We have just added the ability to have $0.00 renewals. In the past we, did not create invoices for members with $0.00 member plans or overrides; now we can create them for $0.00 member plans. ($0 overrides will still be excluded.)
To enable this, you only need to check the box for " Allow for $0.00 member sign-up " in the New Member Registration Config menu.
This will probably be used most often for organizations who want to give members the first term for free and then start collecting dues the second term. (You'll want to use this in conjunction with "change to at renewal" in the member plans.) It can also be used if the org wants to have an expiration date for full members even if they don't pay dues. (List-Only and Prospect types will still not be invoiced.)
We've just added a new feature to the Billing Configuration so that organizations who allow members to switch to a new plan at renewal can restrict them to only plans that have higher dues. All you have to do is check the "Restrict plan changes to higher dues plans" checkbox to turn it on. (And the "Offer Plan Change at Renewal" box of course.)
The comparison works by comparing "annualized" dues. For example, if a member is currently in a plan that charges $100 per year but the org offers a monthly plan that charges $10 per month, the monthly plan will show up ($120/yr). If the org offers a two-year plan at $150 per term, it will not show up ($75/yr).
The comparison also takes into account tiered dues (provided that the member has a valid employee count) and dues overrides.
Please let us know if you have any questions about this.
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