Turn Unwanted Visa Gift Cards into Amazon Cash Easily!

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Have Visa gift cards with random amounts on hand that you keep forgetting to use? We have a solution! 

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Do you have any Visa or MasterCard gift cards lying around? Maybe with random amounts on them? Possibly thrown in a bag with more gift cards you keep forgetting to use?! 😆 If so, did you know that you can easily turn these gift cards into Amazon cash?! With Amazon Prime Day coming up this summer, it’s the perfect time to start racking up credits to use.

I feel like these Visa gift cards are usually difficult to redeem at stores because they often have such small random amounts on them, so this is SUCH an awesome way to add them ALL to your Amazon account and actually be able to use every last penny! 🤑

Be sure to watch Collin break down how to easily do this in the video below.

It doesn’t matter if your prepaid gift card is brand new or only has a partial balance. You can redeem it for Amazon cash either way! The process is super simple. Just follow our instructions below (or watch Collin’s video above) on how to redeem prepaid gift cards on Amazon.

A visa gift card displayed on a store shelf

How to redeem your prepaid gift card for Amazon cash.

Using prepaid gift cards at stores can be tricky. Sometimes the card is rejected and other times there are transaction fees. One way to avoid these hiccups is to just use your Visa gift card on Amazon instead. If you aren’t ready to buy something just yet, that’s okay! You can store the credit on Amazon for later use. This simple trick can be used with multiple gift cards, too!

As long as each prepaid gift card has a balance of 50¢ or more, you can add it to your account to get Amazon credits. Note that this process only works for credit card gift cards. It will not work on brand or store-specific gift cards.

scrolling amazon on phone with credit card in hand

When you’re ready, follow these instructions for each card:

  • Obtain the balance for each card you’d like to redeem for Amazon credits.
  • Sign into your Amazon account.
  • Click this listing for Amazon Reload.
  • The amount you want to reload will be the exact balance of your prepaid gift card. Enter this amount and add the reload to your cart.
  • Go to the checkout.
  • For your payment method, select “Add a new card” and enter your prepaid gift card information. (Note, you will need to enter a name for the gift card, and even though it won’t have one, I always just enter my name and it goes through fine.)
  • Pay for the reload with your prepaid gift card.
  • That’s it! You’ll now have available Amazon credits in the exact amount of your Visa gift card balance!

Still have questions? Be sure to watch Collin’s helpful video to talk you through the process! 🙌💰


Want more Amazon credits? Here’s how to use the FREE Alexa shopping list to earn cash back!


About the writer:

Kara is a writer and photographer from the Midwest. Her creative work has appeared in various publications over the past decade. With a background in finance, she loves to be money-savvy.


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Comments 16

  1. Laurie O

    Thank you!!! I have all of these pre-paid cards with very small balances on them. Now I can consolidate and actually buy something!

    • Jessica (Hip Sidekick)

      You’re welcome, Laurie! So glad you can consolidate and score something you’ll enjoy from Amazon! Happy shopping! πŸ€—πŸ’—

  2. Beth

    I’ve found that most places can now automatically deduct only what is left on the card from your total without knowing the exact amount that is left. For instance I had two prepaid cards with a couple dollars each. I filled up on gas yesterday and went inside to pay. I swiped the first card and it deducted the couple dollars on there, then the next card, then paid my balance with cash. I’m so happy that I no longer need to know the exact amount on the card to use it in store.

    • Jessica (Hip Sidekick)

      So awesome! Thanks for sharing about your experience with using up gift cards at stores, Beth! Good to know that you’ve been able to use up any remaining balances on those! πŸ™ŒπŸ’—

  3. Jessica

    What do I enter for cardholder name? It will not accept β€œgift card” (my name) or β€œa gift for you” πŸ˜‚ Help!

    • Jessica (Hip Sidekick)

      Hey Jessica! You might try re-entering your full name in the payment details, if you haven’t tried that yet. Also check that you have all the correct numbers, expiration, and CVC/security code entered from the gift card as well. Hoping this does the trick! 🀞❀️

    • Csandst1

      I enter gift card recipient. Have done this multiple times with no issue.

      • Jessica (Hip Sidekick)

        Thanks for sharing what has worked for you Csandst1! Sure appreciate it! πŸ₯°

  4. Jaime

    Great idea! Super easy – thanks!!

    • Trish (Hip Sidekick)

      You’re welcome, Jaime! Glad you found this super easy! πŸ™Œ πŸ₯°

  5. Kari H

    I have been doing this for about a year now and it’s been a lifesaver. Nothing worse than feeling you need to toss or just not use leftover Visa gift cards because the balance is too low to use anywhere.

    • Jessica (Hip Sidekick)

      So true, Kari! πŸ€— Happy to hear you’ve been able to use up your gift cards this way already! πŸ’“

  6. Kats

    Thank you! This is so good to know.

    • Jessica (Hip Sidekick)

      You’re welcome, Kats! Glad this post was helpful! πŸ₯°

  7. Susan

    Costco, Target and Walgreens all “auto-drain” the remaining balance on these cards. So you can use as many as you like and then pay any remaining balance with other methods.

    • Jessica (Hip Sidekick)

      Thanks for sharing about some other retailers that you can use up your gift cards at, Susan! Good to know! πŸ€—πŸ’ž

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