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Why authorization charge for full amount when adding new credit cards.

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I have a pending amount of $475 due on my account, I just added a new card to pay the amount due and it authorized my card for the amount of $475.  Now I need to pay my bill and it deducts another $475.  So Google is basically holding double the money just for adding a card.  The money is gone out of my checking account until the charge falls off in 3 to 5 days.  Wasn't like this before, why can't you guys just authorize $1 to see if the card is valid...

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Re: Why authorization charge for full amount when adding new credit ca

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Hi Mike,

The authorization is done this way to ensure that the card has enough credit available to pay the amount due, but I understand it can be inconvenient. I'll pass your feedback along to our technical team as a potential improvement in the billing process!

Cassie