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AWS Billing and Cost Management
User Guide (Version 2.0)

Creating and Editing Consolidated Billing Account Families

Important

Consolidated billing is now a feature of AWS Organizations. The information provided in the Billing and Cost Management documentation might be out of date. For current information about consolidated billing, see Consolidated Billing and AWS Organizations in the AWS Organizations User Guide.

The sections in this topic describe how to sign up for consolidated billing and how to add an AWS account to a consolidated billing account family.

Signing Up for Consolidated Billing

To sign up for consolidated billing

  1. Sign in to the AWS Management Console and open the Billing and Cost Management console at https://console.aws.amazon.com/billing/home#/.

  2. Choose Consolidated Billing and follow the instructions on the page.

Note

You only need to sign up the payer account for consolidated billing. You don't need to sign up any of the accounts that you want to add to your consolidated bill.

You must have a valid payment method on file with AWS. You can use any form of payment that AWS supports. You must also have a valid phone number on file with AWS in case we ever need to contact you. Verifying your phone number takes only a couple of minutes and involves receiving a phone call during the sign-up process and entering a PIN number using the phone keypad.

We recommend you secure your payer account by using AWS Multi-Factor Authentication and a strong password. For more information, see Securing the Consolidated Billing Payer's Account.

Adding an Account to a Consolidated Billing Family

Adding an Account to a Consolidated Bill

The following steps are performed by the owner of the payer account. Linked accounts cannot be linked to a payer account by the non-linked account owner. Only payer account owners can send the email requesting a link to the account.

To link an account to the consolidated bill, you need the email address of that account.

Important

You don't need to sign up linked accounts for consolidated billing. The owner of the paying account simply needs to send a request to the account owner from the Consolidated Bill page. If you accidentally signed a non-paying account up for consolidated billing, see How the linked account owner removes the linked account. Once the account is converted back, you can then link it to a payer account.

To add an account

  1. Sign in to the AWS Management Console and open the Billing and Cost Management console at https://console.aws.amazon.com/billing/home#/.

  2. Choose Consolidated Billing on the navigation pane on the left.

  3. On the Manage Requests and Accounts page, choose Send a Request.

  4. On the Send a Consolidated Billing Request page, enter email addresses for the accounts that you would like to link to your paying account. If you choose, you can add notes that will be added to the email body.

  5. Choose Send.

  6. The linked account owner chooses a hyperlink in the email, logs in to the AWS website when prompted, and accepts or denies the request.

If the linked account owner accepts the request, the linked account becomes part of the consolidated bill. You can add up to 20 linked accounts to the consolidated bill. If you need to add more, contact us at https://aws-portal.amazon.com/gp/aws/html-forms-controller/contactus/aws-account-and-billing.

Securing the Consolidated Billing Payer's Account

Your payer account can pay the charges for and have information about multiple (or all) AWS accounts within your organization. Because the payer account has access to billing data for all linked accounts and sets payment methods, you should secure it. We recommend you use AWS multi-factor authentication (MFA). For more information, go to http://aws.amazon.com/mfa. We also recommend you use a strong password that is at least 8 characters long, with uppercase and lowercase letters, at least one number, and at least one special character. You can change your password on the AWS Security Credentials page.

Removing an Account from a Consolidated Bill

At any time, the payer account or linked account owner can end the relationship between the accounts. The account separation takes effect immediately and the linked account owner is billed for that account going forward. If the separation occurs somewhere in the middle of the month, the payer account owner is billed only for the earlier part of the month, and the linked account owner is billed for the latter part.

How the payer account owner removes the linked account

  1. Sign in to the AWS Management Console and open the Billing and Cost Management console at https://console.aws.amazon.com/billing/home#/.

  2. O the navigation pane, choose Consolidated Billing.

  3. On the Manage Requests and Accounts page, find the account that you want to remove on the Linked Accounts tab.

  4. Choose Remove from bill.

How the linked account owner removes the linked account

  1. Sign in to the AWS Management Console and open the Billing and Cost Management console at https://console.aws.amazon.com/billing/home#/.

  2. Choose Consolidated Billing on the navigation pane and verify that the page lists a valid credit card.

  3. Choose Remove your account from the Consolidated Bill.

Moving an Account to a Different Consolidated Bill

A linked account can move from one consolidated bill to another. Following is the overall process. In this example, Bob is the payer account owner, Susan is the linked account owner, and Vicky is the new payer account owner.

  1. Either Bob or Susan removes Susan's account from Bob's consolidated bill.

  2. Vicky sends a request to put Susan's account on her consolidated bill.

  3. Susan receives the request and accepts it.

  4. Susan's account becomes part of Vicky's consolidated bill.

After Susan's account is removed from Bob's consolidated bill, there might be a short period before Susan accepts Vicky's request. During the interim period, Susan is responsible for any charges she incurs (and so must have a valid payment method on file with AWS). Any charges she incurs during the interim period can't be charged to Vicky's account.

Converting a Payer Account to a Linked Account

A former payer account can become a linked account. You just need to make sure the payer account doesn't have any other accounts on its consolidated bill or any outstanding requests to invite other accounts.

To change a former paying account to a linked account

  1. Ensure the paying account has no other accounts on its consolidated bill (see How the linked account owner removes the linked account).

  2. Cancel any pending requests to invite other accounts to be on the bill, which you can do from the Consolidated Billing page.

  3. When you receive the request to add your account to a consolidated bill, accept it.

Your account is added to the payer account's consolidated bill.