After a holiday, birthday or any other gift giving event, there's a good chance that you will find yourself needing to know how to shop online with a Visa gift card. Getting a gift card as a present is always appreciated and allows the holder to get the gift that they really want. But gift cards can be limited to the store for which they are purchased. With a Visa gift card, however, it can be used anywhere that accepts the Visa logo. But is it acceptable to shop online with a Visa gift card? The answer to that question is a resounding yes, and for many people who are using credit cards less frequently, it is a preferred method as well.
What you'll need to shop online with a Visa gift card:
- Visa gift card
- Internet access
- Activate the card. Before you shop online with a Visa gift card you will want to register the card right away. To do this, call the issuing provider or visit their website. You can usually find the number or web address on the back of the card. You will need to give them your name, address and phone number.
- Shop an online store that accepts Visa credit cards. In order to shop online using a Visa gift card you will need to find a website that accepts Visa credit cards. Although most websites do accept this card, you'll want to review the accepted payment methods anyway in the event that it is the rare store that does not or if there are restrictions regarding the use of Visa gift cards.
- Use the same information. When paying for your purchase with a Visa gift card, you will be asked to enter your billing information and shipping information. It is very important that you use the same name, phone number and address as the one that you registered with. Your purchase may be declined if the information that you used to register differs from the information that you enter for billing.
- Keep the card. Keep the card on hand after you've made your purchase, even if the card total has been exhausted. You will need it on hand in the event that you need to make a return or there is a problem with your order.