Put your services on hold while you're away

Vacation Service -- also known as seasonal service, holiday hold and snowbird billing -- lets you put your services on hold if you're going to be away from home for an extended period of time. It's a better option than disconnecting your account and is popular with customers who have vacation homes or who travel a lot.

Benefits of using Vacation Service

With Vacation Service, you can put your phone, Internet and/or television service on hold until you're ready to use them again. There are number of advantages to doing this. For instance, while your services are suspended:
 

  • Your telephone number is reserved.
  • You can keep (and use) your email address. 
  • You don't have to return your equipment and can keep it in your home.
  • Your saved DVR content remains undisturbed and ready for your return.
  • You pay a reduced rate for your services.
  • In most areas, you don't have to pay to reinstall your service.

Did you know? AutoPay is a convenient way to pay your bill while you're away from home.

How Vacation Service works

When you're ready to put your service(s) on hold, chat with us, and we'll do the following:
 

  1. Check that you live in an eligible area and have a zero balance.
  2. Ask when you want the hold to start and the billing address you'll be using when you're away.
  3. Set up a work order and begin blocking your services on the business day you specified.

When you return, simply contact us, and we'll reactive your service.

Understanding your reduced rates

Service/Product

Discount?

Charge

Maximum

Primary phone line

Yes

50% off

Up to 9 months

Internet

Yes

$9.95 per month*

Up to 9 months

Internet modem

Yes

$0.00

Up to 9 months

Prism

Yes

$10.00 per month

Up to 9 months

Prism set-top box

Yes

$0.00

Up to 9 months

Prism modem

No

   

Inside wiring maintenance plans

No

   

Computer protection agreements

No

   

Service reactivation

Yes

$0.00 - $9.95

 

*If you live in Florida, there's no charge for your Internet service while it's on hold.

While it varies somewhat based on where you live -- generally -- there is no minimum amount of time a service must be active before putting it on hold, but you must keep it on hold for at least one month. In most areas, service cannot be kept on hold longer than 9 months in a 12 month period. 

IMPORTANT: If you don't call us to reactive your service within 9 months, the Vacation Service discount will automatically be removed from your account and billing will resume at full price. However, your service will remain on hold until you contact us and request to have it reactivated.

How your CenturyLink services are impacted

While your telephone, Internet and/or television services are on hold, you cannot use them. Because this can significantly impact your day-to-day activities, be sure you understand how each of your services will be impacted before you put your service(s) on hold.

CenturyLink Home Phone

  • While your service is on hold, you will not have dial tone and people will not be able to call you. 
  • You can keep your CenturyLink Long Distance plan while your account is suspended. You will not be charged for the service until you re-active your account. 
  • We no longer offer a standalone voicemail service. If you put your phone service on hold, you'll lose your greeting and any contents in your mailbox, including saved messages. 
  • If you have two phone lines, you must suspend both (or neither). 
  • If you put your phone service on hold, you must also put your CenturyLink High-Speed Internet service on hold too. 

Note: CenturyLink Lifeline customers are not eligible to put their telephone service on hold -- unless they drop out of the assistance program. (If you stop participating in the Lifeline program, you will need to re-apply to participate again.)

CenturyLink High Speed Internet

  • You can put just your Internet service on hold. (You don't have to also suspend your phone service.) 
  • When your service is on hold, you won't be able to get the Internet. For instance, if you normally surf the web from your home computer using CenturyLink High-Speed Internet, you won't be able to. 
  • You can keep your email address and still use your account to send/receive emails. 
  • If you lease a modem, you don't have to return it while your service is on hold. You can keep it at your home until you need it again. 

Note: CenturyLink Internet Basics customers are not eligible to put their Internet service on hold -- unless they drop out of the assistance program. (If you stop participating in the Internet Basics program, you will not be able to participate again later.)

Prism® TV

You can put just your Prism service on hold. (You don't have to also suspend your phone or Internet services too.) 

While your service is on hold, no new programming will be delivered to your set-top box. However, you will be able to view any saved content on your DVR. 

You do not need to return your modem or set-top box while your service is on hold. You can keep them at your home until you're ready to use them again. 

Because your Prism service uses your Internet connection, you cannot suspend your Internet service without also suspending your Prism.

DIRECTV

While your DIRECTV® service is on hold, you cannot use it. There's no charge to suspend your service, and you can put your DIRECTV service on hold for as little as 30 days or as long as six months. To put your account on hold, call 800-531-5000. When prompted, say "suspend services," and follow the instructions.

Verizon Wireless

Suspending your wireless service will temporarily disable your device's access to the Verizon Wireless network making voice, text and data features unavailable. To suspend your Verizon Wireless, go online or call 800-922-0204. When prompted, follow the instructions. 

Note: If you have combined billing -- meaning you get a single bill with charges from both Verizon and CenturyLink on it -- you cannot suspend your service unless you separate the bills.

Home Security Systems

If you have a home security that relies on your phone line to transmit data to your security company, it will not work while your phone service is on hold. 

If you have questions or would like to make changes to your account, chat with us. We're here to help!