Gift cards have been a staple of consumer culture for almost 30 years now. A simple, versatile, and straightforward way of saying thank you, or giving a shopaholic friend a financial boost, you’ll now find retailers all over the globe offering their own versions of these popular products.
No surprise then that Dunkin’ Donuts have their own dedicated gift card, perfect for coffee lovers with a sweet tooth! This venerable brand was established more than 70 years ago in Massachusetts and has now grown into one of the world’s most popular fast food stores, with outlets operating throughout the entire globe.
If you have a friend, loved one, or colleague who can’t survive the morning without their Dunkin’, why not help them on their way with a personal gift card? Today, we’ll take a look at how to get one, what you need to know, and tips for getting the most from your card.
What is a Dunkin’ Donuts Gift Card?
A Dunkin’ Donuts gift card allows you to spend a prepaid amount at any participating Dunkin’ Donuts restaurant throughout the US. They offer a convenient everyday way for busy Dunkin’ customers to grab their well needed coffee and carbs!
There may be different arrangements for Dunkin’ Donuts stores internationally, so make sure to check the terms and conditions if you’re thinking of purchasing outside America!
There are numerous ways of purchasing or sending your rechargeable Dunkin’ card. The old fashioned but tried-and-tested method is simply walking into a participating store and buying over the counter.
If you have the Dunkin’ App, you can also use this to purchase gift cards and transfer gift card balances to your account. As you would expect from a retailer as popular and widespread as Dunkin’ Donuts, they also offer e-Gift Cards, making it easier than ever to send and receive these tasty treats with just a few clicks. Go here to purchase yours.
One of the great things about Dunkin’ Donuts Gift Cards is that they come in a variety of standardised designs, curated for all manner of occasions. If you can’t find one you like, you can even upload a photo or design it yourself. There’s also the option to write a personalised message to be included with the card. This makes customising and personalising your gift even easier.
Finally, there are also a number of online portals and popular gift card retailers through which you can purchase Dunkin’ Donuts Gift Cards, including PayPal, the popular money transfer service. In other words, there’s never been an easier time to purchase, send, and receive Dunkin’ Donuts gift cards across vast distances!
How to check your gift card balance
Have an old card in your wallet or purse but can’t remember how much is left on it? Not to worry. There are numerous ways of quickly and easily checking the remaining balance.
Walk into any Dunkin’ Donuts store and the cashier will be able to let you know how much is left on there, no purchase is necessary. If you do make a purchase using the gift card, your remaining Dunkin’ Donuts gift card balance should appear somewhere on the bottom of your receipt.
You can also check your remaining balance via this link. All you will need is your gift card number and the digits of your PIN code (this is the number on the back of your Dunkin’ card initially concealed by a scratch-off sticker).
If you have the Dunkin’ App, you can register and add your gift card balance to your account by going to ‘Manage Payments’. Finally, if you have access to a cell network but no internet, you can always call Dunkin’ Donuts Loyalty Support on 1-800-447-0013. Give them your card details and they should be able to tell you how many dollars are left!
What can you do with the leftover amount on your Dunkin’ Donuts Gift Card?
Gift cards are great, but sometimes we end up with small amounts left on our balance without knowing what to do with it. Of course, you can always just use what’s left to go towards your next purchase, giving yourself a neat discount of that single donut.
However, if you’d rather not complicate things when it comes to paying at the till, why not add your remaining balance to another card and combine them?
If you have several gift cards lying around you can merge them together. Just head to the Dunkin’ Donuts website, go to ‘Add/Manage Cards’ and follow the links to merge your balances.
You can also use the Dunkin’ App to merge your cards. Check out the this video to see how!
And if you have a few spare dollars left over but would rather have the coins, why not find a friend who has the Dunkin’ App and uses it regularly? You can always get your balance transferred over to them in exchange for the change in their wallet, so long as you ask nicely!
Tips for Buying Gift Cards
Gift cards are usually a reliable and easy way to send someone a small present or thank you without you having to wrack your brains as to what item to buy in-store.
To avoid unnecessary complications, we’d always recommend purchasing directly from the retailer, though there are also numerous merchants who can be relied upon to sell gift cards for a variety of different brands.
Try to make sure your seller is reputable. Avoid unauthorized vendors or unauthorized channels. Avoid purchasing from dodgy looking independent sellers on poorly reviewed market sites, and always insist on a receipt. The receipt not only provides proof of purchase and amount, but can also be used in the event of any difficulties, or if you need to apply for a replacement card.
You can also find gift cards for Dunkin’ Donuts at many major nationwide retailers, not just the Dunkin’ stores themselves. Walgreens, Target, Walmart, BJ’s Wholesale, and CVS Pharmacy can all be used to pick up a last minute gift balance for that colleague whose birthday you forgot!
For businesses looking to purchase gift cards in bulk, whether for promotional purposes, customer incentives, or just a way to say thank you to employees, you can do this via the Dunkin’ Donuts website. Just as with single cards, these ‘multi-packs’ can be delivered in physical form or via electronic mail-outs.
Finally, if purchasing gift cards with large balances (anything over $50 or so) we’d recommend using a credit card. This is because credit cards often come with greater consumer protections and rights when compared to paying via debit cards or cash.
Just in case the company you’re buying from goes under before you have a chance to spend the balance, your credit card company might be able to cover your losses! Of course, with a company as well loved and enduring as Dunkin’ Donuts, sudden bankruptcy seems a little unlikely.
Dunkin’ Donuts gift cards offer a flexible, straightforward, and low-key method of saying thank you, giving someone you love a pick-me-up, or getting a last minute gift. They’re customisable, widely available, and accepted at stores up and down the nation.
With the Dunkin’ App, it’s even possible to merge and manage residual balances. It’s never been easier to send, receive and transfer these tasty gifts, so why not buy one today? Happy eating!
Can you get cash back from a Dunkin’ Donuts gift card?
Unless required by State law, Dunkin’ Donuts unfortunately do not offer cash back for any unspent balances on gift cards. However, there are some instances in which you as the customer are legally entitled to cash back on small residual amounts.
Whether or not this applies to you depends on the State you are in. Some States mean that customers have a right to request cash back on balances under certain specified amounts, but these amounts are usually quite low. Washington, Oregon, California, Montana, Colorado, New Jersey, Rhode Island, Massachusetts, Vermont, Maine and Connecticut all have legal provisions allowing you to do this.
It’s worth noting that some of these states require there to be no more than $1 left on the card in order for you to be able to request cashback. The largest amount is $10 (in California).
If you find yourself with a gift card that you really have no use for but with a larger amount, why not try selling it online? Marketplaces such as eBay and Craigslist can help, or you can go to a local gift card exchange or exchange site. Be prepared not to get back the full amount in cash, but there are still ways for you to convert your card balance into something you can use.
Of course, you can always hold onto your gift card and give it to someone else in the future! Similarly, if you have a friend who loves their Dunkin’ in the morning, why not see if they’d be willing to purchase it from you, maybe even offering them a small discount? Sounds like a win-win situation to me.
Do Dunkin’ Donuts gift cards expire?
Dunkin’ Donuts are proud to proclaim that their Gift Cards never expire, so you can rest assured that a gift card can be used for years, even decades to come!
Federal law actually states that all retail gift cards need to be valid for at least 5 years from their date of issue, or from the last date that money was added, so customers in the US already have a fair amount of time to get spending before the expiration date comes up.
Nevertheless, just to make sure you don’t forget about it, we’d always recommend spending your gift card sooner rather than later! Even a gift card that lasts forever isn’t much use if it sits forgotten in the bottom of your bag.