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I can’t tell you how many times I’ve been out shopping and missed the opportunity to earn category bonus points because I left the right card at home!
So you don’t have to worry about carrying around a stack of cards or forgetting the card you need.
Let’s take a look at all 3 options and how they can help you earn more miles, points, and cash back for travel!
What’s a Digital Wallet?
Link: Android Pay
Link: Apple Pay
Link: Samsung Pay
Android Pay, Apple Pay, and Samsung Pay are the 3 major Digital Wallets available for mobile devices. You can add credit cards to your mobile device by taking a photo or entering your account information.
Then when you’re making a purchase at the store:
- Place your mobile device over the card reader
- Select the credit card you’d like to use for payment
- Approve the payment via fingerprint or password (Android Pay doesn’t require this step)
Digital Wallets can save you time because you don’t have to go digging through your wallet or purse to find the card you want. Your cards are right there in the app, just click the 1 you want.
This can help you earn more miles, points, and cash back because you can keep more cards with you. So you’re more likely to be able to take care of those spontaneous category bonus opportunities when they come up.
Here’s a look at the 3 major digital wallet platforms:
|Digital Wallet||Where It Works||Compatible Devices||Type of Cards Accepted|
|Android Pay||US||• Any Android device with KitKat 4.4|
• If your phone doesn't come with the app, you can download it here.
|AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
(Chase cards currently NOT accepted)
|Apple Pay||US & UK||• iPhone 6s, iPhone 6s Plus, iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus|
• Apple Watch paired with iPhone 6s, iPhone 6s Plus, iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, iPhone 5, iPhone 5c, or iPhone 5s
•iPad Pro, iPad Air 2, iPad mini 4, iPad mini 3
|AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa|
|Samsung Pay||South Korea, US||Samsung Galaxy S6, S6 Edge, S6 Edge+, or Note 5||AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
(Chase & Discover cards currently NOT accepted)
Android Pay, Apple Pay, and Samsung Pay all work with many major banks. However, it’s important to note that Android Pay and Samsung Pay are currently NOT compatible with Chase cards. You also can NOT currently use Discover cards with Samsung Pay.
There Are Drawbacks
Digital Wallets still aren’t accepted in many places. So for now, you’ll still need to carry physical cards with you.
And not everyone can take advantage of Apple Pay and Samsung Pay because it requires a newer mobile device. Android Pay works with more phones, but you’ll need at least KitKat 4.4 to support the app.
And with only up to 3 participating countries, none of the 3 programs are very useful for folks who frequently travel overseas. That said, Apple Pay is expected to be available in Canada soon. And Samsung has plans to expand to the UK, China, and Spain later this year.
While digital wallets will make it easier to organize your credit cards and earn category bonuses, it isn’t a complete solution yet. That’s because you’re also limited to how many cards you can add. For example, you can only add up to 8 credit cards to Apple Pay and up to 10 cards to Samsung Pay.
Most folks in this hobby have more than 8 credit cards! So it would be nice to see to the capacity of digital wallets increase.
20% Back With Discover It & Apple Pay!
There’s currently an huge incentive to try Apple Pay. You can earn 10% cash back (on up to $10,000 in spending) when you use your Discover it card or Discover it Miles with Apple Pay for in-store purchases.
This deal is good through December 31, 2015.
And folks who are new cardholders or who have previously registered will get cash back they earn doubled at the end of their 1st 12 billing cycles.
Here’s a look at the percent back you’ll earn:
- 22% cash back on regular purchases with the Discover it card (1% cash back + 10% bonus = 11%, doubled after 12 billing cycles)
- 23% back on regular purchases with the Discover it Miles card (1.5% back + 10% bonus = 11.5%, doubled after 12 billing cycles)
- 30% cash back on up to $1,500 in spending per quarter in bonus categories with the Discover it card (5% cash back + 10% bonus = 15%, doubled after 12 billing cycles)
So if you use your Discover it card, to spend the maximum of $10,000 you’ll earn $2,200 in cash back ($10,000 X 22%)!
For folks who don’t have an Apple Pay compatible device, there are a few ways you can still get in on this deal!
Sometimes you need an extra nudge to transition to new technology. And hopefully, we’ll see Android Pay and Samsung Pay come out with their own offers!
Digital Wallets like Android Pay, Apple Pay, and Samsung Pay can help you keep your credit cards organized for quick access. And because you’ll have your cards in 1 place, you can be sure you have the right card with you for category bonus purchases.
However, you are limited by the number of cards each platform allows you to add. For example, you can only add up to 8 credit cards to Apple Pay. Plus, there are still lots of places that don’t accept digital wallet payments. So I’m looking forward to seeing this technology continue to grow and improve.
And for now there’s a wonderful reason to give Apple Pay a try! That’s because you can earn up to ~$2,200+ cash back when you use your Discover it or Discover it Miles card to make purchases through Apple Pay.
Let me know in the comments if you’ve used a Digital Wallet and if it’s helped you earn more miles, points, and cash back!
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