Posted by William Charles on October 6, 2018
Manufactured Spending

Published on October 6th, 2018 | by William Charles

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Amazon Now Sells Visa Gift Cards ($200 Denomination Added)

Update: They have now added a $200 denomination with a $6.95 fee (our affiliate link here and below).

I was doing some deal searching for Prime Day and noticed something I’ve never seen on Amazon before: Visa gift cards! They come in the following denominations:

The cards are issued by Sunrise Banks. It seems like you’re limited to purchasing a maximum of two per order and unfortunately you cannot use Amazon gift cards to purchase these Visa gift cards. The best you would be able to realistically do is use a card that earns 5% back on Amazon purchases. $200 cards could make some sense to purchase now. Fingers crossed Amazon decide to sell some variable load ones with a maximum of $500! I’d also recommend reading through our complete guide to saving money on Amazon.

 



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DDG

Interesting!

both links though direct me to $50 vgc

Chuck

Fixed

JL
JL

Q4, when (or if) Chase Freedom has 5% on amazon, I can see a good argument for it as most people value UR >1%.

Also would be great to confirm if it does payout Jetblue’s 3%

the_shek
the_shek

Jet Blue 3x payout is no longer active unless you’re physically on a Jetblue flight on their wifi FYI

Drew
Drew

I was able to use Amazon balance for buying $100 VGC. I did not complete order but i’ve screenshot to prove it.

Chuck

Would love to see. Didn’t work for me, and system spit out message “amazon gc can’t be used for Amazon gc or VGC purchase”

Chuck
Francesco
Francesco

I wonder why the checkbox on the left side “use your giftcard balance” is not checked…

DH7
DH7

It says right below the checkbox that it can’t be applied.

Mimi
Mimi

I’ve tried it in the past for Vanilla GC and it won’t take my Amzn balance as payment so I tried it again today and got the same message as yours 🙁

jimmy
jimmy

I have 10% cashback promotion on Amazon Visa, wonder if there is any exclusion

Chuck
Dee
Dee

I have the 5% targeted cashback promo from Discover. I was previously told that it should work on GCs as well but would like to get a confirmation if someone has already tried this.

ed
ed

Even if you found a scalable solution, Amazon is extremely vigilant about whatever it considers sketchy. More so than banks, you do not want to be shutdown by Amazon. If I had 10% on Amazon visa, I might max it out for the few thousand it is, but I’d def not be cycling my limit. Good luck with that.

Mimi
Mimi

I found this true based on many complaints about the company closing accounts and ‘confiscating’ whatever balance there is in the account. When banks close accounts, they send the remaining balance to customer but with amzn, they keep the balance once your account is flagged for “fraudulent activity”, so people should be aware of that.

Chuck

I wonder if JetBlue won’t work being that Amazon codes it together with Amazon gc for other purposes (like using promo codes or Amazon gc).

crustal_mech
crustal_mech

I went up to the stage of placing the order, and it was showing that I could buy w/ gift card…

Chuck
Chuck

On the initial screen it shows gc being allowed, but on the final screen it doesn’t allow it.

NinjaX
NinjaX

interesting but useless denomination. maybe good for certain users. but even if it was $500, i wouldnt even look at this. getting fucked by amazon is like getting raped by google. being banned or account shutdown would ruin me. i feel really bad for those who got their primary google account banned.

Edward
Edward

just curious about what did they do to get their Google accounts banned?

Mike A
Mike A

My “primary Google account” is my work account, which obviously I wouldn’t use for something like this. Other than that, I can’t think of a reason I’d care if my (non-work) Google account got banned. If anything that’s less tracking I have to worry about.

DeauxBois
DeauxBois

FYI … I tried buying one of the $50 VGCs in order to help meet the now-extended “spend $60, get $30 off by using 1 AMEX MR” deal. It didn’t trigger the $30 off, even though my total cart was greater than $64.95 pre-tax and pre-shipping (i.e. base cart cost was > $60 even without the VGC fee). I assume maybe it’s because the VGC is technically sold by “Amazon Payments, Inc.,” not Amazon.com.

AllwaysLearning22
AllwaysLearning22

It does not work for all GC. It worked for me on a WholeFoods eGift for $60

P
P

Darnit! Does not ship to Hawaii.

John
John

I was able to buy it with Amazon balance, but I logged in and out and it was gone.

MH
MH

At checkout I see,

“Your gift card balance can’t be applied to orders that contain Amazon.com or Visa gift cards.”

al613
al613

good opportunity for amex promo

iahphx
iahphx

Obviously very interesting, but even if Amazon were to let me use my gift card balance, this wouldn’t be very useful to me. I buy Amazon credit whenever I can get it for at least 15% off. But I can never get “unlimited” Amazon money at that price. If I’m lucky, maybe a few hundred dollars a month. With that money, I buy other merchants’ gift cards (especially when they’re on sale) and, obviously, merchandise. Given the relative scarcity of cheap Amazon money, I’m not going to blow it on Visa gift cards with a 3 1/2 percent fee. There are many other ways to buy Visa gift cards at a better discount, on a much larger scale.

Joe
Joe

What merchant gift cards are usually on sale on amazon?

Drivesabrowntruck
Drivesabrowntruck

The big ones are like Hotels.com and Uber at around 15-20% off.

WayUpNorth49
WayUpNorth49

What are your sources for 15% off AMZN credit? That would be a sweet train to ride (even if it’s slow with periodic stops).

iahphx
iahphx

The DoctorofCredit almost always posts them! Just keep reading. Like in September, you could go to stores like Walgreens, CVS and HomeDepot after linking your credit cards to retailmenot and buy $20 and $25 GCs like Amazon for 40% off or better. But you couldn’t really do an unlimited number of such transactions. My wife and I did about 10 each.

Information Booth
Information Booth

Right now they can be purchased at Staples for 15% off.My Simply Cash Plus business card is earning 10% cash back with an AMEX offer and earns 5% cb at office supply stores. Obviously the offer is targeted, but it’s an example for you… John 3:16

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