This payment change is currently only a limited test for a small number of groups. Organizers of these select groups have the option to opt-out of this test. We will not be making any significant payment changes in the near term. We are committed to providing advance notice before any changes go into effect.
We’ve also updated our FAQs below to address specific questions.
Meetup is always looking for ways to improve the experience for everyone in our community. One of the options we are currently exploring is whether to substantially reduce the subscription costs for organizers and introduce a small event fee for members.
Members of groups in this test may be charged a small fee to reserve their spot at events. This will also distribute costs more fairly between organizers and members.
Members will pay a $2 fee when they reserve a spot at your event.
Your new subscription cost is only $2 per month, or $24 per year. That means you'll be saving at least 80% annually on subscription fees.
What's changing in this test?
How will this impact select groups?
Lower organizer subscription costs
During this test, your new subscription cost is only $2 per month. Members will pay a small fee when they reserve a spot at each event. This will more fairly distribute costs between organizers and members.
More committed attendees
We know that a challenging part of running events is getting people who RSVP to attend. Members paying a small fee ahead of time helps motivate them to show up and will provide you with a more accurate headcount for your event.
Frequently asked questions
At this time, you will not be able to charge on top of this event fee, but we’ll be adding that soon.
What if I want to charge on top of this fee to cover my event costs?
Your first payment will be made when the test begins. You will be automatically refunded for any time remaining on your previous subscription before you are charged. We will send an email confirming the exact date of change once you have made your payment selection.
When is my first subscription payment of $2 happening?
We will issue a refund for the remainder of your existing subscription.
What if I already paid my subscription for upcoming months?
This new subscription payment plan is billed monthly, meaning you will pay $2 each month for a Meetup subscription.
Do I pay monthly, every 6 months, or annually?
If attendees change their RSVP at least 24 hours before the event, Meetup will automatically refund their event fee. Members can request a refund directly from Meetup if they are not automatically refunded.
How will Meetup handle refunds?
This change won't affect a number of groups such as Pro Networks and Non-Profits. Please contact us directly with specific questions.
What if my group is part of a Pro Network?
We want to hear from you. Please contact us directly to provide your feedback.
What if I don’t like either of these options?
Meetup is always looking for ways to improve the experience for everyone in our community. For the past several years, organizers have paid a subscription fee to create and manage groups on Meetup. One of the options we are currently exploring is whether to reduce the subscription costs for organizers and introduce a small event fee for members. This change will help more evenly distribute costs between organizers and members.
Why is Meetup testing this change?
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