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Old 12-22-2015, 03:40 PM
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Would Pizza Hut and McDonald gift cards bought in USA be good and honored in China?
A call to USA based CS got us a "we do not know."
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Old 12-22-2015, 06:14 PM
Location: San Francisco
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I seriously doubt it - living in China most restaurants only seem to be able to handle rmb (chinese currency) transactions. It is rare to see international visa or mastercard accepted at fast food places. Union Pay or Wechat transactions seem to work though. Plus 95% of the employees there speak no English (may be different in Shanghai or Beijing though)
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Old 12-22-2015, 10:27 PM
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Yeah I doubt it too. I tried Starbucks gift cards in Japan that were purchased in the US and they didn't work. Also tried Starbucks gift cards in the US that I purchased in Japan and they didn't work either. The readers and the codes aren't the same for each country. Probably has something to do with currency measurements used as well. Credit cards work in both countries though. I love my shopping!
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Old 12-23-2015, 01:54 AM
Location: Guangzhou, China
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The businesses are usually set up as different entities from one nation to another, and use different computer systems and databases, let alone other currencies (as mentioned). The gift cards work more or less as a cash rebate to the franchise that honors it; it would require a complicated accounting system for tax purposes and conversions... so in a nutshell, no, it won't work.

My parents mailed me a US Ikea card as a gift, and I wasn't able to use it here in China, so I just gave it to a friend who was returning to the 'States.
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