DigitalOcean has a monthly billing cycle. On the first calendar day of each month, we invoice and charge accounts for the previous month's resource usage, applying promo code credit and taxes when applicable.
When we charge accounts on the first of the month, we take the following steps in this order:
We apply any PayPal pre-payments to the balance.
If there is a balance remaining after pre-payments, we charge the account's default credit or debit card.
If the default payment method fails, we try charging other payment methods on file.
Past due accounts. If there are no valid payment methods on file to cover an outstanding balance, the account is past due, at which point:
To restore a past due account, the account owner needs to log in and pay the balance.
Suspended accounts. If an account continues to remain past due, we email the account owner and the account is suspended, at which point:
To restore a suspended account, the account owner needs to log in and pay the balance.
If an account remains suspended for 14 days, all of the account's resources are permanently deleted and cannot be recovered.
We do not offer refunds. If there are extenuating circumstances, contact support.
If there is an outstanding balance on the account, your updated card will be charged within 24 hours. Otherwise, your card is charged at the end of the monthly billing cycle.
There are many reasons why a card may be declined, but banks typically don't pass this information along to DigitalOcean. It is also not unusual for a card to work in some situations and not others. We recommend that you contact your bank. They should be able to tell you more about the declined payment and root cause.