ANZ signs deal with Apple for iPhone, Apple Watch payments

By Chris C., April 28 2016
ANZ signs deal with Apple for iPhone, Apple Watch payments

ANZ customers can now use their compatible iPhone or Apple Watch to make contactless payments from their debit or credit card account through the Apple Pay platform thanks to a new deal struck between the Aussie bank and the technology giant.

Cardholders simply pair their ANZ card with their Apple gadget, hold it near an EFTPOS terminal’s contactless reader and place their finger on the iPhone’s fingerprint scanner – or enter their device’s lock code – to make a payment.

The move makes ANZ the first of the ‘Big Four Banks’ to support Apple Pay following the technology’s November 2015 debut in Australia for cards issued directly by American Express.

ANZ customers can now link their Visa debit, Visa credit and American Express cards to Apple Pay, including cards such as the ANZ Qantas Frequent Black AMEX + Visa, the ANZ Rewards Black AMEX + Visa and even the entry-level ANZ Qantas Frequent Flyer AMEX + Visa.

You’ll also need an iPhone 6, 6 Plus, 6s, 6s Plus or SE running iOS 9 or later to use Apple Pay, or an Apple Watch paired to the same. MasterCards issued by ANZ, along with ANZ Access and ANZ Corporate cards cannot be used via Apple Pay.

Apple Pay is accepted in-store wherever contactless card payments are welcome, including at retailers like Woolworths, Coles, Officeworks, Myer, David Jones, McDonald’s, Starbucks and Event Cinemas.

However, some older EFTPOS terminals don’t support American Express contactless payments – such as those at BP service stations, even though BP does accept American Express – which is where you’ll either need to insert your ‘real’ ANZ AMEX card or use the Visa via Apple Pay instead.

Contactless card payments have taken Australia by storm thanks to the convenience and speed they bring to checkout process, now accounting for more than 60% of all card transactions in Australia, according to ANZ.

ANZ customers using their credit cards via Apple Pay will continue to earn Qantas Frequent Flyer or ANZ Rewards points at the usual rates.

Also read: Apple Pay launches in Australia: what you need to know

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Chris C.

Chris is a a former contributor to Executive Traveller.

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Awesome already added them :)

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26 Sep 2014

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Hopefully Westpac will follow because, as a person who doesn't use cash, I'm ready for the ability to leave my wallet at home when just heading out for a weekend coffee.   

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20 Feb 2013

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Word is Westpac are next. They were ready to launch end of April but held off because Mastercard arent on board yet and didnt want to confuse the market with only offering Visa, so yeah they are appreantely good to go just awaiting MC to come onboard. 

Expect an announcement sooner rather than later.

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Interesting stuff. I had a chat to a NAB exec friend of mine the other day who said the other three won't go with Apple Pay, cause Apple are asking for 15 cents per transaction and they're not convinced customers will want to see that fee passed on. 

For what it's worht, NAB are offering up an Android equivilant, CommBank chief Ian Narev recently spoke about sticking to or extending their PayWave sticker thing and I've not had a chance to speak to my mates at Westpac recently. 

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