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.



  1. John · October 12, 2014

    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.

    • jdh5153 · October 16, 2014

      Hm, Netflix may say otherwise, but I can’t imagine they can tell the difference if you activate the card with an address and everything. I’ll have to give it another try to see if it still works.

      • Gale · December 25, 2014

        Just tried with a gift card registered with address. Didn’t work, darn it!

      • jdh5153 · December 26, 2014

        Weird, I’ll have to give it a try again sometime. Maybe it’s only a certain card that works..

      • Sean Patrick Carey · February 28, 2015

        I just tried with a Vanilla Visa, can confirm it does not work anymore. Netflix recognizes the card, and rejects it.

  2. jake bobart · January 5, 2015

    Recurring monthly payments are no longer allowed on prepaid Visa cards

    • polocanada · March 11, 2015

      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.

  3. Yijun · February 10, 2015

    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?

    • jonathan hirt · February 11, 2015

      I haven’t tried to do this recently, but some people have reported that the method described no longer works. I haven’t verified yet.

  4. Helping Harlot · March 15, 2015

    Yes you can I JUST used my walmart money card today!

  5. carissa · March 15, 2015

    what about a greendot card??

  6. tab · April 8, 2015

    i just tried a walmart card and nothing! Also I tried my unemployment card rejected that also!

  7. Amanda Van Tunen · June 28, 2015

    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

  8. Katie miller · July 29, 2015

    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?

  9. Katie miller · July 29, 2015

    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?

    • jonathan hirt · July 30, 2015

      It’ll just cancel

      • Katie miller · July 31, 2015

        Thank you for your help!!!! I was worried

  10. Kurt · January 8, 2016

    It does work. I tried it today

  11. Jae · January 14, 2016

    Works fine for me! I also use the visa vanalia card…

  12. Tania Bello · January 27, 2016

    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

  13. Kimari · February 29, 2016

    So Netflix ask for a name and I don’t know what name to put on file.

    • jonathan hirt · February 29, 2016

      You have to go online and add a name and address to your gift card first and then use that on Netflix.

  14. UWin · November 4, 2016

    Trying to use a VanillaPrepaid Mastercard on Netflix and it won’t allow me to.

    • jonathan hirt · November 5, 2016

      I haven’t tried in quite awhile. Have you added a billing address to the card on its website?

  15. ian · April 24, 2017

    can u use a normal prepaid visa debit card

    • jonathan hirt · April 25, 2017

      I haven’t tried recently, but I would think so as long as it had an address attached.

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