If you've misplaced the documentation that came with your card and haven't registered for online access, you'll need to telephone the issuer of your card to make inquiries. On the Sears website, it looks like this:. The secure numbers are under the silver film on the back of the card; scratch off the silver with a coin to reveal the numbers.
Not all card issuers will offer this service. Visa's website has a list of online Visa Gift card issuers. Call your card issuer. If you've misplaced the documentation that came with your card and haven't registered for online access, you'll need to telephone the issuer of your card to make inquiries.
Most issuers supply free phone numbers that you'll be able to find online or on the back of your card. Others may charge a fee for checking your balance over the phone. For instance, you may only be able to reload using a bank transfer. Determine if you can reload your card though a customer account. If you have an online account or existing relationship with the issuer of your gift card, you may be able to reload the card through your account. Visit your account login website. If your gift card issuer allows you to reload the card through your personal account, use a web browser to go to your account login website.
Enter the information you are prompted to username, account number, password, etc. You may be prompted to enter your gift card number and PIN number, if applicable. With some merchants, you can store one or more gift cards on your customer account. If this option is available to you, select the gift card s you would like to reload, once you have logged onto your customer account. Enter your payment information. You will need to have money transferred from one of your payment accounts a checking account, credit card, etc.
When prompted to, enter the amount you would like added to the gift card. Determine if you can set up recurring reloads on your gift card. Some merchants will allow you periodically reload your card automatically. This can be a great way to make sure that your gift card maintains a balance so you can keep using it. Check the back of the gift card, which may state if you can set up an auto reload option, and the website to visit in order to do so.
Even though the reloads are automatic, you won't want to overlook them. Make sure that you keep sufficient funds in the account that the automatic reloads will be drawn from. Set up an account with the gift card issuer. Create an account using an email address or user name and password. Enter your payment information via the website. Enter the relevant information for this account when the set-up prompts you to.
Choose when you want money to be auto-loaded onto your gift card. Depending on the card issuer, you may have options to have money transferred onto your gift card on a specific day or week of each month, or when the gift card balance drops below a certain amount, etc.
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For example, the Sears Gift Card allows you to check your balance online, check it by phone, and check your balance in a Sears store (just take your card to any register, and ask the clerk to swipe your card and tell you the balance). If you previously loaded a gift card on iTunes and you want to check your balance, you just have to open the "iTunes Store" and view the top right corner of the window. The balance is updated automatically after making a purchase. The gift card balances are not separately visible after they have been applied to your account, so you will only be able to check your iTunes gift card balance as one total cumulative number. Step 1: Tap the iTunes Store icon.
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