How you can use a Visa gift card to shop on Amazon


If Amazon had its way, everyone would stick with Amazon gift cards. And while an Amazon gift card is a great gift and all, a Visa gift card is even better - in fact, a Visa gift card even beats cash. Why? Because    Prepaidgiftbalance you can't use an Amazon card at the local pizza restaurant, a gas station, or to buy movie tickets, and you can't use cash to shop on Amazon or other online retailers.

To use a Visa gift card on Amazon, you essentially have to trick the site into thinking you're simply adding another credit or debit card onto your account, and not using as gift card at all. So before you add the card's balance to your account, you need to make sure the Visa is ready for action.

And note that you can't split purchases between a gift card loaded onto your account and another payment method, so be sure to shop with care and your balance in mind. Or better yet, see the hack at the end of this article!

Make sure your Visa gift card is activated and ready
First, make sure the gift card has been activated (which should have happened at the time of the sale). You might have received a gift receipt or a card holder confirming its activated status, but you can also just call the phone number on the back of the card.

Loading a Visa gift card on Amazon
To get started, go to Amazon's homepage on your computer or pull it up on your phone. Most of the steps are the same, so I won't differentiate - just know that you can substitute the word "Click" for "Tap" if you're on a computer instead of a mobile device.

 Go to the "Your Account" page from the dropdown menu from the three parallel lines at the top left of the page (or by hovering over the "Account & List" tab at the top right on a computer).
 Tap the "Manage payment options" link.

Another hack for using Visa gift cards on Amazon
It's kind of annoying that you can't use a gift card along with another mode of payment, right? But you can use your card's balance to buy an Amazon gift card (or code) that you give to yourself, and that can be used for anything on the site and combined freely with another payment method.


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