How to Link Visa Vanilla Gift Cards to PayPal

How to Link Visa Vanilla Gift Cards to PayPal

Are you having trouble using your Visa Vanilla Gift Card? You're not the only one. Many people report problems using these gift cards and many places feel leery about accepting them. Although there may be other ways to solve this problem, I had success accessing the money on the card when I transferred it to my PayPal account. Since most reputable online sites now use PayPal, this solution worked great for me.

First Step: Set Up PayPal Account

  1. Set up a new PayPal account.
  2. Once you have made an account, it will ask you if you want to add a credit card or bank. Click credit card.
  3. Now type in the information requested and the same billing information you entered earlier in step one. Once you have done this, it will ask for a four digit confirmation code to confirm your Visa gift card. To get this number, you'll need to go to Vanilla Visa's website and enter the card information again (see below).

Next: Go to the Vanilla Visa Website

  1. Go to the Vanilla Visa website.
  2. Enter your Visa card number (the 16 digit number on the front).
  3. Right below where you entered your card number, there is another box where you'll enter your serial number, a nine-digit number you'll find if you flip your card over and look at the bottom left.
  4. After entering both numbers in step four, you should be in Account History. To the left, there should be a drop-down bar with different links right below were it says "Account History." You'll see the link "Register Your Card": click it.
  5. Now you're on the page to enter your information for online use. Enter the information you will need to get your new PayPal account to accept your card.

Your Four Digit Code
Your Four Digit Code

Step Three: Go Back to PayPal

In Account Management, scroll down to the transaction dates. You will see that PayPal will have already taken a $1.95 fee but don't worry—once you confirm your card, it will all transfer back.

  1. To find your four-digit conformation code, look to where PayPal is listed and in the following information you should see something like this:
  2. 4/29/2010 04:52 AM
  3. 7156PAYPAL *EXPUSE
  4. 402-935-7733 , CA
  5. Reference: 088412
  6. 160100 POSPreAuthCompletion POSPreAuthCompletion:Checking:NoAccount $1.95
  7. The four digits before PayPal are your confirmation number (in this example, they're 7156, but you'll need to locate your own).
  8. Enter that in and—Bam!—you're in business.

Now you can use your PayPal account to pay for stuff online!

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PayPal Home Page
PayPal Home Page

What if I Already Have a PayPal Account?

For those who have a PayPal account already, you'll need to add your Visa gift card:

  1. Log in and at the top click "My Account."
  2. The bar below will have a few links and at the very right of that bar there is a link that says "Profile": scroll over it and click "add or edit credit card."
  3. Click "add card." Enter your information and click "add" at the bottom.
  4. Now, it's going to want a that four-digit confirmation code (to get this, follow instructions above).

Have fun shopping the web with your PayPal account!

Good luck! I hope this works for you and thanks for reading! If you learn anything new or can't figure this out, please comment below and read the other comments for feedback!

Comments 36 comments

Clarissa 2 months ago

If I add mine to my PayPal account and transfer any payments from my account to the card, can I withdraw the payments in cash from the card at Walmart?


Lubnov 7 months ago

This looks pretty legit, but can one card be used on multiple accounts?


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Gift Card Drainer 3 years ago

If you have any problems with the proposed solutions or you just want another option, you could use https://giftcarddrainer.com. Gift Card Drainer will check the balance of your debit / credit type Visa, MasterCard, American Express or Discover gift card and transfer the remaining balance to your PayPal or personal bank account.


Gary A Gierke 3 years ago

Hi, i need to delete some visa debt cards that have no moe money on them and having trouble doing this, can you help...Gary


question 4 years ago

once the card is connected, do you have to transfer money from your card to your paypal funds, or do u just use the card throuah paypal somehow?


Taryn 4 years ago

It put 240 dollars on this card to buy clothes at an international store online. When I go to register the card to link it to my paypal it says on the visa card site I can't do international purchases even If they are online well I'm not furious or anything :(


Serena 4 years ago

Hi! I clicked on profile(paypal) and it came out as

card type:visa

last 4 digits on card

billing address

action: edit or remove. what do I do?


Chase 4 years ago

It keeps saying "This credit card has been denied by the bank that issued your credit card. For details on why your card was denied, please contact your credit card issuer's customer service department. Or, you may want to try adding a different credit card."

Yet it's registered and has a lot of money in it ):


Buffy 4 years ago

This is how ittotally works! For Vanillla Visa cards you MUST:

A. "Register" your card at vanilla visa with your zipcode

B. You MUST create a NEW PAYPAL account and:

D. Your name must be First: A GIFT Last: FOR YOU

C. With the shipping you add your real name and address

Terrific! It works and I'm thrilled!

