2011 gift card comparison chart

The table below breaks down gift cards offered by dozens of the nation's most popular restaurants, retailers, airlines and other businesses. You can also learn more about the latest in gift card trends in our 2011 gift card special section.

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7-Eleven yes yes

yes   yes      
Amazon.com
yes yes
 
yes yes yes    
American Airlines yes new for 2009
      yes yes  
 
American Express yes new for 2009 yes       yes yes   yes  
Banana Republic, Gap and Old Navy
yes yes yes
yes   yes yes yes    
Barnes & Noble yes yes yes
yes yes yes      
Bed, Bath & Beyond yes yes yes   yes
yes yes    
Best Buy yes yes yes
yes   yes yes yes    
Bloomingdale's yes yes yes   yes yes yes      
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Brinker Restaurants (Chili's, Romano's Macaroni Grill, On The Border, Maggiano's) yes yes yes     yes yes yes      
Chase Visa     yes

    yes  
 
Chevron/Texaco yes new for 2009 yes       yes   yes  
Costco yes yes
  yes
yes   yes    
CVS yes yes yes

new for 2009 yes yes    
Darden Restaurants (Red Lobster, Olive Garden, Longhorn Steakhouse, Seasons) yes yes     yes   yes      
Dillards's yes yes yes   yes

new for 2009    
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Discover yes   yes    
yes yes yes  
eBay.com yes yes yes  
yes yes yes    
Exxon   yes   yes yes
    yes   yes  
Fifth Third Bank MasterCard     yes yes yes     yes  
 
Frontier Airlines   yes
  yes

   yes yes  
 
Harris Bank MasterCard   yes yes       yes   yes yes  
Hawaiian Airlines   yes   yes


    yes yes  
 
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H-E-B yes

    yes  
     
Home Depot yes yes yes
  new for 2009 new for 2009 yes    
iTunes yes yes
  yes yes yes yes    
JCPenney yes yes yes   yes yes new for 2009 new for 2009    
JetBlue Airways   yes   yes 
yes
    yes  
 
KeyBank MasterCard yes   yes yes yes         yes  
Kmart yes yes yes
yes yes yes yes    
Kohl's yes yes yes  
yes yes new for 2009    
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Kroger yes yes  
yes   new for 2009      
Lowe's yes yes yes
yes yes yes yes    
Macy's yes yes yes   yes yes yes new for 2009    
Marshall's/TJ Maxx yes yes
  yes

yes    
McDonald's yes yes yes   yes   yes      
Meijer yes yes yes

new for 2009 yes yes    
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Nordstrom yes yes yes
yes yes yes yes    
Office Depot yes yes  
yes   yes yes    
OSI Restaurants (Outback Steakhouse, Carabba's, Fleming's) yes yes
 
  yes      
Overstock.com yes yes
 
yes yes yes    
Panera Bread yes yes yes   yes   yes      
Pilot Travel Center new for 2009  
  yes   new for 2009      
Pizza Hut yes yes yes   yes   yes
     
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Publix yes yes
  yes     yes    
RadioShack
yes yes

yes

yes    
Rite Aid yes yes
      yes      
Saks 5th Avenue yes yes yes
yes yes yes
   
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Southwest Airlines   yes   yes


    yes yes  
 
Spafinder.com yes yes
 
yes

   
Staples yes yes yes   yes   yes yes yes    
Starbucks yes yes yes   yes   yes yes yes    
Taco Bell yes yes yes  
  yes      
Target yes yes yes   yes yes yes
   
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Toys R Us yes yes yes
yes new for 2009 yes   yes   yes  
U.S. Airways   yes   yes yes

    yes  
 
U.S. Bank Visa     yes
    yes   yes  
Walgreens yes yes yes   yes     yes yes    
Walmart yes yes yes   yes yes yes yes    
Wells Fargo Visa   yes yes
    yes   yes  
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PIN PIN available reload Reloadable      ecard eCard available onlinebal Online balance check
gift-card-mail-icon Free shipping/delivery    gift-card-star-icon Purchase fees

Source: Joint CreditCards.com/Bankrate.com survey. 

Methodology: From late September through early October 2011, CreditCards.com surveyed gift cards from 63 major restaurants, retailers, airlines and other businesses. We tracked those cards in nine different areas that can impact a consumer. We gathered that information using several different methods, cross-checking them against each other for accuracy. We visited the businesses' websites, called their toll-free customer service phone numbers, called individual stores and/or visited individual stores in person.

PIN defined as a cardholder-created security code needed to conduct a transaction involving a card, whether its checking a balance, making a purchase or something else. It does not include PIN numbers that are found on the back of a card.

Free shipping/delivery is only for physical cards. Being able to send an e-card for free doesn't qualify.

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Updated: 07-16-2018