We don't think anyone should be served with an unexpected bill. Users can now opt-in to receive an email alert if their monthly spend exceeds an amount that they define.
This feature was inspired by a Hacker News user who commented on a thread saying, "Amazon should let us know if monthly bill > X and send me a priority email." Many of our own customers had already requested something similar in UserVoice, and it became clear that this was a great idea for any cloud provider.
How It Works
You can set up your billing alert by clicking on the settings icon. There you'll see a section called Billing Alerts where you can adjust the threshold for your account. By default, we've set it to 125% of the average of your last three months of invoices (or $20, whichever is greater). If your Monthly Usage goes over the limit set, you will receive an email alerting you once per billing cycle.
This is simply an email notification. No Droplets are suspended or destroyed. Your feedback will continue to drive our design process – if there are any other features you would like to see let us know here.
-- The DO Team