AWS Billing and Cost Management
User Guide (Version 2.0)

Document History

The following table describes the documentation for this release of the AWS Billing and Cost Management guide.

Change Description Date

Added CloudTrail events

Added additional CloudTrail events.

August 13, 2018

Added a new payment method

Added the ACH Direct Debit payment method.

July 24, 2018

Updated the AWS Free Tier Widget

Updated the AWS Free Tier Widget.

July 19, 2018

Added RI Purchase Recommendations for Additional Services

Added RI Purchase Recommendations for Additional Services in Cost Explorer.

July 11, 2018

Added RI Purchase Recommendations for Linked Accounts

Added RI Purchase Recommendations for Linked Accounts in Cost Explorer.

June 27, 2018

Added support for AWS Cost and Usage Report data refreshes

AWS Cost and Usage Report can now update after finalization if AWS applies refunds, credits, or support fees to an account.

June 20, 2018

Added CloudTrail support

Added support for CloudTrail event logging.

June 7, 2018

Added CloudFormation for Budgets

Added Budget templates for CloudFormation.

May 22, 2018

Updated RI allocation behavior for linked accounts

Updated the RI allocation behavior size-flexible RI for linked accounts.

May 9, 2018

RI Coverage Alerts

Added RI Coverage Alerts.

May 8, 2018

Unblend linked account bills

Linked account bills no longer show the blended rate for the organziation.

May 7, 2018

Updated AWS Tax Settings

Added the ability to bulk edit tax settings.

April 25, 2018

Added Amazon RDS Recommendations to Cost Explorer

Added Amazon RDS Recommendations to Cost Explorer.

April 19, 2018

Added a new Cost Explorer dimension and AWS Cost and Usage Report line item

Added a new Cost Explorer dimension and AWS Cost and Usage Report line item.

March 27, 2018

Added Purchase Recommendations to the Cost Explorer API

Added access to the Amazon EC2 Reserved Instance (RI) Purchase Recommendations via the Cost Explorer API.

March 20, 2018

Added RI Coverage for Amazon RDS, Amazon Redshift, and ElastiCache

Reserved Instance (RI) Coverage for Amazon RDS, Amazon Redshift, and ElastiCache .

March 13, 2018

Added RI Coverage to the Cost Explorer API

Added GetReservationCoverage to the Cost Explorer API.

February 22, 2018

Added Free Tier Alerts

Added AWS Free Tier alerts that enable you stay under the free tier limits.

December 13, 2017

RI Recommendations

Added RI recommendations based on previous usage.

November 20, 2017

Cost Explorer API

Enabled programmatic access to Cost Explorer via API.

November 20, 2017

RI Utilization Alerts for Additional Services

Added notifications for additional services.

November 10, 2017

Added RI Reports

Expanded RI reports to Amazon RDS, Redshift, and Elasticache.

November 10, 2017

Discount Sharing Preferences

Updated preferences so that AWS credits and RI discount sharing can be turned off.

November 6, 2017

New Amazon S3 console

Updated for the new Amazon S3 console.

September 15, 2017

RI Utilization Alerts

Added notifications for when RI utilization drops below a preset percentage-based threshold.

August 21, 2017

Updated Cost Explorer UI

Released a new Cost Explorer UI.

August 16, 2017

AWS Marketplace Data Integration

Added AWS Marketplace, so that customers can see their data reflected in all billing artifacts, including the Bills page, Cost Explorer, and more.

August 10, 2017

Consolidated Billing with Organizations

Updated the Consolidated Billing with Organizations behavior.

June 20, 2017

Linked Account Access and Usage Type Groups in Budgets

Added support for creating cost and usage budgets based on specific usage types and usage type groups, and extended budget creation capabilities to all account types.

June 19, 2017

Regional Offer Files

The AWS Price List API now offers regional offer files for each service.

April 20, 2017

Added Cost Explorer Advanced Options

You can now filter Cost Explorer reports by additional advanced options, such as refunds, credits, RI upfront fees, RI recurring charges, and support charges.

March 22, 2017

Added a Cost Explorer Report

You can now track your Reserved Instance (RI) coverage in Cost Explorer.

March 20, 2017

Added Cost Explorer Filters

You can now filter Cost Explorer reports by tenancy, platform, and the Amazon EC2 Spot and Scheduled Reserved Instance purchase options.

March 20, 2017

Cost Explorer and Budgets for AISPL

AISPL users can now use Cost Explorer and budgets.

March 6, 2017

Added Grouping for Cost Explorer Usage Types

Cost Explorer supports grouping for both cost and usage data, enabling customers to identify their cost drivers by cross-referencing their cost and usage charts.

February 24, 2017

Added a Cost Explorer Report

You can now track your monthly Amazon EC2 Reserved Instance (RI) utilization in Cost Explorer.

December 16, 2016

Added a Cost Explorer Report

You can now track your daily Amazon EC2 Reserved Instance (RI) utilization in Cost Explorer.

December 15, 2016

Added AWS-generated cost allocation tags

You can now activate the AWS-generated tag createdBy to track who created an AWS resource.

December 12, 2016

Added Cost Explorer Advanced Options

You can now exclude tagged resources from your Cost Explorer reports.

November 18, 2016

Amazon QuickSight integration for AWS Cost and Usage Reports

AWS Cost and Usage Reports now provide customized queries for uploading your data into Amazon QuickSight.

November 15, 2016

Expanded Budget Functionality

You can now use budgets to track usage data.

October 20, 2016

Expanded Cost Explorer Functionality

You can now use Cost Explorer to visualize your costs by Usage type groups.

September 15, 2016

Improved Amazon Redshift integration for AWS Cost and Usage Reports

AWS Cost and Usage Reports now provide customized queries for uploading your data into Amazon Redshift.

August 18, 2016

AWS Cost and Usage reports

You can now create and download AWS Cost and Usage reports.

December 16, 2015

AWS price list API

You can now download offer files that list the products, prices, and restrictions for a single AWS service.

December 9, 2015

Cost Explorer Report Manager

You can now save Cost Explorer queries.

November 12, 2015

Free Tier Tracking

You can now track how much of your free tier limit you've used.

August 12, 2015

Budgets and Forecasting

You can now manage your AWS usage and costs using budgets and cost forecasts.

June 29, 2015

Amazon Internet Services Pvt. Ltd

You can now manage your account settings and payment methods for an Amazon Internet Services Pvt. Ltd (AISPL) account.

June 1, 2015

Expanded Cost Explorer Functionality

You can now use Cost Explorer to visualize your costs by Availability Zone, API operation, purchase option, or by multiple cost allocation tags.

February 19, 2015

Preferred Payment Currencies

You can now change the currency associated with your credit card.

February 16, 2015

Expanded Cost Explorer Functionality

You can now use Cost Explorer to visualize your costs by Amazon EC2 instance type or region.

January 5, 2015

Avoiding Unexpected Charges

Revised and expanded Avoiding Unexpected Charges and Using the Free Tier.

August 19, 2014

IAM User Permissions

You can now enable AWS Identity and Access Management (IAM) users and federated users to access and manage your account settings, view your bills, and perform cost management. For example, you can grant people in your finance department full access to the financial setup and control of your AWS account, without having to give them access to your production AWS environment.

July 7, 2014

Cost Explorer launched.

Cost Explorer provides a visualization of your AWS costs that enables you to analyze your costs in multiple ways.

April 8, 2014

Version 2.0 published.

The AWS Billing and Cost Management User Guide has been reorganized and rewritten to use the new Billing and Cost Management AWS Management Console.

October 25, 2013