Plastiq Fees Increasing July 1st – Should You Schedule Payments Now?
Some bad news is coming out of Plastiq today, we were informed that Plastiq is increasing their 2.5% fee July 1st. In response to credit card issuers raising their interchange fees Plastiq needs to raise their rates to cover the increase.
What Is Plastiq?
Many of our readers use Plastiq to pay bills with their credit cards that they normally can’t. People use Plastiq to pay their rent, car payments, their mortgage and plenty of other bills. They do it because it makes payments hassle free but more importantly it collects those all important miles & points!
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Plastiq Fees Increasing
Here is what Plastiq said in their email (bolding is mine):
I wanted to personally reach out and explain a new price change coming to Plastiq that may affect your customers.
Recently, several major credit card companies announced an upcoming interchange price increase (the cost of processing a credit card), which directly impacts our costs at Plastiq. This third party increase means the fees your customers pay when using Plastiq will move to 2.85%, effective July 1, 2020 for most transactions.
Plastiq has historically absorbed the cost of all interchange increases, and we have kept our fees flat. However, at this time, an increase is necessary. We’re still priced lower than our competitors and your customers will still enjoy the benefits they get from using their credit card to pay you.
We continue to improve Plastiq both for you and your customers. Keep an eye out for new Plastiq features and products that are on the way. I know you have choices when it comes to who you do business with. Thanks for choosing Plastiq. If you have more questions, please feel free to reach out.
Should You Schedule Payments Now?
If you had any plans for using Plastiq to reach some welcome offers or to hit some spending bonuses, like I did, then you may wanna push the payments through now. The cost will be increased $3.50 per thousand dollars in payments. That adds up for people doing $10,000+ payments or making mortgage payments etc. If you can afford to accelerate some of your planned payments then you could save some money.
I think 2.5% was kind of my threshold of acceptable cost. Usually the points were worth about that much to me and the spending bonuses or welcome offers would be the gravy on top. But at these prices it is less tempting. I may only use Plastiq when there are promos going forward, but those have been few and far between lately.
Does this increase change your plans with Plastiq? Do you plan on pushing some payments through before the increase? Let me know in the comments.