More control and flexibility with the new Billing tab (UK only)

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

We're announcing the launch of our new Billing tab in the UK. Based on your feedback, we upgraded the tab to give you more control over when and how much you're charged with the new 'Make a payment' functionality. Those of you on automatic payments get charged whenever you reach your billing threshold on or after 30 days, but in addition to that, you can now make manual payments to delay the automatic charge. Although some of you already have the new Billing tab in your accounts, we'll be rolling it out to all advertisers in the coming months. The upgrade doesn't require any action from you - your billing method and form of payment will stay the same.

Now, on to the improvements. What can you expect from your updated Billing tab?

  • Get more control. Choose to initiate a payment to your account at any time and use any form of payment available with your country and currency settings.
  • Make payments directly from your billing summary page. You can do this by clicking the "Make a payment" button.
  • Switch between automatic and manual payments. You now have the option to use either one.
  • Add multiple forms of payments and switch between them. Add as many forms of payment as you want to your account and switch between using them at any time.
  • Use different business and billing addresses. Your business address doesn't have to match your billing address. Plus, each form of payment can have a different billing address.
  • Access improved help content. There will be improved help content in the new Billing tab and Help Centre.

In addition, the below changes in terminology will be reflected in your upgraded Billing tab. But keep in mind that despite the name changes, these billing methods will function the same as they did previously.

  • Postpay is now called "automatic payments." We'll automatically charge you only after your ads accrue costs.
  • Prepay is now called "manual payments." You can make payments to your account whenever and in whatever amount you like. Your ad costs draw from those funds.
  • Direct debit is now called "bank account." Your funds will be debited from your bank account.
  • Bank transfer is now called "funds transfer." You can make payments by transferring funds to Google's bank account.

For more information on the new Billing tab, please visit the FAQ in the AdWords Help Centre.

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