How can I buy with Discover when it's not accepted?
May 1, 2011 9:44 AM Subscribe
How can I use my Discover Card (indirectly) to make online purchases on websites that don't accept Discover Card?
posted by texano to shopping (10 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
So I need to buy an airline ticket. The only problem I've encountered is that this ticket is on a non-US airline, and the airline's website doesn't accept Discover. Not that I'm terribly surprised, of course -- I've never seen Discover accepted outside of the US. But I've got a nice loyalty points program with my credit card (they give me points for every purchase I make) and I'd like to earn points for this purchase if at all possible.
THINGS I'VE TRIED:
I tried looking on other US-based travel sites (Orbitz, Travelocity, Expedia, etc.), and while I found the same flight at a similar price, those tickets are strictly nonrefundable, while the ticket on the airline's own website is generously refundable. Refundability is absolutely essential for my purposes, so my hands are tied on that end.
I remember a few years back you could get a virtual credit card number through Paypal. I was planning to do this here, and then use my Discover card to pay off the Paypal bill, but it seems that Paypal's virtual credit card service has since shut down.
I also thought about buying a Visa/Mastercard/AMEX gift card with my Discover card, and using that to buy the ticket. But the gift card limits I've seen are pretty low, and this ticket is $1,400.
tl;dr If anyone has ideas on how I can indirectly use my Discover card to buy things online from places that don't accept Discover, I'd certainly be grateful for the assistance.