Terms and Conditions
1. INFORMATION ON WHO WE ARE AND THIS AGREEMENT
1.1. These terms and conditions apply to gift cards provided by Flex-e-card Limited, (“Gift Card”).
1.2. Gift Cards are issued by Flex-e-card Ltd, 11 Brindleyplace, 4th Floor, Birmingham, England, B1 2LP. In this agreement, “We”, “Us” or “Our” refers to the relevant card issuer, or any of the organisations described in sections 1.2 or 1.3, acting on behalf of the relevant card issuer. “You” or “Your” refers to the individual purchasing or using the Gift Card in question.
1.3. The production of Gift Cards and the technology systems required to operate the associated Gift Card programmes are provided by Flex-e-card Ltd and Global Processing Services Limited. Flex-e-card Ltd also provides customer support for Gift Cards as set out in section 14 below.
1.4. This document sets out an agreement between You and Us governing the possession and use of Your Gift Card. This agreement will last for a period of sixty months, starting on the date that the Gift Card was purchased. This agreement and all communications between You and Us shall be in the English language.
1.5. By purchasing or using a Gift Card You are indicating to Us that You agree to all of the terms and conditions in this agreement. It is the responsibility of the purchaser to inform the intended cardholder that usage of the Gift Card is subject to these terms and conditions.
2. OUR GIFT CARD PRODUCTS
2.1. A Gift Card is a prepaid payment card which may be used to pay for goods and services via a limited network of all on village retailers, including concessionaire partners either;:
2.1.1. Within the Center Parcs village whose name and branding appear on the Gift Card
2.2. Our Gift Cards do not fall under the scope of the Payment Services Regulations 2009 or Electronic Money Regulations 2011. The purchase of a Gift Card is the purchase of a means of payment; it does not constitute a deposit. You will not earn interest on the balance of a Gift Card.
2.3. The Gift Card and its balance are valid for a period of 24 months from the date of purchase for UK Center Parcs villages and for 60 months at Center Parcs Longford Forest due to Irish legislation (or the date on which We accept payment for Your order in the case of Gift Cards purchased on the Internet). Your Gift Card will cease to be valid 24 months from the date of purchase and 60 months at Center Parcs Longford Forest. On that date, the Gift Card will cease to function and You will no longer be entitled to use it.
2.4. If the Gift Card was purchased via an electronic point of sale, the maximum value that may be loaded onto the Gift Card is £1,000, (for UK Gift Cards), €1,000, (for Gift Cards purchased for use in the Republic of Ireland). The Gift Card will be activated at the point of sale and the monies will typically be available for use within one hour of purchase.
2.5. If the Gift Card was purchased via a card dispensing kiosk, the upper load limit may differ depending on the nature of the Gift Card programme in question. The Gift Card will be activated at the point of sale and the monies will typically be available for use within one hour of purchase.
2.6. If the Gift Card was purchased via a mobile point of sale, the maximum value that may be loaded onto the Gift Card may differ depending on the nature of the Gift Card programme in question. The Gift Card will be activated at the point of sale and the monies will typically be available for use within one hour of purchase.
2.7. If Your Gift Card was purchased over the internet, typically the maximum value that may be loaded onto the Gift Card is £1,000, (for UK Gift Cards), €1,000, (for Gift Cards purchased for use in the Republic of Ireland), though the upper load limit may differ depending on the nature of the Gift Card programme in question. Gift Cards purchased online will require activation upon receipt. You can activate the Gift Card by contacting Customer Services in accordance with section 14 below or by visiting here and the monies will typically be available for use within one hour of activation.
2.8. Additional funds cannot be loaded onto Your Gift Card after initial purchase, except in the case where a retailer refunds a transaction onto the Gift Card. Refunds usually take several days to reach Your Gift Card.
2.9. In limited circumstances, multiple Gift Card balances can be consolidated on to a single Gift Card. To find out whether or not this service is available for Your Gift Cards, please contact Customer Services in accordance with section 14 below. Combining multiple Gift Card balances is subject to an administration fee which is outlined in section 6 below.
