Can you subscribe to Netflix with a Visa gift card?

Yes, in fact you can.

If you for whatever reason wanted to subscribe to Netflix using a Visa Vanilla Prepaid gift card, it is in fact possible. I had a hard time finding a definite answer to the question while searching Google, so I decided to answer it here, once and for all. You can, indeed use a Visa Vanilla gift card to pay for a Netflix subscription.

I decided to try it out since I’m away from home and happened to pull out cash to use while on “vacation”. I purchased a $25 Visa Vanilla gift card, went to the website listed on the back of the card and registered the card with a zip code. This is important, as these cards tend not to work for online payments unless you register them first.

After that I entered the card information into my Netflix account and was able to restart my membership without any issue. Many answers on various websites including Yahoo Answers have stated that this will not work, but I’m here to confirm that it does work and it’s essentially the only way to pay for Netflix using “cash” instead of a debit or credit card.

Just thought I’d clear that up.

26 responses to “Can you subscribe to Netflix with a Visa gift card?

  1. No you can no longer use a gift card. I called Netflix and they told me they no longer accept prepaid cards because they want to bill monthly and if the money runs out they can no longer charge you. They don’t want that.

    • Not true – I use Vanilla Visa or MasterCard for subscription services elsewhere.

      True – It’s just Netflix that is refusing the gift cards for a while now. Keep also in mind, Netflix used to pre-authorize the card for the monthly payment when you first sign up. So if you were trying to sign up with gift card with zero balance on it, it would not work.

  2. I’m trying to use an onevanilla card and I registered and everything and it says this card does not work or something like that. Can someone help me?

  3. i just spoke to netflix and yes you can use a pre paid card however you have to contact the card company make sure it allows recurring payments is international 1 other thing darnit, i cant find the email, but yes its possible

  4. If I do use a prepaid/ gift card for monthly charge service and the card eventually runs out… What happens? Will my subscription just end or will the bank start somehow charging me?

  5. If I use a prepaid/ gift card for a monthly charge service and the money on the card runs out… What happens? Does my subscription cancel due to insufficient funds or does the bank somehow find a way to charge me?

  6. Hi I just tried to get Netflix with the vanilla Gift Card and yes it does work all you have to do is go to and register your card and add a zip code then go to Netflix and put the same zip code /info

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