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#1 OFFLINE   ronsanjim

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Posted 29 June 2010 - 10:00 AM

Just signed up for auto pay (for the free hd), and I read where credit cards are billed when the billing date is reached, and the debit card is billed a few days prior to the Due date. Unfortunately, I found that to be incorrect, as my Paypal debit card was charged on the billing date.

I called D* and was told there is no rule that debit cards are charged "a few days prior to due date". The CSR stated it may occur with some accounts, but is not specifically true with all billing.

So be aware, signing up for debit card auto pay, may generate immediate payment on the billing date for your account.

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Posted 29 June 2010 - 10:13 AM

I switched to ABP with my bank's debit card, and the payment came out on the due date.
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#3 OFFLINE   Carl Spock

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Posted 29 June 2010 - 10:18 AM

My credit card has always been charged on the billing date. I'm lucky because of my card's billing cycle, I then get 40 days to pay the bill. It's a non-issue for me.
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Posted 29 June 2010 - 10:36 AM

This is fairly normal behavior with autopay. Getting that money early is one of the reasons business like autopay so much.

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Posted 29 June 2010 - 10:58 AM

Unfortunately, it was an issue for me, as I had a 0 balance on that Paypal card (since I had read here that D* wouldn't take it until some 3 weeks after my billing date). Was going to transfer funds to that Paypal account in plenty of time for that "auto pay". Paypal was my choice as I didn't want D* to have my bank debit card, for obvious reasons.

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Posted 29 June 2010 - 11:19 AM

Yes, please be aware that you should have the appropriate funds available when using auto-pay. Otherwise it is just auto-non-pay.
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Posted 29 June 2010 - 12:28 PM

I'll never get tired of repeating this:

Setup a bill pay account with your bank and pay D* on the day the bill is due.

That way you get to keep your money as long as possible.

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Posted 29 June 2010 - 12:56 PM

I'll never get tired of repeating this:

Setup a bill pay account with your bank and pay D* on the day the bill is due.

That way you get to keep your money as long as possible.


That's how my household has done it, until I had to use ABP for the 24 month free HD credit. I wish I didn't have to, but I like $240 total.
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Posted 29 June 2010 - 01:27 PM

This is fairly normal behavior with autopay. Getting that money early is one of the reasons business like autopay so much.


You should say, 'this is fairly normal behavior for Direct's autopay', I know of no other autopay system that charges prior to you being able to even see the bill, and certainly not before the bill is actually due and payable. It was one of the minor irritants I had when I was with D*.

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Posted 29 June 2010 - 01:33 PM

The amount that is expected to come out, is always online a couple of weeks before the deduction is made. Not real complicated IMO.
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Posted 29 June 2010 - 01:39 PM

But the bill is not due when they take the money. And if you change things around a bit, you get to fumble around the various credits and debits trying to figure out what wild accounting scheme they are using.

As I said, it was a minor irritant.

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Posted 29 June 2010 - 01:41 PM

The amount that is expected to come out, is always online a couple of weeks before the deduction is made. Not real complicated IMO.

Mine is somehow different. My monthly online list of charges and credits is not available until the actual monthly billing date. According to posts here a credit card would be charged at the same time giving no chance to review the coming charges even though the so called pay by date is a few days in the future.
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Posted 29 June 2010 - 01:43 PM

Hmm. I looked back, I am able to see statements on the 14th, which are set as "due" on the 28th. My auto pay deduction has been 29th-1st.
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Posted 29 June 2010 - 01:49 PM

Hmm. I looked back, I am able to see statements on the 14th, which are set as "due" on the 28th. My auto pay deduction has been 29th-1st.


Either you're account is handled differently, or they've changed how they do things. Mine was always charged to my CC a day before the bill was available to view, and generally 2 days before they emailed saying the bill was ready to view.

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Posted 29 June 2010 - 01:54 PM

I'll never get tired of repeating this:

Setup a bill pay account with your bank and pay D* on the day the bill is due.

That way you get to keep your money as long as possible.


