How Do You Check the Balance of a Winning Gift Card?


Quick Answer

To check the balance of a winning gift card, enter the card number and security code into the designated fields on the company websites. You can also check the balance by calling the number printed on the card itself.

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Visa, Mastercard, Discover and other credit card companies offer gift cards. Retailers such as WalMart, Target, Starbucks and Old Navy also offer gift cards with preset balances. You can access the balance remainder from the teller at the time of purchase or on websites like GiftCards.com that can access data provided by card issuers. Also, after you make a purchase online with a gift card, you are shown the remaining balance.

If you do not have computer access, check for the customer services number printed on the surface of the gift card. Calling this number gives you access to your balance and often a representative who can assist you with any other questions or issues that arise. The representative can also refund any accidental purchases and add money to the card.

When giving a gift card, it is traditional and expected that the total balance amount be written on the packaging so that the recipient knows how much is available to spend.

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