Using Gift Cards on PayPal

Using gift cards on Paypal Traveling Well For Less

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You can use gift cards on PayPal.

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You can load Visa gift cards to your PayPal account

2 Easy Steps to Using Gift Cards on PayPal

1.  Add prepaid gift card to your account
2. Make a payment or send money with your PayPal account

PayPal now accepts prepaid gift cards

While making a payment for the Little One’s (he’s no longer little and is as tall as me) competitive soccer team, I noticed something new on PayPal.

There was an alert “Now accepting prepaid gift cards.”

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PayPal lets you use prepaid gift cards for purchases and sending money

Intrigued, I decided to do an experiment because I just happened to have a Visa gift card.

After clicking the “Change” payment button, I was directed to a screen with 3 tabs: “Debit Card,” “Prepaid Gift Card,” and “Credit Card.”

I clicked on the “Prepaid Gift Card” tab and entered my prepaid Visa gift card to my PayPal account.

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Link a prepaid gift card to your PayPal account in 1 simple step

My payment method was now populated with my gift card information.

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Change payment to prepaid gift card

A simple click on “Pay Now” and my payment was confirmed. Success!

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Using a visa gift card on PayPal was successful

Where to buy gift cards

You can buy prepaid gift cards at many locations.

1.  Office supply stores
2.  CVS, Rite-Aid, Duane Reed and other pharmacies
3.  Grocery stores
4.  Gas stations
5.  Simon Mall

4 Things you should know about using prepaid gift cards on PayPal

1.  You can use any prepaid gift card including Visa, Mastercard, and American Express.
2.  You can not use prepaid gift cards for recurring payments.  So prepaid gift cards won’t work for subscription payments.
3.  Prepaid gift cards can’t be used as bank transfer backups.
4.  Your PayPal account could get shut down if you are constantly deleted and adding prepaid gift cards to your account.

Have you used prepaid gift cards on PayPal?

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Debra is a former 12-year travel industry executive and has traveled the world using airline miles and credit card points since 1994. She'll teach you the secrets of traveling well for less.

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  • Lee @ BaldThoughts.com September 26, 2014 at 8:03 pm

    This is great news considering Amazon Payments is shutting down. When you tried this, were there any fees that PayPal deducted from the transaction? If not, I’m totally excited about this new opportunity! Thanks for sharing.

    • Debbie @ Traveling Well For Less September 27, 2014 at 6:31 am

      Hi Lee,

      There were no fees deducted.

      However, you want to be careful (see #4 under 4 things you should know) so that you don’t get your PayPal account shut down.

      • Lee @ BaldThoughts.com September 27, 2014 at 7:48 am

        Definitely! You have to mix in some other spend and be careful not to go overboard, otherwise PayPal will look at you as an unprofitable customer that is gaming the system. Thanks for the quick reply!

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