I tried to buy a particular EC2 Reserved Instance through the AWS Management Console, but I can't see any Reserved Instances, or I receive an error after choosing Search. Why can't I purchase a Reserved Instance through the console?

Here are some common reasons why you might not see the Reserved Instances you're looking for:

  • We can't guarantee the capacity you're looking for. Purchase capacity in a different Availability Zone in the same Region instead. Also, be sure that the Reserved Instance you're trying to purchase is for an instance configuration that AWS offers.
  • You've reached your limit for Reserved Instances in a Region. For information about viewing and increasing your Reserved Instance limit, see Amazon EC2 Service Limits.
  • You're purchasing a No Upfront Reserved Instance with a new AWS account. AWS restricts the ability for new accounts to purchase No Upfront Reserved Instances. The restriction on purchasing No Upfront Reserved Instances is lifted automatically, usually after about a month. Note: AWS customer service can't manually update these limits or add No Upfront Reserved Instances to your account on your behalf.

If none of these reasons apply to you, contact AWS Support for help.

Note: AWS Support can't purchase Reserved Instances on your behalf.


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Published: 2016-04-08

Updated: 2018-06-20