Walgreens Integrates Balance Rewards with Apple Pay
Walgreens today made it possible for iPhone owners to add their Walgreens Balance Rewards loyalty card to Apple Pay. Walgreens has 85 million Balance Rewards members. Now, when Balance Rewards users make payments at Walgreens stores via Apple Pay, the transaction will automatically record any relevant rewards information associated with the account. Walgreens says members need to add the Balance Rewards card to Apple Pay on a device running iOS 9. Customers can use the iPhone 6, 6 Plus, 6s, 6s Plus, or Apple Watch to pay for Walgreens transactions, all while receiving any benefits that might be attached to their credit/debit card. Walgreens claims it is the first retailer to add its loyalty program to Apple Pay. Apple added support for loyalty programs to Apple Pay with the release of iOS 9 in September.
Apple Pay To Support Loyalty Cards
Apple today announced that Apple Pay in iOS 9 will support store loyalty/rewards cards, starting with Walgreens and Dunkin Donuts. Apple is also adding support for store-brand credit cards.
Android Pay Rings Up Chase In the US
Google today said Chase has agreed to support Android Pay on Android smartphones and other devices. Starting immediately, Chase customers can add their eligible Chase Visa debit/credit card to Android Pay and make tap-and-go payments wherever Android Pay is accepted.
Samsung to Reward Samsung Pay Users
Samsung today announced the pending launch of Samsung Rewards, a loyalty program for its Samsung Pay mobile payment service. Moving forward, people who sign up for Samsung Rewards will be able to earn points with Samsung when they use Samsung Pay to pay for goods and services.
iOS 11 Won't Support Peer-to-Peer Apple Pay Right Away
Apple today reiterated that iOS 11 will reach iPhones, iPads, and iPods Touch beginning September 19. Not all the new features will be available at launch, however, with Apple Pay on deck for later this year.
Walgreens Adds Its Loyalty Program to Android Pay
Walgreens today said Android Pay users can now incorporate their Walgreens Balance Rewards membership with the Google mobile payment service. Adding the loyalty account to Android Pay gives Walgreens customers the ability to earn points every time they pay with their mobile device, and can do so without requiring people to separately scan their Balance Rewards account card.
Walgreens also is the first retailer to let your view your store receipt online !