Thanks to all!


Giftcard_User 4 years ago

I put $400 on a vanilla visa giftcard today, registered it, and linked it to my existing PayPal account with no problem.


Mr. A Gift For You 4 years ago

Shit doesn't work. I have $25 Vanilla Gift Card. I cannot link it to paypal. Although I bought card 4 months ago, misplaced it, just registered today. So maybe it won't work same day I registered it? It only allowed me to enter a zipcode to register, but it is the same zip code as my paypal address. Another question: Is it possible Paypal has cookies on my computer, I have four other paypal accounts, is it linking this new one i did for vanilla with my other paypal accounts?


SleepySlug 4 years ago

You CAN still use this on Paypal, however you have to make a NEW account AND (important part) you have to list your name as First Name: A Gift Last Name: For You

Once I did this my account was able to accept MULTIPLE Vanilla Visa gift cards.


Tianna 4 years ago

will it work with a gift card Visa


fail 4 years ago

Replacement Card Status: Card Ordered on 12/26/2011 - If your card has not arrived by 01/09/2012 please re-order a replacement and/or contact Customer Service. .... wtf fail


Mike San Diego 5 years ago

Man these Vanilla Visa cards suck. I had to wait a week before I could use it because I tried it to fill up my gas tank. Even after the gas pump asked for my zip code and I put in the one I entered on the Vanilla Visa website didn't work. I did that a week ahead of time in case the system took awhile. Declined. Great, I tried to use the card for a week after that and declined every time.

I saw the preauthorization on the vanilla website transaction history, and they do warn you about this. I was prepared to get hit with it, but I was not expecting to get rejected for the gas fillup at the ZIP CODE screen, why the heck would it even charge a preauthorization if you haven't even told the gas pump your zip code, that is bass ackwards.

So I wait a week and I can finally use it again. I did a Buy It Now on Ebay, seller said he acccepted PayPal with VISA logo. I go to add the card to PayPal to pay, DENIED. What the F*($#. So now I'm stuck with these purchases on this "VISA" card I can't pay for.

This card has been more trouble than its worth. Even when I did use it at a merchant (bike shop) the owner gave me a hard time saying it didn't look like a legitimate card and he was weary accepting it. I don't blame him since the card number is just printed on. I hope the ebay seller isn't too mad I can't pay for the listing, stupid card, some gift.


john 5 years ago

please help ? get an error everyt?me


AzPhilosophy 5 years ago

Hey for some of you, this option still wont work like it did for me, so anyway all you have to do is CREATE A NEW PAYPAL and add credit card! Now i don't know why but it works.


PayinForPals 5 years ago

Has this changed? My paypal transaction does not have any 4 digit code preceding the word "paypal" on the vanilla visa account history screen...


Defon 5 years ago

YOU are awesome. This would have taken me hours. And your post made it possible in 5 mins. !!! THANKS


nick 5 years ago

Well i used this and its like loading on to paypal very slowly is this right?


Ed 5 years ago

Someone actually gave me one of these stupid cards for a christmas "gift." Why the hell didn't they just give me cash? They would've saved the $5 activation fee, and I wouldn't be confused as balls as to how to use it. Cash works anywhere. The Vanilla Gift is a gift of inconvenience and frustration...next year, just give me a lump of shit in my stocking and save me the aggrivation!


Ethan 5 years ago

looks good but don't have a card yet so il have to wait till i get one


Disgusted 5 years ago

Their website is down and you cannot register any Vanilla Visa cards, so they are worthless today. I WOULD NEVER NEVER buy one again. They were supposed to be up and running by 11 am and it is 2pm and no such thing. I feel like I have been robbed. Disgusting experience.


pam 5 years ago

cannot get this to work


paypaldontwork 6 years ago

paypal doesn't work with these cards anymore... you can only give your address.


mopar546 6 years ago

Vanilla now only uses your zip code to register your card instead of name & address.That now makes the card useless for most online transactions.


daniel 6 years ago

nvm found it


daniel 6 years ago

where do i go to confirm that 4 digit code?


Bri. 6 years ago

I cannot seem to get past verifying my account. Paypal keeps saying it cannot make the transaction to card :(


Kevin 6 years ago

Yea, I don't see the register your card link? please help


dp734 6 years ago

omg thx


chris 6 years ago

hey i don't see the links to register ur card


PWNAGE 6 years ago

OMFGGGGG tysm saved me 200$$!!!!@!#@!


Patrick A. 6 years ago

I LOVE YOU!!


HANTRAN 6 years ago

this really worked for me!!

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