Terms and conditions

 

Seasons Card Terms & Conditions

These Terms & Conditions apply to your Seasons Visa Card and your online e-account associated with the Card. Please read them carefully. If you have any questions you can contact Customer Services by:

- Telephone: +44 (0)333 202 3641 (calls are charged at standard geographic rates);
- Email: customerservices@seasonstravelcard.com;
- Online: log in to your e-account at www.seasonstravelcard.com and click on Contact Us to send us a secure message;
- Mobile App: click on Contact Us in your Seasons mobile app and send us a message;
- Post: 1st Floor, Navigation House, Belmont Wharf, Skipton, North Yorkshire, BD23 1RL.

Your Card is issued by Contis Financial Services Limited, Navigation House, Belmont Wharf, Skipton, North Yorkshire, BD23 1RL, which is authorised by the Financial Conduct Authority under the Electronic Money Regulations 2011 (registered number 900025) as an e-money issuer.

1. What are the fees and limits?

Fees and Charges

Value

Comments

Valid

36 months

 

Card Fee

Free

 

Additional Card

£0.00

 

Replacement Card or 3nd additional card

£5.00

 

Monthly Management Fee (Primary Card)

Free

 

Monthly Management Fee (additional cards)

Free

 

Delivery times

Within 10 working days

 

TRANSACTIONS/PURCHASES

UK purchases

Free

 

European purchases

2%*

*Any transaction in a foreign currency will be converted into pounds. We'll do this at the rate of exchange provided by Visa Europe on the date the money leaves your account. See more information on exchange rates on the Visa Website.

International purchases

2.5%*

ATM UK +

(Cashpoint)

£0.75

 

ATM Europe +

(Cashpoint)

2%*

Additional fee of £1 applies if less than £100 is withdrawn.

ATM International + (Cashpoint)

2.5%*

Additional fee of £1 applies if less than £100 is withdrawn.

LOADING FEES

Load – Internet banking

Free

 

Load - Bank Transfer

Free

Add funds to your Seasons account by bank transfer from a UK bank account.

Debit card load

Free*

*For loads of £250 or above (£0.50 if less).

Maximum load via debit card £300 per day, £500 per week, £2,000 per month.

PayPoint

£0.50 + 2.5%

Maximum load of £249 per day

TRANSFER FEES

Future dated transfer from account

Free

Transfer money to a UK bank account in three working days.

Next day transfer from Seasons account

£3.00

Transfer money to a UK bank account on the next working day.

Same day transfer from Seasons account

£15.00

Transfer money to a UK bank account on the same day, some restrictions may apply.

International transfer regular

£20.00

Transfer money to a foreign bank account within 5-7 working days.

International transfer urgent

£28.00

Transfer money to a foreign bank account within 3-5 working days.

OTHER FEES

SMS Alerts

£0.10

 

Email Alerts

Free

 

Call costs to Customer Services

Standard rate

 

Statements paper (per 62 days)

£1.50

Must opt in - see your account.

Statements online (per 62 days)

Free

 

Personal details check

Free

 

Purchase decline

Free

 

ATM decline

Free

 

Redemption fee

£2.00

 

Inactivity/dormancy fee

Free

 

ATM Balance Enquiry

£0.10

 

ATM PIN Change (UK only)

Free

 

Application cancellation

£2.00

 

Transaction history, contact us, notify lost & stolen online

Free

 

Standing order setup fee

Free

 

ADMINISTRATION FEES

Dispute fee

£10.00

This applies where you request us to chargeback a transaction through the Visa system.

Transaction revocation

£10.00

This fee may be charged when an authorised transaction (due to be made at a future date) is cancelled.

Data subject access request

£10.00

 

Shortfall transaction fee

£10.00

Where a transaction is undertaken by the cardholder which results in a shortfall on the account.

LIMITS

Min single load

£10.00

 

Max daily withdrawal

£300.00

 

Maximum balance

£5,000

 

Notes to fees and limits:

+ some ATM providers may charge an additional fee and should advise you before you confirm the transaction.

