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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

  • Airbnb

    • No purchase fee.
    • PIN not available.
    • Loss/theft protection is not available.
    • Gift card is not reloadable.
    • Available in e-card only. Requires email or phone number.
    • Must be accepted and linked to recipient's account within 90 days of delivery.
    • Balance can be checked once linked to recipient's app.
    • Loading limits: $1-$200.
  • American Airlines

    • No purchase fee.
    • PIN available.
    • Loss/theft protection is not available.
    • Gift card is not reloadable.
    • E-card requires email or phone number.
    • Balance can be checked online.
    • Shipping: $4.95 per order (standard 4-5 business days); $15 per order (Priority 2-3 business days).
    • Loading limits: $50-$1,500.
  • Delta

    • No purchase fee.
    • PIN available.
    • Loss/theft protection is not available.
    • Gift card is not reloadable.
    • E-card requires email or phone number.
    • Shipping: $4.95 (USPS); $14.95 (expedited).
    • Loading limits: $50-$1,000.
    • Gift cards and E-cards can only be used for the total purchase price of air transportation, including tax and surcharges.
  • Hawaiian Airlines

    • No purchase fee.
    • PIN available.
    • Loss/theft protection is not available.
    • Gift card is not reloadable.
    • E-card only sold and redeemable online. Requires email or phone number.
    • Plastic cards are only available in Foodland or Sack & Save stores (in Hawaii) and are only redeemable online.
    • Loading limits: $50-$2,000.
  • Lyft

    • No purchase fee.
    • PIN available.
    • Loss/theft protection is not available.
    • Gift card is not reloadable.
    • Can only redeem Lyft gift cards through the Lyft app.
    • Gift card can only be purchased at participating Starbucks.
    • Loading limits: $20.
  • Southwest Airlines

    • No purchase fee.
    • PIN available.
    • Loss/theft protection is not available.
    • Gift card is not reloadable.
    • E-card requires email or phone number.
    • Balance can be checked online.
    • Orders of $500+ are shipped free via FedEx.
    • Loading limits: $10-$10,000.

Source: Bankrate.com

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