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2011 gift card comparison chart

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This interactive chart breaks down gift cards offered by dozens of the nation’s most popular restaurants, retailers, airlines and other businesses. That way, you can make the smartest decision when it’s time to buy

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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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PIN PIN availablereload Reloadable      ecard eCard availableonlinebal Online balance check
gift-card-mail-icon Free shipping/delivery    gift-card-star-icon Purchase fees

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7-Elevenyesyesyesyes
Amazon.comyesyesyesyesyes
American Airlinesyesnew for 2009  yesyes
American Expressyesnew for 2009yes  yesyesyes
Banana Republic, Gap and Old Navy
yesyesyesyes  yesyesyes
Barnes & Nobleyesyesyesyesyesyes
Bed, Bath & Beyondyesyesyesyesyesyes
Best Buyyesyesyesyes  yesyesyes
Bloomingdale’syesyesyesyesyesyes
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Brinker Restaurants (Chili’s, Romano’s Macaroni Grill, On The Border, Maggiano’s)yesyesyes  yesyesyes
Chase Visayesyes
Chevron/Texacoyesnew for 2009yesyesyes
Costcoyesyesyesyes  yes
CVSyesyesyesnew for 2009yesyes
Darden Restaurants (Red Lobster, Olive Garden, Longhorn Steakhouse, Seasons)yesyesyesyes
Dillards’syesyesyesyesnew for 2009
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Discoveryesyesyesyesyes
eBay.comyesyesyesyesyesyes
Exxon  yes  yesyesyesyes
Fifth Third Bank MasterCard  yesyesyesyes
Frontier Airlines  yes  yes yesyes
Harris Bank MasterCardyesyesyes  yesyes
Hawaiian Airlines  yes  yes  yesyes
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H-E-Byes  yes
Home Depotyesyesyesnew for 2009new for 2009yes
iTunesyesyesyesyesyesyes
JCPenneyyesyesyesyesyesnew for 2009new for 2009
JetBlue Airways  yes  yesyesyes
KeyBank MasterCard yes  yesyesyesyes
Kmartyesyesyesyesyesyesyes
Kohl’syesyesyesyesyesnew for 2009
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Krogeryesyesyesnew for 2009
Lowe’syesyesyesyesyesyesyes
Macy’syesyesyesyesyesyesnew for 2009
Marshall’s/TJ Maxxyesyesyesyes
McDonald’syesyesyesyesyes
Meijeryesyesyesnew for 2009yesyes
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Nordstromyesyesyesyesyesyesyes
Office Depotyesyesyesyesyes
OSI Restaurants (Outback Steakhouse, Carabba’s, Fleming’s) yesyesyes
Overstock.comyesyesyesyesyes
Panera Breadyesyesyesyesyes
Pilot Travel Centernew for 2009yesnew for 2009
Pizza Hutyesyesyesyes  yes
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Publixyesyesyesyes
RadioShackyesyesyesyes
Rite Aidyesyesyes
Saks 5th Avenueyesyesyesyesyesyes
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Southwest Airlines  yes  yes  yesyes
Spafinder.comyesyesyes
Staplesyesyesyesyes  yesyesyes
Starbucksyesyesyesyes  yesyesyes
Taco Bellyesyesyesyes
Targetyesyesyesyesyesyes
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Toys R Usyesyesyesyesnew for 2009yes  yes  yes
U.S. Airways  yes  yesyesyes
U.S. Bank Visayesyesyes
Walgreensyesyesyesyes  yesyes
Walmartyesyesyesyesyesyesyes
Wells Fargo Visayesyesyesyes
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expires Never expiresfees No dormancy or maintenance feesinsurance Loss & theft protection
PIN PIN availablereload Reloadable      ecard eCard availableonlinebal 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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15.32%
Airline
17.50%
Reward
17.56%
Cash Back
17.60%
Student
17.79%

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