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How to Apply Gift Cards on the Shipping Cost in WooCommerce?

This article explains how you can use a gift card in WooCommerce to eliminate the shipping cost for an order.

Last updated on March 10, 2022

Your customer may perceive the shipping cost as an ‘extra expense’ while checking out.

If we put ourselves into the customer shoes, we can’t deny the fact that the delivery charges do come across as a burden.

Therefore, to make the delivery cost look less, WooCommerce Smart Coupons plugin allows you to apply a gift card or store credit on shipping cost and taxes.

Using Smart Coupons plugin, you can create and send store credit or gift cards to customers, restrict coupons by payment methods, product attributes and taxonomy, bulk generate coupons and do a lot more. It’s the official and best-selling WooCommerce coupons plugin.

How to deduct gift card from shipping costs and taxes?

First of all, you need to create and send gift cards to customers using Smart Coupons. Here’s how

Once done, follow the below steps:

  • Go to Marketing > Coupons in the WordPress Admin panel
  • Click on Smart Coupons Settings
  • Scroll down and make sure the checkbox Deduct credit/gift before doing tax calculations given for Apply before tax is kept unchecked.
WooCommerce gift card shipping cost

That’s all.

Now, during checkout, when this gift card is applied by your customer, it is applied to the cart total (cart subtotal + taxes + shipping cost). So whatever shipping cost and taxes are added to the product, it will be deducted based on the gift card or store credit amount.

For example, assume cart subtotal is $200, taxes + shipping costs $20, and the customer has a $10 gift card. So, the customer will pay only $210 instead of $220. This makes the customer feel, they have saved some money on shipping and taxes.

Note – If you want your customers to apply the store credit but also pay for shipping below a particular order total, keep the Apply before tax option checked.

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Winding up

Reducing shipping cost make your buyers feel relaxed and may prompt them to shop more.

Not just buyers, but you also will feel relax if you use Smart Coupons. Run it on your site for targeted discount promotions, retain customers using gift cards, allow coupons based on restrictions and much more. Your sales will be on a roll.

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