Can I purchase Amazon Instant Videos with Gift Card balance?

You probably know that you can purchase all sorts of content at Amazon.com with your VISA or MasterCard, not matter where the card is issued in the world. But, if you try to purchase an Instant Video or maybe rent a movie, you will quickly get into trouble.

Just a few minutes, I wanted to check whether or not I can use my Amazon Gift Card balance to rent a movie on Amazon.com. Well, the truth is – I cannot! That is really a pity, not only for me, but for Amazon as well. Imagine this, you get this present from someone, an Amazon Gift Card with the value of 20 USD and now you want to spend it watching a movie online. But, only then you discover that you cannot do so. And why? Because you cannot use your Amazon Gift Card for purchasing and renting Instant movies. You can buy DVD’s and so on, but you cannot watch the instant content. Isn’t that kind of unfair?

What can you do about this?

The truth is, you can pay for your Amazon Prime subscription with any sort of payment card online. That is neat. It doesn’t need to be issued in the United States, but it can origin from almost anywhere in the world (as far as I know). This will give you access to all the content available with your Amazon Prime subscription (you will still need a VPN that will let you stream Amazon Prime content abroad), but your payment card will work well. You will still have access to Prime Music, Prime Reading, and other great stuff on Amazon – but, you will not be able to purchase Instant content that isn’t included with your Prime subscription.

But now, what is the solution if you are desperate to buy or rent an Amazon Instant Video right away? To be honest, I don’t know what is the solution at the moment. You will need an American Payment Card of some kind, but the solutions that worked with this for some years, are not working anymore.

What would I do in this case?

I would, without a doubt, say bye bye Amazon, and rather go to Google Play Movies instead to find a solution there. It is quite easy to get an American Google Play account, and with this, you can easily purchase content and watch movies instantly on your Android device.

It is so much easier to rent and buy movies in the Google Play Store in the USA
It is so much easier to rent and buy movies in the Google Play Store in the USA

As a matter of fact, I just tried this – You can purchase a Google Play Store Gift Card on Amazon, which you can later use to get an valid US Google Play Store account, which can be used easily. Doesn’t that sound great?

You can read more about how you can get an American Google Play Store account in this article.

So, forget about renting and buying Instant Movies on Amazon, but instead, visit Google Play Store and watch the same content there. They also have great discounts available from time to time, so you might even save some money doing so!

Are you ready to get started?

If you have any comments or questions, please write a comment and I will do my best to help you out!