How To Activate a Prepaid American Express Gift Card

How To Activate a Prepaid American Express Gift Card

What is Prepaid American Express Gift Card?

The Prepaid Gift Card, which is pre-loaded with a certain amount of money by the one gifting it, works like a Debit Card. It can be used to make online purchases or for shopping at physical stores that accept the card.

How To Activate a Prepaid American Express Gift Card

You can activate your Gift Card at or by calling the toll-free number listed on the back of your Card (1-888-846-4308). You will need to provide your Card number, valid thru date, and security code located on the back of your Card.

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I activate an American Express gift card?

Call the number listed on your card to activate it over the phone. On the reverse side of your card, you should see a toll-free phone number beginning with 1-800 or 1-888. If you don’t have internet connectivity, call this number to activate your card.

How do I redeem my Amex prepaid gift card?

To use your American Express Gift Card, follow these steps: Find a merchant that accepts American Express, and select it as the payment method. In the Billing Address section, please fill in your name and address. Click pay and enjoy your purchase using your American Express prepaid gift card!

How does American Express prepaid card work?

The American Express Serve®* card is a reloadable prepaid debit card that functions similarly to a basic debit card tied to a checking account at a traditional bank. A prepaid debit card is an account that allows you to spend only the amount of money that you have loaded into the account in advance.

Do I need to activate American Express gift card?

Most Gift Cards come ready to use. If activating your Gift Card is required for use, then it will come with instructions for how to do this. We also recommend that you sign your name on the back of the Gift Card, and that you record the following information in case it’s ever lost or stolen: Gift Card number.

Do I have to activate my American Express prepaid card?

You may have to register your Amex gift card depending on where you buy it from. If you purchase the gift card directly from the American Express website, the card you receive will be activated and ready for use.

Where can I use Amex prepaid card?

American Express® Gift Cards and Business Gift Cards can be used virtually anywhere American Express is accepted in the US. Your Gift Card may be declined if there aren’t enough available funds to cover the amount of your purchase or a pre-authorization request.

Do American Express prepaid gift cards expire?

Gift Cards don’t have expiration dates. There is a “valid thru” date indicated on the front of each Gift Card, which means it can’t be used after this date. We’ll issue you a replacement Gift Card free of charge if your “valid-thru” date has passed and you still have available funds remaining.

What is the difference between Amex gift card and prepaid card?

Prepaid cards, a type of debit card issued by a bank or credit card company, can be used to make purchases, pay bills, or get cash from ATMs. Gift cards are mainly for use at a particular retailer, though some credit card companies issue them too; they traditionally can only be used to buy items.

Why is my American Express gift card not activated?

If your AMEX gift card is “Not Activated/Deactivated”, do not panic. All you need to do is go back to the store of purchase and ask them to activate your gift card properly. You can read more on this at Cardtonic’s help desk or get in touch with the support department of AMEX directly with your error message.

What number do I call to activate my American Express card?

Here’s how to activate your American Express card:

Tap the credit card activation button, then enter the requested security information. By phone: Call Amex customer service at (800) 528-4800 and get connected with a representative who can guide you through the activation process.