Redeeming gift cards in your custom platform
If you have a custom platform (a mobile app, an e-commerce platform, or a subscription system etc...) you'll want your users to be able to redeem their gift cards in your platform. A typical use case involves accepting gift cards as a form of payment or as a discount against an order, service or booking, whatever it is that you do.
There are 2 main ways to accomplish this:
- If you have access to developers who either wrote your platform, or can develop on your platform, you can use our Developer API to integrate your system with ours. This is means you can let Gift Up! generate gift cards codes at random upon sale, and when your customer comes to use their gift card, because you're hooked into your live Gift Up! account via our API, you can validate and redeem those codes in real time.
- If you prefer to not use a developer integrate your platform with ours via our API (or are forced to due to other factors), you can upload codes to Gift Up! for set values (i.e. 10 codes for $100 each, 10 codes for $50 each etc...), and we'll sell them for you. This approach assumes your app supports the ability to create discount codes in advance (or a similar mechanism) that somehow unlock the value issued. Follow this guide: How to redeem gift cards in an unsupported system.
Accept & redeem a gift card via your platform using our API
You'll primarily you need to conduct 2 steps:
- Ask for the gift card code from your customers and then ask the Gift Up! API if the card is valid and what value remains (API call).
- Apply the gift card value (in part or full) against your order and when complete, inform the Gift Up! API to redeem a value against the gift card (API call).
It's really as simple as that. Our API is totally free to use, highly available and robust.