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How to authorize and capture credit card holds
How to authorize and capture credit card holds

Learn how to add an extra layer of security to payments through credit card authorizations in Booqable.

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Written by Alba Ante
Updated over a week ago

Credit card holds temporarily block available funds on the credit card; you don't actually take the money until you capture (charge) the authorization. This makes them ideal for use with security deposits for walk-in customers. 

For example: at pick up, you authorize the total of both the order- and the deposit amount. When you get your items back in good shape, you charge for the order only. 

💡Note: Stripe authorizations must be captured (charged) within 7 days.
That means that a rental should be returned within 7 days after you authorized the credit card.

Authorizing a credit card hold

  1. When looking at an order, click Add payment and choose Credit card as a payment method.

  2. Fill in the amount you want to hold and the credit card information.

  3. Set the toggle switch to Authorize.

  4. Click Authorize.

💡Note: Each authorization may be captured only once. If you capture less than the authorization amount, you cannot capture the remainder at a later stage.

Releasing an authorization hold

Authorization holds can be released manually from your Stripe dashboard.
Find the payment intent in the payments overview page, and refund the payment.

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