Is there an expiration date on gift certificates you SELL for your B&B? (not donate, not BOGO, reg full price standard GC's)

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We don't offer them because they represent a hassle for us and the quality of guest is not up to par.  We prefer hosting guest who have chosen us, know what they are getting and appreciate what we offer. 

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Silverspoon wrote:

We don't offer them because they represent a hassle for us and the quality of guest is not up to par.  We prefer hosting guest who have chosen us, know what they are getting and appreciate what we offer. 

You NAILED IT DEAR WATSON.

Of course, in the meager winter months, when Christmas rolls around we lie to ourselves and think those guests not up to par might not be that bad after all...

 

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They don't expire in my state so I don't offer any gift certificates.

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Ours expire 1 year after date of purchase. We give a 30 day grace period (I've been known to be lienent on this). They are for a dollar amount, not a room. They have no cash value and any small amount left over they can go shopping in our gift pantry.

In the 1 1/2 years we've been using ResKey, we've sold $10,000 of certificates and so far $600 have expired. You times that by the 12 years we've owned the inn & that's definitely money I don't want to have to give the next buyer of our place if they didn't expire!

If ever our state changes it's law to a non expiration certificate, I would stop selling them. I would then have a link to our state association that sells certificates that can be used for any property in the association.

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If paid, they never expire. Required by law around here. Also, any amount owing that is under $10 is refunding in cash. Also required by law.

Promotional value GC all expire.

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They are paid for and do not expire.

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gillumhouse wrote:

They are paid for and do not expire.

 Are yours for a specific dollar amount or by the night?  

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Proud Texan wrote:

gillumhouse wrote:

They are paid for and do not expire.

 Are yours for a specific dollar amount or by the night?  

By the specific room or package with everything spelled out on the certificate itself. Since I only accept a check in my hand before I mail the certificate, I have the cash when I needed it. If there is a rate increase before it is used, I consider that the "juice" on the advance. it is very rare that a GC for this place is not used. The only calls I get wanting an extension are the donated ones and I rarely do those any longer. I give cookbooks or coffee or cups...

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