Travel vouchers can make amazing gifts, as well as feeling like a good deal when your flights or hotel gets cancelled. But if you’re stuck with a voucher that expires before you can use it, you might feel like your money has been wasted.
In the past, anyone with a travel voucher had to either keep it and lose out on that money or spend it on something they didn't want to. Another option was heading to online listing sites like Craigslist or Facebook. but the security on these platforms is never guaranteed; you can't be sure you're dealing with genuine buyers and sellers. TransferTravel.com have stepped in to offer people like you a secure and trustworthy way to transfer unwanted travel vouchers of all kinds: flight vouchers, cruise vouchers, hotel vouchers and holiday vouchers.
Maybe you were rewarded at work with a gift card to contribute to a trip away, or you received one for your birthday. You might forget about it for a little while then realise that it has an expiration date. You don’t want to waste your gift but sometimes life just doesn’t fit into your travel plans. What is the refund policy? Can you extend the window of time you can use it in and save it for another holiday? Can you give it to someone else to use?
There are four things you need to know about travel vouchers:
- Most gift cards are non-refundable.
- You can’t get a cash alternative if you receive one.
- They are treated as cash, so if it gets lost or stolen, you can't get a replacement or a refund.
- They are more likely than not to have an expiration date.
Expiration dates are a bit more complicated as they are subjective to the individual company's policy. When it comes to airlines, more often than not the expiration date is set in stone and the card becomes unusable. Interestingly, there are a few hotels with a more lenient policy, for instance, The Savoy in London can potentially extend it if you contact them directly, whereas Marriott Hotel vouchers don’t expire. We always advise that if you're unsure, you should get in touch with the supplier of the travel voucher and ask what they can do for you.
You’ve probably been in this position before, where there might have been an overbooked flight or a cancelled hotel room, meaning your travel plans are disrupted. Or maybe you couldn’t use your travel plans anymore and had to cancel flights and accommodation. Instead of offering a refund, the airline or hotel might have credited your account so you can just re-book with them and not end up out of pocket. When it’s their fault that you had to cancel, some travel providers will use credit as compensation. If you are the one to make the cancellation, then they won't give you credit or compensation (which is a whole other kettle of fish you can read about in our blogs about flight cancellation policies and hotel room cancellation policies).
Nine times out ten, this kind of credit has an expiry date, which usually ranges from 6 to 24 months. Some companies won’t automatically tell you when this date begins — which is often from the date of the original booking, not of the cancellation — or they might not remind you when this date is approaching, meaning you could end up losing out on all the money you spent in the first place.
Is There A Difference Between A Gift Card & A Credit Certificate?
Gift cards tend to have stricter policies than credit because the latter was the fault of the company and is seen as a form of compensation, although they don't always differ. The important thing is that there is no difference on TransferTravel.com: all you need to be able to do is change the name of the voucher holder and you are ready to sell.
If you're not sure what the terms and conditions of your travel voucher or gift card are, make sure to read our page about voucher policies where we explain everything you need to know about flight, hotel, package holiday, rail, cruise and festival vouchers.
How Do I Sell My Travel Voucher To Someone Else?
You can sell and transfer your travel voucher safely and easily with TransferTravel.com.
- Sign in using with an email address or your Google, Facebook or Twitter account. This doesn't let us post to your social media feed.
- Create a listing with all the important details like the expiry date and what you can spend the voucher on.
- Your voucher will be up for sale on our global marketplace. When a buyer is interested, we connect you through our messaging system where you can exchange any relevant details, such as name changes. This is an important step and we recommend contacting your travel provider to confirm the details that need to be amended. Some will need to have the name changed while others you will only need to provide a code or PIN.
- Upload any documents which the buyer will download and use. Your money will be released to you with a 15% fee from us, but this is only deducted once the entire transaction is complete.
We suggest that all tickets that are sold have some discount, but we do leave all the pricing up to you. A 30% discount means that you will still be getting a good percentage of your money back, rather than wasting an unused gift certificate, and buyers will be more inclined to buy a voucher when they see that there is a saving and that they are getting a good deal.