My pending purchase shows it is for more than I paid. Why?

My pending purchase shows it is for more than I paid. Why?

Some merchants send pre-authorizations at higher amounts to test a cards validity. For example, a $25 gas purchase might display as $126. Pre-authorizations are common at the pump, for a hotel stay, or for a car rental. Even though the charge is listed in the app for more, it will clear your account for the correct amount.