Gas stations and Apple watch

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  1. pedzsan macrumors member

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    Unfortunately, I'm still confused where I can use Apple Pay via my watch. One major reason is my local HEB grocery stores have got the wireless credit card logo on the card machines but the checkout people always tell me "Oh!! that's not working" as if it should be clearly obvious to me. Also, Costco has the logo on their gas pumps but I can't make it work without first swiping my Costco credit card and at that point, you just hit a button to charge that card.

    My particular quest today is to figure out which gas stations I can use Apple Pay via my watch. And I'm assuming that it won't be particular brands but particular pumps that have the updated hardware but I'd like some clues as to what to look for.

    This comes up because I've dusted off my motorcycle after several years and it was always rather awkward digging into my saddle bags or backpack to find a credit card to pay for gas. It would be super nice if I could use my watch.
     
  2. rgyiv macrumors regular

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    found this through the Google; not sure though

    Gas stations that accept Apple Pay

    Chevron
    Chevron Extra Mile
    Texaco
    ExxonMobil (through the Speedpass+ app)
     
  3. Lancetx macrumors 68000

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    The only place that I've been in Texas with working Apple Pay/NFC at the pump so far has been Buc-ees.
     
  4. mk313 macrumors 6502a

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    I'm up in Ohio, but some of the BP's and Marathons up here have the readers. But it very much seems to be a station by station thing.
     
  5. perezr10 macrumors 6502a

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    I live in San Antonio and have found that a lot of Valero gas stations take Apple Pay from the watch.
     
  6. MisterSavage macrumors 6502a

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    My Costco lets you pay with Apple Pay inside but they haven't enabled contactless payment at the gas pumps.

    Wawa accepts Apple Pay at the pump.
     
  7. BigMcGuire Contributor

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    I've used Apple Pay via my watch for Arco here in California. Just make sure it's set to use your debit card.

    I've used Apple Pay via watch inside of Costco, but never at the pumps - like you I have the Costco card and just use that.

    Would be nice if the Costco Membership worked on Apple Pay :D.
     
  8. MisterSavage macrumors 6502a

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    Boy was that a shock for me. I had never seen a gas station that didn't take credit cards before.
     
  9. japanime macrumors 68000

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    I've encountered several in California that were cash-only. No credit cards nor debit cards. I figured they were laundering money.
     
  10. rugmankc Contributor

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    Gas stations aside, Dorothy Lane Market in Dayton OH stopped taking AP using credit cards. Only debit cards. And they were one of the first adopters of Apple here. Very UPSET with them.
     
  11. MisterSavage macrumors 6502a

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    That is complete crazy talk. I never carry enough cash to fill up my tank.
     
  12. japanime macrumors 68000

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    What's "crazy" about it?
     
  13. MisterSavage macrumors 6502a

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    I was agreeing with you. I would have thought they were laundering money also!
     
  14. danny842003 macrumors 6502a

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    It’s so strange that the US was the first to get Apple Pay yet there’s so many places that don’t take it.
    Here in Australia and also the UK you are hard pushed to find somewhere that wouldn’t. The only place I know that doesn’t is a car park I visit regularly, other than that I could cut up my cards as I never use them.
     
  15. tarsins macrumors 6502a

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    Agreed, it's odd that the US is behind some countries in this respect. In the UK if the tills/card-readers aren't specifically configured for Apple Pay they'll almost certainly accept contactless up to £30 and Apple Pay works by default with those. More and more tills/card-readers are now configured properly and will accept Apple Pay over £30, assumedly no-limit. Only a handful of large retailers are not fully configured (I'm looking at you, Tesco).

    Isn't the US "behind" with Chip & PIN too?
     
  16. japanime macrumors 68000

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    Oh! Yeah, it definitely was strange. Also odd is that when it's happened, it's been "branded" stations, like Arco, rather than independently owned stations.
     
  17. MisterSavage macrumors 6502a

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    US is chip & signature, even though they removed the requirement for signatures. What's even weirder is when you pay with Apple Pay and the digital kiosk still asks for a signature. I always draw a straight line with my finger.
     
  18. Gav.Winters macrumors member

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    Sucks for you guys in the US, contactless has been working seamlessly here for ages. Why is the US so far behind?
     
  19. parseckadet macrumors 65816

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    If I remember correctly, the law the US passed which put the liability on the merchant if they didn't use chip and sign gave an extended period to roll out the readers to gas pumps. This is why we're seeing this weird hodgepodge where gas pumps won't take tap-to-pay, but when you go inside the station they often do at the register. Which is ironic since gas pumps have been the biggest target for skimming devices for a long time.
     
  20. MisterSavage macrumors 6502a

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    What's particularly maddening is when you go to a brand new gas station and they're using magnetic swipe at the pump. Come on people!
     
  21. chrono1081 macrumors 604

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    If you’re in the North East Sheetz takes them at the pump and in store.
     
  22. Newtons Apple macrumors Core

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    No need to feel bad as I do not use it!
     

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