Can I use gift cards on AliExpress?

Gift cards are a common present among relatives with bad imagination. If you have one laying around, and if you are anything like me, a though of using this card to buy something very useful (as always) on AliExpress may have crossed your mind.

So,


Can I use my gift card on AliExpress?


A quick answer: yes. You most certainly can use gift cards on AliExpress.

There are no special cards that are explicitly prohibited from processing. E-Commerce websites like AliExpress are in the business of making money, so anything preventing them from making more money is counter-productive.

However!

If you are a first-time buyer, you may feel compelled to buy a git card for security reasons (there is a certain level of stress associated with putting your credit card on a new website). As I mentioned before, AliExpress is a safe website, so it may be an overkill; but if you are set on getting a gift card instead, note:

The gift card that you are using must work for international orders.

This is something you will want to check prior to buying the gift card. There are some cards that will not work online, there are cards that will not work outside of the country you buy it in. It would suck to get a card only to realize you can’t use it, so check first.

If it is a new gift card, chances are you need to register it first before use (which normally can be done online).

23 Comments

  1. KNiles May 11, 2016 at 8:48 am

    What kind of giftcards?

    On aliexpress site, in the customer support section, if I browse through the FAQ, they only list credit and debit cards and a “visa international prepaid card” but no giftcards..

    I’m planning a present for a friend and she would love a gift card she can use on aliexpress, but I have no idea how to pull it off.
    (I’m from Finland – she is from Australia)

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    1. Admin May 12, 2016 at 6:04 pm

      what I meant is “prepaid cards” e.g. “gift cards”, not a prepaid AliExpress card. Although, if I was you I’d just buy something myself and have it shipped to her 🙂 if you were to explain to the seller that you are buying it for a friend there should be no problem. I am in Canada and my family is in Kazakhstan, and I buy stuff for them with my CC sometimes

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  2. Elijah Gilbert July 31, 2016 at 10:55 am

    Is there really a gift card I can purchase to shop on Ali Express

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    1. Admin August 8, 2016 at 6:06 pm

      Nope, there aren’t any

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  3. Lizzy August 10, 2016 at 3:29 pm

    Hi, I recently bought a Gift card to use On Aliexpress, I am not a first time buyer, and I have used a Gift card on Aliexpress before, but the gift card I used Previously wasn’t refillable, and when I try to pay with the new gift card, the payment fails, what’s wrong?

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    1. Admin August 12, 2016 at 9:01 pm

      Hi! If the card you have now isn’t the same as you’ve had before, it might either not work outside of the US, or if you just refilled it I think it might take a few days to process. Either way, try calling the number on the back of the card, although I suspect they will blame it on the website.

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  4. Masuma August 22, 2016 at 2:38 pm

    Hey we’re can o get the aliexpress gift card from

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    1. Admin August 24, 2016 at 5:41 am

      There is no such thing as AliExpress gift card, at least not yet. This post is more about using actual gift (prepaid) credit card on AliExpress.

      Reply
  5. Al August 25, 2016 at 9:57 am

    Hi there could you tell me what type of prepaid cards work on aliexpress, and if possible where to buy one from
    Thanks

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    1. Admin August 25, 2016 at 10:15 pm

      Hi Ali, it needs to be any prepaid card that works internationally. Check the information on the packaging of the card, it should be indicated there.

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  6. Aye September 2, 2016 at 2:03 pm

    I have a prepaid gift card American Express and I’m trying to buy something from on aliexpress but I can’t I don’t know what’s the problem

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    1. Admin September 6, 2016 at 5:29 pm

      Aye, Aye! First thing I would do is check whether the card works internationally. A lot of gift cards are restricted for domestic use, e.g. with American retailers only, if you are in the US (which I assume you are, because people aren’t using AMEX much elsewhere 🙂

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  7. rohit October 6, 2016 at 12:48 pm

    I won the Ali express gift card. How can I use this offer
    ?

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    1. Admin October 7, 2016 at 3:06 pm

      I am not aware of any AliExpress gift cards, can you provide more info? Or are you talking about a coupon maybe?

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      1. Coolette October 20, 2016 at 6:41 pm

        Can you use an online visa gift card, first time buyer

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        1. Admin October 20, 2016 at 7:56 pm

          As long as the card works internationally, you should check the papers that came with the card or call the number provided!

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  8. Mavie October 25, 2016 at 10:48 am

    Ibordered a few items using the visa gift card on Ali express.but for some reason my order has been closed and I have sent an appeal for verifying my payment.if they are cancelling my order, will I get a refund ?how will I get that money back?

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    1. Admin October 25, 2016 at 3:31 pm

      In essence, if the payment is not accepted, the merchant (AliExpress in this case) should revoke the transaction, thus returning the funds back to their rightful origin. I have received refunds from AliExpress in the past, but I always use my regular credit card, thus I never had a problem verifying the payment, or getting the money back. Just to skip the obvious, did you register the card before using it? You normally need to go online and input your billing address prior to using the card.

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  9. Leona November 7, 2016 at 1:44 pm

    Can i use Gyftcard on ali express?

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    1. Admin November 7, 2016 at 3:21 pm

      I’ve never had experience with Gyft cards, but generally if the card can be used with international merchants (e.g. outside of the US), you should be good to go.

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  10. robert roehm November 13, 2016 at 5:56 am

    Heads up! If you have multiple orders on this site, do not pay them all at once, your account will be locked up for security! You will need to buy one card for each 3 orders.

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  11. pratap April 4, 2017 at 5:02 am

    Hello sir
    They send me a 3 step of question and I complete that..for giftcard how can I got.
    Is that fake

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    1. Admin April 4, 2017 at 11:24 am

      Hi Pratap! I am not aware of any AliExpress gift cards in existence, and I have been shopping there for over 3 years. It is possible that the seller is offering you a coupon of some sort, but first thing I would do is consider where the request came from, if there is an existing relationship between you and whoever sent the questions, and what exactly they are trying to get from you. Also, if there are any 3rd party links I would be hesitant to click them to avoid getting phished

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