3. IDENTIFICATION REQUIREMENTS
3.1. We may ask for personal information and evidence of Your identity before we issue a Gift Card to You. We do so to combat fraud, money laundering and other financial crime. We also use this information to identify You and Your Gift Card in the event that it is lost or stolen. We only keep this information for as long as necessary and for the purposes described.
3.2. If You fail to provide Us with the requested evidence of identity, or if at Our sole discretion We are not satisfied with the evidence You have presented to Us, We reserve the right not to issue a Gift Card to You. Our decision shall be final and We shall not be obliged to provide a reason for refusing to issue a Gift Card to You.
3.3. In the even that You elect to purchase a Gift Card online, We may carry out electronic identification checks to verify Your identity.
4. DATA PROTECTION
We are committed to ensuring that all of the personal information We hold is secured, protected and used responsibly at all times. We comply with current data protection legislation; for further information relating to data protection matters, please refer to Our Data Protection Statement which can be found here.
5. FEES AND CHARGES
The table below outlines the fees and charges which apply to the purchase and use of Gift Cards:
All gift cards for use in the Republic of Ireland a €2 fee will be deducted each month from the Card balance, starting on the day after the 24-month anniversary of when Gift Card was collected.
Administration Fee; for the manual work involved in carrying out the redemption or refund of the remaining Gift Card balance
£9.95 for UK Gift Cards;
€9.95 for Gift Cards purchased for use in the Republic of Ireland.
*For all gift cards for use in the Republic of Ireland a €2 fee will be deducted each month from the Card balance, starting on the day after the 24-month anniversary of when Gift Card was collected.
Administration Fee; for the cost of a new Gift Card and the manual work involved in replacing a lost, stolen or damaged Gift Card.
£5.95 for UK Gift Cards;
€5.95 for Gift Cards purchase for use in the Republic of Ireland.
Administration Fee; for the cost of consolidating the balance of two or more Gift Cards.
Note that Our Gift Card balance consolidation service is only available in limited circumstances; please see section 2.9 above for further information.
£1.00 for the consolidation of two Gift Card balances and £0.20 for each subsequent Gift Card balance consolidated, for UK Gift Cards; or
€1.00 for consolidation of two Gift Card balances and €0.20 for each subsequent Gift Card balance consolidated for Gift Cards purchased for use in the Republic of Ireland.
Depending on the nature of Your enquiry it may be possible to have the applicable fee deducted directly from Your Gift Card balance. Alternatively, You may elect to make payment for an applicable fee separately.
If You elect to use Our SMS balance enquiry service, (this service is only available for Gift Cards purchased for use within the United Kingdom), a charge of £0.25 will be levied per enquiry. Please see section 8.3.4 for further information.
6. HOW TO USE YOUR GIFT CARD
6.1. We will be entitled to assume that a transaction was authorised by You where:
6.1.1. The magnetic stripe on the Gift Card was swiped by the retailer;
6.1.2. There is a signed sales slip;
6.1.3. The correct PIN is entered at the point of sale, (where applicable); or
6.1.4. Where relevant information is supplied to the retailer which allows the transaction to be processed.
6.2. Normally, We will receive notification of Your authorisation by way of an electronic message in line with the rules and procedures of the payment scheme network.
6.3. Once We have received Your instruction to proceed with the transaction, the transaction can not be stopped or revoked. Please refer to section 14 of this agreement for more information. We will deduct the value of the transaction from the remaining balance of the Gift Card. The retailer or service provider that has accepted Your card for payment will normally receive payment within five working days.
6.4. The Gift Card may be used in full or part payment for purchases. In the case of part payment, the person using the Gift Card will be required to pay the outstanding amount of the purchase by alternative means, for example, cash or debit or credit card.
