Sale with Gratuity

Article by Megan Grosso

Your terminal is not pre-configured to allow for Gratuities (i.e. tips). If you would like the Gratuity mode enabled on your terminal please contact the terminal helpdesk.

Note: You must ensure that this option is enabled on your acquirers Merchant Account.

Gratuity mode would commonly be used within the leisure industry in order to allow the customer to add a tip to the final amount before completing the transaction.

For sales with inserted cards, when Gratuity mode is enabled, your terminal will prompt for the customer to enter a gratuity on the screen. Alternatively, your terminal can be configured to print an additional ticket for the customer to fill in with any gratuity and the final transaction amount. If you wish your terminal to be configured in this way, please contact the terminal helpdesk.

For sales with swiped cards when gratuity mode is enabled in this manner, the merchant copy will allow the customer to fill in with any gratuity and the final transaction amount. This is unaffected by the method of entering the gratuity for inserted cards.

If you wish, your terminal can be configured to allow the entry via the choosing of set monetary values, set percentages or a combination of the two; contact the helpdesk if you wish to enable tips in this manner.

When gratuity mode is enabled, your terminal will only contact the acquirer for authorisation after the final transaction amount (including any gratuities) is known. For swiped cards this means that this is after the terminal has printed the merchant copy for signature.

Due to the authorisation code being gained after the merchant copy is printed, the authorisation code will not be shown. The authorisation codes are printed on the transaction breakdown on the X and Z Balance reports.

If you wish, your terminal can be configured to print an additional receipt at the end of the transaction which shows the authorisation code and the gratuity entered. If you wish your terminal to be configured in this way please contact the terminal helpdesk.

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