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Every credit card transaction through this website gets issued a temporary authorization.
What is a temporary authorization?
A temporary authorization is a transaction that has been approved but has not yet been officially posted to your account. The value of the transaction has been deducted from your available credit line. Normally, a temporary authorization converts into a posted transaction. However, a temporary authorization may expire if the merchant does not complete the transaction.
More On Temporary Authorization Charges
Normally, a temporary authorization transaction is removed from your account
when the corresponding transaction amount is posted to your account. For a
more detailed explanation of temporary authorizations, please continue reading.
A temporary authorization transaction is the result of a merchant testing to
confirm that a credit card account is active and has credit available to
accommodate transactions. This test creates a temporary authorization
transaction that appears on the account. The temporary authorization
transaction is not always equal to the actual amount charged, but rather it
represents an anticipated amount the merchant uses until the actual charge is
processed. The actual transaction amount will appear on the account once the
merchant's bank and all intermediary banks finish processing the transaction.
The temporary authorization charge is removed from the account within 30 days
after it first appears. In the meantime, all temporary authorization charges
will temporarily reduce the account's available line of credit by the
If a temporary authorization appears
twice, it does not necessarily mean the account will be billed twice. Please
note: Temporary authorization charges cannot be disputed; only posted
transactions can be disputed. Please check your monthly statement when you
If for some reason the
actual charge is canceled and not processed, this temporary authorization will
automatically be removed from your account 30 days after it first appears.
Temporary authorizations are requested by merchants in many forms. Some common
examples of temporary authorizations are described below.
These are just examples of some transactions that may generate temporary
authorizations to your account. However, there are many other situations you
may encounter that will require temporary authorizations to be placed on your
credit card account. Rest assured that this is a common practice in the credit
When you request reservations at a hotel, the hotel may place a temporary
authorization on your credit card account for the amount you would be charged
if you were to cancel your reservation without notice. As stated above, this
anticipated charge will drop off within 30 days if not processed. Likewise,
when you check in, the hotel may test your account for availability again,
creating a temporary charge for an amount usually equivalent to a one-night
stay. This temporary charge will remain on your account until you check out of
the hotel, at which time the actual charges will be posted to your account and the temporary charges will be removed.
When you use your MasterCard or Visa credit card at a gas station, a request
for a temporary authorization for $1 is processed. American Express credit
cards will request a temporary authorization of $75. If the request is
approved, you will be permitted to purchase the gasoline. Once the transaction
is complete, the gasoline merchant's bank will issue a request for payment to
your credit card company. If the request is honored, the actual amount of your
purchase will appear on your account as a posted transaction, and the
temporary authorization will be removed.
When you use your credit card at a department store, the merchant may swipe
your card at checkout. This generates the request for charging authorization.
If approved, the charge will appear on your account summary as a temporary
authorization in whole dollars. For instance, if your actual purchase amount
is $147.53, the temporary authorization may appear on your account for $148.
Sometime after you leave the store with your purchases, the request will be
sent to the merchant's bank for payment. Again, the merchant's bank will issue
a request to your credit card company for payment in full. When the merchant's
bank receives payment, the temporary authorization for $148 will be removed
and the actual purchase amount of $147.53 will be posted to your account.