Gift Certificate Balance is the latest feature of AwoCoupon Pro
(for Virtuemart, redSHOP, and Hikashop). It allows customers to load, store and
track their Gift Certificate and its balance in their customer account.
This is a nice new addition which will make it easier for customers to manage and use their gift certificates.
Here's how the function works:
First thing, in order to enable this function, go to AwoCoupon configuration and activate it.
You are also presented with the option to automatically add the gift certificate balance to a
customer account after using it in checkout. Activating it means that when customer enters a new
gift certificate, which they haven't used before or loaded into their account, the remaining
balance, if any, will be automatically added into their account. Next time they shop their balance
will be available for use at the checkout (if enabled by the administrator).
Once the Gift Certificate balance feature is enabled, you can setup the gift certificate
history menu where the customer would be able to add gift certificates and view the history.
Now this is configured, the customer can click on the menu item created (once logged in) to view the balance history.
On this screen, the customer can enter their gift certificate and redeem it into their account. They can also see the history
of redeems as well as usage.
Using the Balance
A module has been added which shows both the gift certificate balance and an “Apply” button to make
it easy for customers to simply pay for their order, or part of it, with their gift certificate.
The administrator chooses where to place this module so the customer can easily see and use the
balance. For example, in this store, the gift certificate module is added in the cart right under
the coupon field:
- Only gift certificates with no restrictions will be allowed to be redeemed. If admin sets a
shipping restriction, product restriction etc. the gift certificate won't load into customers' account.
- If the gift certificate has an expiration date, this becomes obsolete once it is loaded in the
customers' account. Gift Certificate balance in the customers' account has no expiration.