The administrative order (Administrative Order (DAO) 10-04. Series of 2010) was issued June 25, 2010 and will apply to all gift certificates (GCs) issued by any business establishments, salon, restaurants, shops, spa’s etc.
GCs will now be as good as cash since they were already paid in full by whoever gave it to you so you should be able to enjoy whatever amount and benefits stated on the GC anytime you want.
Too bad I cleaned-up my clutter just the other day and thrown out all expired GCs I have. This is all that’s left Boohoo!
This makes me happy! I have tons of GCs I wasn’t able to use because 1) I forgot about them; 2) the shop is out of the way; 3) I forgot the GC.
This memo order is effective this month, July 2010.
So if you have tons of expired GCs visit the store where it was issued (or call first) and have it revalidated so you can use it to shop, dine or use the service stated at any time you want. As I’ve stated earlier the GCs were already paid for so they are good as cash and you should be able to consume it despite the expiry date.
However, some establishment don’t know about this memorandum order or are apprehensive in acknowledging your GCs because they worry about it being a fake one. You can call the DTI hotline at 751.3330 to report establishments denying your GCs or have them call DTI and verify this admin order.
I think the way to go around fake or counterfeit GCs is to make them electronic like this one from California Pizza Kitchen (CPK) its easy to validate on the store machine and your definite your establishment is the only one owning the machine.