The holiday shopping season is once again upon us and to that effect, Samsung wants you to have the best of times thanks to the new Samsung Pay rewards program.
The new rewards program is targeting those who live in the U.S. and according to the South Korean tech giant, the move to introduce Samsung Pay rewards program is aimed at appreciating its loyal customers who keep using the mobile payment program at checkout.
With just over a year on its name, Samsung Pay has indeed achieved a lot. As at the time of this writing, the service is available on more than 500 financial institutions across the U.S., but this is not the end. The platform has also grown several loyalty, membership, as well as gift cards and users can already enjoy in-app purchases using Samsung Pay.
Samsung is ready to take on the bigger names in the industry such as PayPal and Skrill as far as online payments are concerned, but this will have to wait until 2017. With Samsung Rewards program, the company is looking not just to thank its current customer base, but also to give new users of Samsung Pay a reason (s) to keep using the service.
Whenever you make a purchase using Samsung Pay, the rewards program will earn you points. The program covers both credit and debit card users and users will also be able to earn cash back using the program. To make the deal even sweeter, Samsung is offering those who join the program this November or December a chance to earn double points whenever they check out with Samsung Pay during the same period.
The earned points can be used to redeem Samsung products, vouchers, and gift cards across all major retailers across the country. Don’t be surprised if you also earn yourself a trip to Napa Valley or Las Vegas. Over the coming months, Samsung Rewards program will make a jump from Samsung Pay to other Samsung products, including online stores and exclusive events, among others.
As this is happening in the Samsung camp, Apple is also rolling out an update of its own to Apple Pay. According to Cupertino, the mobile payment service will now be able to let users donate to non-profit organizations, but like Samsung Pay, this feature is still limited to U.S. users. This update combines both the Apple Pay mobile app as well as the web version.
This is a change from the previous stand where the company banned iOS apps from receiving donations via Apple Pay. But with this update, it means developers will be able to add a “Donate” button in their apps and complete the transaction via Apple Pay.