I. Important Updates As of June 11, 2018, you must enable billing with a credit card and have a valid API key for all of your projects. This will give you the ability to scale easily with less downtime and fewer performance issues. In addition, Google Map has simplified their 18 individual APIs into three products: Maps, Routes, and Places. Key Changes: 1. To get and use Google Maps API you will need to create a billing account along with credit card. 2. When you enable billing, you get $200 free usage every month for Maps, Routes, or Places. 3. Free Monthly usage limit is crapped to $200 credit. If your API call usage exceeds over $200 free credit then you will be charged for the additional calls. 4. You only pay for what you use. You can review rates and access your spending any time in your Google Cloud Platform Console, where you can also set daily quotas to protect against unexpected increases. You can also set billing alerts to receive email notifications when charges reach a preset threshold determined by you.