Pre-authorization charges

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When placing an order that includes a combination of items sold by Target and Target Plus Partners, your order will be processed as two separate orders. You’ll receive one order number for items sold by Target, and a separate order number for items sold by Partners. You’ll have two separate pending authorizations on your debit or credit card account in the amount of the estimated order totals. 

While authorization holds are not actual charges, they allow your bank to reserve funds so the order can be processed. Authorization holds are temporary and only remain in effect until they expire, the card issuer removes the hold, or the authorization is settled. Once an item has shipped, the authorization hold is removed and charges will post to your debit or credit card account. Final charges from Partners will post to your account under the Merchant ID "Target Plus."


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Once you place an order, you may have a pending authorization on your debit or credit card account in the amount of the estimated order total. While authorization holds are not actual charges, they allow your bank to reserve funds so the order can be processed. Authorization holds are temporary and only remain in effect until they expire, the card issuer removes the hold, or the authorization is settled. Once an item has shipped, the authorization hold is removed and charges will post to your debit or credit card account.

It’s possible that you may have multiple authorizations and/or charges on your account for an order. Authorization holds may be requested for individual items if your order ships in multiple shipments. You may also have any combination of the following:
  • An authorization hold in the amount of the estimated order total.
  • Posted charge(s) for shipped item(s).
  • New authorization holds for remaining items that haven't shipped.
  • Individual authorizations and/or charges when your order includes a combination of items sold by Target and Target Plus™ Partners.

PayPal® authorization holds can be extended up to 365 days, renewing every 30 days.

If at any point an authorization hold request fails, Target automatically cancels the order. If you need help requesting the removal of an authorization hold, contact your card issuing bank.


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Adding a payment method to an order may result in an authorization hold on the method of payment equaling the order total, even if the order wasn't submitted.
  • Authorization holds can be extended up to 365 days on a PayPal® account, renewing every 30 days, unless the order is canceled.
  • If you haven't placed an order and still have an authorization hold, check if you have a pending cart open on Target.com. Removing the items or the PayPal information will remove the authorization hold.
  • PayPal isn't able to cancel a pending charge.


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