How does Netflix charge my account?

Netflix is a monthly service that will automatically charge you every month on the date you signed up. If your billing date is scheduled for a date that does not occur in a given month, you'll be charged on the last day of that month instead. Your payment method will be charged at the beginning of your billing cycle, but it may take a few days for the charge to post to your account.

For information about the Netflix billing process, continue reading. For information about Netflix costs or accepted payment methods, or instructions for updating your payment method, changing your billing date, or reporting a duplicate charge, please visit Frequently Asked Questions About Netflix Billing.

Why was I charged for the free trial?

When you sign up for a free trial, Netflix verifies your payment information by submitting an authorization for roughly the same amount as the cost of the monthly Netflix membership. This process helps us ensure that the information provided is associated with a valid, open account that can be charged successfully in the future. The authorization is not a charge, and will drop off of your account.

What's an authorization?

Authorizations are requests sent by Netflix to your financial institution to verify that your payment method works. These requests are not charges, but in some cases they may affect your available account balance.

Why does an authorization affect my available balance?

Netflix submits an authorization for a certain amount, which can vary by region or by financial institution. This amount temporarily affects your available balance because your financial institution is checking to see if you have those funds available.

Netflix does not actually collect this authorization amount, and the authorization will automatically drop off your account. Check with your financial institution to learn when you can expect them release the funds back to your available balance.

Will I be charged any other fees?

Netflix only charges the monthly subscription fee, which may or may not include local tax depending on your location. Some financial institutions add additional transaction fees for foreign transactions. These fees are charged by your bank, so if you have questions, please contact them directly.