** standard operator SMS charges apply for balance requests and additional charges may apply to receive SMS information outside the UK.

2. What is a Seasons Card?

A Seasons Visa Card ("Card") is a payment card that can be used worldwide wherever Visa is accepted. It can be used online or offline, pay for something or withdraw cash from a cashpoint machine.

You can use your online e-account to make transfers to other bank accounts and set up standing order.

3. What is a card?

A card is different from a credit card or a bank card. It is not linked to your bank account, but instead allows you to access money that you have ‘’ or ‘topped-up’ onto it. You can only spend money that you have onto your Card, so before using it you need to make sure it has enough funds loaded onto it. Monies that you prepay onto the Card are not bank deposits and do not earn interest.

4. Who can apply for a Seasons Card?

You must be at least 18 years old and a UK resident to be issued with a card.

5. Can I order an extra Card on my account for someone else?

You will be issued with two cards on your account. You may allocate one of the cards to an additional cardholder or you may keep the additional card as a spare.

You can request a third card for an additional cardholder and you will be charged a fee as detailed in the Fees and Limits table (section 34). Additional cardholders must be at least 13 years old. By requesting an additional cardholder, you agree for us to issue them a card and for them to authorise transactions on your behalf.

You agree to honour all transactions carried out by any additional cardholder and that you will be responsible for the use of the additional card and for any applicable fees and charges the additional cardholder may incur.

An organisation can also order cards for others, for example for its employees. 

6. How can I apply for the Card?

You can apply on our Website (www.seasonstravelcard.com) by clicking on the 'Apply now' buttons.

Before we issue you a card we may require evidence of your identity and residential address and we may also need to carry out checks on you electronically. If your card is funded by an organisation we may require some documentary evidence to prove this.

7. How do I get started?

As soon as you receive your card you must sign the signature strip on the back.

You will then need to activate your card. You can do this:

- by logging into your e-account;
- by calling our Customer Services team on 0333 202 3641 and choosing option 2; or
- by mobile app.

You also need to obtain your PIN to authorise chip-and-pin transactions and cashpoint machine withdrawals. You can get your PIN by calling Customer Services when you activate your card or through your e-account and mobile app.

By activating your card you are agreeing to these Terms & Conditions. Your card must be activated within 36 months of it being issued or it will be automatically cancelled and your account will be closed.

If you have ordered a card for someone else, it is your responsibility to give them the information required to activate the card and retrieve the PIN. If they start using the card we will take this as confirmation that you have communicated these Terms & Conditions to them and that they have accepted them.

8. What if I want to change my PIN?

If you want to change your PIN, you can do so at any cashpoint machine with the Visa logo in the UK. You can get a reminder of your PIN through your e-account, mobile app or by calling Customer Services.

9. How do I add funds to the Card?

You or your organisation (if applicable) may load funds onto your card by transfers from a bank account, a load by a UK issued debit card and any other method notified on our website from time to time. Your card cannot be loaded by a balance transfer from a credit card.

A fee may apply for each load you make, please refer to the Fees and Limits table (section 34). Certain minimum and maximum load limits apply to your card; such limits are detailed in the Fees and Limits table. We reserve the right to refuse to accept any particular loading transaction if we suspect any fraudulent activity or in the event of other exceptional circumstances.

As soon as we receive the funds that you have loaded, they will be on your card and ready to use. You can request to receive an SMS notification when funds are loaded onto your card, a fee applies, please refer to the Fees and Limits table (section 34).

10. How do transactions work?

The first step will be to follow the instructions of the merchant or cashpoint machine to authorise a transaction. A transaction is authorised when you:

- enter your PIN or provide any other security code;
- sign a sales voucher;
- provide your Card details and/or any other details as requested; or
- wave or swipe the Card over a card reader.

Like other payment cards, we cannot guarantee a retailer or cashpoint machine will accept your card.

