There are a few different ways to check the balance of a gift card, including calling the 800 number listed on the back of the card, advises Gift Card Granny. Customers can also walk into the store to where the gift card applies and have the store personnel check the balance.
Gift Card Granny also advises that customers can check the balance of a gift card by going online to the card issuer's website. Some retail businesses may provide phone numbers on their websites that allow customers to check gift card balances, as Wal-Mart does.
Some businesses, such as Starbucks, allow customers to check the balance of their gift cards directly online. Customers need to have their the number and security code for each gift card, input the information in the appropriate boxes, and the website provides the balance of the gift card, says Starbucks. Wal-Mart advises that its website also has an online gift card balance portal.
To check the status of a Target gift card via Target.com, customers need to enter the card number, access number or Ra number in the fields provided; those numbers are on the back of the gift card or on the gift card receipt, says Target.