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Gift cards are getting cheaper to buy and they offer more protections. That's the conclusion drawn from Bankrate's 2015 Gift Card Survey, which found a decline in the number of cards that charge purchase fees and an increase in the number of cards that offer loss and theft protection.

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Using data we collected Sept. 14-21, 2015, we looked at the terms and features of 60 different gift cards, including general purpose cards, store-branded restaurant cards, restaurant cards, airline cards and gas station cards.

Using the chart below, you can compare these cards to find the one that suits your needs based on factors such as the amount you can load onto the card or whether it can be purchased on and downloaded to a smartphone. This way, everyone comes out a winner this season.

Select card features:
  • Expires
  • Inactivity fee
  • Loss/theft protection
  • PIN available
  • Reloadable
  • Mobile/e-card
  • Online balance check
  • Card shipped free
  • Purchase fees
  • Rewards

  • American Airlines

    • Loading limits: $50-$1,500.
    • Standard 3-4 business days: $4.95 per order. Priority 2-3 business days: $15 per order.
    • To buy a mobile/e-card gift card, you must provide email address or phone number.
  • Delta

    • Loading limits: $50-$1,000.
    • Shipping fee: USPS: $4.95. Expedited $14.95.
    • To buy a mobile/e-card gift card, you must provide email address or phone number.
  • Hawaiian Airlines

    • Loading limits: $50-$2,000.
    • Online: E-cards only; e-cards are redeemable only online.
    • Plastic cards are available only in Foodland or Sack & Save stores (in HI) and are redeemable only online.
    • To buy a mobile/e-card gift card, you must provide email address or phone number.
  • Southwest Airlines

    • Loading limits: $10-$1,000.
    • Orders of $500+ are shipped free via FedEx.
    • Rewards available, as long as gift card holder has a SWA Rapid Rewards account.
    • To buy a mobile/e-card gift card, you must provide email address or phone number.

Source: Bankrate.com

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