Sport Keeper has partnered with ACHWorks to provide support for recurring bank payments. We primarily support ACH billing because it's cheaper, and because there are a large number of climbing gyms who's members are already paying via ACH.
For recurring memberships, you can bill your members using either credit card, or via EFT (automatic bank draft). EFT payments utilize the ACH system (Automated Clearing House), which is a batch payment system older than our grandfathers. It's your call whether or not to support bank payments for recurring billing. As a general recommendation we suggest using card based memberships, and possibly raise your rates by a few dollars to cover Stripes higher transaction fees.
instant account approval
higher processing fees - 2.9% + $0.30 a transaction
members can add/delete/update cards
slower account approval
lower processing fees - $0.45 a transaction
payments take 3-7 days to clear
no options for members to update billing
memberships can't be reactivated
If you're interested in accepting bank payments as an option for recurring billing, we encourage you to download this application and submit to ACHWorks.
Once your ACHWorks account is created, you can connect it by adding in the credentials to the commerce settings tab. ACHWorks doesn't have a nifty connect button, so we're left with having to enter the stuff manually. Don't fret! This only has to be done once.
From within the main application, head to your account/facilities
Locate the facility, then click on "Settings" using the action dropdown
Click on the "Commerce" tab
Under the "ACH Works" section, fill in the SSS, LocID, Company and Company Key.
Once this is saved, you'll be able to process EFT based transactions. Visit the next section for information on how bank memberships differ from card based memberships.