Why WooCommerce Memberships Ending Soon Email Doesn’t Work?

I’ve been working with WooCommerce Memberships and Subscriptions projects since 2015, and I had to do this research long time ago. Well, but better later than never, right?

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If you use both WooCommerce Memberships and Subscriptions plugins on your website you may wonder why "Memberships Ending Soon" email is never sent.

WooCommerce Memberships Ending Soon email
WooCommerce > Settings > Emails

First reason – there is a hook, which turns off this email if a Membership is connected to a Subscription

There is a hook woocommerce_email_enabled_WC_Memberships_User_Membership_Ending_Soon_Email deep inside WooCommerce Memberships plugin, so, the Subscriptions plugin connects to this hook and:

Example of overriding this scenario:

add_filter( 'woocommerce_email_enabled_WC_Memberships_User_Membership_Ending_Soon_Email', 'misha_override_ending_soon', 30, 2 );
function misha_override_ending_soon( $is_enabled, $user_membership ){
	return true;

Do you think anything will change if you use that hook? Lol, it won’t.

Second reason – scheduled action will not be created for Memberships without an expiration date

But as you can see below, all Subscription-based memberships doesn’t have an expiration date.

Memberships connected to subscriptions do not have an expiration date
Go to WooCommerce > Memberships and look at the Expires column.

So, even if you run the hook I mentioned above, Ending Soon emails (wc_memberships_user_membership_expiring_soon hook) won’t be scheduled anyway.

But why WooCommerce does it? I think it is because subscriptions doesn’t support early renewals at this moment. So, there is just no reason to send a reminder a couple days ago because you can not put the renewal link into the email.

How to Make Ending Soon Emails Work for Subscription-based Memberships?

Currently I’m working on a plugin that allows to turn the Ending Soon emails on for Subscription-based memberships too. Leave a comment down below 👇 if you want me to send you the link to the plugin once it will be ready.

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