggerate everything lol. You can't expect a system to function 100% if it's not complete yet.

    Oh and btw, if you plan to use a myki on trains and then plan to use a bus or tram, you'll need to purchase a separate metcard evem if your myki is still valid at the time. So we advise people that if you travel strictly on trains, you can use myki.

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      fattyman - But the point is it SHOULD be 100% complete after 3 years and a billion dollars….

      • +3 votes

        fattyman, if you're saying that a project which run 3 years late (and still not ready) and cost double the budget is not too bad, and having a separate myki + metcard to travel on train + tram is something acceptable, then you're really a good man, who never complaint about anything :). For me, the whole system is a real mess, but as I live in Melbourne, I still have no choice then ordering this free card (so thanks for the one posting it :)).
        Oh, and btw, I worked in Paris when they started introducing similar system, and no glitch or major problem whatsoever (in case you don't believe that it could and should have been done much better).
        Don't take me wrong, I have no problem with the system (or with myki mate :)), just the way they handle it.

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      Funny that my Dad works as a bus-driver in Gippsland where Myki has been for a while now and they are still having trouble with people getting charged the wrong amounts and for the wrong zones. They are also still having trouble with scanners not working. Can you please confirm what's actually good about this system?

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    no students option??

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    On the site it says:
    "
    If you're planning to get a Student Pass, you don't need to register online for your free myki. You will be given a free registered concession myki at the point of issue for your Student Pass.
    *
    You must carry your valid VPT Student Concession Card with you at all times when travelling with myki, as this is proof of your entitlement. "

    but above people have said they'll make that option available from Jan 1, so we'll see what happens.

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    i cant believe it takes a full second to register a card. I was in Korea in 2007 and when you hold up your card to the machine their system registers your card instantly and I am sure that system has been in place for years.

    Can you imagine the wait when 10 passengers want to get on a tram or bus. At least 20 seconds.

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    It only takes a full second because the machine goes into sleep mode. This occurs when you are the first user to use it on the that reader or if the reader has been inactive for a while. I've tested on trams and they've taken about 0.1 seconds. So we can expect a huge improvement in time.

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      sweet.

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      Why don't the spokespeople tell everyone that? They are paid to make things sound good - if it's the truth all the more reason they should get the facts out. Maybe they aren't very good at their job.

  • +1 vote

    still a nice find..dont have to pay 10 bucks for a card…i would apply extra..just in case i lose it .haha..still a bummer for me international students dont get any discount..i reckon alot of profit from there lol

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    hi guys,

    i seem to be stuck at the Zone question. I want a Myki Pass (for regular travel to work), but the zones are for areas i dont live in.
    Can I still go ahead and buy a pass with Zone 1?
    Thanks!
    P

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    you can use a pass, but you'll need to put myki money onto the same card to cover the zone you aren't working in.

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      Thanks… i think! its kinda confusing. will the myki money cost more than the myki pass?
      And is it ok to put in the website travelling between zone 1 and 2 (the metcard zones not the zones on the website)?

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        Firstly, i do not work for myki, the only reason why i know this stuff is because i do not want to get cheated.

        Basically, everything is calculated based on the 2hour fares
        (why 2 hours? i have no idea why)

        For example, lets say you are travelling from zone 4 to zone 5, and already have a monthly zone 4 myki pass.
        Therefore, you only need to pay $1.20
        This is calculated :
        2 hourly zone 4 + 5 : $3.00
        minus 2hourly zone 4 : $1.80 (because of myki pass)
        equals to : $1.20

        (page 66 of myki manual)

        • +1 vote

          The above also applies to weekend tickets.
          (There is no longer free travel of zone 1+2 on weekends for monthly ticket holders)
          However, there is now in place a $3 weekend fare cap.

          In your case, assuming you have a zone 1 myki pass,
          weekend travel to zone 2 will cost 6 cents.

          Calculated as follows:
          Fare Cap of $3
          minus 2-hourly zone 1 fare: $2.94
          Equals : $0.06

          (Basically, if you are on a myki pass, travels to other zones is calculated based on 2 hour fare of multiple zones minus 2 hour fare of zones covered by myki pass) (Why 2 hour fares? i don't know)

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            Wow, detailed answer!

            Thanks, and I am assuming when you say Zone 1, do you mean the Melbourne Metro Zone system or is it the Geelong (regional) zone system?

            There is no Zone 4 or 5 in Melbourne, thats why I am confused. Have I missed an announcement of new zones in Melbourne?

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              To clarify, under the metcard system, we have only 3 zones, and metcards are only valid in Melbourne metropolitan area.

              However, Myki is valid throughout Victoria, hence the creation of zones 4 to 78.

              For example, under Myki, Geelong is zone 4 and Ballarat is zone 8.

              • +1 vote

                Only 2 zones for Melbourne metropolitan area. Zone 3 was abolished a couple years ago.

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                  3 zones if you include city.
                  ie. city saver zone, zone 1, zone 2

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        myki money is just money you put into the card. myki passes are just your monthlies, weeklies etc.

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    will the officers have a device to check the ownership of the card?

    is the fare on myki cheaper than metcard?

    can i apply more than 1 card?

    thanks

    • +1 vote

      They have portable scanners that presumably can read anything off the card. Ownership is only relevant if you register the card. If you purchase one in future without "registering" it it becomes an anonymous stored value card.

      The fares are the same or cheaper for most (if not all) cases. They had to provide some incentive… no surprise abut this "free" registered empty card offer either. For people like myself who purchase a multi-trip met ticket (eg. 10 trips on one card) there is no extra saving/real benefit for me as a customer.

      You can apply for as many as you like - just like you can with credit cards, bank accounts, etc. There is probably not much benefit though as each requires some credit it to use it and you may not be able to use the credit up completely from each card (depending on ticket prices/top up amounts). It wouldn't surprise me if they have similar free card offers in the future in order to get people to move across and make the system seem like a success.

      Anyone see themselves checking their card balance at the end of every days travel to make sure the system has scanned/charged them properly… ;-) Interesting nothing has been mentioned about renewing it after 4years (comment above). What will get switched off first Metcard or analog tv? ;-)

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        ic.
        thanks for the info
        just want to get an extra just in case I lost one , so i dont have to fork out 10 bucks in future for a empty card

  • +1 vote

    Is it possible to get one of these cards from the Customer Service/Ticket offices in Flinders or Spencer and thereby negating the need to register at all?

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      yes, by paying $10 for the card. (Free cards have to be both registered and purchased online)

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        I see, thanks mate

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          I'm pretty sure you'll be able to get the card free if you go to southern cross myki discovery centre before the deadline.

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            no you can't, like i mentioned about, the only reason why they are giving it for free is because they are FORCING you to REGISTER your card.

            Which is why they won't be giving it st southern cross.

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    Sydney should have this… damn Cityrail

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