Quick Answer: Do Gift Cards To Restaurants Expire?

Gift Cards Cannot Expire Any Earlier than 5 Years

Although open loop gift cards such as Visa gift cards, Mastercard® gift cards and so forth still have published expiration dates, I haven’t seen a store or restaurant gift card (closed loop) with an expiration date on it for a few years.

How long are restaurant gift cards good for?

five years

Is it against the law for gift cards to 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.

How do I know if my gift card is still good?

To check gift card balance, you will need the card number and, if applicable, the PIN or security code located on the back of the card. Most retailers & restaurants allow you to check the balance online, by calling the toll-free number located on the card, or by visiting them in person.

Do paper gift certificates expire?

To qualify for the federal exemption, the gift certificate must be originally issued by the merchant on a piece of paper. For example, if your state requires that gift certificates cannot expire in less than seven years (or cannot expire at all), then your state law supersedes the federal law.

Can I turn in gift cards for cash?

Take the gift card to a Gift Card Exchange kiosk. Enter the gift card information into the system. (Here’s a list of gift cards accepted at Gift Card Exchange). Review the cash back offer and decide if you want to accept it.

Do gift cards lose value?

Gift cards can lose value if inactive for a year and state laws allow, but not always. Bank-issued gift cards such as Visa gift cards may start to lose value via monthly service fees after a year of inactivity. Promotional gift cards may lose value or expire completely in an even shorter period of time.

What happens if my gift card expires?

Money on a gift card cannot expire for at least five years from the date the card was purchased, or from the last date any additional money was loaded onto the card. If the expiration date listed on the card is earlier than these dates, the money can be transferred to a replacement card at no cost.

Do some gift cards expire?

Soma Gift Cards and eGift Cards do not expire and have no fees.

What is the best gift card?

WalletHub’s full list of most popular gift cards leads off with:

  • Amazon Gift Card: No. 1 (tie)
  • Visa Gift Card: No. 1 (tie)
  • Walmart Gift Card.
  • iTunes Gift Card: No. 4 (tie)
  • American Express Gift Card: No. 4 (tie)
  • Target Gift Card: No. 6 (tie)
  • Starbucks Gift Card: No. 6 (tie)
  • Disney Gift Card: No. 8.