How to Use an American Express Gift Card Online


Gift certificates and store gift cards have been around for some time. But, what was a gift-giver to do if they weren't sure where the recipient would shop? Enter the credit card as a gift card.

American Express is just one of several companies offering a credit card gift card. The advantage of using this type of gift card is that it can be accepted at many merchants, including some online merchants.

Things You'll Need

  • American Express gift card
  • Computer
  • Internet connection
  • Find the website from which you would like to make a purchase.

  • Check the site's Help or FAQ section to see which major credit cards are accepted. If the site accepts regular American Express cards, then your gift card will be honored.

  • Select the items you would like and add them to your shopping cart or shopping bag.

  • Follow the website's directions regarding the checkout process through to the payment portion.

  • Select "American Express" at the checkout and enter your card number. Be sure to enter the security code if prompted.

  • Complete the transaction and take note of your confirmation number. You will need this number if a problem with your order arises.

Tips & Warnings

  • Always check to see that the site you are using is secure. You can make this determination by looking for a padlock icon at the bottom right of your browser or for looking for "https" to start the site's URL.


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