Below is a table that illustrates the differences between Gift Certificate and Coupons.
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|Is a user account required?||Yes, must have an account and be logged in to redeem a code.||No, both guest users and logged in users can redeem a code.|
|How are codes redeemed?||Codes can be added to the user’s account in their account dashboard or redeemed at checkout.||Code is entered at checkout.|
|How long do funds remain on user’s account?||Once redeemed, gift certificate funds are loaded as a balance and remain on the user’s account. For example, if the user has a $100 balance and only uses $75 towards an order, the remaining $25 stays on their account for use in the future.||Used per order and no cash/point balances remain.|
|Can the code be used more than once?||Gift Certificate Codes are automatically set to one-time use.||Coupons can be configured for either one-time or multiple uses.|
|Can the code have an expiration date?||
Expiration date is the last date a Gift Certificate can be redeemed.
Once redeemed, the funds on the user’s account never expire.
|Coupons can be assigned an expiration date or have no expiration date.|
|Can an administrator control what the code can be applied towards?||Admins have no way to control what is purchased with a gift certificate, or when.||Coupons can be configured to apply to an order, order and shipping, shipping only or one product. Use coupon permissions to apply the discount to products, groups, and categories.|