Amazon is a store that sells almost anything, so it’s an incredibly popular place to receive gift cards for.
However, you may find yourself with not enough of a balance left to buy everything you want, and wonder if multiple cards can be chained together.
Fortunately, you can indeed use multiple Amazon gift cards on one purchase. And if you have other types of prepaid cards (such as Visa gift cards or Mastercard gift cards), I’ll also show you a neat little trick that allows you to use up all over the leftover balance on those too, combining them together so you can save every last dollar on them!
How To Use Multiple Amazon Gift Cards On One Purchase
If the gift cards you’re using are all from Amazon, the process itself is quite simple.
First, you should redeem your Amazon gift card by following their instructions here.
This is akin to adding store credit to your account. You can then repeat the process to add all of the Amazon gift cards that you already have.
Note that once a gift card has been redeemed, the claim code is no longer valid. This means you can’t regift the gift card to someone else without buying a new one.
Anyway, here’s what we’re getting at.
By redeeming Amazon gift cards, all of them are pooled together into one. If you add one $50 gift card and one $20 gift card for example, Amazon will notify you that you have $70 of credit remaining on your account.
Then, when you go to check out, you simply select your total gift card balance as the payment option.
Because the claim codes have already been redeemed, you should no longer think of them as separate gift cards. They have essentially been combined into one, and Amazon will use that combined credit to put towards your purchase.
If your order is more expensive than your gift card balance, the remaining balance will be taken from your backup payment method. However, the total Amazon gift card balance will be used up first.
How To Use Multiple Prepaid Gift Cards On One Amazon Purchase
This little trick is really neat, and not a lot of people know about it.
It turns out, if you have a lot of prepaid debit / gift credit cards, you can actually use all of these together on Amazon using a neat workaround.
This is a great way to either combine multiple cards towards a more expensive order, or use up the remaining balance on any cards you have laying around.
So how is it carried out?
The whole process is simple.
- Visit this page on Amazon to purchase an Amazon gift card.
- Complete the purchase using your prepaid Visa / Mastercard gift card.
- Have the claim code sent to your own email.
- Redeem the gift card by following the instructions here.
- Repeat the process for your other Visa / Mastercard cards.
- When you check out, use your combined Amazon gift card balance as the payment method for the purchase.
Note that the minimum gift card you can purchase is $1, and the maximum is $2,000 at the time of writing. Additionally, if redeeming a large amount, Amazon may delay the sending of the gift card code until they complete a verification process, which typically takes from a few hours to a few days.
There you have it! You should now be able to put multiple cards towards one purchase, effectively saving you money and preventing these cards from going to waste.
Frequently Asked Questions
To end this article, I’d like to cover some frequently asked questions regarding Amazon gift cards, and how they work on Amazon.com
Do Amazon Gift Cards Expire?
No, Amazon gift cards purchased any time in the last 15 years do not expire.
Gift card purchases made prior to October 1st, 2005 may expire. I doubt many of us have Amazon gift cards that are that old, though!
How Do Amazon Gift Cards Work?
Amazon gift cards essentially work like store credit. After redeeming them to your account, you can select them as a payment option during the checkout process. Multiple gift cards can be redeemed to grow your total gift card balance.
Can I Throw Away Redeemed Amazon Gift Cards?
Yes. Once the claim code on the card has been redeemed, the physical gift card itself no longer has any use and can be safely thrown away.
Can You Use Other Gift Cards On Amazon?
Amazon does not accept gift cards for other stores on their website. The only other gift cards you can use are general purpose cards (such as prepaid Visa or Mastercard cards.)
What Other Stores Sell Amazon Gift Cards?
There are a large number of retail stores that sell Amazon gift cards. Some examples include, but are not limited to:
- Best Buy
- Dave’s Supermarkets
- Dollar General
- Flying J
- Kwik Trip
- Meijer Superstore
- Office Depot
- Pilot Travel Centers
- Rite Aid
- Save Mart
- Whole Foods Market
A more complete list of retailers that carry Amazon gift cards can be found here.
Combining multiple gift cards to use on Amazon is quite simple, and only takes a few minutes.
Because all of your gift card balances are combined into one, you can use this to purchase more expensive items without any trouble, while also using up multiple gift cards that may have small balances.
I hope that you’ve found this article helpful. Of course, if you have any questions, feel free to ask them using the comment form below.
Thank you for reading, and happy shopping!
– James McAllister