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Aster's avatar

Oh, no! Has my gift card expired?

Asked by Aster (19949points) October 26th, 2016

On the front it says, “Valid thru Oct 24” but then I found this: ” Under federal law, a gift card cannot expire in less than five years after the date of purchase.” Who to believe? TIA!!

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Seek's avatar

In most cases you can check the status of the gift card online.

zenvelo's avatar

Federal law says they cannot expire less than five years from activation. In some states, like California, they never expire.

Lightlyseared's avatar

Is that Oct 2024?

Aster's avatar

@Lightlyseared it says, “Valid Thru 10/24.” Debit Visa. But this was not purchased at a Starbucks or department store. It was purchased at a grocery store and it’s just a Visa.

Seek's avatar

If it’s a debit Visa, it is October 2024, not October 24th.

Seek's avatar

So, you have until Nov 1, 2024 to use it.

Aster's avatar

Thanks very much. So 10/24 cannot mean last Monday the 24th? It does not say, “2024” on it. This means a lot to me. Where does November come into this?

Seek's avatar

If it’s good through October 2024, than November 1st, 2024 will be the first day that it is expired.

Aster's avatar

Oh, I get it now! Call me senile! So the 10/24 doesn’t mean Oct the twenty fourth 2016 but it means the year 2024. When I saw 10/24 I never dreamed it meant the year …you know. I’m just ancient. You made my blood pressure go down. Thank you!

Darth_Algar's avatar

What @Seek said. Basically the same as a credit/debit/ATM card. Their dates are to the month, not to the day. So yeah, “valid thru 10/24” means that the card is expired on November 1st, 2024. You’re good to go.

jca's avatar

In some states, they’re not allowed to expire. NY is one.

Coloma's avatar

Okay @Aster since we have relieved your stress I think you should buy us all a big gift box of chocolates. As long as we have it before 2024. haha

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