I don't understand gift cards some times. For our wedding we received many cards. We recently realized that some are very close to expiring or are already past the expiration date. We received a $50 visa gift card that "expired" in October. Since then they have taken a maintenance fee out for $2.50 per month. On top of that, we need to pay another $6.00 to reissue the card so we can start using it or have a $10 fee to get a check. I don't understand why they do this...they have their $50. Why can't we get ours? I can see MAYBE doing one or the other, but really, taking it away each month and then punishing you again by making you pay a reissuance fee? I promise it doesn't cost $6.00 to mail a card. Really, I am not so naive to not know why they do it...they want money! Unfair though, when the card was given to us in July and expired just a few months later.
Gift cards are hard for me because I feel like I have to save them for something special. In the end, I end up using it at the last minute to buy something lame, anyway.