Gift Cards Being Sent To Unclaimed Property Letter
I have to say I was pretty anxious to get my mail yesterday. I have the USPS informed delivery email (get it if you haven’t already) and yesterday’s email piqued my interest. There was a photo of an unclaimed property letter and all I could make out was gift card. I got excited thinking I was about to discover some lost gift cards and make some easy money (my money really). But that was not the case. It was instead a letter about my gift cards being sent to unclaimed property.
Background On The Gift Cards
I had purchased some Delta gift cards almost 4 years ago. They were from the Amex airline incidental credits and one from an Amex Offer. I turned around and sold them to a friend at a discounted rate thinking he would use them for work flights and get reimbursed for them at the full rate. It appears he sat on them for years now to use for personal use, must be nice right 😂?
After reading the letter I texted him to see if he still had them. He confirmed he did and had not used them. He said I thought Delta gift cards never expire, which is what it says on their website. That is true but I think this is a Michigan specific law that they have to turn it over after so many years of inactivity. That is if I don’t respond to the letter at least. I tried to find out more information on the Michigan laws but didn’t have much luck. I also reached out to the abandoned property department at Delta and will update you when/if I hear back from them.
It appears the the cards would not be voided if I didn’t respond I would just need to contact the state to claim them once they are turned over. Since it isn’t a physical item I am not sure if that means the amount on the card would be blocked until I contacted them or not. If anyone knows let us know in the comments section.
Details Of The Letter
The letter essentially says I need to answer their one question and mail the letters back to them. They gave me one month to do so. My options as a response are as follows (these are me paraphrasing):
- I no longer own the gift card
- The gift card is mine, keep it active and in your possession
- I used it so update your information
- I have no interest of using it and Delta can line their pockets with my money
- The gift card is mine but I lost it so Delta can now line their pockets
I love that last one since they only give the gift card number and not the pin. They could be helpful but they really want to make 100% profit off of it so if you lost it that is on you. Which I get it is on the person that lost it but it still doesn’t sit well with me.
Here is a copy of the letter:
This was not what I was expecting when opening my mail. The main reason being that I thought my buddy had already used these gift cards :). It was interesting to me nonetheless and I wanted to share the letter to see if anyone has ever come across something similar. I know that it is state specific but I am sure other states have similar laws.
I plan on responding to the letter about my gift cards being sent to unclaimed property. That way Delta should keep them active and in their possession. I also told my buddy to use the dang things already!