Summary: There are many ways for you to check Visa gift card balance. You can check on phone call, on app, through text message or in website.
Getting a card decline message at a storefront is probably one of the most embarrassing things one can experience. If you have a credit card, the bank may allow you to go over limit depending upon your credit history. For prepaid or gift cards however, this exemption is not available. You loaded a certain amount when you got the card and then went on a spending spree without keeping track of how much you have spent and how much is left in the card. Now that you have encountered this embarrassing situation, this is the time to learn how to check Visa gift card balance.
The common way to check the balance of your prepaid gift card is to call up the customer care number mentioned on the back of your card. In most cases the balance check is automated through an Interactive Voice Response (IVR) system. You are asked to dial the number of your gift card along with some other details and the IVR system will read out your card balance to you. In some cases, you may be connected to a person who will ask you for card authentication and then tell you your balance. You can also check your last few transaction details in most IVR systems.
If you are near a computer, you can also check Visa gift card balance online. Visit the website mentioned on the card or documentation that came with the card. Register your card there and you can log in the site to instantly check your card balance as well as get details on the last few transactions you have made. This is especially useful if you are in a hurry and do not want to fiddle around with the whole dialing your card number process.
The third way is to use the text message feature in your phone. Your prepaid card documentation will provide you details of the process and the number to which you have to send a text message. You will find the exact format and template in which to compose your text message and then send it to card vendor. You will get reply in form of a text message about the balance left in your card. Make sure you do not text while driving.
The best approach to check the balance in your gift card however is to use the smartphone app. Almost all the gift card vendors provide an android or an iOS app in which you can register your prepaid card and then login at the touch of a button. Since you have your phone with you all the time, the app is the best way for tracking the balance of any prepaid or gift card.