7. RESTRICTIONS ON USE OF GIFT CARDS
7.1. A Gift Card may only be used to make payments within a limited network retailers. You must not attempt to use Your Gift Card via non - participating retailers;
7.2. A Gift Card may not be topped up after use;
7.3. A Gift Card can not be used to withdraw cash via ATMs, banks or other institutions;
7.4. A Gift Card is not:
7.4.1. Linked to a bank account;
7.4.2. A cheque guarantee card;
7.4.3. A charge card; or
7.4.4. A credit card.
7.5. A Gift Card balance does not attract interest;
7.6. A Gift Card is neither permitted nor suitable to be used for the purposes of identification;
7.7. A Gift Card may not be used for preauthorised regular payments, for gambling, or for any illegal purposes;
7.8. We may restrict use of Your Gift Card if:
7.8.1. We suspect that the Gift Card is being used for, or is in any way associated with, fraudulent or other illegal activities;
7.8.2. We believe You have breached, or otherwise failed to comply with, these terms and conditions; or
7.8.3. In the event of exceptional circumstances which prohibit the normal operation of the Gift Card.
8. MANAGING YOUR GIFT CARD
8.1.The balance available on the Gift Card will be reduced by the value of each payment that is made using the Gift Card. Where You have used the Gift Card to pay for goods or services, the value of the transaction plus any relevant fees or charges will be paid to the retailer or service provider via the payment scheme network.
8.2. If You attempt to make a payment for a value which exceeds the remaining balance on the Gift Card the transaction will be declined. If You know the remaining balance of Your Gift Card You may be able to make a partial payment as described in section 7.5 above.
8.3. You may check the available balance on Your Gift Card or view a statement of recent transactions by:
8.3.1. Visiting here and using the balance enquiry service;
8.3.2. Contacting Customer Services in accordance with section 14 below. (Please note that calling costs may apply; check with Your telephone service provider);
8.3.3. Scanning the QR code which appears on the reverse of the Gift Card, (where applicable), using Your smartphone, (supported on Windows Phones and devices using Apple iOS and Android. Please note that data costs may apply; check with Your telephone service provider);
8.3.4. For Gift Cards purchased for use within the United Kingdom, by using Our SMS balance enquiry service; send BAL followed by the sixteen digit Gift Card number to 60030. A fee of £0.25p plus Your standard network charge will apply for this service. This fee will be handled by Your network operator and will be deducted from the balance of Your mobile telephone credit or added to Your next mobile telephone bill; or
8.3.5. Where registration is available, by logging into Your customer account and using the balance enquiry service.
9. EXPIRY OF THE GIFT CARD AND YOUR RIGHT TO REDEEM
9.1. Your Gift Card will cease to be valid 24 months from the date of purchase for UK Center Parcs villages and after 60 months at Center Parcs Longford Forest due to Irish legislation; We refer to this date as Your Gift Card’s expiry date. On the expiry date Your Gift Card will cease to function and You will no longer be entitled to use it. Any balance remaining on Your Gift Card at the expiry date will be forfeited; We therefore encourage You to use the full balance of Your Gift Card prior to its expiry. Any funds forfeited will be used to support the ongoing operation of the Gift Card programme in question.
9.2. For a period of ninety days from Your Gift Card’s expiry date You have the option to request that any balance which remained at the time of expiry be restored, subject to the payment of a fee of £9.95, (for UK Gift Cards) and €9.95, (for Gift Cards purchased in the Republic of Ireland). If You do elect to request restoration and make payment of the applicable fee, Your Gift Card balance will be restored and will remain valid for a period of ninety days from the date upon which You requested restoration.
We may ask You to provide evidence of ownership of the Gift Card before restoring the appropriate balance and We may also ask You to provide evidence of Your identity.
9.3. If You are uncertain as to the expiry date of Your Gift Card, please contact Customer Services in accordance with section 14 below.
10. CANCELLATION PERIOD AND REFUND PROCEDURE
10.1. The original purchaser of the Gift Card is entitled to a fourteen day cooling off period. If You are the original purchaser and You wish to cancel Your Gift Card please return it to Guest Services at the village it was purchased, together with Your original sales receipt, whilst on your break. After your break and within fourteen days of purchase, please contact Flex-e-Card Customer Services as per section 14. Customer Services. If You purchased Your Gift Card via the internet, a card dispensing kiosk or a mobile point of sale and You would like to request its cancellation, please contact Customer Services in accordance with section 14 below.
