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Global Accelerator:Billing overview

Last Updated:Apr 12, 2024

This topic describes the billing methods, billable items, and billing cycles of Global Accelerator (GA).


Global Accelerator To participate in a free trial, submit an application. Free trials are available only for subscription standard GA instances. For more information about free trials and the supported instance specifications, see Time-limited one-month free trials of GA.

Overview of billing methods

  • Global Accelerator supports the pay-as-you-go and subscription billing methods.

  • The bandwidth that is used to connect to the global transmission network of Alibaba Cloud supports the pay-by-data-transfer and pay-by-bandwidth metering methods.

    • Pay-by-data-transfer: Data transfer fees are managed by Cloud Data Transfer (CDT). CDT supports the pay-as-you-go billing method.

      You do not need to associate a basic bandwidth plan with your Global Accelerator instance. The system calculates the fees based on where your service is deployed. The fees include Internet data transfer fees and inter-region data transfer fees. For more information, see Pay-by-data-transfer.

    • Pay-by-bandwidth: You are charged for bandwidth plans. Bandwidth plans support the subscription billing method.

      If you use this metering method, you must associate a basic bandwidth plan with your Global Accelerator instance. For more information about how to select a basic bandwidth plan, see the "Bandwidth plan type" section of the Select and purchase GA resources topic.

Billing method

Bandwidth metering method




  • Scenarios in which temporary traffic spikes are expected.

  • Multiple cloud resources that use the pay-by-data-transfer metering method are activated within your Alibaba Cloud account.

  • Traffic fluctuates.

If you cannot estimate the resource usage and the amount of data transfer, we recommend that you use pay-as-you-go Global Accelerator instances.



  • You can estimate the usage period of resources.

  • Traffic is stable.

  • Resources are required for long-term use.

  • The first time you use a pay-as-you-go Global Accelerator instance, go to the pay-as-you-go GA activation page and activate Global Accelerator as prompted.

  • You can purchase GA resource plans to offset the Capacity Unit (CU) fees and instance fees of pay-as-you-go Global Accelerator instances. Resource plans are more cost-effective than the pay-as-you-go billing method. For more information, see GA resource plans.

  • You can select the billing method only when you purchase a Global Accelerator instance. The billing method cannot be changed after a GA instance is created.

Billable items

Billable items of standard Global Accelerator instances

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Billable items of basic Global Accelerator instances

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Billing cycles

The following table describes the billing cycles of Global Accelerator.

Billing cycle

Bill release time

Billable item


A bill is generated within 1 hour after the current billing cycle ends. The time when bills are generated is determined by the system.


A bill is generated on the first day of the next calendar month after the end of a billing cycle. The time when bills are generated is determined by the system.



Billing methods and rules

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