How to Avoid Google Maps Platform Billing Surprises

Posted by Carly Sumlin, Marketing Director

Nov 12, 2019


If you aren’t vigilant about tracking your usage and spend for Google Maps Platform, you could be in for a big surprise when you get an invoice. In 2018, Google Cloud announced it was changing the way it bills enterprise users for its location-based services.

Google Maps Platform now offers single-pricing, pay-as-you-go billing that includes free support. Google Cloud eliminated the previous “standard” and “premium” levels for maps billing.

Users now get a “free tier” with a $200 monthly credit. This tier typically covers usage needs for about 98% of Maps customers. Pricing also scales with users as their usage spikes or business grows. The question is how do you keep track of this each month. It's a challenge for Maps-using organizations of all sizes. 

Tracking Google Maps Platform Usage and Spend

With this new billing approach, it’s important to know how much you are using and spending, both on a monthly basis and from a high-level, historical vantage point. You need to know what sort of usage trends your organization has and how much you can expect a monthly bill to be. We've simplilfied that for you.

OnSpend by Onix™ takes the guesswork out of cloud billing and budget management, giving you targeted information about how you use these location-based services. It also helps you avoid Google Maps Platform billing surprises. Nothing's worse than losing track of your Maps usage on the new pay-as-you-go plan only to get a massive bill you weren't expecting at the end the cycle.

Check out this handy, at-a-glance guide to see how you can avoid surprises with your Google Maps Platform billing. There’s no reason to keep fearing those invoices when you deploy a versatile too like this to support your Maps usage.

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Carly Sumlin, Marketing Director

Carly joined the Onix marketing team in 2013. She is the Marketing Director with a growing team of talented marketers focused on cloud solutions.

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