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Dunning management for hard declines


Dunning is the process of methodically communicating with customers to ensure the collection of accounts receivable. Use dunning management to reduce customer churn and recover lost revenue from failed authorizations. Avangate notifies customers via email about failed renewals, helping them update their payment information in myAccount.


Dunning management is available for select Enterprise accounts. To enable it on your account, contact Avangate.


Once Avangate enables dunning management for your account, you need to activate dunning management for hard declines from the Avangate Control Panel.

How does dunning management for hard declines work?

  1. The Avangate system attempts to automatically authorize a recurring charge for a subscription according to its renewal deadline.
  2. The authorization process fails with a hard decline, a permanent error from the payment processor/gateway indicating that any further authorizations would also be unsuccessful. Reasons include:
    • Stolen or lost cards.
    • Invalid credit card data.
  3. Avangate sends a single dunning management email immediately after each failed automatic authorization attempt made for subscriptions with the auto-renewal system enabled.
  4. Shoppers can access myAccount to update the payment information by following the link in the email.
  5. As soon as the shoppers update their payment information, Avangate automatically attempts to authorize the payment and renew the subscription.

IMPORTANT: The renewal link works only for subscriptions that are either active or in their grace period. For subscriptions with no grace period settings, shoppers can only update their payment information and retry the payment for a maximum of 3 (three) hours after Avangate has made the recurring charge attempt that resulted in a hard decline.

How to enable dunning management

  1. Go to the Marketing tools -> Lead management.
  2. Select the Manage your leads tab.
  3. Click the Edit follow-up settings link corresponding to Unfinished payment.
  4. Scroll down to the Dunning emails section and click Activate.

Impact on email metrics reports

You can choose to display the hard decline emails in the email metrics reports. To do this, tick the Include hard decline emails and click Build report.