Exchange your unwanted gift cards for Hotels.com gift cards and more
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If you received gift cards during the holidays that you don’t want, you don’t have to keep them. You could try to regift them or sell them to an individual online. But, there’s also an easier option.
Specifically, you can get a Hotels.com gift card when you trade-in unwanted gift cards through CardCash. However, Hotels.com isn’t the only option; you can get cash or ten other types of gift cards through CardCash when you exchange an unwanted gift card.
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What is CardCash?
CardCash buys unwanted gift cards for less than their face value. CardCash also sells discounted gift cards. But if you’re looking to purchase gift cards, you’ll need to decide whether the discount is worth not earning the bonus points and miles that you can often get when purchasing gift cards from other types of merchants. So, today we’ll only consider how you can use CardCash to offload your unwanted gift cards.
How to sell gift cards through CardCash
If you have an unwanted gift card, you can go to CardCash’s selling page to see if they’ll make an offer for your card. Select the type of gift card you want to sell and input the gift card’s current balance.
As soon as you click Get Offer, you’ll see a cash offer as well as offers for ten types of gift cards that you could receive in exchange for your unwanted gift card.
If you opt to receive cash, you can get a check in the mail, an automated clearinghouse deposit or a PayPal deposit. But, you can get more value by trading your unwanted gift card for another gift card.
Currently, trading for a Hotels.com gift card provides the highest value. But, you’ll need to click through a specific Hotels.com CardCash link to trade for a Hotels.com gift card.
Remember that you’ll still be working toward getting a free night for every ten nights you stay when paying with a Hotels.com gift card. So, if you tend to book hotels through Hotels.com, this may be a good option for any unwanted holiday gift cards.
Note that you’ll get different offers depending on which type of gift card you’re trading in. For example, the offers I received for a $50 Best Western gift card are lower than for a $50 Target gift card.
Finally, you may see offers for some gift cards through the main CardCash site but not through the Hotels.com CardCash link. For example, I couldn’t trade a $50 Zaxby’s gift card through the Hotels.com CardCash link, but I got the following offers through the main CardCash site:
Offers available through CardCash for a particular gift card type and value can change based on supply. So, the offers shown in this post may no longer be available when you search.
I haven’t tried CashCard personally, so I can’t vouch for its safety or customer experience. However, CardCash’s FAQs page attempts to provide reassurance to users. And a quick search online didn’t surface many negative reviews.
I’d personally be willing to try CardCash if I had a card that I wasn’t going to use. But, if you’re a United loyalist, you may prefer to turn your unwanted gift cards into United miles.
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