Most people use their credit or debit cards to play for their online bingo games but there are two popular alternatives that mean you don’t have to register your card details so many times.
Ukash vs. PayPal Bingo, Round 1, Ding Ding!
For me PayPal bingo is a great way to pay for bingo online but there are not so many bingo sites that accept PayPal. Meanwhile, Ukash bingo vouchers are also a convenient way of funding your bingo hobby, especially if there’s a shop near you when you can buy them. So which is best? Jackpot Jane put the two in a ring to see which swung the best bingo punches.
PayPal Sites: Scarce but Splendid?
I can’t claim to have a full list of sites allowing PayPal bingo payments and I have not played every single UK bingo site to check payment methods accepted. I can tell you that the number has increase dramatically recenltly: the “PayPal accepted” sign is much less scarce these days.
And bingo sites accepting PayPal are among the classiest out there. My theory is they have to be – to offer PayPal they probably have to demonstrate compliance with strictly ballroom conditions of operation. Mind you their bonuses aren’t always the greatest.
And the extra plus points for you are that (i) PayPal is free, (ii) you don’t have to share your credit card details so widely, which if you’re as paranoid as I am in this information age, is a definite bingo bonus and (iii) you can use PayPal to do your online shopping too .
On the downside, some sites impose a higher minimum on PayPal bingo deposits.
Ukash Sites – Easy Money!?
PayPal means you don’t have to share your credit card details with the bingo website but you still need to have a bank account and debit / credit card to be able to register for a PayPal account. So for a completely plastic free bingo experience look no further than Ukash, and given the harm to the environment done by all the plastic we consume this has got to be a good thing .
Ukash is a voucher system – you can buy them on the high-street anywhere you see PayPoint / Payzone signs as well as via your mobile or bank account. To use one at one of the many bingo sites that accept Ukash vouchers just enter the 19-digit number on the back when you are asked to.
It all sounds too good to be true, doesn’t it? It is, right up until you win big (Oh! When will that be?!£#?) because then you may need to wait a while for the check to arrive in the post. A small price to pay for all that convenience and anonymity .
Alternative Bingo Payment Methods
There are many other ways to pay to play bingo online. PaySafeCard is a common way although I’m not sure how popular it is yet. PaySafeCard bingo vouchers work a bit like the Ukash system, can be bought all over and are accepted at most sites.
Another method that is becoming increasing popular is MoneyBookers bingo payments. Bingo sites that accept MoneyBookers transfers are still relatively few but some of the biggest do, including:
- DreamBingo – 200% first deposit bonus
- Ruby Bingo – £16 free deposit bonus
However you decide to pay, make sure you keep track of how much you deposit and win (most bingo sites have a tool to help you with this) so that you spend more than you can afford.