Saving your credit card(s) and/or banking information to your account is a safe and convenient way to simplify the checkout process and keep track of upcoming payments. You can also authorize organizations to automatically charge them for future purchases or towards an existing balance in your account.

In this article, you will learn:

  1. How to add a credit card and/or a bank account

  2. How to pay with a different card or bank account at checkout

  3. The difference between using a credit card vs a bank account

Click here to learn more about replacing (or deleting) your saved payment methods and managing authorizations in your Wallet.

1. Add a credit card and/or a bank account

There are two ways you can store your credit card(s) and/or banking information in your user account:

๐Ÿ‘› The Wallet Tab

Click the Wallet tab to add and manage payment information.

  • Choose a payment method to add. You can only add one at a time. Hit Save.

  • When adding a bank account, you can personalize the Account name for quick identification. Using your banking information is like using a bank check, meaning your payment(s) are transferred directly from your bank account.

  • Use a different billing address if it differs from your home address.

  • Next time you make a purchase in an organization's SmartRec store, your saved card(s) and/or bank account(s) will be available for use. You can save up to 10 credit cards and 10 bank accounts. Click here to learn how to manage your Wallet.

๐Ÿ’พ Save your Payment Information at Checkout

You can save a credit card or bank account when proceeding through checkout. To do this, you must give authorization to the organization to charge it in the future (if they make a purchase on your behalf, or wish to clear a balance in your account).

  • Select to pay with a credit card or a bank account. Enter the payment details and tick 'Save (payment method) to my account, and allow (the organization) to charge my (payment method) for future agreed upon purchases.' When finished, click on Make payment.

  • Your saved credit card or bank account will be stored in the Wallet tab in your personal account. The next time you shop in any organization's SmartRec store, the payment method will be available for use.

๐Ÿ‘‰ You'll notice you can only save one payment method when you proceed through the checkout. If you want to save multiple credit cards and/or bank accounts at a time, you can save up to ten of each in the Wallet tab in your user account.


2. Pay with a Different Credit Card or Bank Account at Checkout

Saving your credit card(s) and/or bank account(s) doesn't mean you have to pay with them every time. You can still use a different card or bank account at checkout.

Let's assume you already have two credit cards saved in your user account. Here's what to expect at checkout:

  • Both saved credit cards are available to use.

  • If necessary, you can update a selected credit card's billing address. This also updates the record of the card's billing address in the Wallet tab.

  • Use a different card if you don't want to use your saved credit cards. After filling in the details, you can opt to save it alongside your existing saved credit cards. To do this, tick 'Save card to my account, and allow (the organization) to charge my card for future agreed upon purchases' before clicking on Make payment.

If you used a different card and saved it at checkout, it's automatically added in the Wallet tab and will also be available to use the next time you make a purchase.

๐Ÿ‘‰ If you have 10 credit cards and 10 bank accounts saved in your account, you can still use a different card or bank account at checkout, but you will not have the option to save it. You can only save up to 10 cards and 10 bank accounts.

You can replace or delete saved payment methods in the Wallet.


3. Using a Credit card vs a Bank Account

The process of using a credit card or a bank account at checkout is very similar, however there are some behavioral differences between each payment method.

๐Ÿ’ณ Credit Cards

  • Credit card information is not saved in Amilia. It is sent to the payment processor which is certified by Visa and Mastercard. You may notice an $0.01 pending transaction on your credit card the first time you opt to save it. This is a temporary validation method. The $0.01 transaction disappears within 5 business days.

  • Amilia detects if a credit card number is valid. You can't proceed with inputting an invalid card number in either the Payment Method tab, or at checkout.

  • Authorizing a credit card payment happens very quickly. If the funds are unavailable on the credit card, you can't proceed with the purchase.

  • When you save a credit card directly in the Payment Method tab, you must still input the card details at checkout the first time you pay with it. This is for security purposes.

๐Ÿฆ Bank Accounts

  • Bank account information is not saved in Amilia. When you first save your bank account number, Amilia sends it to the payment processor, which returns a token. This token number is saved in Amilia, rather than the bank account number itself.

  • Amilia cannot detect if your bank account number is valid. Fill out your bank account details as it's written on a paper check or bank statement. If the bank transfer bounces (days later) due to mistakes, the organization may charge you.

  • Authorizing a bank transfer works the same way as it does with a paper check. If you do not have the funds in your bank account at the time of purchase, you will still be permitted to proceed with a purchase, but the payment will bounce (days later) once it's been fully processed.

  • Bank transfers don't work across borders, meaning both the paying and receiving bank accounts need to be in the same country. If you plan on making payments to an organization that is located in a different country than your own, use your credit card instead.

You may also be interested in:

Manage your payment methods, upcoming payments and authorizations

How to make a purchase from an organization

How to pay a balance in your user account

How to access your purchase history and receipts

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