As soon as a transaction is authorised we will deduct the value of your transaction from the balance on your card. At the same time we will deduct any fees that apply to the transaction. See the Fees and Limits table (section 34) for more information.

Once we have received authorisation for a transaction we will transfer funds to the retailer within 3 days. A transaction will be received as follows:

- for purchases and cashpoint machine transactions, at the time we receive the transaction instruction from the retailer or cashpoint machine operator;
- for other transactions that are communicated directly to us, at the time you ask us to complete the transaction or if after 2.30pm for same day bank transfers (CHAPS) and 5pm for other bank transfers the instruction will be deemed to have been received by us on the following business day.

11. Can I cancel a transaction I have made?

Generally, authorisation for a transaction may not be withdrawn by you. However, you may be able to withdraw your authorisation where you have authorised a transaction which will take place on a future date. In this situation, to withdraw your authorisation, you must notify the retailer before the close of business on the business day before the day on which the transaction was due to take place and provide us with a copy of the notice. We may charge you an Administration Fee if a transaction is revoked by you under this paragraph (see the Fees and Limits table (section 34)).

12. Can I pay for things in a foreign currency?

Your Card is denominated in British Pounds Sterling. If you make a purchase or an cashpoint machine withdrawal in any other currency we will convert the sum into Pounds Sterling using the exchange rate set by Visa on the day they process the transaction. An international transaction fee will apply to each of these transactions (see the Fees and Limits table (section 34)).

Any changes to the exchange rate used to convert foreign transactions will be made immediately. You can find the exchange rate for a transaction made in a currency other than British Pounds Sterling on a given date at: http://www.visaeurope.com/en/Cardholders/exchange_rates.aspx.

13. Is there anything I can’t buy with my Card?

You may not use your card for illegal purposes. It also cannot be used for a limited number of specified transactions. Please see our website for details www.seasonstravelcard.com/hintsandtips.

14. How can I check my account?

You can check your account by accessing it through our mobile app or our website (www.seasonstravelcard.com). Your statement will show:

- information on the payee of each card transaction;
- the amount of the card transaction shown in the currency in which the transaction was paid or debited to the account;
- the amount of charges for the transaction; and
- the date the transaction is authorised or posted on to the account.

Paper statements are available on request and are subject to a fee (see the Fees and Limits table (section 34)).

You can also choose to use our SMS service to request your balance on your mobile phone and set-up SMS notifications for when money is loaded onto your card and when you have made a purchase or cashpoint machine withdrawal. Additional SMS services will be set out on our website when they become available. The SMS balance and activation number for registered cardholders is 07770 500500; standard mobile phone charges apply and a fee is charged for each SMS message that we send. Please refer to the Fees and Limits table (section 34). You agree that you have permission from the bill payer to access our SMS services.

15. How long will the Card last?

Your card will be valid for 3 years. You will not be able to use your card after its expiry date. This agreement shall terminate when your card is cancelled or expires.

16. Does the Card have spending limits?

You can only spend the money that is onto your card. Limits also apply to daily cashpoint machine withdrawals, and other limits may be applied to the amount of spend and the number of transactions you can perform. See the Fees and Limits table (section 34) and our website for further details.

If, for any reason, the transaction is completed when there are insufficient funds on your card then you will have to reimburse the shortfall to us, unless it is due to an error by the retailer with whom you made the transaction.

We may collect this shortfall from any card you have with us or from any funds which you subsequently load onto your card. We may suspend your cards until the negative balance is restored and charge you an Administration Fee (see the Fees and Limits table (section 34)) for transactions that you make using your card that results in a negative balance or increases the negative balance on your card.

17. What if I have been overcharged or charged for transactions I didn’t make?

We recommend that you check the balance and any recent transactions on your card regularly through your e-account, mobile app or by contacting Customer Services.

