Unclaimed Gift Cards: Even Expired Ones!

Cash in on Forgotten Value: Unclaimed Gift Cards (Even Expired Ones!)

Gift cards are popular gifts, but they often go unspent or forgotten. The good news is that even expired gift cards might still hold value. Here’s what you need to know:


Checking Gift Card Balances

Before tossing an old gift card, check its balance:

  • Online Balance Check: Most retailers offer online balance check services. Enter your card number and PIN to see the remaining balance.
  • Customer Service: Call the customer service number on the back of the card for assistance.


Claiming Expired Gift Cards

Some states have laws requiring retailers to honor gift cards even after they expire. Here’s how to claim:

  • State Laws: Check your state’s consumer protection laws regarding gift card expiration. You might be entitled to use the remaining balance.
  • Contact Retailer: Reach out to the retailer’s customer service. They may reissue a card or extend the expiration date as a goodwill gesture.
Don’t let unclaimed money slip through your fingers. Take a moment to search your state’s unclaimed property database and see if you have any hidden treasures waiting to be claimed. Visit Your State’s Unclaimed Property Office to start your search today!