Apple Pay Launches in Australia for American Express Cardholders

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  1. MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    Apple Pay has launched in Australia in partnership with American Express, expanding iPhone-based mobile payments to a fourth country following Canada earlier this week. The service can be used at Coles, Harvey Norman, Kmart, McDonald's, Starbucks, Woolworths and other select Australian stores that accept American Express and have NFC-equipped payment terminals.


    American Express cardholders can add credit cards in the Wallet app on iOS 9.1 by tapping the "Add Credit or Debit Card" option. Apple Pay currently only works with cards issued directly by American Express, and not bank-issued cards like the CommBank Awards American Express or Westpac Altitude Black American Express cards.

    Apple says Australian customers will "soon" be able to add store credit cards and loyalty cards to Wallet, and use them to make purchases and redeem rewards with Apple Pay. Kohl's became the first U.S. retailer to offer store-branded cards in Apple Pay last month, while Walgreens launched the first stateside Apple Pay loyalty rewards program a few weeks ago.

    American Express is not as popular or widely accepted as MasterCard or Visa in Australia, but the partnership could place pressure on negotiations between Apple and Australian banks like Commonwealth Bank, NAB and Westpac. No bank-issued debit and credit cards work with Apple Pay in Australia at this time.
    Australia, like Canada and many European countries, has been well prepared for Apple Pay, as many retailers and businesses have the required contactless payments infrastructure in place. The country has also adopted Chip-and-PIN cards, and Apple Pay is a natural extension of that functionality.

    Apple has slowly rolled out Apple Pay since announcing the service, starting with the U.S. in October 2014 and expanding to the U.K. last July. Beyond Australia and Canada, Apple is also partnering with American Express to bring Apple Pay to Spain, Singapore and Hong Kong next year.

    Apple Pay recently gained support for Tesco Bank and TSB in the U.K. and over 90 new participating U.S. issuers. Yesterday, Apple confirmed that Apple Pay support is also coming to Domino's and Cinnabon in the U.S. by yearend and 2016 respectively. Starbucks, KFC and Chili's locations will adopt Apple Pay next year.

    Apple's website has a new page with more details about Apple Pay in Australia.

    Article Link: Apple Pay Launches in Australia for American Express Cardholders
  2. landroverz7 macrumors member


    May 7, 2012
    Melbourne, Australia
    Just added my AMEX card here in Melbourne its 6:45am. Need to wait for the shops to open to try it out haha
  3. aristobrat macrumors G5

    Oct 14, 2005
    There's got to be a coffee shop open near you?! GO TEST! lol
  4. MLVC macrumors 6502a


    Apr 30, 2015
    Maastricht, The Netherlands
    It's going so slowly. What about Germany, Holland, France? It's not the banks, I know my bank in Holland is all too keen to start with ApplePay, so what the hell is holding it back?
  5. JonneyGee macrumors 6502


    Jun 8, 2011
    Nashville, TN
    Australia still has Kmart and Woolworth's? o_O
  6. nepalisherpa macrumors 68020


    Aug 15, 2011
  7. Kittenyarn macrumors newbie


    Nov 18, 2015
    The hilarious thing is a coffee shop probably doesn't support Amex.. So... Fail.
  8. McFlyOz macrumors member


    Jul 22, 2015
    Key Largo
    There's always CrapDonalds if you are desperate for some lard and rat guts...
  9. AussieSimon macrumors newbie

    Jun 13, 2015
    I presume we're only talking about AMEX-issued AMEX cards, not bank-issued AMEX cards?
  10. tillsbury macrumors 65816

    Dec 24, 2007
    Hassled my bank manager here in NZ again for it yesterday. All the NZ banks pretty much are owned by the Aussie banks so here's hoping. And places that don't do tap and pay are now quite the rarity.
  11. naeS1Sean macrumors 6502a


    Oct 14, 2011
    Scranton, PA
  12. avanpelt macrumors 68030

    Jun 2, 2010
    ApplePay is infinitely more useful in Australia, Canada, and the UK when cards are loaded into the iPhone than it is here in the U.S. I have every single Amex and Visa card I own linked to ApplePay and almost nowhere to use ApplePay except for fast food joints. And Apple's big news is that Dominos, KFC, Chili's and Cinnabon will be supporting ApplePay soon. Great...even more places to use the technology that my waistline doesn't need.
  13. naeS1Sean macrumors 6502a


    Oct 14, 2011
    Scranton, PA
    We have a Kmart in PA, USA. Actually more than one. I so hate that store. I saw someone (and adult)...I'll say...using the bathroom in the aisle while I was looking for a pair of Dickies. I still have nightmares. lol
  14. Joe Rossignol Editor

    Joe Rossignol

    Staff Member

    May 12, 2012
  15. entropys macrumors 6502


    Jan 5, 2007
    Brisbane, Australia
    There must be at least several dozen people in Australia that actively use Amex.
  16. laudern macrumors 6502a

    Jan 5, 2011
    Just go to commonwealth bank and get a stick on NFC chip which is compatible with any smart pone. Much better than... Ugh... American express.
  17. BrentD macrumors 6502

    Jun 25, 2010
    Stick on NFC chip... What could possibly go wrong?!
  18. bumpylumpy macrumors member

    Mar 13, 2015
    To those of you who travel abroad frequently - does this mean that my United States issued American Express card can now be used with Apple Pay in Australia and any other foreign country that now allows Apple Pay for their own residents?

    Or is this only for Australian American Express card holders to use in their own country?
  19. DamoTheBrave macrumors regular

    Apr 20, 2011
    The only good that will come of this is that the big four banks here might feel the pressure to add it too. I would change banks for it but I am NOT changing to Amex.
  20. avanpelt macrumors 68030

    Jun 2, 2010
    Or, just tape your card to the outside of your wallet. That's about the level of security that a "stick on" NFC beacon would provide.
  21. ActionableMango macrumors G3


    Sep 21, 2010
    Apple is busy designing watch bands for Apple Watch 2.
  22. avanpelt macrumors 68030

    Jun 2, 2010
    American issued cards should work fine with any merchant that accepts NFC payments currently. U.S.-issued cards linked to ApplePay worked just fine at retailers in Canada who accepted contactless payments when ApplePay was launched last year. It had the same monetary limits as any contactless payment transaction in Canada does. There are a handful of videos on YouTube showing people with U.S.-based cards using ApplePay at vending machines in Canada the day ApplePay launched in the U.S.
  23. TechiEmmanuel macrumors regular


    Mar 21, 2013
    Northern Virginia
    You've always been able to use Apple Pay anywhere contactless is accepted. I was on holiday in Canada this August and used Apple Pay for most of my purchases. There are also people who've used it in France and other non-Apple Pay markets.
  24. laudern macrumors 6502a

    Jan 5, 2011
    It probably has the same level of security every single debit/credit card released in the past 2 years has. That being 100% fraudulent guarantee refund from whichever bank supplies the card.

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