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Buying directly from the inn or bed and breakfast greatly helps the inn's bottom line. Buying through a directory pays a commission of perhaps 10%, 15%, or 20% to other sources. We sell many certificates to family members of guests who regularly stay with us. Many adult children purchase gift certificates for their parents.
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It might be a "Quick Fix" in a busy season to purchase a gift certificate from a directory, and where the recipient can choose the inn of their choice. On the other hand, it might be a more meaningful gift to do the homework to find that special get-a-way that you believe they would most enjoy.
Directories - Property owners list with directories for the advantage of exposure to the thousands of persons seeking unique lodging experiences. Examples of bed and breakfast directories are: bnblist.com, bedandbreakfast.com, bnbfinder.com, iloveinns.com, and selectregistry.com, to name a few. Of course, we owners need and love our online directories. Most directories offer gift certificates or gift cards. Keep in mind that cards and certificates purchased from a specific directory can be redeemed only at those directory properties that are participating in that directory's gift certificate program. If you have a bed and breakfast in mind for your loved one, check to see if that property is a participant in the directory's gift program before purchasing from the directory.
|The Barn Inn Bed and Breakfast|
Bnbfinder.com has a gift certificate information page on their site that explains requirements, this being available to the purchaser prior to clicking the link to make the purchase. Here is a link of participating properties.
Associations - You may also discover many bed and breakfast associations that offer gift certificates or cards. In searching; however, I find that few associations give much explaination about gift certificate redemption. Some sites say they may be redeemed at their member properties. I suggest that you inquire of the association prior to making a purchase. Associations typically are well managed and commited to serving their clients.
|Holmes County, Ohio|
It's the law in Ohio - All gift certificates issued in the state of Ohio (in any industry) must be honored for two years. Here at the Barn Inn Bed and Breakfast we honor gift certificates for two years. After the two-year expiration date, we will, as long as we own the inn, continue to honor expired gift certificates for a Sunday through Thursday stay, but not during the peak season which runs mid September through the month of October.
We, here at the Barn Inn Bed and Breakfast, accept gift certificates issued by iloveinns.com. We especially like our partnership in the iloveinns.com because they charge us only 10% commission on their certificates. BnBfinder.com charges redeeming inns a 15% commission, and yet another leading directory charges 20% commission, (with some additional rebate to property).
Innkeepers like myself must assess whether or not it is advantageous to participate in directory or association gift programs. Several factors impact the decision. We here at The Barn Inn Bed and Breakfast are located in Ohio's Amish Country. Holmes County Ohio which hosts over 4 million visitors annually to our area. Typically we are able to fill up most weekends around the calendar, so we do not rely on directory gift certificates to fill our rooms.
Visit Ohio's Amish Country in Holmes County, Ohio. If it's mid-day, stop by for a tour of open rooms.
Submitted by Loretta Coblentz
July 30, 2016