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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 anticipated amount.
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 receive it.
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.