Where Can You Use a Visa Gift Card?

A prepaid Visa Gift card can be used at the millions of places where Visa Debit cards are accepted, according to Visa's website. If the gift card states "Valid only in the United States" on the front, the card is not accepted at locations outside of the United States.

Visa Gift cards can be used both online and in retail locations, including gas stations, explains Visa. If the card does not work at the gas pump, Visa suggests taking the card directly to the cashier. The gift cards are preloaded with a set amount of funds, and additional funds can only be loaded if it is a special reloadable gift card.

A cardholder uses the card the same way as any other credit card, by giving the card to the cashier and signing the purchase receipt, states Visa. The amount of each purchase is automatically deducted from the card balance until the balance is depleted. Visa suggests that the cardholder personally keeps track of the remaining balance, since merchants are not able to access that information. It is possible to track the balance by accessing the website of the issuing bank or calling the toll-free number listed on the back of the card.

The Visa Gift card remains valid until the expiration date set by the issuer or when the remaining balance is depleted. Even after the card expires or is depleted, Visa cautions against throwing it away until any damaged or unwanted items purchased with the card are returned.