Can I schedule my EC2 Reserved Instance to renew automatically?

Last updated: 2020-04-17

I have an Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (Amazon EC2) Reserved Instance (RI) that expires soon. Can I schedule my EC2 RI to renew automatically?

Resolution

You can queue your Reserved Instance purchases for a specific date and time in the future. To renew your EC2 RI automatically, you can queue an RI purchase for the date and time that your existing RI expires. On the scheduled date and time, AWS automatically purchases the RI for you using your account's default payment method. For more information, see Queuing your purchase.

To view your active RIs and see when they expire, check the Amazon EC2 console. You can also set reservation expiration alerts to remind you when your RIs are about to expire. However, reservation expiration alerts don't automatically renew RIs, or purchase new RIs for you. You can queue your RI purchases to ensure uninterrupted coverage.

Note: EC2 RIs impact only the price of EC2 instances on your account. When an EC2 RI expires, it doesn't cause any instances to shut down or terminate.