If you dispute a transaction that has been processed on your card you should contact the merchant first as this may lead to the quickest resolution. If the dispute cannot be resolved with the merchant you should contact us as soon as possible and at least within 13 months of the date of the transaction. We will refund the amount of any transactions that our investigations show were not authorised by you, provided you have acted with reasonable care, kept your card secure, not disclosed your PIN or security details to anyone else and not acted fraudulently. We may charge you an Administration Fee for charging the transaction back to the retailer through the Visa system.

You may be entitled to claim a refund in relation to transactions where:

- the transaction was not authorised under this agreement;
- we are responsible for a transaction which was incorrectly executed by us; or
- a pre-authorised transaction did not specify the exact amount at the time of its authorisation and the amount charged by a supplier is more than you could reasonably have expected, taking into account normal spending patterns on the card or the circumstances of the transaction. A claim for a refund in these circumstances will not be accepted if the amount of the transaction was made available to you at least 4 weeks before the transaction date or if the claim is made more than 8 weeks after being charged to your account.

18. What about security?

You should treat your card like cash. If it is lost or stolen, you may lose some or all of your money on your card, in the same way as if you lost cash in your wallet or purse. Therefore, you must keep your card safe and not let anyone else use it. You must keep your PIN secret at all times; never disclose your PIN or security information to anyone. Security information includes your login and password details used to access your e-account or any other website where your card details are stored. We also recommend that you check the balance on your card regularly through your e-account, mobile app or by contacting Customer Services.

19. What if my card is lost or stolen?

If you lose your card or it is stolen, or you suspect that someone else has found out your PIN or password, you must tell us immediately by calling us or logging onto your e-account or mobile app and notifying us. Your card will be cancelled immediately. We run a dedicated line for lost or stolen cards; the number is 01756 693275 and calls are charged at the standard geographical rate. If, after reporting a lost card, you subsequently find the card you must not use it. Cut it in half through the signature box, magnetic strip and chip.

If you ask us to do so, and provided that you provide information and assistance that we request from you, we will investigate any disputed transaction or misuse of your card.

If the investigations show that any disputed transaction was authorised by you, or you have acted fraudulently or with gross negligence (for example by failing to keep your card, security details or PIN secure or by failing to notify us without delay on becoming aware of the loss, theft, misappropriation or unauthorised use of the card), then we will not refund the transaction amount and will charge you a fee of up to £50 for any loss we suffer because of the use of the card. If the investigations show that you have not acted fraudulently or with gross negligence, your maximum loss or liability to us for any unauthorised transaction will be limited to £50 and we will refund the amount of any transactions entered into after we receive your notification.

20. Will you ever block a transaction without me asking?

We may refuse to pay a transaction:

- if we are concerned about security of your card or e-account or we suspect your card or e-account is being used in an unauthorised or fraudulent manner;
- if sufficient funds are not loaded on your card or e-account at the time of a transaction to cover the amount of the transaction and any applicable fees;
- if there is negative balance on the card;
- if we have reasonable grounds to believe that you are not using the card or e-account in accordance with these Terms & Conditions;
- if we believe that a transaction is potentially suspicious or illegal (for example, if we believe that a transaction is being made fraudulently); or
- because of errors, failures (whether mechanical or otherwise) or refusal to process a transaction by merchants, payment processors or payment schemes such as Visa, BACS or CHAPS.

If we refuse a transaction, we will tell you why immediately, if we can, unless it would be unlawful for us to do so. You may correct any information we hold and which may have caused us to refuse a transaction by contacting Customer Services.

21. Can I cancel my Card?

You have a legal right to cancel your card up to 14 days from the date you purchase it without incurring any penalty and we will refund any card issue fees. We may charge you a Cancelled Card Fee if we have already incurred costs by ordering a card in your name. You can also cancel your card any time after the 14 day period subject to a Redemption Fee (the Fees and Limits table (section 34)) by contacting Customer Services. You should also cut your card in half through the signature box, magnetic strip and chip.

You will not be entitled to a refund of money you have already spent on transactions authorised, or pending or any fees for use of the card before the Card is cancelled or expires.

