How To Cancel a Pending Transaction on Credit Card?

What is a pending credit card charge?

When you swipe your credit card to make a purchase, the merchant’s acquiring bank (which handles the payments for the merchant) ensures with your card issuer that you have a valid account with sufficient funds to make the purchase. The funds are deducted from your available credit line as a pending transaction but not yet paid over to the merchant.

It is also customary in the hotel industry to place a hold on your credit card when you check in for your stay. That way, the hotel will be covered in case you cause any damage to the room, and also for incidental expenses such as snacks or drinks that you availed of. Car rentals could also place a hold on your card to cover incidental expenses, which would show up as a pending charge.

In the restaurant industry, your final tab will likely include a customary tip and so your initial payment will be a pending payment until the bill is finalized. At gas stations, too, proprietors will likely place a small hold on your card to ensure you have funds.


What does it mean when a transaction is pending

Answered By: Horace King Date: created: Oct 22 2021

What Is a Pending Transaction? Pending means a transaction to withdraw money from or add money to your account has been submitted but isn’t complete.

Asked By: Francis Patterson Date: created: Dec 17 2020

Can PayPal be scammed?

Unfortunately, fraud and criminal activity does still occur on PayPal. Like any other payment processor, they face a daily onslaught of scams, hacks, and fraud attempts that intend to steal money and resources from merchants and cardholders alike.

Can you cancel a pending transaction online?

Usually, no. Unless you’ve sent a payment via PayPal to an unrecognized email or phone number, you’ll need to contact the merchant to have them cancel the pending transaction. 

$1 Charges on Your Credit Card

Have you noticed a random charge on your statement? It usually shows up mixed in your pending transactions. These charges could result from a merchant verifying funds for purchased goods, or it could be credit card fraud.

Usually, these $1 charges are nothing to worry about. They come from gas stations, hotels, and rental car companies. They are used as temporary preauthorization from your credit card company. The $1 charge keeps merchants from having to place a larger hold against your account.

The charge will disappear when the final amount of your transaction is no longer pending. The dollar is never taken from your account. However, if these random $1 charges don’t disappear or start popping up on your final credit card statement, contact your card issuer immediately and find out what’s going on.

How do I cancel a pending payment on Amazon

Answered By: Antonio Williams Date: created: Jan 26 2022

Canceling your payment authorizationsGo to Amazon Pay, click Shoppers, and then sign in using your Amazon credentials.On the Merchant Agreements page, for the applicable payment authorization, click the Details link.Under Manage Merchant Agreement, click the Cancel your agreement link.In the dialog box that appears, click Cancel agreement.

Asked By: Simon Griffin Date: created: Oct 30 2020

How a pending transaction is related to credit and debit card operations

When you swipe your credit card or make certain online transactions, the approved payment fails to reflect on your available balance, such as a pending credit card transaction. Usually, these pending charges do not last longer than 5 to 7 days before they clear up. And the duration for which the amount remains pending depends on the time you initiated the transaction and the time it takes your merchant to complete the transaction.

On the other hand, while the effect of a pending transaction seems easier with credit cards, it is somewhat different with debit cards. The reason is that credit cards only affect your available credit balance. But on your debit card, it limits your actual funds until the hold clears up. As a result, it cripples your access to real funds, which can be unpleasant, especially when you have bills to pay or other urgent financial responsibility.

Credit card processing fees

Merchants must pay for accepting credit card payments – and the fees vary. These fees include a merchant discount fee, which typically runs between 2% and 3% of the total purchase price of the transaction.

The merchant’s fee also includes an interchange fee, or a percentage that’s deducted from each card transaction and paid to the issuing bank, and an assessment fee – or “swipe fee” – which consists of a percentage of each credit card brand’s total monthly sales and goes to the issuers.

The interchange and assessment fees make up approximately between 75% and 80% of the processing costs. The rest of the processing fees include about 20% to 25% in markup costs, which acquiring banks and processors typically charge to cover the transaction cost and make a profit.

Frequently Asked Questions

Will the pending transaction go through if I cancel my card?

You will be responsible for any pending charges on your credit card if you cancel the card before the charges post. However, your credit card issuer may not allow you to close the card if funds are pending. 

Can you cancel a pending card payment?

To cancel a pending credit card transaction, the company/ merchant being paid can call to delete the authorization if it still appears as a pending transaction on the account. When the bank deletes the pending authorization, the credit immediately becomes available to the account.  

Can a pending payment be declined?

Yes! The pending payment can be declined. The transaction is pending, which means that the merchant has your card information and the charge may be posted or added to your credit card balance.