Any funds returned to the original purchaser under this section 10.1 will be refunded in the same form as they were received. For example, if the original purchaser elected to pay for the Gift Card using a debit or credit card, the funds will be refunded to the same debit or credit card.
10.2. If You exercise Your right to a refund under section 10.1 above, We will interpret this as Your withdrawal from this agreement and where possible We will retain the Gift Card.
11. KEEPING YOUR GIFT CARD AND DETAILS SAFE
You are responsible for keeping Your Gift Card and the associated details safe. You must take all reasonable steps to avoid the loss, theft or misuse of the Gift Card and the associated details. Do not disclose details associated with the Gift Card to anyone except where it is absolutely necessary. For example, when carrying out a transaction or when passing the Gift Card to another individual as a gift or gesture.
12. LOST, STOLEN AND DAMAGED GIFT CARDS
12.1. If Your Gift Card is lost, stolen or damaged We encourage You to contact Customer Services in accordance with section 14 below at the earliest reasonable opportunity. We may ask that You provide a variety of details in order to confirm that You are the authorised holder of the Gift Card. Following completion of this verification process, (if required), We will:
12.1.1. Block Your Gift Card, if You have reported it lost or stolen; or
12.1.2. Cancel Your Gift Card if You have reported it damaged.
12.2. The blocking or cancellation of Your Gift Card will ensure that it can no longer be used while, where possible, We make arrangements for a replacement Gift Card to be made available to You.
12.3. You will be held liable for the value of all transactions if We believe, or have reason to suspect that:
12.3.1. You have acted fraudulently;
12.3.2. You intentionally, recklessly or negligently failed to keep Your Gift Card or details of its security features safe; or
12.3.3. An undue or unreasonable period of delay elapsed in between Your Gift Card being lost or stolen and Your notifying Customer Services of the loss or theft.
12.4. We may limit Your liability to a maximum of £50, (for UK Gift Cards), €50, (for Gift Cards purchased for use in the Republic of Ireland), for lost or stolen Gift Cards if You are deemed to have notified Customer Services of the loss or theft at the earliest reasonable opportunity.
12.5. Following satisfactory completion of the verification process described in section 3.1 We may make arrangements for a replacement Gift Card to be made available to You from the appropriate Center Parcs village. In the event that We are able to make a replacement Gift Card available to You, a fee of £5.95, (for UK Gift Cards), €5.95, (for Gift Cards purchased for use in the Republic of Ireland) will apply.
12.6. Replacement Gift Cards are:
12.6.1. Only available for collection up to the expiry date of the original Gift Card which has been lost, stolen or damaged;
12.6.2. Only available if the original Gift Card which has been lost, stolen or damaged was purchased from a Center Parcs village which operates a Flex-e-card electronic point of sale; and
12.6.3. Valid for a period of 24 months from the date of original purchase for UK Center Parcs villages and for 5 years at Center Parcs Longford Forest due to Irish legislation, from the date that the replacement Gift Card is collected.
12.7. The cooling off period described in section 10.1 above does not apply to replacement Gift Cards.
13. PURCHASES FROM RETAILERS AND TRANSACTION DISPUTES
13.1. We are not responsible for the safety, legality, quality or any other aspect of the goods or services purchased with a Gift Card.
13.2. If You believe You did not authorise a particular transaction, or if You would like to raise a dispute over the goods or services purchased, You should contact Customer Services at the earliest reasonable opportunity in accordance with section 14 below. If an undue or unreasonable period of delay elapses in between the occurrence of the transaction or dispute in question and Your notifying Customer Services, We may not be able to assist You.
13.3. In certain circumstances, a transaction will be initiated but not completed. Where this happens, this may result in the value of the transaction being deducted from the Gift Card balance and becoming unavailable for use; We refer to this as a hanging authorisation or block. In these cases, You must contact Customer Services in accordance with section 14 below and present evidence to show that the transaction has been cancelled or reversed. In the absence of sufficient evidence We retain the right to impose a waiting period of five working days prior to reinstatement of the blocked amount onto Your Gift Card.
