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Discover Rolls Out Apple Pay Support for iOS 9, Offers 10% Cashback Bonus for Apple Pay Purchases

discover_apple_pay_verifyAs promised earlier this year, Discover has rolled out support for Apple Pay as of today for users running iOS 9 betas or the golden master. Other users will be able to add Discover cards once iOS 9 launches to the public in a few hours. With the addition, Discover cardholders will be able to take advantage of Apple Pay to make secure, contactless payments using Apple's payment service.

To encourage users to give Apple Pay a try, Discover is offering a deal for all of its U.S. cardmembers. Any customer who uses their Discover cards through Apple Pay will get a 10 percent Cashback Bonus through the end of 2015. Cashback Bonuses are available on up to $10,000 of in-store purchases, and Discover it Miles, Miles, and Escape cardmembers will earn an extra 10 miles per dollar on up to $10,000 of in-store purchases.
"We are excited for Discover cardmembers to have the ability to use Apple Pay. Rewards have always been important to our cardmembers, and we want to make sure they receive a generous offer for shopping with Discover and Apple Pay," said Heather Roche, vice president of rewards at Discover. "We want to encourage new and existing Discover cardmembers to add their Discover card to Apple Pay with a few simple clicks using our mobile app, take advantage of this 10% Cashback Bonus, and experience the ease and convenience of using Apple Pay."
According to Discover's Apple Pay press release, Discover members who want to use their cards with the service will need to update to Apple's latest operating system, iOS 9, and then add their cards to the newly renamed Wallet app (formerly Passbook). From there, adding a card to Apple Pay is as simple as scanning it in and verifying it, as seen in our how to on using Apple Pay.

With Discover now supporting Apple Pay, all of the four major credit card networks in the United States work with the payments service. MasterCard, American Express, and Visa have worked with Apple Pay since the service launched in October of 2014.

Since Apple Pay first became available, Apple has worked with hundreds of banks and credit unions to expand Apple Pay support. A full list of supported banks in both the United States and the United Kingdom is available on Apple's website.

Apple Pay is compatible with the iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, iPhone 6s, and iPhone 6s Plus. Apple Pay is also available on an Apple Watch paired with one of the aforementioned devices or an iPhone 5, 5c, or 5s.

(Thanks, tmiw!)

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40 months ago
FINALLY! And 10% cashback??? Time to take advantage of this sweet offer!
Rating: 5 Votes
40 months ago
Adding a major card company is a great win for Apple Pay, but I think most Apple Pay users would agree that adding merchants would be a bigger win.
Rating: 5 Votes
40 months ago
Wow, I wish all card companies would offer cash back deals for using Pay. By Discovery doing this it just goes to show that using Pay is much more convenient for card companies.
Rating: 3 Votes
40 months ago
Awesome! The 10% Cash Back Bonus is a really nice touch. Almost like "sorry it took us so long, but as a reward, we're gonna make it worth the wait"
Rating: 3 Votes
40 months ago

didn't work for me

You need iOS9
Rating: 3 Votes
40 months ago
YESSSSS!!
Rating: 2 Votes
40 months ago

I don't know if I buy that. Unless all 5/5S users with a watch are having this issue. I actually wanted to purchase my 6S, using Apple Pay on my discover to get 10% back. Can't really do that if I can't add it to my current setup.

How to Add Your Discover Card to Apple Pay

* On iPhone® just open the Wallet app and tap the plus sign. From there, follow the onscreen instructions.
* On Apple WatchTM, open the Apple Watch app on your iPhone and select "Wallet & Apple Pay," then tap "Add Credit or Debit Card." From there, follow the onscreen instructions.
* Have the Discover Mobile App? You can add your Discover card to Apple Pay and manage your devices right from the app.



I was having the same problem. Called Discover and they insisted that I CANNOT add a Discover Card to my Apple Watch via an iPhone 5s. Called back again last night and told them I was using a iPhone 6 (so we could get past that)…still no help.

Today, I found the solution:

UNPAIR your Apple Watch from your iPhone (after doing the iOS and WatchOS upgrades) and re-pair it. You can use a backup so you don't have to set everything up from scratch (you will see that option when you go to re-pair your watch).

Once I did that, I was able to setup my Discover (More) card on my Apple Watch via my iPhone 5s…no problem.

I called Discover back this morning and told them the solution…hopefully they listened and entered it into their database so others aren't given bad info like I was yesterday.
Rating: 2 Votes
40 months ago
What technical reason would they require iOS 9? Is this just a marketing gimmick to boost early iOS 9 adoption numbers?
Rating: 2 Votes
40 months ago

The weird thing is that the Best Buy by my house already supports chip but didn't turn on NFC support at the same time. I wonder if the NFC thing is going to be a simultaneous activation across all their stores once they finish bringing chip to them.


A lot of merchants have the terminals, and it sucks for us customers
Rating: 1 Votes
40 months ago
FUUUUUUUUU

I don't want to lose my jailbreak... But I want that 10% bonus (doubled after a year)...
Rating: 1 Votes

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