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Charged even though I have a promotional credit balance

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I applied a promotional code to my adwords account in February for -£75 after spending about £26 making my overall balance -£49.26.

I was just now debited £22.58 (random amount), making my balance go from -£49.26 to -£71.84!

Why was I charged for extra promotional credit (and why 22.58) when it should have just remained as -£49.26?


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Charged even though I have a promotional credit balance

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Hi @PD S,


AdWords will run the payment method at the end of the billing cycle... or sooner if the systems detects the payment method used with other accounts that are triggered for possible fraud. Or if the source of the payment method (bank, etc.) has a high rate of charges being disputed and so AdWords is testing the payment source. 


So even when you have a credit, it does not mean your account sits there until you use it up and then pings the payment source for another payment. You can expect to see a charge go through every 30 days, no matter what. My guess is that you created the AdWords account around the 14th of a month and therefore your billing cycle lands around that day every month. The date of the promotional code means nothing with regards to the billing cycle. 


With that said, you still get the promotional credit to use. You did not lose the credit.  


All the Best,



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