How to Use Vanilla Gift Card on Amazon – Full Tutorial

Vanilla gift cards are the brainchild of Vanilla Gift and Visa. A Vanilla gift card is a prepaid card that functions like a regular debit card, meaning it is accepted anywhere Visa debit cards, Discover, and Debit Mastercard are accepted, and that includes popular online retailers like Amazon.

Unlike other gift cards specific to certain stores, like Amazon gift cards, Walmart gift cards, etc, Vanilla gift cards offer the convenience of being used anywhere, making them a flexible and excellent choice for gifting.

In this article, I will be giving you a full tutorial of the two ways you can use your Vanilla gift card on Amazon.

How to Use Vanilla Gift Card on Amazon – Direct Payment

How to use Vanilla gift card on Amazon

You can use your Vanilla gift card to pay for items directly either on the Amazon website or on the mobile app. Here’s how you’re supposed to go about it, assuming you have activated your gift card and you have an Amazon account. 

How to Use Vanilla Gift Card on Amazon Website

One way to use your Vanilla gift card on the Amazon website is to add it as a payment option. Follow the steps below to do that.

  1. Enter your user details and log in to your account on the Amazon website.
  2. When you’ve successfully logged in, go to your ‘Settings’
  3. From the settings tab, navigate to ‘Your Account’ page 
  4. On your account page, click  ‘Your Payments’, and a page will be shown to you. 
  5. On that payment page, look for ‘Wallet’, and then find ‘Cards & account’ which should be right under it. 
  6. Under ‘Cards & account’ click on ‘Add a payment method’.
  7. Then go on to select ‘Add a credit or debit card’.
  8. You will be prompted to input the card details, including the card’s name, number, and expiration date. 
  9. Finalize the process by clicking on the yellow ‘Add your card’ button. 

How to Use Vanilla Gift Card on Amazon App

To add your Vanilla gift card as a payment option on the Amazon app, follow these simple steps:

  1. Open your Amazon app, and click on the three-line icon in the lower right corner of the page. 
  2. When you click on this icon, select ‘Account’ from the four options that will be displayed. 
  3. On the account page, keep scrolling down until ‘Payments’
  4. From the list of options under it, select ‘Your payments’, it should be the first option. A new page will come up. 
  5. From the new page, under ‘Cards & accounts’, click on the option to ‘+Add’ to add a new payment method. 
  6. After that, select ‘Add a new credit or debit card’.
  7. Follow the prompt to input your card details. 
  8. Finally, complete the process by clicking on the yellow button that says ‘Add your card’. 

And like that, you have successfully added your Vanilla gift card as a payment option to your Amazon account. Now, when you shop for items on Amazon, you can use it to pay when checking out.

However, you should note that your total amount must not be greater than the value of your gift card. 

How to Use Vanilla Gift Card on Amazon – Indirect Method

How to use Vanilla Gift Card on Amazon

The second way to use your Vanilla gift card on Amazon is to load the money in the card into your Amazon balance instead of adding it directly as a payment method. This is an even better way to use your Vanilla gift card on Amazon because of the restrictions that come with using it as a direct payment method. 

Due to the fact that debit cards cannot be used alongside other payments on Amazon, you have to choose an item that is less expensive than the value of the gift card. Moreover, there are chances that the leftover balance will not be sufficient to cover other things you may want to buy next time.

Go with the better option and follow the steps below to load your gift card balance into your Amazon pay balance.

How to Load Your Vanilla Gift Card Into Your Amazon Balance

  1. Visit the Amazon website and log in to your account with your details. 
  2. When you’re in, navigate to ‘Your Account’ page.
  3. From the page that you’re directed to, click on ‘Gift cards’ from the options shown. To locate it, check beside ‘Your Payments’ option or under ‘Your Orders’
  4. Proceed to click on the yellow button that says ‘Reload Your Balance’ on the new page that loads. 
  5. After clicking on the yellow button, you will be directed to a reload page. Use the ‘other’ button to set the amount you want to reload from your gift card. 
  6. After setting the amount, click on the orange button that says ‘Buy Now’
  7. From there, you will be taken to a payment page, click on the option to add a credit or debit card
  8. Follow the prompts to enter your card details. Then click on the yellow ‘Add your card’ button to add your gift card as a payment option. 
  9. The billing address to use for the card will be confirmed by Amazon. Your billing address on your account will do. Click on ‘Save’
  10. Finally, complete the reload transaction by clicking on the yellow button that says ‘Use this payment method’. 

By following the steps I’ve explained to you above, you will be able to transfer the money in your gift card to your Amazon balance. You will be able to use your gift card balance anytime without any of the restrictions that come with using it for direct payment.

Frequently Asked Questions about Vanilla Gift Cards 

1. Do Vanilla Gift Cards expire?

Nine years after the purchase date, the card itself expires, but the money in it doesn’t. In the event that your card expires with money still on it, Vanilla will issue you a replacement with your money in it. 

2. Is there a limit to the price of Vanilla Gift Card I can buy?

The value of Vanilla gift cards ranges from $10 which is the minimum amount, to $500 which is the maximum amount. You can buy your Vanilla gift card on Nosh.

3. Can I use my Vanilla Gift Card in stores asides from Amazon?

Yes, you can use them in any store where they accept Visa debit cards and Mastercard. 

If you choose not to use your gift card as a payment option, you can sell it for quick cash on Nosh. 

4. How much is $100 Vanilla Gift Card in Nigeria?

Currently, a $100 Vanilla gift card is worth N32,000 in Nigeria at the rate of 320. You can always use a gift card rate calculator to check this. 

5. How do I check my Vanilla Gift Card Balance?

Visit Vanilla Gift’s Balance Checker to know your available balance. The site will prompt you to enter your card details.  

6. Why is my Vanilla Gift Card not working on Amazon?

You might not be able to use your Vanilla gift card to pay for items on Amazon if what you are buying is more than the value of your gift card.

To avoid this, ensure the total price of your items is less than the gift card value. Better still, follow the steps discussed above to load your gift card balance into your Amazon balance.

Conclusion

Vanilla gift cards will always remain a great option to gift people. Instead of just sending them money, why not send them a Vanilla gift card which you can personalize! If you don’t know where to get it from, you can buy Vanilla gift cards on Nosh. 

Nosh is a platform where you can securely buy and sell gift cards at the best rates whether you’re in Nigeria or Ghana. Start your gift card journey by signing up on the website or mobile app. 

Ifeoluwa

Ifeoluwa

When Ife isn't reading or writing content, she's laughing at a tweet or burning her data on Netflix. Working hard and playing hard. 😉

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