The Fayette Tribune, Oak Hill, W.Va.

November 26, 2012

Extras stretch park gift card use


— It’s a tradition with many. Gift cards as gifts are everywhere.

“There is good reason,” says Sissie Summers with West Virginia’s state parks. “Gift cards convey to the recipient that a person knows you or your family interests. The card becomes an experience when redeemed.”

West Virginia State Parks gift card sales encourage recipients to visit a state park to camp, stay in a lodge, play golf or participate in an activity that requires some form of payment.

For the Christmas and holiday season, gift card purchases of $100 or greater in value receive “extras.”

Purchases through Dec. 17 automatically have eight extras included that can stretch gift card value, according to Carol Stewart. “A purchase of $250 would receive two sets of eight, a purchase of $400 would receive four sets and so on.” Stewart processes gift card orders and helps customers with suggestions for parks to visit or how to surprise family and friends.

“There is no magic word or code to ask for to receive the extras,” Stewart explained. “It’s a way to thank people for buying or giving the gift cards and to encourage them to enjoy the parks next year.” Standard ground USPS shipping service is included in gift card sales.

The ‘extras’ included in card sales are: Whittaker Wednesdays at Cass Scenic Railroad, which recognizes a youth passenger with a free trip in June, July and August, 2013; a “Wonderful West Virginia” magazine T-shirt when subscribing to the state magazine; two Island Belle Sternwheeler rides for single ride cost to Blennerhassett Island Historical State Park; and “Play a Round” 18-hole golf greens fee with rental of a motorized golf cart at Pipestem, Twin Falls or Cacapon.

A ninth card will offer a “mystery gift.”

The “extras” are included only with online gift card purchases or by calling 304-558-2764, ext. 51828. The online address is www.wvstateparks.com; click “Gift Card Purchase.”