Error message - Billing hard limit has been reached

Got this error message:
“error”: {
“code”: “billing_hard_limit_reached”,
“message”: “Billing hard limit has been reached”,
“param”: null,
“type”: “invalid_request_error”

I’m completely new to this, but do i need to have a paid subscription to OpenAI? Or what even is the limit?

To utilize the API, payment is required for each request you make.

To view your API usage, please visit the following link: OpenAI API

To review the rate limits for your account, you can access this link: OpenAI API

If you wish to increase the hard limit for your account, you can do so by visiting this link: OpenAI API

1 Like

Hi Erik, and welcome to the OpenAI Community Forum.

I have been a paying user for some time now, but on an old non-paying account I get messages like this if I try to access a paid service. When I started I had an $18 allowance for free usage of the models, which I see from the pricing page has been reduced now to $5 of free credit for the first 3 months; and once that was exhausted I had to subscribe, which I’ve done on another account.

You can find the different costs for the models here.

When you set up a paid subscription you are invited to set a monthly limit, and you’ll be able to use any part of the system until you hit that limit. If you haven’t set up a paid subscription yet, I guess you’ll get the error you’ve experienced until you do!



I added a credit card here to make myself pay as you go. OpenAI API

And the error cleared. No idea why.