Whether you are a Google Maps Platform customer already or a Premium Plan Customer, you can customize and decide what data is retrieved from the Places APIs. To optimize data calls, you should evaluate your Places API requests and consider updating Places Details request with the fields parameter to avoid unnecessary billing charges.
Google Maps Platform introduces a range of new Places APIs, and these are separated into three price points. For some usage cases, not all of the API data is needed, so there might be opportunities to reduce Places cost. This possibility of reducing costs results from these changes to the Google pricing model.
What has changed?
You can see in these two tables below the changes applied to the new Google Maps Platform model:
Places Details requests returned all of the available data associated with the specified place.
Google Maps Platform
Places Details requests allow customizable use of fields parameters to limit the response to only the data fields that are specified.
Priority Actions Review List
Places data SKUs are now reported (Basic Data, Contact Data, Atmosphere Data). Each group contains specific places information and the pricing is based on the entire group of information (i.e. not separate items).