Learn How Long Do Pending Transactions Take.

Can I pay a pending transaction on my credit card?

You can pay a pending transaction on your credit card as you purchased your credit card; this will be pending for the next night. In most examples, if a transaction is completed before 8.30 pm, it will process overnight. And the purchases made after 8.30 will process the next night. However, if the merchant will do this, it will take a few business days to complete the transaction.

Why is a transaction pending for so long?

The business transaction can be pending for so long because there is a risk of fraud. When they have foresight for having fraud, the transaction goes through to pending. Then the transaction will remain pending for one or two business days to give the card issuer time to check the purchase. When the risk of fraud has been assessed, the process will not finish. 

How long does a processing transaction take?

A pending transaction is a recent card transaction that has not fully be processed by the merchant. If the merchant doesn’t take the funds from your account, it will drop back into your account after seven days in most cases.

How long does it take square to issue a refund?

The full refund time for square is 2 to 7 business days. Once the refund charges are processed and sent to your customer’s card issuing bank, it can take over 2 to 7 business days, depending on the banking processing speeds, for the refund to post to the customer’s account.

Why is my square payment pending?

If payment is cancelled, interrupted, or declined, your customer may see a pending charge on their card statement. It may look like the charge has been posted to their account, but it should fall off after a few business days. The square card company will send a void notification to the bank as soon as a payment becomes voided.

Can a merchant reverse a refund?

You might have experienced this issue in fraud cases; the merchant has no right to reverse or refund the money to the cardholder or face a chargeback. It is called chargeback fraud or friendly fraud. In these cases, the merchant can protect their revenue in two ways deflection or representment.

How To Cancel a Pending Credit Card or Debit Card Transaction

Sometimes you may want to cancel a pending transaction as quickly as possible. This can be the case if the hold is placed on your debit card and, thus, your bank account. Unfortunately, it’s not very easy to do—your card issuer has no ability to cancel or otherwise alter the transaction until it’s been finalized. If you want to eliminate the transaction before then, contact the merchant who placed the charge. Ask them to contact your card issuer and reverse the transaction. The merchant has the ability to ask for the hold to be released.

If you see a pending transaction that you know you didn’t make—such as a fraudulent purchase—contact your card issuer immediately. They can work with you to monitor the transaction, protect your privacy, and reduce your liability if the charge eventually posts.

How long does it take for a credit card transaction to go through?

At the end of a credit card transaction, you sign for your purchase and leave the store, but the merchant hasn’t actually been paid yet – the payment for your purchase was only authorized.

Often, if you look online, the purchase might not show up on your credit card right away – it could take a few days. But if your issuer has a state-of-the-art reporting system, the authorized purchase might show up as a pending charge and be deducted from your available credit.

If you dine in at a restaurant, you might only see the pending charge for your total before the tip. Once the tip is entered in the system and the transaction is completed, you should see the final charge with the tip included on your account.

Types of pending transactions


In theory, it takes time for any transaction to be completed. 

In practice, the majority of transactions are pending less than 2 seconds on the Mastercard and Visa network – before they settle.

Here are a few types of pending transactions:


1) Pre-authorized holdsThis kind of transaction usually happens at hotels or car rental companies. The merchant asks for you to pre-authorize an approximate amount, usually higher than what you would have to pay in the end, due to the fact you may have a car rental or a hotel room accident that obliges you to pay more than the daily rate.This will affect your available balance and will clear off with the precise amount 2-3 business days after you have received the service.Usually, the hold disappears within 3-5 days after you pay and return the car or leave the hotel, but in some rare cases it can take up to 30 days.The 2 main reasons for these pre-authorization transactions are unknown final due amount and making sure a valid payment method has been provided.A major consequence is that a debit card user might not be able to use part of the balance, potentially making other transactions fail, until the hold is cleared.


2) Verifying card detailsSome merchants will want to check the ownership of the card by placing a hold of a small amount, usually 1 currency unit, before providing a service. Just like we do at iCard to verify a stored debit card, a merchant might charge your card a small amount of money and send you an identifier such as a number in the transaction reference. Verifying the precise amount or the transaction code confirms you are the card owner and have access to your balance and statement.


3) Authorized transactions that haven’t been fully processedDepending on the payment processor’s systems and processes, some transactions require more time for the acquirer to get the money.  The frustrating situation in the beginning of the article fits into this category, but is a bit extra special and might cause inconvenience, for which we apologize in advance as it’s beyond our control.


Can you still receive a refund if your card is frozen?

Will I still receive it? Money that is sent to your account while the card is frozen will still arrive in your account and appear in your balance and transaction list.