Payment Method

On this tab you can define the distributor preferred payment method and configure auto payments.


This tab is only available when there is a not external payment system configured in the system and assigned to the distributor’s currency.



How to set a preferred payment method

To set a preferred payment method:

  1. Select the New Payment Method

  2. Select one of the payment method options:

  3. Specify all the required payment data

  4. Click Save.


The number of available payment options may change, depending on the payment system settings. Options appear on the list only when there is a payment system configured to use them. This system must also be configured to maintain payments in the distributor’s currency.

How to remove a preferred payment method

To remove a preferred payment method, select Not Set from the Preferred Payment Method list, and then click Save.


NOTE: The payment data remains in the database until it is explicitly removed or replaced with new payment data. For example, if you have saved the customer’s payment data and then reconfigured PortaBilling® to use the other payment system – the one that doesn’t support the saved payment method, you will still be able to review stored payment information under this tab’s Saved Payment Method.


How to automatically charge a distributor’s credit card for invoices

The Charge Invoice Amount to Credit Card list allows you to define whether a distributor’s credit card should be charged when the billing period is closed and the invoice is generated.


How to automatically top up a distributor’s balance via their credit card

If you want to charge a customer’s credit card whenever their balance crosses a specified threshold, select the When the balance exceeds check box, and when the distributor’s balance crosses this threshold their credit card will be charged for the amount specified in the Pay field.


How to enable auto payments again if they were disabled by the system

In case the auto payment functionality has been disabled by the system, a corresponding message appears in the Auto-Payments section.


Review the payment system and the distributor’s preferred payment method configuration, and then click the Enable it again button in the Auto-Payments section to re-enable auto payments.


Auto payments information
When the auto payments section is available

This section is available only when a suitable payment processor is set up in the system, and a customer has an online payment method configured as their preferred one.

Auto payments can be set up for not external payment systems that:

If the payment system is configured to use tokens for payments, this section appears only once a token has been returned by the payment processor and saved by PortaBilling®. Since the payment processor returns a token upon the first successful transaction with a new credit card (or other supported payment method), at least one manual transaction must be successfully completed for the auto payments section to become available.


For how to set up a payment system, please see the Payments page.


Retention Restrictions

IMPORTANT! A merchant may not use account and transaction information for any purpose other than assisting the completion of a payment card transaction, or as specifically required by law. Merchants may collect a payment card number and expiration date independently of a payment card transaction only with the express consent of the cardholder. A merchant may only retain this information for the sole purpose of facilitating future payment transactions. A merchant must not provide this information to any other person, except for the sole purpose of assisting the completion of a payment card transaction.