22. Could my Card be cancelled?

We may cancel your card and this agreement by giving you at least 2 months’ notice. Reasons for cancellation may include:

- if this agreement or your card expires;
- if you break an important part of this agreement, or repeatedly break the agreement and fail to resolve the matter in a timely manner;
- if you act in a manner that is threatening or abusive to our staff, or any of our representatives; or
- if you fail to pay fees or charges that you have incurred or fail to pay back any negative balance on your card.

We may also cancel your card immediately if we:

- suspect fraud or misuse of your card;
- have any other security concerns; or
- need to do so to comply with the law.

If we cancel your card immediately, we will tell you as soon as we can if we are permitted to do so.

In these circumstances, you must tell us what you want us to do with any unused funds. You must do this within 3 months of the date we tell you that your card is cancelled.

23. Can I get money back once I have put it on?

You can clear the balance on your card through spending, cashpoint machine withdrawals, or transfers to other bank accounts. See the Fees & Limits table (section 34) for the fees that would apply.

Alternatively, you or your organisation (if they provided you with your card) may request a refund of the funds on your card by contacting Customer Services and confirming that your card has been destroyed by cutting it up. We will transfer your funds back to you (or your organisation) at no cost to you, unless:

- you are requesting redemption before termination or expiry of this agreement;
- you cancel this agreement before any agreed termination or expiry date; or
- you request redemption more than one year after the date of termination or expiry of this agreement.

If one of these situations does apply then we will charge a Redemption Fee (see the Fees and Limits table (section 34)).

We will not redeem the value of the funds on your card to you if your request for redemption of the funds is more than six years after the date of termination or expiry of this agreement.

All funds will be returned to a bank account of you or your organisation that loaded the money onto the card. We reserve the right to see proof of your (or your organisation’s) ownership of the or bank account before transferring the funds to it. To enable us to comply with our legal obligations, we may ask you to provide us with certain information such as identification documents before we can process your refund request.

Please also refer to section 30 below for the circumstances in which we do not give you a refund.

24. Is money on my card protected like my bank account?

The card and associated e-account is an electronic money product and although it is a product regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority, it is not covered by the Financial Conduct Compensation Scheme. No other compensation scheme exists to cover losses claimed in connection with the card. We will however ensure that any funds received by you are held in a segregated account so that should we become insolvent your funds will be protected against claims made by our creditors.

25. What if I have a complaint?

If you are unhappy in any way with your card and e-account or the way it is managed, you can contact Customer Services so we can investigate the circumstances for you. Any complaints you have will be dealt with quickly and fairly.

If we are unable to resolve your complaint to your satisfaction you may contact the Financial Ombudsman Service at Exchange Tower, London, E14 9SR. Telephone: 0800 023 4 567 from landlines, 0300 123 9 123 from mobile phones or +44 20 7964 0500 for calls from outside the UK and e-mail: complaint.info@financial-ombudsman.org.uk.

26. What if I change my details?

You must let us know as soon as possible if you change name, address, telephone number, mobile number or e-mail address. If we contact you in relation to your card we will use the most recent contact details you have provided to us. Any e-mail or SMS text message sent to you will be treated as being received as soon as it is sent by us. We will not be liable to you if your contact details have changed and you have not told us.

27. What will happen to my personal information?

We will process and retain personal data in order to open, administer and run your card account. We will transfer your personal data within our groups of companies and to other third parties in order to issue a card and run your account.

We will transfer your personal data, including details of your transactions, within our group of companies and to third parties who may distribute the card to you on our behalf, in order to carry out, monitor and analyse our relevant business. If we transfer your information to third parties outside the European Union we will take steps to ensure that the third party agrees to apply the same levels of data protection that apply in the UK.

If you have agreed, we or other third parties may also contact you to let you know about services that are of interest to you. You can contact us if you don’t want to receive any marketing materials from us or other third parties.

We may check personal information with fraud protection agencies and other organisations and we may get information about you from recognised agencies to verify your identity. A record of such enquiries may be left on your file. We will tell fraud prevention agencies if you give us false or inaccurate information and we suspect fraud.

