What is Amazon Billing and Cost Management? - Amazon Cost Management
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What is Amazon Billing and Cost Management?

Welcome to the Amazon Cost Management User Guide.

Amazon Billing and Cost Management provides a suite of features to help you set up your billing, retrieve and pay invoices, and analyze, organize, plan, and optimize your costs.

To get started, set up your billing to match your requirements. For individuals or small organizations, Amazon will automatically charge the credit card provided.

For larger organizations, you can use Amazon Organizations to consolidate your charges across multiple Amazon Web Services accounts. You can then configure invoicing, tax, purchase order, and payment methods to match your organization’s procurement processes.

You can allocate your costs to teams, applications, or environments by using cost categories or cost allocation tags, or using Amazon Cost Explorer. You can also export data to your preferred data warehouse or business intelligence tool.

See the following overview of features to help you manage your cloud finances.

Features of Amazon Billing and Cost Management

Billing and payments

Understand your monthly charges, view and pay invoices, and manage preferences for billing, invoices, tax, and payments.

  • Bills page – Download invoices and view detailed monthly billing data to understand how your charges were calculated.

  • Purchase orders – Create and manage your purchase orders to comply with your organization’s unique procurement processes.

  • Payments – Understand your outstanding or past-due payment balance and payment history.

  • Payment profiles – Set up multiple payment methods for different Amazon Web Service providers or parts of your organization.

  • Credits – Review credit balances and choose where credits should be applied.

  • Billing preferences – Enable invoice delivery by email and your preferences for credit sharing, alerts, and discount sharing.

Cost analysis

Analyze your costs, export detailed cost and usage data, and forecast your spending.

  • Amazon Cost Explorer – Analyze your cost and usage data with visuals, filtering, and grouping. You can forecast your costs and create custom reports.

  • Data exports – Create custom data exports from Billing and Cost Management datasets.

  • Cost Anomaly Detection – Set up automated alerts when Amazon detects a cost anomaly to reduce unexpected costs.

  • Amazon Web Services China Region Free Tier – Monitor current and forecasted usage of free tier services to avoid unexpected costs.

  • Split cost allocation data – Enable detailed cost and usage data for shared Amazon Elastic Container Service (Amazon ECS) resources.

  • Cost Management preferences – Manage what data that member accounts can view, change account data granularity, and configure cost optimization preferences.

Cost organization

Organize your costs across teams, applications, or end customers.

  • Cost categories – Map costs to teams, applications, or environments, and then view costs along these dimensions in Cost Explorer and data exports. Define split charge rules to allocate shared costs.

  • Cost allocation tags – Use resource tags to organize, and then view costs by cost allocation tag in Cost Explorer and data exports.

Budgeting and planning

Estimate the cost of a planned workload, and create budgets to track and control costs.

Budgets – Set custom budgets for cost and usage to govern costs across your organization and receive alerts when costs exceed your defined thresholds.

Savings and commitments

Optimize resource usage and use flexible pricing models to lower your bill.

  • Amazon Cost Optimization Hub – Identify savings opportunities with tailored recommendations including deleting unused resources, rightsizing, Savings Plans, and reservations.

  • Savings Plans – Reduce your bill compared to on-demand prices with flexible pricing models. Manage your Savings Plans inventory, review purchase recommendations, and analyze Savings Plan utilization and coverage.

  • Reservations – Reserve capacity at discounted rates for Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (Amazon EC2), Amazon Relational Database Service (Amazon RDS), Amazon Redshift, Amazon DynamoDB, and more.

Amazon Billing Conductor

Billing Conductor is a custom billing service that supports the showback and chargeback workflows of Amazon Solution Providers and Amazon Enterprise customers. You can customize a second, alternative version of your monthly billing data. The service models the billing relationship between you and your customers or business units.

Billing Conductor doesn't change the way that you're billed by Amazon each month. Instead, you can use the service to configure, generate, and display rates to specific customers over a given billing period. You can also use it to analyze the difference between the rates that you apply to your groupings relative to the actual rates for those same accounts from Amazon.

As a result of your Billing Conductor configuration, the payer account (management account) can also see the custom rate that's applied on the billing details page of the Amazon Billing and Cost Management console. The payer account can also configure Amazon Cost and Usage Reports per billing group.

For more information about Billing Conductor, see the Amazon Billing Conductor User Guide.


You can use Amazon Identity and Access Management (IAM) to control who in your account or organization has access to specific pages on the Billing and Cost Management console. For example, you can control access to invoices and detailed information about charges and account activity, budgets, payment methods, and credits. IAM is a feature of your Amazon Web Services account. You don't need to do anything else to sign up for IAM and there's no charge to use it.

When you create an account, you begin with one sign-in identity that has complete access to all Amazon Web Services and resources in the account. This identity is called the Amazon Web Services account root user and is accessed by signing in with the email address and password that you used to create the account. We strongly recommend that you don't use the root user for your everyday tasks. Safeguard your root user credentials and use them to perform the tasks that only the root user can perform.

For the complete list of tasks that require you to sign in as the root user, see Tasks that require root user credentials in the IAM User Guide.

By default, IAM users and roles in your account can't access the Billing and Cost Management console. To grant access, enable the Activate IAM Access setting. For more information, see About IAM Access.

If you have multiple Amazon Web Services accounts in your organization, you can manage linked account access to Cost Explorer data by using the Cost Management preferences page. For more information, see Controlling access to Cost Explorer.

For more information about IAM, see the IAM User Guide.

Amazon Organizations

You can use the consolidated billing feature in Organizations to consolidate billing and payment for multiple Amazon Web Services accounts. Every organization has a management account that pays the charges of all the member accounts.

Consolidated billing has the following benefits:

  • One bill – Get one bill for multiple accounts.

  • Easy tracking – Track charges across multiple accounts and download the combined cost and usage data.

  • Combined usage – Combine the usage across all accounts in the organization to share the volume pricing discounts, Reserved Instances discounts, and Savings Plans. This can result in a lower charge for your project, department, or company than with individual standalone accounts. For more information, see Volume discounts.

  • No extra fee – Consolidated billing is offered at no additional cost.

For more information about Organizations, see the Amazon Organizations User Guide.

Amazon Pricing Calculator

Amazon Pricing Calculator is a web-based planning tool to create estimates for your Amazon use cases. Use it to model your solutions before building them, explore the Amazon Web Service price points, and review the calculations behind your estimates. Use Amazon Pricing Calculator to help plan how you spend, find cost saving opportunities, and make informed decisions when using Amazon. Amazon Pricing Calculator is useful if you’re new to Amazon and for those who want to reorganize or expand their Amazon usage.

For more information, see https://calculator.aws/#/ and the Amazon Pricing Calculator User Guide.