Chase announced Monday (April 15) that customers are now able to send gift cards via the Chase Mobile app or website.
In a press release, Chase said customers can choose from more than 60 leading retailers to easily send gift cards. The feature comes with the ability to schedule gift cards so customers don’t forget an important birthday, and can keep track of gift cards sent including amounts. Users can send gift cards from $5 to $100 and won’t be charged a fee. Some of the participating retailers include AMC Theaters, Panera Bread, The Home Depot, Sephora and Starbucks. In order to send a gift card all the user needs is the recipient’s email. The gift card appears immediately in the recipient’s inbox with the ability to redeem directly from the email by scanning the barcode at checkout or entering a code online.
“Our digital gift cards make it more personal than sending a person-to-person payment,” said Prashant Gandhi, head of digital payments for Chase, in a press release announcing the new option. “You can add a short message, too.” Chase said any customers with a consumer checking account can send digital gift cards to people residing in the U.S. The bank said it will continue to improve the service throughout 2019.
The new gift card feature isn’t the only way Chase is working with retail partners to bring more services to its mobile app. Late last year it announced the launch of Chase Offers, a program that will allow customers to find deals and earn statement credits when shopping at their favorite retail stores. Customers who log into their Chase app can access Chase Offers from more than 150 merchants including retailers, restaurants and many of the company’s existing merchant partners. Customers are able to select and add their chosen offers through the app — and then use them with eligible Chase credit and debit cards.