DoorDash pickup service is one way to always get ahead of the competition — quite useful if a restaurant is known to have serious wait times.
The idea is simple: place an order from Doordash, the restaurant gets it prepared, and all you have to do is pick it yourself.
You don’t have to stay in a wait line in a situation where the restaurant is crowded, or manually make payments since you’ve already done that on DoorDash. You just get your food handed over to you. Seamless!
Now the question is, what if you were using a gift card? Would it be acceptable for a pickup order?
If this is your question, stick with me.
Can You Use DoorDash Gift Card For Pickup?
Whether it’s coming from a friend or you choose to buy them yourself, Gift cards are one way to spend money strictly on a particular restaurant or platform.
For some people, this is an easy way to budget their expenses. Or maybe not, if you’ll always have to struggle with making payment for pickup orders, which is naturally a budget-wise option.
So what gives?
Well, to answer the question of the day, yes. You can use a DoorDash gift card for both delivery and pickup orders.
The misconception comes from the easy assumption that, since gift cards are usually restricted to specific stores (not on DoorDash) and the pickup service isn’t an advantage to DoorDash (from an easy guess), gift cards shouldn’t be applicable to pickup service.
But that’s far from reality.
On DoorDash, gift cards are handled as other payment methods — DoorDash deducts the amount needed on your card and sends the needed amount to the restaurant’s DoorDash wallet and they start processing your order.
Whether for a delivery or a pickup order, this is the process that is followed.
Keep in mind, that if the gift card is not owned by DoorDash but perhaps by the restaurant you intend to order from, you can’t use it for the pickup service on DoorDash.
This is because, even with the pickup service, you need to pay DoorDash first before DoorDash gives the restaurant their share, and not the other way around.
What can you do with a DoorDash gift card?
1. Order everything (It’s not limited)
Unlike, say the dashpass service on DoorDash which is only applicable to restaurants that are compatible with the service, the company’s gift card is entirely global just like every other payment method.
You’re free to order from whatever store you choose to, and not limited to any option a normal DoorDash customer could use as well.
That’s a significant advantage over restaurant-specific gift cards, which tie you down to just one location or chain. It’s “DoorDash,” in other words, everything DoorDash offers.
2. Leave them for a long time
Just like most gift cards, you can use or keep the gift cards for as long as you want. They don’t expire, in other words, stay forever.
This allows you to fulfill one of the reasons people purchase use gift cards (as discussed earlier) — to budget their expenses.
How this “budgeting idea” works is to simply make a cut from your earnings at the end of the month to get a gift card that would cover your monthly expense on food.
If you’ve made a good estimation, you won’t have to touch your credit card for food throughout the month.
How to Use DoorDash Gift Cards with Pickup
Step 1: Sign In to Your Account
Log in to your DoorDash account. If you’re new to DoorDash, you’ll be prompted to enter some basic information like your email address, phone number, and a password.
Step 2: Add the Gift Card to Your Account (Optional)
Before placing an order, you can add the gift card to your DoorDash account. To do this:
- Click on the menu icon (three horizontal lines in the top-left corner).
- Select “Payment.”
- Scroll down to find the “Gift Card” section and click on “Redeem.”
- Enter the gift card code and click “Submit.”
This way, the gift card balance will be available as a payment option whenever you place an order.
Step 3: Choose Your Food
Browse through the various restaurants and select the food items you’d like to order. You can use the search bar or filters to find specific types of cuisine, dishes, or restaurants.
You also want to choose you’ll your delivery options (between delivery and pickup) during this stage. This can be found at the top of your screen.
Step 4: Proceed to Checkout
Once you’ve added all the items you want to your cart, proceed to checkout. Review your order details to ensure everything is correct.
Step 5: Select Payment Method
If you’ve already added the gift card to your account, it will show up as one of the payment options. If not, you can enter the gift card code manually at this stage. Simply choose “Add a Gift Card” and input the card information.
Finally, click to complete the order.
If the total cost exceeds the gift card balance, you’ll be prompted to choose an additional payment method for the remaining amount.
There you have it!
The snippet once again: DoorDash gift cards can be used for basically everything on the app like traditional cash can do.