Amex card members expected to be the first to use Apple Pay in Canada and Australia beginning this year
American Express announced today that Apple Pay will be available in key global markets allowing American Express card members to pay on the go with an iPhone, Apple Watch or iPad.
Apple Pay is expected to be available for card members in Canada and Australia this year and in Spain, Singapore and Hong Kong in 2016. With Apple Pay, card members in these countries will have the ability to add their eligible consumer, small business and corporate American Express cards and pay with iPhone or Apple Watch in stores where contactless payments and American Express are accepted. Card members will also be able to use their iPhone or iPad to pay within participating merchant apps.
When paying with Apple Pay, card members will continue to get all of the protection and customer service they expect from American Express, the company stated.
“With our global reach, we are able to bring Apple Pay to card members quickly in these important countries,” said Tony Prentice, vice president, mobile products and payments, American Express. “We believe it is critical to be on the forefront of seamless and innovative payment solutions for our card members and we are pleased to be able to deliver on that with Apple Pay.”
Said Jennifer Bailey, vice president of Apple Pay: “Our customers love their experience with Apple Pay and we want to bring it to as many of our users worldwide as possible. With a global issuer like American Express, we are thrilled to seamlessly bring our easy, secure and private way to pay to more customers internationally.”
Just like in other countries that accept Apple Pay, card members who use an eligible American Express Card with Apple Pay will get these features: real time notifications and details for purchases; seamless connection to the Amex mobile app for enhanced account monitoring, servicing and access to available rewards and offers.
When a card member adds a card to Apple Pay, the actual card numbers are not stored on the device. Instead, a unique device account number is assigned, encrypted and securely stored in the Secure Element on their device. Each transaction is authorised with a one-time unique dynamic security code.