Following the launch of Apple Pay earlier this week, a number of users were disappointed to discover that the Amazon Rewards Card offered by Chase was not supported, although the reason for the omission was unclear given that many other Chase cards do support Apple Pay. Amazon has, however, now confirmed to GeekWire that it does plan to support Apple Pay with the card in the future. Amazon reportedly is working to enable the service for launch at an undisclosed date.
But an Amazon spokesman confirmed to GeekWire this evening it is working to enable the Amazon.com Rewards Visa Card for use on Apple Pay, although declined to say when it would be available.
Canceling our http://t.co/flDZ0A06VL Visa since it doesn’t do ApplePay. @amazonsupport @ChaseSupport — Blake Seely (@blakeseely) October 21, 2014
Chase representatives reportedly confirmed that Amazon opted out of Apple Pay and was the only consumer Chase card that was not compatible with the payment service. The reason for this non-participation was not provided, sparking rumors that Amazon was deliberately rebuffing Apple's mobile payment efforts for competitive reasons.
Apple launched Apple Pay on Monday with the support of high-profile retailers such as Walgreens and major credit card companies including Visa, Master Card, and American Express. Apple Pay works with the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus, both of which include an NFC chip to process the transactions wirelessly at compatible point-of-sale terminals. The new iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 3 are also compatible with Apple Pay, but only for in-app purchases.