We may monitor and/or record telephone calls we have with you to help us maintain and improve the quality of the service we provide to you.

If you wish to obtain a copy of your personal data we hold, please contact Customer Services. There will be a £10 Administration Fee to provide this information. We will not disclose your account information to the additional cardholders without prior written permission from you. For further information please see our privacy policy on our website.

28. Will these Terms & Conditions ever change?

We may change these Terms & Conditions by notifying you by e-mail or other agreed means at least 2 months before the change is due to happen. We will assume that you agree with the change. If you do not agree with the change you must tell us before the change happens and we will cancel your account immediately. If you cancel your card in this way then we will return any balance on the card to you and you will not be charged a Redemption Fee.

An up-to-date version of the card Terms & Conditions, as well as any notices of future changes will always be available on our Website. You should check our website regularly for such notices and changes.

29. When may use of the card be interrupted?

From time to time, your ability to use your card or e-account may be interrupted, e.g. when we carry out maintenance. If this happens, you may be unable (a) to use your card to pay for purchases or obtain cash from cashpoint machines and/or (b) to obtain information about the funds available in your card and/or about your recent transactions.

In addition, like other payment cards, we cannot guarantee a merchant will accept your card, or that we will necessarily authorise any particular transaction. This may be because of a systems problem, something outside our reasonable control, to comply with legal and regulatory requirements, or because we have suspended, restricted or cancelled your card or refused to replace it in accordance with these Terms & Conditions.

30. What is our responsibility?

If we incorrectly deduct funds from your card, we will refund them. If unauthorised transactions occur after you have notified us of the loss, theft or unauthorised use of your card, and you have not acted fraudulently or in breach of these Terms and Conditions, then we will be liable.

We will not be liable:

- in any event that a merchant refuses to accept your card;
- for refusing to authorise a transaction;
- for cancelling or suspending use of your card;
- for any loss arising from your inability to use your card or access your e-account due to interruptions of your ability to use your card or e-account;
- for any direct or indirect loss or damage you may suffer including loss of revenue, goodwill, opportunity or anticipated savings as a result of your total or partial use or inability to use your card, mobile app or e-account or the use of your card, mobile app or e-account by any third party (unless otherwise required by law);
- for the quality, safety, legality or any other aspect of any goods or services purchased with your card.

For the SMS services we offer, we are not responsible for lost, late or undelivered text messages, notifications or communications. We accept no responsibility for any technical, computer, online, telephone, cable, electronic, software, hardware, transmission, connection, internet, website or other access issue which may hinder your ability to access the SMS services.

31. When can I be charged (other than the fees in section 34)?

We may charge you for any reasonable costs that we incur in taking action to stop you using this card and to recover any monies owed as a result of your activities if you:

- use your card or e-account fraudulently;
- do not use your card or e-account in accordance with these Terms & Conditions; or
- have been grossly negligent, for example by failing to keep your card or PIN secure or by failing to notify us without delay after your card is lost, stolen, or used by someone else.

In these circumstances we will not refund transactions and we reserve the right to charge you for any reasonable costs that we incur in taking action to stop you using your card and to recover any monies owed as a result of your activities.

If you have not been fraudulent, or grossly negligent, and have used your card in accordance with these Terms & Conditions, your maximum liability for any unauthorised transactions before you notify us will be £50.

32. Who is the data controller?

Contis Financial Services Limited is a data controller of your personal data and will always process your personal data in accordance with the Data Protection Act 1998.

33. Can I assign my rights or obligations under these Terms and Conditions?

You may not transfer or assign any rights or obligations you may have under these Terms & Conditions to any other person without our prior written consent. We may assign the benefit and burden of these Terms & Conditions to any other person at any time on giving you two months prior notice of this. If we do this, your rights will not be affected.

34. Governing law

This Agreement is concluded in English. All communications with you will be in English. These Terms & Conditions will be construed in accordance with English law and the exclusive jurisdiction of the English courts.