How to Activate a Gift Card


Gift cards are a great option when you don't know what to buy for your family or friends! Many gift cards are activated when they're purchased, so they don't need to be activated by the recipient. However, some do need to be activated by the recipient    Prepaidgiftbalance  before they can be used. You can activate a gift card by calling the merchant or accessing the provided URL and inputting the correct activation numbers


Using the Provided URL to Activate Your Card

Locate the URL by checking the sticker on the front of the card. There’s usually a white sticker or some other indicator prominently displayed on the front of the card if it requires activation. You should see a toll-free number and/or a website link on the sticker that you need to use to activate the card.[1]
Your card is probably ready to use and doesn’t need activation if you don’t see a sticker or other indicators.
Check the back of the card for specific instructions if you don’t see an activation sticker.

Type the provided URL into your search bar exactly as it appears. Type the URL carefully and double check it before you press “enter.” There are gift card scams out there that prey on people who accidentally type in the wrong URL for activation.

Enter the ID number, activation code, and/or PIN number. Typically, the first number that you enter is the identification number, but the spaces should be labeled accordingly on the web page. The second number that you enter is usually the activation code or PIN that activates the card. The activation code is usually shorter than the identification number.[2]
If you have trouble working out what numbers to use, contact the customer service department phone number on the back of the card.
The gift card is ready to use as soon as you activate it!

Use the emailed activation code if you received a virtual card or eGift. Virtual gift cards are sent to your email address. The email will provide instructions and any necessary activation codes to complete the process online. Virtual cards may have directions about claiming eGifts rather than activating them.[3]

Register your card online or by phone to prevent theft. Some merchants offer gift card registration to protect them from loss or theft. If you are concerned about the safety of your gift card, or if it is of particularly high value, contact the customer service phone number or visit the merchant's website to register it.
You'll need the identification number, the activation code or PIN, your name, and your address to register the card