I don't get it. I consider the money already spent each month even before I get the bill, so what is the big deal about keeping your money as long as possible, its going to be spent sooner or later.

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Posted 29 June 2010 - 02:21 PM

I just checked my billing date and looks like it's gets billed on the 5TH oft the mouth.

I don't how to say this but fore the life of me i could never figure out my bill it's different every mount.

Maybe if i was still working and it was tax deductible i could give it to my accountant to figure out. But this is way over my head.

So i just hope for the best.:confused:

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Posted 29 June 2010 - 03:41 PM

Do they not let newer accounts enroll in autoPay using a bank account anymore? My account has been that way for a long time and it's never deducted until just before the due date.

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Posted 29 June 2010 - 04:12 PM

I don't get it. I consider the money already spent each month even before I get the bill, so what is the big deal about keeping your money as long as possible, its going to be spent sooner or later.


It's called Interest.

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Posted 29 June 2010 - 04:20 PM

I'll never get tired of repeating this:
Setup a bill pay account with your bank and pay D* on the day the bill is due.
That way you get to keep your money as long as possible.


But how does that qualify for the Free HD for 24 months? Sure your bill is paid by your bank, on the day YOU designate, but how does that meet the stipulation that D* is on auto pay with credit/debit card, or bank account? When signing up for the bank account option with D*, there is no date that you can request for payment. So how did you qualify for the Free HD if you enable your bank to make the payment on the day you designate?

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Posted 29 June 2010 - 05:32 PM

It's called Interest.


Which amounts to pennies if you pay the bill when it cuts versus the actual due date.

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Posted 29 June 2010 - 06:14 PM

I just have auto pay set up and forget it.Save ten bucks a mouth for twenty four mounts and the new customers get it for life.

Sure am lucky i can't figure out my bill because i might find something to complain about.

Anyway i relay don't know why they bill me on the filth of the mount or if it is the same each and every time,i just make sure i have the funds in the account,if not i have overdraft protection but if i overdraw the bank charges me ten bucks that's equal to one mouth of free HD access.

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Posted 30 June 2010 - 07:26 AM

...so what is the big deal about keeping your money as long as possible, its going to be spent sooner or later.

That's not the point with me. I like to confirm the charges are correct before I pay.
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Posted 30 June 2010 - 08:13 AM

Which amounts to pennies if you pay the bill when it cuts versus the actual due date.


Those "pennies" certainly mean a lot to DirecTV. And most wise spenders/savers know that pennies add up. I have auto-pay for phone/Internet, wireless, trash, gas, electric, water and every credit card. The ONLY company among those that takes money when the bill is generated, vs when the bill is due, is DirecTV. It also makes your bill basically impossible to read/figure out, because the bill actually generates with a zero balance and payment already processed (neat trick).

And, yes, I've had autopay on DirecTV for years, for the convenience. And, yes, it goes to a credit card, not my bank account (which I then pay off in full each month). Oh and, I didn't get the free HD discount either.

Defend all your want but taking money weeks before it's actually due it is NOT standard practice for auto-debit.

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Posted 30 June 2010 - 08:44 AM

Those "pennies" certainly mean a lot to DirecTV. And most wise spenders/savers know that pennies add up. I have auto-pay for phone/Internet, wireless, trash, gas, electric, water and every credit card. The ONLY company among those that takes money when the bill is generated, vs when the bill is due, is DirecTV. It also makes your bill basically impossible to read/figure out, because the bill actually generates with a zero balance and payment already processed (neat trick).

And, yes, I've had autopay on DirecTV for years, for the convenience. And, yes, it goes to a credit card, not my bank account (which I then pay off in full each month). Oh and, I didn't get the free HD discount either.

Defend all your want but taking money weeks before it's actually due it is NOT standard practice for auto-debit.


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Posted 30 June 2010 - 08:50 AM

Which amounts to pennies if you pay the bill when it cuts versus the actual due date.


I do this for all my bills, and have been doing it for years. It adds up to dollars, not pennies.




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