Summary: All the Information about the Vanilla prepaid card balance should be provided with card while you are gifting them to someone.
When a person gets a gift card from his beloved one who really cares about him, in this situation the receiver generally do not know about the balance on the card. And it can be quite awkward and rude to ask him about the card balance. Since the balance amount is not mentioned on the card the situation can be quite confusing. Now he has to check the balance on its own either through online or toll free number. When a person is having a card then all the necessary information like card number, security code, expiry date and URL of the authorized site should be provided along with the card only. You have to put the URL into your web browser and now you get navigated to the authorized site for card. Here after filling the fields containing card number, security code and other credentials a new page showing the available vanilla prepaid card balance and the transactions being made will pop up.
If you luckily find your lost card then you should first check the expiry date and then the available balance before using it. If you are providing these cards to your dear ones then you must let him know about the balance associated with the card and also tell them to read the user manual that comes with the card thoroughly in order to avoid future problems.
When you are unable to use the above mentioned method in order to check the available balance there is one more option, you can visit the retailer who had issued the card; he will simply swipe the card from the magnetic stripe and will let you know about your balance and payments made. In addition to this, when you visit a restaurant then first ask the cashier or a waiter for the balance available in your card if you are having any doubt regarding the balance.
When you are being pocketed and all the credentials with the card are lost. You should call the customer service operator and ask him to reissue the card. For this purpose a small amount of fee has to be paid which is far better than losing all our balance. If a person is not willing to use the card then he can sell these cards on eBay or can search for other websites for buying and selling through search engines. Add should be provided with the short description to these sites.
Vanilla prepaid card balance can be used until it gets zero. Also, you cannot reload the card with balance and they are of no use. Sufficient amount of balance should be added to this card according to the needs at time you buy them. Apart from it, you do not need to activate them manually they gets automatically activated by the first use only.