Frequently Asked Questions

Purchasing

Are there any fees associated with The Cheesecake Factory Gift Cards?

No. There are no fees associated with Gift Cards. You will only be charged the face value of the Gift Card and for shipping. eGift Cards are sent via email and incur no shipping charges.

Do you charge sales tax on gift cards?

There is no sales tax charged on gift cards.

Can I change the value of a Gift Card after I've paid for it?

Not at this time. Plastic gift cards can be reloaded at any of The Cheesecake Factory restaurants.

How do I cancel the purchase of a Gift Card?

You may not return or cancel your The Cheesecake Factory Gift Card or eGift Card after it is received. Purchasers who wish to cancel a Gift Card purchase order prior to its delivery to a recipient should contact Customer Support.

What forms of payment do you accept?

We accept the following forms of payment: VISA, MasterCard, American Express, Discover and PayPal. We do not accept payment by cash or check.

What is a credit card Security Code and why is it required?

In order to protect you from unauthorized transactions, we require your credit card's Security Code

  • MasterCard, VISA, and Discover: The Security Code is the 3-digit number printed on the signature panel on the back of your card. It immediately follows the account number.
  • American Express: The card Security Code (also referred to as the CID number) is printed above the imprinted card number on the front of the card (on either the left or right). **

Card Security Sample

** Please note, there are a small percentage of "plastic-less" card accounts for American Express - Corporate and Purchasing Card accounts. If you have one of these accounts with no AMEX card, please enter 5555 as your card security code.

Do you accept credit cards with a billing address outside the U.S.?

We can only process credit cards with a billing address within the U.S., except New Mexico. We are unable to process credit cards with an APO or FPO military address, U.S. Territories or any other addresses outside the U.S., with the exception of Puerto Rico.

Can I purchase The Cheesecake Factory gift cards using The Cheesecake Factory gift cards I already have?

No. The Cheesecake Factory gift cards may not be used to purchase other The Cheesecake Factory gift cards and balance transfers between The Cheesecake Factory gift cards are not allowed.

When is my credit card charged for my purchase?

Your credit card is charged at the time of purchase. The Cheesecake Factory purchase will appear on your credit/debit card statement as CHEESECAKE CSTAR GFTCD.

When is my PayPal account charged for my purchase?

Your PayPal account is charged at the time of purchase.

Am I limited in the value of Gift Cards I may purchase?

Yes. Any single Gift Card may not exceed 500 dollars ($500) in value and any individual purchaser (other than a business to business transaction) may not purchase more than Two Thousand Dollars ($2,000) worth of Gift Cards in a day.

May I purchase a Gift Card over the phone?

Phone orders are unavailable at this time. Gift Cards may be purchased online or at any of The Cheesecake Factory restaurants nationwide.

Do you offer discounts on corporate or large volume gift card orders?

Currently, yes. Certain gift card orders may currently be eligible for special programs. These programs may change from time to time and may not always be available. Click to learn about programs we offer that may meet your needs.

Sending

When will my recipient receive their Gift Card?

eGift Card: Your eGift Card will be sent via email on the delivery date you choose, with rare exceptions for processing delays. For same-day delivery, most eGift Cards are sent within an hour of the purchase transaction. For future delivery, eGift Cards are sent on the morning of the scheduled delivery date. Please see the "eGift Cards" section below for more about eGift Cards.

Plastic Gift Card: Delivery times are determined by the Shipping Method selection. Orders are generally shipped within 1-2 business days.

What are the shipping options?

eGift Card: eGift Cards will be sent via email. Please see the "eGift Cards" section below for more about eGift Cards.

Plastic Gift Card: You can choose our standard shipping free of charge, or for an additional fee you can choose to expedite your order. You can make your selection under the Shipping Method option. Depending on when your order is placed, it may take 1-2 business days to process order.

How do I check my order status and delivery?

If your Gift Card shipped via USPS First Class, there is no tracking information available. If your Gift Card shipped via UPS Ground or UPS 2 Day, you will receive an email with a tracking number once the Gift Card ships, with which you may access the current shipping status of your gift.

  • USPS First Class
    • Order Processed: Within 1 - 2 business days after order is placed
    • Order Shipped: Within 1 business day after order is processed
    • Order Delivered: Generally delivers 5 - 7 business days after order is shipped*
  • UPS Ground
    • Order Processed: Within 1 - 2 business days after order is placed
    • Order Shipped: Within 1 business day after order is processed
    • Order Delivered: Check tracking number for status*
  • UPS 2nd Day
    • Order Processed: Within 1 - 2 business days after order is placed
    • Order Shipped: Within 1 business day after order is processed
    • Order Delivered: Check tracking number for status*
*Delivery timeframe is not guaranteed. Deliveries are subject to change during peak seasons and due to weather delays.

Where can I ship my order?

Gift Cards may be shipped to valid street addresses within the United States. For your protection, we do not ship to Post Office Boxes.

