Airline gift cards
Whether you're planning on stuffing it in a stocking or tucking it under a tree, the gift card is a go-to idea for many a harried shopper.
But what kind of gift card should you get for Aunt Sally or Cousin Mike? That's where Bankrate comes in. Using data collected from our sister site, CreditCards.com, we looked at the terms and features of 62 different gift cards, including general purpose cards, store-branded retail cards, restaurant cards, airline cards and gas station cards.
Using the chart below, you can compare these cards to find out the one that suits your needs based on factors such as the amount you can put on the card to any fees it costs to buy one. This way, everyone comes out a winner this season.
Select card features:
- Inactivity fee
- PIN available
- Loss/theft protection
- eCard offered
- Free shipping
- Purchase fees
- Online balance check
American AirlinesLoading limits: $50-$1,500.
- Can't be used for upgrades. Standard shipping 3-4 business days; $4.95 per order. Priority 2-3 business days $15 per order.
Frontier AirlinesLoading limits: $25-$1,500.
- Gift cards can only be redeemed online. Frontier Airlines gift cards cannot be used for: baggage fees, seating upgrades, in-flight entertainment or amenities, ancillary services (such as travel insurance), miscellaneous fees, ticket exchanges, purchase or transfer of EarlyReturns miles, vacation packages, cargo, nonair tickets, hotel, rental car, cruise, or third-party vendor transactions.
Hawaiian AirlinesLoading limits: $50-$2,000.
- Only email version is available.
- Gift certificates and gift cards can only be redeemed online at HawaiianAirlines.com. They cannot be used for add collects, change fees, first-class upgrades or with any other form of compensation.
JetBlue AirwaysLoading limits: $10-$1,000.
- Gift Cards may not be used toward the purchase of a JetBlue Getaways Vacation Package, JetBlue merchandise at ShopBlue, hotel rooms or rental cars through Worldwide Travel Exchange, or for other products or services that are sold separately, such as changes to flights, gift cards, the purchase of in-flight movies, headsets or beverages. JetBlue Airways replacement is possible if the consumer has proof of the original receipt and knows the card number. E-cards are issued during the holidays and aren't available year-round.
Southwest AirlinesLoading limits: $10-$1,000.
- Cards valued at more than $500 are shipped overnight for free. Emailed gift cards are sent for free.
US AirwaysLoading limits: $50, $100, $250, $500 at USAirways.com; denominations up to $2,000 can be purchased by phone.
- You cannot redeem gift cards online.
Source: Survey conducted by Creditcards.com in early November 2013.