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Automatic payment methods

The plugin supports a couple of automatic payment methods, meaning that the customer gets charged automatically when each recurring payment is due.

Supported gateways:

The PayPal Standard settings are explained below, if you wish to see the settings of the other payment gateways, simply click on the one you are interested in.

PayPal Standard

PayPal standard supports automatic recurring payments, so users don’t have to remember to pay the recurring fee. If the owed amount is not available in the users’ PayPal account, the subscription will be cancelled or will switch to “Overdue” or “Suspended” status (depending on the settings).
To let the plugin work correctly, it is necessary that your PayPal account (compulsory for any type of business) is set to receive multi-currency payments. If you haven’t set this option in your PayPal account yet, follow the guidelines described below:

  • Go to and access to your business account;
  • Click on My Account and then on Profile;
  • Open section My Selling Tools;
  • In Getting paid and managing my risk , click on update next to the entry Block Payments

PayPal account settings

  • Set the option ‘allow payments sent to me in a currency I do not hold’ to ‘yes, accept and convert theme to U.S. Dollars

Allow multi-currency payments

Note: You can associate more than one subscription to the same user, however, users need to place separate orders for each subscription. The system used to integrate PayPal recurring payments doesn’t allow multiple subscriptions within the same order.

Other payment methods

You can use any payment method activated in your WooCommerce to pay for a subscription, however, if it isn’t one of the supported payment methods, the customer will have to pay the renewal order manually.

To find out which payment gateways support automatic charges, please refer to this page.

How can I pay for a renewal order if a non-supported gateway has been selected?

One day before the renewal date, a new order will be generated automatically. This order will be visible for the users in ‘My account > My Subscriptions’.

Customers can just click on the ‘Pay’ button that will redirect them to checkout page and complete the payment with any gateway.

my account pay button

Supported gateways

Here is a list of all the gateways supported by YITH Subscription plugin. You will be able to start automatic recurring payments with all of them, but the options allowed by each of them vary. You can compare them in the following table.

Standard features Changes allowed
Cancellation Pause Multiple subscriptions in cart Amount Payment date
PayPal Standard
YITH WooCommerce Stripe – Premium
YITH PayPal Braintree
YITH PayPal Express Checkout*
YITH WooCommerce Stripe Connect
YITH WooCommerce Account Funds
WooCommerce Amazon Pay
WooCommerce Stripe (credit card only)
WooCommerce eWay Gateway
WooCommerce Payments
WooCommerce Redsys Gateway

* In order to manage recurring payments it is necessary that the reference transactions are active on your PayPal account. Verify through PayPal support if they are active before implementing the payment method.


The plugin allows you to create new types of coupons:

  • Subscription sign-up discount: discount on sign-up fee (if any). The coupon can either remove a fixed price or a percentage of the sign-up fee.
  • Subscription recurring discount: discount on the subscription periodic fee. The coupon can either remove a fixed price or a percentage of each periodic fee.

Coupons can be configured in Marketing > Coupons, as well as for any WooCommerce default coupon.

Subscription coupons

When creating a coupon for the periodic fee, a new field will show in which you can enter a value to specify the number of recurring payments it will apply.

Set recurring limit per coupon

This option can be useful also in case you want to offer special pricing on your subscriptions.

Let’s make an example. We want to offer the user three levels of payments for a subscription until reaching the regular price:

  • €9,99 at the order creation
  • €19,99 for the first recurring payment
  • €29,99 for the following recurring fees

We have created a monthly subscription at €29,99/month, with a one-month trial and a sign-up fee of €9,99.

Example of subscription with coupon

Then we have created a recurring fixed coupon (€10) that will apply to one recurring payment.

Coupon sample

When the user purchases the subscription, only the sign-up fee will be paid. The first month will be free due to the trial period and the first renewal will be discounted by €10. The regular price of €29,99 will be paid starting from the second renewal.

Cart with coupon sample

The discount applies directly during the purchase process. On the contrary, if the subscription includes a trial period or provides a synchronized payment date, the coupon will apply to the first renewal.

Apply coupons to an active subscription

If you want to offer a coupon to your customers with an active subscription, go to the subscription edit page and click on Apply coupon.

Apply coupons to active subscriptions

Enter the coupon code in the field as shown in the image below.

Enter the coupon code

Click on OK and the discount will apply automatically to the next renewal(s), based on the coupon settings.

Coupon code applied to the active subscription

Please note – coupons can be applied to active subscriptions only if they are editable. For example, subscriptions paid with PayPal standard can’t be edited, hence, it isn’t possible to apply any coupon.