Receiving & Redeeming

Where can I use my Gift Card?

The Cheesecake Factory Gift Cards are redeemable at any of The Cheesecake Factory restaurants in the United States and Puerto Rico except in the state of New Mexico.

When does the Gift Card expire?

There is no expiration date on your Gift Card. We recommend that you redeem it soon after you receive it, so you don't forget.

Can I reload my Gift Card after I've spent the full value?

Gift Cards are not reloadable online at this time. Plastic gift cards are reloadable in The Cheesecake Factory restaurants.

How do I check the balance on my gift card?

You can check the balance on your gift card by visiting https://shop.thecheesecakefactory.com/order/gift-card.html or by clicking the "Gift Cards" tab and entering the card number and card PIN in the appropriate fields. The Cheesecake Factory gift card balances may also be checked without the PIN by calling 1-888-891-2429, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

I received a gift card that reads "With Our Compliments" on it. What is the difference between this complimentary gift card and a regular gift card?

Complimentary gift cards are given out by The Cheesecake Factory free of charge for various reasons. It cannot be resold, cannot be used to pay for gratuities or alcohol, and is not redeemable for cash.

eGift Cards

What exactly does the recipient receive when I send an eGift Card?

An eGift Card is an electronic Gift Card that is sent via email or Facebook Connect. On the delivery date you choose, a message is sent to the recipient informing them of your gift, with a link to retrieve it online. The link in the email or Facebook post goes to a page showing the eGift Card you created (the design you selected, with your recipient's name and your personalized message), its value and code number. This page also gives simple instructions for redeeming the eGift Card, including printing instructions. Sometimes, special offers and promotions are listed on the page.

How do you prevent the eGift Card email from getting lost as spam?

We adhere to prevailing industry standards to ensure successful delivery of the eGift Card via email. Still, there is a chance that the email will be treated as spam or the recipient didn't notice it in their email inbox. You will receive an email message confirming delivery of the Gift Card alert email, and a message notifying you that the eGift Card has been viewed. If the eGift Card goes un-viewed for 15 days after delivery, you will receive a message with options for resolving the issue.

How do I know the recipient actually received the eGift Card I sent them?

You will receive an email message confirming delivery, and a message notifying you that the eGift Card has been viewed. If the eGift Card goes un-viewed for 15 days after delivery, you will receive a message with options for resolving the issue. You may also contact Customer Support with the order number from the email you received confirming your purchase, and we can tell you if the recipient has viewed their eGift Card.

Do I need to print my eGift Card in color? Do I need a special printer?

No and no. Most standard office and household printers are equipped to print eGift Cards, and you do not need to print in color. Some printers produce great results, and older printers sometimes don't print certain images well, but the most important thing is that the Card Number is clear. If it is not, you may need to install a new ink cartridge.

What if someone makes a copy of my printed eGift Card?

We utilize commercial industry standards to prevent fraud, but you must safeguard your eGift Card for your own protection. If someone makes a copy of your Gift Card and redeems it for the full amount, your copy will have no value. No matter how many copies are made, the value of the eGift Card is tied to the Gift Card number. When that number is used, the value of the purchase is deducted from the eGift Card. If you suspect that someone has copied or stolen your eGift Card, contact Customer Support immediately. Any value that has not been used can be re-issued to you in a new Gift Card.

Who should I contact if I have a question or problem with my order?

Please contact Customer Support via email at cheesecakefactorygiftcardsupport@cashstar.com or by phone at 855-820-9994 from 8:00 AM to 8:00 PM EST, seven days a week. If you have a Gift Card number or order number, please be sure to have it available so that we may better assist you.

Security & Reliability

Is my order secure?

All personal and financial information is transmitted using the https protocol over a Secure Sockets Layer (SSL), utilizing commercial industry technology for consumer protection. Behind the scenes, your web browser is sending all personal and financial information over SSL. The Gift Card purchase process is regulated by PCI standards. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Customer Support.

What if I lose my Gift Card?

Your Gift Card has cash value and should be safeguarded as such. If you lose your Gift Card, contact Customer Support immediately. If we can identify the Gift Card number and if your Gift Card has not been redeemed or has some remaining value, we can cancel the original and issue you a new Gift Card for that value.

What is your privacy policy?

Please click here to view our privacy policy.

What are the terms and conditions for The Cheesecake Factory Gift Cards?

Please click here to view our terms of use.

Who is CashStar?

CashStar is a Maine-based company specializing in Digital Gifting that allow consumers and businesses to securely order and send Gift Cards over the internet. Key personnel have played critical roles in technology and payments for such companies as American Express, Blackhawk Network, inComm, CoinStar, Wright Express, IBM, Hewlett-Packard, and L.L. Bean. CashStar is a sister company to Coupons, Inc., the successful online coupon technology and marketing company. CashStar's focus is on developing a secure payment technology platform and service dedicated to bridging the digital and physical divide. CashStar is regulated by PCI standards.

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