Configure What Costs Are Visible to a User

When you are creating a new user, you can identify the types of costs that will be visible to that user. The application identifies three types of cost:

  • unblended costs
  • blended costs
  • list costs

Review the table for more information to help you determine what type of costs you want your user to have access to.

Type of Cost



  • Averages the usage rate of similar resources across all accounts
  • Lowers the bill for individual payees by sharing RIs across accounts and compressing individual payees
  • Not a good method you can use to bill customers


  • Show rates of actual usage for resources across the entire consolidated bill
  • Used to calculate support charges and taxes
  • Closest to billing directly provided by AWS


  • Closest method to correct billing
  • Translates usage charges into separate costs for each payee as if they were standalone accounts
  • Allows partner to provide invoices that correctly represent the payee's cost as if they were not part of the consolidated billing family
To ensure that the payee only sees list cost in their email notifications and alerts, review the Enable Payee List Cost topic.

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