New pricing changes will go into effect starting July 16, 2018. For more information, check out the Guide for Existing Users.

Elevation API Usage and Billing

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Pricing and Billing Changes

Starting June 11, 2018, a new pay-as-you-go pricing model is rolling out for Google Maps Platform APIs. The new plan gives you more flexibility and control over how you use our APIs. You can use as much or as little as you need and only pay for what you use each month.

To provide you with an additional month of lead time, the new pricing won’t go into effect until July 16, 2018. Between June 11 and July 16, 2018, your use of the Google Maps Platform APIs will continue to be billed under the previous pay-as-you-go pricing model.

For more information on what’s changing, review the API-specific Billing Changes and the guide to understanding billing. You can also estimate your monthly bill under the new pricing model with the pricing calculator.

Previous Pay-As-You-Go Usage Limits and Pricing

Until July 16, 2018, the Elevation API has the following limits in place:

Standard Usage Limits

Users of the standard API:

  • 2,500 free requests per day, calculated as the sum of client-side and server-side queries.
  • 512 locations per request.
  • 50 requests per second, calculated as the sum of client-side and server-side queries.

Enable pay-as-you-go billing to unlock higher quotas:

$0.50 USD / 1000 additional requests, up to 100,000 daily.

Requests per Day (QPD) limits are ending, starting June 11, 2018

For Existing Cusomers:

  • If you are an existing customer, using the Google Maps Platform before June 11, 2018, you will be billed under the previous pay-as-you-go pricing until July 16, 2018.
  • Note: Starting on June 11, 2018, Google will begin to roll out the removal of the default QPD limits on existing billing accounts. This process may take up to six weeks.
  • If you rely on the default QPD limits to help you manage your cost of use, we recommend you set your own daily limits in the Google Cloud Platform Console, to override the default QPD limits set by Google. This will ensure that your preferred QPD limits remain in place.

For New Customers:

  • If you are a new customer, using the Google Maps Platform starting on or after June 11, 2018, you will be billed under the previous pay-as-you-go pricing until July 16, 2018.
  • Note: New customers will have unlimited QPD starting on June 11, 2018.
  • To help you manage your cost of use, you can set your own QPD limits in the Google Cloud Platform Console.

New Pay-As-You-Go Pricing

Effective July 16, 2018

How billing works under the new pay-as-you-go model

  • The Google Maps Platform APIs are billed by SKU.
  • Usage is tracked for each Product SKU, and an API may have more than one Product SKU.
  • Cost is calculated by: SKU Usage x Price per each use.
  • For each billing account, for qualifying Google Maps Platform SKUs, a $200 USD Google Maps Platform credit is available each month, and automatically applied to the qualifying SKUs.

See guide to understanding billing for more information.

Important: Enable Billing

As of July 16, 2018, to continue to use the Google Maps Platform APIs, you must enable billing on each of your projects. If you choose not to add a billing account, your maps will be degraded, or other Maps API requests will return an error.

Pricing for the Elevation API

Effective July 16, 2018, the Elevation API is priced as follows:

SKU: Elevation

An Elevation SKU is charged for requests to the Elevation API or the Maps JavaScript API’s Elevation service.

MONTHLY VOLUME RANGE
(Price per REQUEST)
0–100,000 100,001–500,000 500,000+
0.005 USD per each
(5.00 USD per 1000)
0.004 USD per each
(4.00 USD per 1000)
Contact Sales for volume pricing

Other Usage Limits

While you are no longer limited to a maximum number of requests per day (QPD), the following usage limits are still in place for the Elevation API:

  • 512 locations per request.
  • 100 requests per second (QPS), calculated as the sum of client-side and server-side queries.

Terms of Use Restrictions

For information on terms of use, see policies for the Elevation API, and the License Restrictions section of the Google Maps Platform Terms of Service.

Manage Your Cost of Use

To manage your cost of use of the Google Maps Platform APIs, you can set daily limits to all requests to any billable API.

To view or change daily billable limits for the Elevation API, do the following:

  1. Go to the Elevation API Quotas page in the Google Cloud Platform Console.
  2. From the projects list, select a project.
  3. In the Requests section, on the Requests per day line, click the edit icon, then enter the preferred total billable daily quota, up to the limit (if any) specified by Google.

If your API usage reaches your billable limit on any given day, your application will not be able to access the API for the remainder of that day.

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Premium Plan Customers

If you are on an existing Premium Plan contract, you will transition to pay-as-you-go pricing when your current contract expires. This transition will be done for you – there are no code changes you need to implement. Your account manager will contact you prior to your renewal date to assist you during this transition.

Elevation API Usage Limits for Existing Premium Plan Users

Google Maps APIs Premium Plan customers:

  • Shared daily free quota of 100,000 requests per 24 hours; additional requests applied against the annual purchase of Maps APIs Credits.
  • 512 locations per request.
  • 50* server-side requests per second.

* Default limit. Contact your Google Enterprise Sales Account Manager if you need a higher limit. Note that the client-side service offers Unlimited requests per second, per project.

Additional benefits of a premium plan:

  • Annual contracts with enterprise terms
  • 24 hour technical support
  • Service level agreement (SLA)
  • Licenses for internal, OEM, and asset tracking use cases

See the Premium Plan guide for more info.

These limits are enforced to prevent abuse and/or repurposing of the Elevation API, and may be changed in the future without notice. Additionally, we enforce a request rate limit to prevent abuse of the service. If you exceed the per-day limit or otherwise abuse the service, the Elevation API may stop working for you temporarily. If you continue to exceed this limit, your access to the Elevation API may be blocked.

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