Business owner or Club member
HL, I am a Club Member and part of the Board. To me, it matters not what my association is with the "business" I simply do not believe that a "Gift Certificate" should be sold with an expiry date, provided it is for a Dollar value. If it were simply for a 1 hour flight, or a T.I.F., that is a different matter and I would have no issue there. Notwithstanding, the question in the original post of this thread would indicate that the Club concerned initially caused the delay in use of the voucher and therefore had a duty to honour it when requested at a later date.
From what you say you believe that if I owned the business I would think differently. As for every Gift Voucher for every retail outlet having an expiry date, that is incorrect. I recently came upon a Bunnings Gift Card given to me for Christmas 2010. It had no expiry date, nor should it have in my opinion, and it was accepted without question within the last week.