How To Activate a Gift Card without Scanning it

How To Activate a Gift Card without Scanning it

What is Gift Card?

A gift card, also known as a gift certificate in North America, or gift voucher or gift token in the UK, is a prepaid stored-value money card, usually issued by a retailer or bank, to be used as an alternative to cash for purchases within a particular store or related businesses.

How To Activate a Gift Card without Scanning it

Follow the URL on the front of the card and enter the card’s ID number, activation code, or PIN. If the card was emailed, use that activation code instead. Activate the gift card by phone instead. Find the activation sticker on the front, call the number provided, and follow automated prompts to complete the process.

Frequently Asked Questions

How can you activate gift cards?

The cashier will typically ask for the card’s activation code and will then activate the card on the spot. 4. Once you activate the gift card, it can be used to purchase items at the retailer’s store or website. To check the balance on the card, visit the retailer’s website or ask a cashier in-store.

How do I use an active gift card online?

Enter the card information (Card number, expiry date and CVV) in the credit/debit card section and please ensure the current balance of the Activ™ gift card is enough for the entire purchase as most online merchants cannot accept the combination of an Activ™ Gift Card and a Credit Card.

How do I check the balance on my active gift card?

You can check your Gift Card balance at www. Activ™ by selecting ‘Card Balance’ from this website’s navigation menu or by calling 1800 985 841. You will then be prompted to enter the PCN Number located on the back of the Gift Card.

Can you activate a gift card without paying?

No. A gift card that you see in a store has no value, until you take it to the cashier and tell them how much money you want applied to it. The cashier will activate the card with that amount of money, then you pay the money. Only when the card is paid for will it have any value.

Why is my gift card not working?

The most common reasons are that the card hasn’t been activated, the cashier is running the wrong type of transaction, the dollar amount being charged is greater than the card’s balance or the credit card processing machine is bumping up the charge amount to either place a hold on the card or to allow for a gratuity.

Do gift cards activate immediately?

In order to use a gift card, you have to take it to the cashier and give them the amount of money you want to put on the card. Then the cashier will activate it. Until you pay the cashier to activate the card, it is worthless and you cannot buy anything with it.

What is the card number on a gift card?

On some cards, this number is printed above a magnetic stripe and will contain exactly 16 digits. On other cards, this number may be as many as 30 digits and will be printed below a barcode.

How do I activate my Vanilla gift card?

You can activate your Physical Gift Card at or by calling the toll-free phone number on the back of your Physical Gift Card (1-833-322-6760). You will need to provide your Gift Card Number, Valid Through Date, and Security Code located on the back of your Gift Card.

Can I exchange a gift card for another gift card?

The easiest way to trade a gift card you don’t want is to exchange it with someone who holds a desirable gift card of comparable value. There are also websites like that allow you to trade gift cards with others to more than 1,300 retailers.