I made a payment with my debit card, but the status is pending, what does it mean?

It can be related to two scenarios:

  • Pre-authorization: sometimes gas stations and hotels may hold an amount on your account prior to authorizing the final charge.

  • Regular processing: Usually, the transaction settlement of a transaction takes a few days after initiation.

While on pending status, the amount is no longer available for you to use, and this is a way for the establishment to retain your payment until they are ready to charge you.

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