Do Xbox Gift Cards Expire?

Last Updated on 09/01/2021 by GS Staff

Do Xbox gift cards expire?

No, Xbox gift cards do not expire. Microsoft, the parent company of Xbox, specifically states on its website that gift cards purchased at retail do not expire. However, if you happen to have a promotional gift card from Xbox Live Rewards or Microsoft Rewards, these cards expire.

In addition to no expiration on standard gift cards, they also do not have fees associated with them such as purchase or maintenance fees.

What can Xbox gift cards buy?

Xbox and Microsoft gift cards can be used to purchase the following:

  • Xbox Live Gold (subscription)
  • Xbox Game Pass (subscription)
  • Xbox Game Pass Ultimate (subscription)
  • Games
  • Apps
  • Add-ons
  • Movies & TV Shows
  • Accessories

Where can Xbox gift cards be used?

Xbox gift cards can be used for purchases on Windows, Xbox, and the Microsoft store. If you have a Microsoft gift card, it will work the same way as an Xbox gift card.

Do Xbox gift cards have to be activated?

You will need to redeem your gift card by visiting When you visit this website, you will be asked to enter the 25 digit code shown on your gift card. You can use your gift card on Windows, Xbox, or the Microsoft store once redeemed. Read the instructions on the back of the gift card or that came with your digital gift card for further details.

How to check a gift card balance?

Your gift card will have a 1-800 phone number on the back of it. Call this number, enter the required information (i.e. account number, security code, etc.), and the automated system will state your gift card balance. You can also visit to check your balance.

Where to buy Xbox gift cards?

Xbox gift cards are readily available at many stores. Here is a list of popular locations to get an Xbox gift card:

  • Amazon
  • Walmart
  • Gamestop
  • Target
  • Best Buy
  • Sam’s Club

Do Xbox gift cards work outside of country where purchased?

Xbox gift cards are sold in the local currency. In other words, they will only work in the country where the gift cards are bought.