What Gift Cards Never Expire?

The law provides that gift cards cannot expire within five years from the date they were activated and generally limits inactivity fee on gift cards except in certain circumstances, such as if there has been no transaction for at least 12 months.

Are gift cards allowed to expire?

Federal Gift Card Law

Thanks to the federal Credit CARD Act of 2009, gift certificates and store gift cards can’t expire for five years. However, issuers can still charge an “inactivity fee” if the card has not been used within twelve months.

What percentage of gift cards are not used?

At any given time, 10% to 19% of gift card balances remain unredeemed — and around 6% of gift cards are never even used. These small percentage points add up to big money when you consider that, over the past 10 years, more than $1 trillion in gift cards have been sold.

What happens to gift cards that are not redeemed?

The Securities and Exchange Commission allows companies to take unused gift-card money as income once they can reasonably say the card won’t be redeemed, but there’s no set time limit. Best Buy, for example, sets that level at about two years. But some states don’t allow companies to keep unused gift-card cash.

What gift cards go unused?

Only 20% will use their gift cards quickly. Less than 2% expect their gift cards to go unused. On the Number of Unused Gift Cards – “Spillage, or unused gift card volume, continued to decline significantly to less than 1% of total volume, as regulatory action has eliminated most junk fees.”

What happens if my gift card expires?

Cards are good until the expiration date on the card has passed; the expiration date is no less than 5 years from date of purchase. If you do have an expired card, you may contact Customer Service to receive a new card in order to use the remaining funds. There is no fee to replace an expired card; funds do not expire.

Can you use an expired card?

Using an expired card

If you use your old card after the expiration date, the transaction will likely be declined. You usually have until the last calendar day of the expiration month before your service will be completely deactivated. At that point, your account will still be active, but your card won’t.

How often are gift cards redeemed?

The Credit Card Accountability, Responsibility, and Disclosure Act of 2009 tried to help curb the waste by ruling that gift cards should not expire until five years after there are issued, or after the date they are loaded with credit.

Where do unused gift cards go?

Many now contract with third-party gift-card businesses based in states, such as Ohio and Virginia, that don’t treat unused gift-card money as unclaimed property. In these states, companies can funnel all unused gift-card money into their own coffers after five years, an expiration period mandated by Congress in 2009.

What is the average gift card amount?

In a survey by the National Retail Federation, 56.7% of respondents said they planned to give high school and college graduates cash and 32.1% said they’d give gift cards. The average amount: $49 per recipient.