Apple Pay Extends to Canada with Amex Partnership (Nov. 17, 2015)
Apple Pay’s availability continues to slowly cover the globe with the latest addition—Canada. American Express today announced the availability of Apple Pay for cardholders with cards issued by Amex Bank of Canada. Canadian consumers, small businesses and corporates can use Apple Pay with iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, iPad and Apple Watch devices. The partnership between Apple Pay and American Express enables cardholders in Canada to pay in store with compatible Apple devices at participating American Express contactless merchants, or to make purchases within participating apps that accept American Express.
Canadian Amex cardholders also have access to certain safety features, including real-time notifications and details for all purchases and a connection to the Amex Mobile App for account monitoring, servicing and access to information about rewards.
Apple Pay announced it went live in the U.K. in July; however, Australia has been a harder nut to crack. Australian banks disagree with Apple over fees. Apple reportedly earns 15 cents per $100 for Apple Pay transactions in the U.S.
Through Apple’s partnership with American Express, Apple Pay will be up and running in Australia this year, with expansion plans slated for Spain, Singapore and Hong Kong next year, reports C|NET.