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This post falls in the “I want to activate my gift cards but I don’t want to wait for the activation code letter to arrive in the mail” category. Let’s say you ordered 4 $200 Visa Gift Cards from Staples.com and they all show up at the same time. Great! But.. what do you do if the activation letter (filled with the activation codes) doesn’t arrive at the same time? Not to worry, you can activate all the gift cards over the phone without the activation codes.
Since Staples.com gift card orders *supposedly* no longer pay out to online shopping portals, this will probably be my last Staples.com gift card order, until something changes (see Frequent Miler’s post). On the back side of the letter that was attached to your Visa Gift Card is a phone number to call (1-866-357-7391) to activate your gift cards over the phone.
During the call, keep pressing 0 until you get a customer service agent on the phone. Tell the agent that you lost the activation letter and need to activate the cards over the phone. The agent will ask for your order number (see top right corner on the front of your gift card letter) and some personal info like your name and mailing address.
After the agent locates your order, they will send a request to the activation server to activate all your gift cards. The process takes 1-2 hours, but then all your gift cards in that order will be activated. From then, you can verify and view your balance on Gift Card Mall’s website and set a PIN. Follow these instructions to learn more.
Now that online shopping portal payouts have dried up, will you still be purchasing Visa gift cards online? I plan on going back to my local Staples as long as they keep having $200 Visa Gift Cards in stock. If you have any questions, please leave a comment below.
P.S. Just got this email from Discover as I was typing up this post. Will be interesting to see the cash back posts to my Discover account. I will have to wait until early June to find out…