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Can You Buy American Express Gift Card With Credit Card

Aside from random gift card purchases for birthdays or teacher gifts, some people also go out of their way to buy gift cards with a credit card, usually to earn rewards or save money on a specific purchase.

can you buy american express gift card with credit card

Buying gift cards in person is a breeze regardless of how you decide to pay. When you buy a gift card with a credit card in person, you simply bring the gift card to the register and choose credit as your form of payment.

The scene is similar when you buy a gift card online and pay with a credit card. If you want to buy an gift card online, for example, you would simply head to and select whether you want a gift card mailed to you, one you can print at home or a gift card via email. From there, you add the gift card to your online cart and proceed to the payment page as normal.

Just make sure you pick the right type of rewards credit card for your gift card purchases. Some rewards credit cards only let you earn cash back, while others offer flexible rewards or points you can use in a specific airline or hotel program.

As a side note, buying gift cards from small businesses can also be a helpful move if you are looking for a way to help small businesses recover from the economic impact of COVID-19. By buying gift cards now, you can send businesses some much-needed cash and wait to redeem your gift card for goods or services at a later date.

Generally speaking, gift cards code as a cash advance when you buy them directly from a financial institution or when you buy a prepaid card instead of a gift card. However, you can get around this by buying gift cards within your normal shopping, such as in your weekly grocery haul at the supermarket.

You can also get around dealing with surprise cash advance fees by asking retailers if their gift cards code as a cash advance or purchase before you buy, or you can call your card issuer and ask them to turn off cash advances on your card altogether.

The best credit cards to use for gift cards are ones that let you rack up as much in rewards as you possibly can. With that being said, you should choose a credit card for gift cards carefully and based on the type of rewards you hope to earn.

The Blue Cash Preferred Card from American Express lets you earn 6 percent back on up to $6,000 spent at U.S. supermarkets each year (1 percent after that), 6 percent back on select U.S. streaming services, 3 percent back at U.S. gas stations and on transit and 1 percent back on all other purchases. You can also earn a $350 statement credit after you spend $3,000 in purchases on your new card within the first six months. A $95 annual fee applies.

Why this card is ideal for gift cards: Use this card for gift card purchases made at office supply stores in order to earn 5 percent back on up to $25,000 spent each account anniversary year.

Why this card is ideal for gift cards: This card lets you earn 4 percent back on gift cards purchased at gas stations, up to annual limits. and Costco stores also offer a broad selection of gift cards you could earn 2 percent back on, including gift cards offered at a discounted rate.

All information about The Amex EveryDay Credit Card from American Express, Costco Anywhere Visa Card by Citi and Target Redcard has been collected independently by Bankrate and has not been reviewed or approved by the issuer.

You can use American Express Platinum to buy gift cards, but some retailers may not allow it, to protect themselves from potential fraud. Other retailers may permit gift card purchases with an Amex Platinum card, but will often have limits on the dollar amount or number of cards per person, per transaction. They may also require a photo ID at the time of purchase.

Another way to get gift cards with an American Express Platinum card is to redeem Amex Platinum points for gift cards on the American Express Membership Rewards website. Amex Platinum points are typically worth 1 cent each when redeemed for gift cards. In some cases, however, points may have less value, depending on the retailer. Options include both physical gift cards and eGift cards in a wide variety of categories, such as dining, air & lodging, and retail stores.

To use the Amex Platinum airline credit, start by selecting the airline you want the credit to apply to. Then, use your card to make a purchase from your chosen airline, and Amex will automatically pay you back for up to $200 of the charge.

The American Express Platinum card airline credit applies to incidental fees charged for things like checked baggage, date changes, pet travel, in-flight purchases and more. It does not apply to the base fare or upgrades.... read full answer

Currently, we accept the EXPRESS Credit Card, Express gift cards and Merchandise Credits (with a pin number), Visa, MasterCard, American Express and Discover payment options PayPal and PayPal Credit. Gift cards that display the Visa, MasterCard, American Express and Discover logos are also accepted. When using a Diner's Club International or JCB card, select Discover as your payment type. Gift cards that display the Visa, MasterCard, American Express and Discover logos are also accepted.

Please make sure to enter your billing information (first name, last name, billing address, and credit card information) exactly as it appears on your credit card statement. Once you place your order you may see a pending authorization on your account that is generally removed within 3-5 business days or once your order has shipped and payment has been submitted. You will be notified via e-mail or phone if a problem exists with the payment information you provided during checkout.

All prices and amounts are in U.S. dollars. The actual price charged to International customers is subject to the exchange rate applied by the bank and credit card company. Please contact your bank directly with questions regarding conversion rates and fees.

Your credit card is charged when the order ships. If we are unable to fulfill your entire order due to merchandise out of stock or if you have requested your order be canceled, you will receive a cancellation e-mail and will not be charged for unshipped item(s). Please note if you placed your order using an Express gift card the funds from a canceled order will be held for five business days before being released

The trick to get around this is to use your Mastercard, Visa, or Amex gift card to buy an Amazon gift card. With Amazon gift cards, the full amount can be credited to your purchase, and any additional funds required can be paid with your regular credit card.

Just wanted to say a huge Thanks to Josh for his clear and accurate instructions for doing the above.I had tried it before using my own resources, without success. I am thrilled that it worked with your instructions, since I want to buy a special gift on Amazon, and adding the Mastercard gift card balances will REALLY HELP.Thanks again for the wonderful service you are providing.Gratefully,Mary Taddeo

After going through Amazon tech support hell and the talking to issuing bank to figure out exactly what happened. I think I will just go to my local diner, get something for a few bucks less than the card and leave balance as tip.

I tried the above method only to find out AMEX no longer lets you register a name once you enter the card on the site, only view balance, and the phone number they provide is only automated (and calling other amex numbers just gets you routed back to the automated line eventually) Just a heads up that this may no longer work for Amex prepaid cards.

I received a 100 dollar amex gift card and when i called the number on the back to register it the CSR said its already activated and they dont add names and addresses to gift cards. I tried the website as well and same issue. if the card is already activated (mine is as a gift from company xmas party) it appears you are out of luck registering it and using it for amazon purchases.

Initially failed for me on an already activated amex gift card with no name on it. I had used my name and address on Amazon. Checked the amex site after reading here. There is no place to register the card.

I had the same problem Scott had: I tried to reload an amazon gift card from my Amex card, and saw immediately on a ten cent charge from amazon, which then caused the $100 charge to fail.

Yes this is exactly correct. I made the mistake of trying to do my full balance of 4.12 and it failed. I waited over a week for the 10 cent hold to return to my card and then did it again for 4.02 and it worked just fine.

The AMEX card activation page we link to in the article is still active: And AMEX gift cards can be used at any retailer that accepts AMEX cards (which is pretty much every online retailer in the US). See:

VISA prepaid card issued to me does not work with the procedure shared. I am based out of India and tried applying this procedure for online purchase on Amazon website and it do not go beyond. Could you please suggest some alternative method. Will be really obliged.

I followed the instructions to add the card and just typed in my name when asked. After that I was able to add funds to the Amazon gift card balance and after about 5 minutes the funded were added and was able to are my purchase. 041b061a72


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