EC2 Reservation Notification

I realized today that I haven’t updated my EC2 reservations recently. Wondering why I never did this I came to understand that there was no way that I was getting notified that the reservations were expiring. I spent the day putting together a script that would look through my reservations, assess the time of their expiration, and then notify me if it was nearing my threshold of 3 weeks.

I put this together as a local script but it can also be adapted to run as a lambda function which is what I have it set up to do. As always, you can view my code below and on GitHub.

import boto3
from datetime import datetime, timezone, timedelta
from botocore.exceptions import ClientError
import os
import json
ec2_client = boto3.client("ec2", region_name="us-west-2")

def get_reserved_instances():
    response = ec2_client.describe_reserved_instances()
    reserved_instances = {}
    for reservedInstances in response['ReservedInstances']:
            reservedInstances['ReservedInstancesId']: {
                "ExpireDate": reservedInstances['End'],
                "Type": reservedInstances['InstanceType']
    return reserved_instances
def determine_expirery(expirery_date):
    now =
    delta_min = timedelta(days=21)
    delta_max = timedelta(days=22)
    if expirery_date - now >= delta_min and expirery_date - now < delta_max:
        return True
        return False
#Send Result to SNS
def sendToSNS(messages):
    sns = boto3.client('sns')
        send_message = sns.publish(
        return send_message
    except ClientError as e:
        print("Failed to send message to SNS")

if __name__ == "__main__":

    for reservation, res_details in get_reserved_instances().items():
        if determine_expirery(res_details['ExpireDate']) == True:
            sns_message = {"reservation": reservation, "expires": res_details['ExpireDate'].strftime("%m/%d/%Y, %H:%M:%S")}

I have an SNS topic setup that is set to send messages to a Lambda function in the backend so I can format my messages and send them to a Slack channel for notifications.

If you have any questions, feel free to comment or message me on Twitter!