14. CUSTOMER SERVICES
14.1. All enquiries in connection with a Gift Card should be made to Customer Services by:
14.1.1. Calling 0844 77 44 277 (Calls will be charged at 5p per minute. Please be advised there may be additional access charges from your service provider)
14.1.2. Writing to Customer Services, Flex-e-card Ltd, 2 St James Gate, Newcastle Upon Tyne, NE1 4BE;
14.1.3. Contacting Us using Our online Live Chat service; or
14.1.4. E – mailing Us at [email protected]
14.2. Customer Services are available from 9:00AM to 10:00PM Monday to Friday, 9:00AM to 10:00PM on Saturdays and 10:00AM to 6:00PM on Sundays. (Times are shown in Greenwich Mean Time).
14.3. If You wish to make a complaint in relation to Your Gift Card You should, in the first instance, contact Us using the details provided above. You will be asked to explain the reason for Your dissatisfaction. We will log Your complaint and investigate it in accordance with Our Complaints Handling Procedure. Once We have investigated Your complaint We will issue You with a final response in writing.
15. GIFT CARDS USING CHIP AND PIN
15.1. The terms and conditions contained within this section 14 apply to those Gift Cards which operate on the basis of chip and PIN.
15.2. If the Gift Card was purchased via an electronic point of sale, via a card dispensing kiosk or via a mobile point of sale, the associated PIN will be enclosed with the Gift Card at the point of sale.
15.3. If the Gift Card was purchased over the internet, the associated PIN will be enclosed with the Gift Card on delivery.
15.4. You are responsible for keeping Your Gift Card, the associated PIN and all other relevant security details safe. You must take all reasonable steps to avoid the loss, damage, theft or misuse of the Gift Card. Do not disclose Gift Card details, the associated PIN or any relevant security details to anyone, except where this is necessary for the purpose of completing a transaction or when passing the Gift Card to another individual as a gift or gesture.
15.5. We will never ask You to reveal a PIN.
15.6. Your Gift Card will be blocked if You enter an incorrect PIN at a point of sale three times;
15.7. If Your Gift Card is blocked as a result of incorrect PIN entry, please:
15.7.1. Contact Customer Services in accordance with section 14 above to request that Your Gift Card be unblocked; and
15.7.2. Register Your Gift Card in order to gain access to Our PIN retrieval service.
15.8. It can take up to twenty four hours from the time a Gift Card is unblocked for the Gift Card to become ready to use again.
16. LIMITATION OF LIABILITY
16.1. None of the organisations described in sections 1.2 and 1.3 will be liable for any;
16.1.1. Losses which were not foreseeable at the time of the purchase of the Gift Card;
16.1.2. Losses which were not caused by any breach on their part, (each acting severally);
16.1.3. Business losses; or
16.1.4. Losses to non – consumers.
16.2. In any event the liability of the organisations described in Sections 1.2 and 1.3 will be limited to the value loaded onto the Gift Card at the time of purchase.
16.3. The United Kingdom’s Financial Services Compensation Scheme (“FSCS”) and other deposit protection schemes do not apply to Your Gift Card. This means that in the event the relevant Gift Card issuer becomes insolvent Your Gift Card may cease to function and may become valueless. You will not be able to reclaim this money from the FSCS or any other deposit protection scheme.
17. CHANGES TO THESE TERMS AND CONDITIONS
17.1. These terms and conditions may be changed or amended at any time for legal, regulatory or security reasons or to enable the proper delivery of the Gift Card scheme. If any changes are made they will be publicised two months before the changes take effect (unless law requires Us to make a more immediate change) and copies of the revised terms and conditions will be made available:
17.1.1. At Guest Services in Center Parcs villages
17.1.2. Online by visiting here
17.2. Due to the nature of Gift Card programmes, it is often difficult or impossible for Us to contact each individual cardholder in the event of a change to these terms and conditions. It is therefore the responsibility of both the Gift Card purchaser and the recipient to check the website here regularly for changes to terms and conditions. We will assume that You have done so and will be entitled to assume You have accepted any changes to these terms and conditions unless You notify Us otherwise.
18. LAW AND COURTS
The law of England and Wales applies to these terms and conditions and the Courts of England and Wales shall deal with any legal proceedings between You and Us.