I saved up for a year to purchase 2500.00 in cards for my hotels on vacation. Not once did I have a pleasant transaction.
Every card would not give the full amount at check out. 200.00 card amount would only give 150.00 100.00 amount one time only gave 29.54. I did not loose money on these cards but if you use them for a "service industry" (like motels) they hold a certain amount back. I had almost 500.00 held back.
Good thing my credit card was good that I had secured as backup. I was able to use the balance after I got home at the grocery store. There is no reason that you should not be able to use the whole amount.
You pay a fee to activate this card when purchased. How embarrassing at hotels when they make you feel you are trying to cheat them.
Review about: Vanilla Mastercard Prepaid Card Activation.
Reason of review: Problems with payment.