Authorising an amount on a customer’s card holds the funds for you, making it available to be captured at a later date. If the authorisation isn’t captured within seven days, the hold expires and funds released for your customer to use again.
Authorisation for a manual sale
When creating the charge from your dashboard, click the ‘Show Advanced Options…’ button that will reveal an option to ‘Authorise Only’. Select this to only authorise the funds when you click ‘Create Charge’.
Authorisation with API
When creating the charge, you’ll need to set the
capture parameter as false.