You may recently have bought or was given a Visa or MasterCard prepaid gift card by a friend or family issued by U.S. Bank. The advantage of a prepaid Visa / MasterCard gift card is that you can use it practically anywhere where Visa and Mastercard is accepted versus a specific retailer’s gift card where it can only be accepted at the merchant who issued the gift card. Most of these prepaid gift card are in $15, $,20, $25, $50 and $100 denomination with a maximum denomination of $500. Your specific Visa gift card is also not reloadable and you should use it before the expiry date shown on the gift card. Note that it is important to register your gift card online so that you can actually use it with online merchants and ecommerce site. If you have this prepaid Visa card and need to register and check its balance online, there are several options you can use. /one of which is to call the number 1-866-952-5653. You can also create a PIN if you want for the card by calling the number.
How to register my gift card online?
If you have not already register your Visa gift card online yet, please proceed to mygiftcardsite.com. Here you will need to enter in your security code and the card number to get started before filling in the rest of the information required to register the card. Your address and name are most important especially if you plan to make online purchases as most online merchants will match the address on the card to your shipping address to make sure the purchase is valid.
How to check balance on my gift card?
After you register, you can login to www.mygiftcardsite.com and start checking balances and transactions that you have made.
What are the restrictions on my Visa or MasterCard prepaid card?
If you plan to use it at a gas station, you should always use it by giving the card to the attendant at the store to run versus swiping at the pump since most pumps will decline the transaction if you have a balance of less than $75 on the card which is the case with most of the common denominations. Also, if you have a party of more than 6 or expect a 20% tip to be automatically added to your restaurant bill, you may want to make sure that your balance can cover the total amount including the tip. Although most hotels and car rental companies accept Visa or MasterCard, you cannot use your prepaid card with car rental or hotel reservation and it is advisable to use your other regular credit cards to do that. Lastly, keep your expire gift card 30-60 days because you might need it if you plan to make refunds on items you purchased with the card.