If you have been in Thailand for any length of time, you probably already have the LINE chat app on your mobile phone. I use it every day to communicate with people at work and also with my Thai friends. It is the Asian version of WhatsApp which is popular in the West. But not everyone realizes that this same app also has something called Rabbit LINE Pay. You can use this to pay for goods and services. I signed up for it last year, but I never really used it. However, then I heard that you could link your Rabbit Card for the BTS Skytrain to your Rabbit LINE Pay account. Once you have done this, you never need to queue up ever again to top up your Rabbit Card when riding the Skytrain.
The Rabbit Card has been around for a while now. It is synonymous for use on the Skytrain system as a top-up card. But it is really more than that. You can use it at many merchants such as McDonald’s, Tesco Lotus Express, Family Mart, Burger King, Swensen’s, Sizzler, Major Group, SF Cinema, SE-ED Book Center and many other places. Now that you can link it to Rabbit LINE Pay on your smartphone it has opened up a whole new ball game. For a start, the stored value on my Rabbit Card is now on my Rabbit LINE Pay account. I can then use the app to pay for any services that I would have used the Rabbit card before. But now merchants can just scan the QR code on my LINE app to receive payment. Handy if you don’t have your Rabbit Card or any cash with you when visiting places like Starbucks and Pizza Company.
For me, the best thing about linking my Rabbit Card to my Rabbit LINE Pay account is that I no longer need to queue up at the ticket office at the Skytrain station to top up my Rabbit Card. It automatically uses the money I have in my Rabbit LINE Pay account. And if that is running low, I just use my banking app to top that up for free. I use Siam Commercial Bank (SCB), but you can also use banking apps from Kasikorn and Bangkok Bank. Alternatively, you can use your credit card or ATM card. Though I prefer to use my own banking app to top up. While I am talking about it, I also use my banking app to pay my utility bills such as for water and electricity and to top up things like the Easy Pass I use for the expressways in Bangkok. And if you have a SCB account, you don’t even need an ATM card to get money out of the ATM. You just use your smartphone. And while I am at it, you can also use your Fitbit Versa watch to pay for things at contactless service counters such as at 7-Eleven. This is linked to your SCB credit card. But that is for another blog.
To tie your Rabbit Card to your Rabbit LINE Pay account is easy. On the LINE app, click on the Wallet tab in the bottom right and the Rabbit LINE Pay button. Then choose the BTS menu. Press the + button to register the Rabbit Card. You need to type in the 13 digit number that is on your Rabbit Card. You also need to choose a payment method such as a credit card. But, like I said, I always top up my account by using my SCB banking app. Your next step is to register at a Skytrain ticket office. For this, you need to bring along your passport. Once they have activated it, the money that was on your Rabbit Card is transferred to your Rabbit LINE Pay account on your smartphone. You will receive a LINE message about this and you will also be able to see by checking your account balance. You still need to use the Rabbit Card to pass through the ticket barrier, but you no longer need to take it to the ticket office to top it up.
One final thing, what happens if you forgot to bring your Rabbit Card or you don’t even have any cash? How can you ride on the Skytrain? Easy, just use the LINE app to pay. I’ve already done this at the self-service ticket machines at my local Skytrain station. Make sure you choose one that can do QR Codes. They are still rolling these out and so they might not be at every station yet. Choose your destination station and then Rabbit LINE Pay as your method of payment. Then all you have to do is scan the QR Code using your LINE app. At the moment, you can get a discount on your ride if you choose this method of paying for your ticket. While I am on the subject of discounts, you can use Rabbit LINE Pay to get a good discount when buying tickets at SF Cinema. The regular price of 240 Baht will be discounted to only 140 Baht. Other places offer similar discounts if you use your smartphone to pay for goods and services.
How do you use Rabbit LINE Pay? Please post your tips in the comments below.