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Cancellation Protection
Protects
Illness Refundable Booking Mechanical Breakdown Emergency
Trusted Choice
  • 65,000 happy customers
  • Rated 4.5 Stars. Based on 3,581 service ratings over the past year
  • Dedicated customer service team on hand to help
  • Secure payments

Buy Flights Using
a Prepaid Card

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Buy flights using a prepaid card with Alternative Airlines. We offer flights from 600+ airlines and allow you to pay with any prepaid card from any major debit and credit card provider, including Visa, Mastercard, American Express, Discover and more.

Buying flights with a prepaid card is really simple. You use the card in the exact same way that you'd use a regular debit card. Just make sure that you have enough funds on your prepaid card to cover the cost of your flight and you're good to go.

 


How do I pay for flights using a prepaid card?

 

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Buying flights using a prepaid card is so straightforward! You use your prepaid card in the exact same way as you'd use a regular debit card.

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    Make sure that you've got sufficient funds on your prepaid card

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    Use our search form to search for flights between any destinations on any dates

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    We'll show you all available flights for your chosen dates and destinations. Choose the flight that you want to buy.

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    On the next page, fill out all the passenger details that we need in order to book your flight

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    At the payment stage of the booking process, select 'Debit and Credit Card'. Then, select the debit card for the card company that has issued your prepaid card. E.g, if your card is a Visa prepaid card, select 'Visa debit card' as your payment option

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    Enter the details of your prepaid card, as you would an ordinary debit card. Once you've completed your payment, we'll send you your e-ticket as soon as we can (usually within seconds).


What is a prepaid card?

A prepaid card is a card that you can use to buy goods and services online or in-person at most places that accept debit card payments across the world.

Unlike a regular debit card, it isn't connected to any banking network and doesn't require you to have a bank account. Instead, you pre-upload funds to your pre-paid card and use the balance on your card to make purchases. Although it's a card and functions in the same way as a debit card (with a card number and pin), because you don't have to go through a bank, pre-paid cards are actually more similar to cash than they are debit cards.

 


FAQs

Why can't I see an option for 'prepaid card' at checkout?

We don't have an option for 'prepaid cards' at checkout. Instead, you should select 'Credit and Debit Card' and then select the card company that issued your prepaid card as your payment method. For example, if your prepaid card is issued by Discover, you should select Discover card as your payment method. Then, when prompted, you should use the details of your prepaid card in the fields provided.

As prepaid cards are issued by card companies such as Visa, Mastercard and Discover, you use your prepaid card to buy flights at Alternative Airlines in the exact same way that you use a debit card. 

Can I buy a plane ticket with a prepaid card?

Yes, you can buy a plane ticket with a prepaid card at Alternative Airlines. Prepaid cards work in the same way that a debit card does when using one to buy flights. Just select 'Credit and Debit Card' at checkout and then select the card provider that issued your prepaid card, e.g Visa, Mastercard, Discover etc.

The only thing that you need to make sure of is that your prepaid card has enough funds pre-uploaded to cover the cost of the flight.

Can I buy a plane ticket with a visa gift card?

Yes, you can buy a plane ticket with a visa gift card at Alternative Airlines. A visa gift card is just a type of prepaid card that is usually given to you by someone as a gift. The person that has given it to you would have pre-uploaded funds to the card for you to use.

If you've been given a visa gift card, you can use it to buy a plane ticket in the same way that you use a visa debit card.

Can I use a prepaid card to buy flights on American Airlines?

Yes, you can use a prepaid card to buy flights on American Airlines or any of the 600+ airlines available on the Alternative Airlines site.

We offer flights from both American Airlines and American Eagle and allow you to pay with any prepaid card from any of the major card issuers.

Can I use a prepaid card to buy flights on United?

Yes, you can use a prepaid card to buy flights on United Airlines, United Express, or any of the other worldwide airlines that are available to book tickets on at Alternative Airlines.

Why is my prepaid card not working?

Your prepaid card might not be working for several reasons. If your prepaid card isn't working for your flight purchase with Alternative Airlines, please check the following:

  1. That the balance of your prepaid card covers the cost of the flight
  2. That you have selected the correct card issuer at checkout. E.g, if you have a Mastercard prepaid card, you must select 'Mastercard Debit Card' at checkout in order to use your prepaid card

    What are the benefits of using a prepaid card to buy plane tickets?

The main benefit of using a prepaid card to buy a plane ticket is that it allows you to buy your flights without involving your bank. In fact, you don't even need to have a bank account in order to use a prepaid card!

Prepaid cards are also one of the safest ways to buy flights online. Although all payments at Alternative Airlines are very safe and secure, prepaid cards and a level of anonymity to your transaction that you don't get with regular debit and credit cards.

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